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SUNY Oswego

Oswego, New York

Unlimited Horizons Start Here.

Liberal arts and career-directed studies in a dynamic, interactive, and supportive environment are what students will encounter at SUNY Oswego. The possibilities are endless with an extensive choice of academic options and majors, an outstanding faculty, and challenging courses that encourage the exchange of ideas. Oswego opens a front door on the future with internships,  co-ops, service learning, and study abroad opportunities that consistently rate among the highest in the SUNY system.


Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
7,046 Undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
49% Male 51% Female
3.5% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
345 full-time faculty
255 part-time faculty
17 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
96% of freshmen who live on campus
60% of all students who live on campus

School Location

Oswego, New York – 35 miles northwest of Syracuse

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2014

80% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

63.1% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Black or African American 7%
White 75%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


NCAA Division III, ECAC, NYSWCAA, and SUNYAC Conferences. 24 varsity sports (12 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, wrestling; 12 women’s: basketball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball), 16 intercollegiate club sports, and 13 intramurals.

Other Information

SUNY Oswego is a coeducational, comprehensive, public university that was founded in 1861.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Adolescent Education-Grades 7-12, Agricultural Education, American Studies, Anthropology, Applied Mathematics, Applied Mathematical Economics, Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Broadcasting and Mass Communications, Business Administration, Business and Marketing Education, Chemistry, Childhood Education-Grades 1-6, Cinema and Screen Studies, Cognitive Science, Communication and Social Interaction, Computer and Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, English, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Finance, French, Geochemistry, Geology, German, Global and International Studies, Graphic Design, Health Careers Education, History, Human Development, Human Resource Management, Information Science, Insurance and Risk Management, Journalism, Language and International Trade, Linguistics, Management Accounting, Operations Management and Information Systems, Marketing, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Applied Mathematical Economics, Meteorology, Music, Operations Management and Information Systems, Philosophy, Philosophy-Psychology, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Accounting, Public Justice, Public Relations, Risk Management and Insurance, Sociology, Software Engineering, Spanish, TESOL, Technology Education, Technology Management, Theater, Vocational Teacher Preparation, Wellness Management, Women’s Studies, Zoology 

More Distinctions

  • U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges has consistently ranked SUNY Oswego among the best in the country and among the top 20 public universities in the North.

  • USA Today and Princeton Review named SUNY Oswego to their list of "Best Value Colleges" for the third consecutive year in 2014.

  • USA Today and Princeton Review named SUNY Oswego to their list of 2013 "Best Value Colleges."

  • Princeton Review selects Oswego each year for its guidebook The Best Northeastern Colleges.

  • Washington Monthly magazine ranks Oswego in the top 50 public master's-level institutions nationwide for its "contribution to the public good." 

  • The Carnegie Foundation has awarded SUNY Oswego a prestigious Community Engagement classification. Every year Oswego makes the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.

  • U.S. News and World Report rank SUNY Oswego's online graduate business program at #14 in the country.


Oswego’s opportunities for hands-on learning represent one of the hallmarks of its academic reputation. The college has received the Carnegie Foundation’s prestigious Community Engagement designation. Students have opportunities for service learning, internships, and study options in many domestic and international locations, due to one of the largest study-abroad programs among colleges of its size.

Education options beyond the books

  • SUNY Oswego enrolls 6,800 full-time undergraduate students in an encouraging, challenging, and open-minded environment. Notable for its high level of student participation in international study, SUNY Oswego has been ranked in the top 10 nationally among colleges of its size for overseas study programs. Overseas study options for Oswego students include programs in many locations around the globe, including Europe (Austria, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Spain, and Italy), China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Benin, Haiti, Tanzania, and Cuba. For SUNY Oswego students on study abroad, tuition remains the same as it is for on-campus students.
  • The Experienced Based Education office helps students connect to numerous internship opportunities. Recently, students have had internships with various broadcast networks and stations (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, MTV); the Federal Aviation Administration, the Dolphin Research Center, the New York Yankees, General Electric, and many others.
  • The Center for Community Service and Service Learning focuses on providing opportunities for students to get involved in the community in ways that enhance their academic interests. Some of the center’s programs connect directly to the classroom, with political science students conducting exit polls during elections and psychology majors working at mental health facilities. Oswego has been on the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since the list’s inception and in 2012 received the recognition “with distinction.”
  • Oswego provides students with a series of first-year programs that take place in the summer prior to fall enrollment. Orientation welcomes students with fun, family-friendly sessions that serve as a how-to manual for starting college. The First Choice program provides a menu of course offerings to help students transition to the responsibilities of college.
  • The First-Year Residential Experience presents an environment that shows Oswego’s incoming freshmen how to make the most of their college years. The first-year advisement program offers sound advice on pursuing a degree. These innovative programs have won awards and served as models for other institutions, and most important, they have helped thousands of Oswego students find the right start on their paths to success.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries x
Choral groups x
Concert band x
Dance x
Drama/theater x
International Student Organization x
Jazz band x
Literary magazine x
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles x
Musical theater x
Opera x
Pep band x
Radio station x
Student government x
Student newspaper x
Student-run film society x
Symphony orchestra x
Television station x


