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Apply to Fisher: First-Year Students

If you are ready to apply to Fisher, congratulations! Let's walk through the steps in the application process.

Types of Freshman Admissions

Early Decision

Early Decision Application Deadline: December 1

Is St. John Fisher College your first choice for college? If so, apply under our Early Decision Plan! If accepted under Early Decision, you'll have until March 1 to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit. We also expect that you will withdraw your applications from other colleges once accepted to Fisher under this option.

Regular Decision/Rolling Admissions

Regular admissions to Fisher occurs on a "rolling" basis. The Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications in the fall. While there is no application deadline, the majority of applications are received before February 15.

In addition, Fisher subscribes to the Candidates Reply Date Agreement, which means you'll have until May 1 to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit.

Freshman Application Deadlines

  • Continuous: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
  • December 1: Early decision application deadline
  • January 15:
    • Merit-based scholarship consideration
    • Application to the nursing major
    • Submission of your FAFSA (School Code: 002821)
  • Late February: Financial aid awards mailed
  • May 1: Admissions deposit deadline

Freshman Application Process

General Freshman Application Requirements

An application is complete once the following have been received:

  • Completed Common Application (free to apply online)
  • Official high school transcript (including a list of senior year courses and grades available)
  • Official SAT, ACT, or TOEFL scores
    Note: Fisher is test-optional for fall 2021 and fall 2022.
  • Counselor/Teacher Recommendation
  • Common Application essay or graded paper
  • Additional letters of recommendation (optional)
  • Additional information such as an activities résumé (optional)

International Student Application Requirements

If you are an applicant from outside the United States, please refer to our information on freshman admissions for international students.

AP, IB, and CLEP Scores

Credit by Examination

St. John Fisher College recognizes AP, IB, and CLEP scores. For more information, refer to the AP, IB, and CLEP Scores (Credit by Examination) page.

Higher Education Opportunity Program

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) helps academically and economically disadvantaged New York residents gain access to the state's private colleges and universities. To apply for the HEOP program, check the box on the St. John Fisher College application. Learn more about HEOP at Fisher.

Title IX Notice

St. John Fisher College is committed to maintaining a community in which learning and working can be carried out in an environment of respect, open-mindedness, and integrity. The College stands opposed to all forms of discrimination, harassment, and violence and will work to prevent such behavior within the College community.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and New York’s Enough is Enough Law, non-discrimination in the education program or activity of the College extends to admission. The Title IX coordinator is the designated College official with primary responsibility for coordinating compliance with Title IX and related federal and state laws.

The Title IX coordinator, Meg Flaherty, Ph.D., can be reached by phone (585) 385-8232, email (, in-person in Campus Center 206, or outside of business hours by contacting the Office of Safety and Security (585) 385-8111.