Freshman Students

3 students walking on campusIt’s go time, and where you go matters. At STAC, you’ll find professors who challenge and support you (and actually take the time to get to know you). You’ll find friends who will introduce you to new cultures and ideas and global experiences that give you access to the world. You’ll find internships that open doors and majors that matter in the real world. Best of all, you’ll find yourself and the person you’re meant to become.

Apply now, or schedule a campus visit.


The best way to see a college is to walk the path of a student. Visualize your future with us as a Spartan! 


In the meantime, check out our campus and take a virtual tour.

Questions? Call Admissions at 845-398-4100 or email [email protected].


The best way to see a college is to walk the path of a student, so why not begin your college search process at one of our Fall Open Houses? You and your family will get to explore 72 acres of opportunity and chat with campus representatives and current students.

Fall Open House allows you to:

  • Meet with our Admissions & Financial Aid team, learn about scholarships and other financial aid options - and so much more!
  • Explore academic programs - ask current students about their experience
  • Learn about our special programs - HEOP, Pathways, and Honors

Make your next step the right one and register for one of our Fall Open Houses on the date that works for you:

  • Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 10 AM
  • Sunday, October 24, 2021, at 10 AM
  • Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 10 AM

STAC has a rolling admissions policy, but we encourage freshman applicants to submit as early as possible during the senior year. Our Admissions Team carefully reviews every application considering the following:

As soon as we've received your completed application and all of the required materials listed above, the application will be assigned to your counselor for review. We'll review you for academic and merit scholarships as well, there's no separate application needed. You will be updated throughout the process and a final decision letter will be sent about four weeks after our review of your completed application. We are here to help you through the process and encourage you to contact us with any questions. Need to contact your Admissions Counselor? Visit the Meet the Team page.

Freshman applicants are eligible for admission into several Special Programs. The Honors Program and Aquinas Leaders Work Scholarship Program are for high-achieving students. The Higher Education Opportunity Program is for New York State residents with academic and financial needs. The Pathways Program is for students with select learning disabilities. Each program has specific requirements and criteria and we encourage you to visit those pages to learn more.

Before or when you apply, we provide you with a thorough credit evaluation to make the most of the courses you’ve completed elsewhere and to give you a roadmap detailing the courses you’ll need to complete to earn your degree at STAC. Our partnerships with regional community colleges also help some transfer students maximize prior credits.

Need to speak to someone? Call our Admissions office at 845-398-4100.