Students come to know and respect their professors and create strong bonds with them throughout their time at Oswego. They will receive more individual attention and feel more comfortable expressing diverse ideas and opinions.

Connect with your professors and your future

SUNY Oswego is small enough to make quality connections with faculty and fellow students, but big enough to provide many avenues to unlimited horizons. The University offers more than 110 programs of study, from accounting to zoology and a wealth of majors in between. SUNY Oswego continues to evolve to meet changing needs in education, as its newest majors of software engineering and risk management and insurance are pioneering programs that also meet great workforce demand. Highly rated experiences outside the classroom include a vibrant student involvement culture, plentiful internships and a world of study abroad options that open doors to personal growth, career development and the many moments that make Oswego so loved by its tens of thousands of proud alumni.

  • Oswego’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers learning in traditional and emerging fields. Hands-on research opportunities include state-of-the-art scientific laboratories, the natural workshop of Rice Creek Field Station, and a center doing much-cited work in psychology and physical sciences. Courses span the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, with many innovative interdisciplinary majors tying together different fields of study. Both chemistry and biochemistry programs are nationally accredited.
  • The School of Business, internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), combines classroom and real-world experiences to launch tomorrow’s leaders, entrepreneurs, and specialists. Highlights include strong majors in the financial field, management preparation, and unique programs allowing students to earn bachelor’s and MBA degrees simultaneously.
  • The School of Communication, Media, and the Arts stresses creativity, interaction, and use of the latest technology. The communications program is renowned for graduates that include the Today Show’s Al Roker, ESPN anchors, and movers and shakers in the media industry. All three of Oswego’s creative art departments – art, music, and theatre – are nationally accredited, a rare feat testifying to the high quality of programs, the diversity of opportunities, and the accomplishments of alumni.
  • Oswego’s School of Education has roots to college founder Edward Austin Sheldon, who launched an educational revolution in the 19th century that impacted the training and methods of teachers throughout the country and the world. Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), today’s education programs combine knowledge, practice, reflection, collaboration, and leadership to develop tomorrow’s teachers of traditional coursework, technology education, and positions teaching English to speakers of other languages.
  • Oswego’s Honors Program affords students of all majors the opportunity to take many of their general education requirements within a smaller community of high-achieving students and outstanding faculty. In that setting you’ll examine topics from a variety of perspectives while developing critical thinking and writing skills in small classes that encourage the exchange of ideas.

Common Core

Areas in which all or most students are required to complete some course work prior to graduation:

Arts/fine arts x
Computer literacy x
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages x
History x
Humanities x
Mathematics x
Sciences (biological or physical) x
Social science x

Class size breakdown

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Size 2-9 42662 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 195 503 256 161 89 50 22 1276


Here you’ll find big-school resources with the warmth and support of an intimate school environment. Students always have exciting ways to engage themselves in campus and cultural activities.

Beautiful environment, great people

  • SUNY Oswego’s nearly seven hundred-acre, tree-lined campus is spread along the southern shore of majestic Lake Ontario – an awesome sight and the backdrop for some of the world’s most spectacular sunsets. On one side of the Oswego campus is over one mile of the scenic Lake Ontario shoreline, and on the other side is a tranquil town noted for its charming shops and restaurants. Students rave about their beautiful campus, which, they proudly point out, is also technologically advanced and environmentally friendly, with newly constructed academic and residential buildings alongside one on the national historic register. The Oswego campus is easily reached by car, rail, and air and is near Syracuse and Rochester, New York. The town of Oswego is known for its welcoming attitude toward SUNY students.
  • SUNY Oswego offers a variety of programs for incoming first-year students. The Hart Hall Global Living and Learning Center focuses on programs that emphasize community service, global-themed courses, and live-in faculty. Johnson Hall houses approximately 240 students who participate in the school’s nationally recognized First-Year Residential Experience program. This program focuses on the success of students their first year of college and throughout future years at SUNY Oswego. Participants in the Living and Learning Communities live in the same residence halls and take common classes with students who have similar interests, providing them with the opportunity to make connections with faculty, staff, and other students.
  • SUNY Oswego offers students more than 170 registered clubs and organizations to choose from, including academic, media and publication, religious, cultural, special interest, Greek life, arts, and community-service groups, as well as club sports. Participating in these student clubs and organizations offers students opportunities to build friendships and participate in active learning while promoting leadership and responsibility, experiences that often lead to higher levels of academic success.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  


A comprehensive internship program offers students from any major the opportunity to build their skills long before graduation. The success of graduates is evident in SUNY Oswego alumni, who hold high positions in locations all over the United States and world…

Gain the experience before graduation

  • SUNY Oswego’s learn-by-doing style of education helps prepare students for careers in nearly every profession. The alumni office offers the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program, through which successful alumni visit the campus to present workshops and visit classrooms.
  • Although SUNY Oswego has received many awards and recognitions for its high standard of education and programs, the real testament to the quality of education are the nearly 70,000 successful alumni who span the globe. For example, an Oswego broadcasting degree launched the careers of NBC’s Al Roker and ESPN’s Linda Cohn and Steve Levy.
  • Oswego’s career services office provides a broad range of services, such as career counseling, assessment, and advisement. Students can also connect with hundreds of major employers during annual job fairs and on-campus recruiting visits. Additional services include resume development and refinement, job search seminars and workshops, an information and upcoming events listserve, use of the Discover career planning program, and graduate school research assistance.


Admissions Fall 2015

10,885 Total Applicants
5,552 Total Admissions
1,486 Total Freshmen Enrollment

51.01% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Priority date: Friday, January 15, 2016

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Class rank
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 500 590
SAT Math 510 600
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 22 26
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    

Apply online to SUNY Oswego from

Required Information for first-year and transfer candidates: A completed SUNY Application or Common Application:

Freshman using the Common Application will also need to submit the following:

  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • Official SAT (code 2543) or ACT (code 2942)
  • Official College, AP, IB, or CLEP transcripts, if applicable. Transcripts from any college where credit was earned are required.
  • SUNY Oswego’s Supplement for The Common Application (if filing using the paper application).

Freshman using the SUNY application will also need to submit the following:

  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • SUNY Supplemental Application
  • Official SAT (code 2543) or ACT (code 2942)
  • Official College, AP, IB, or CLEP transcripts, if applicable. Transcripts from any college where credit was earned are required.
  • One recommendation (or form allowing for individual comments) from a school-based counselor or teacher.

Transfer applicants will need to submit:

  • Either the SUNY application of the Common Application
  • An official transcript from each college or university previously attended (regardless if credit was actually awarded).
  • If less than 30 credit hours have been completed at the time of application, an official high school transcript must be submitted. If applicable, official College, AP, IB, or CLEP transcripts must be also submitted. Transcripts from any college where credit was earned are required.

Credentials separate from the application should be sent to:
SUNY Oswego
Office of Admissions
229 Sheldon Hall
Oswego, NY  13126-3599

Admission Application Deadline

Oswego uses recommended filing dates to encourage early submission of applications. Freshmen applying for the fall should file from Aug. 1 through Jan. 15, although applications are considered after that time if space is available.

An early decision option is available to you as a fall-semester freshman applicant if you have decided that SUNY Oswego is your first choice college and you plan to enroll here if accepted. You should only select this option if Oswego is your first choice.

To be considered for early decision, all parts of your application for admission must be received by the Oswego Office of Admissions by Nov. 15 and must be marked for early decision.

Early Decision notification letters will be sent Dec. 15. If accepted for early decision, your tuition and housing deposits are due by Jan. 15.


Net Price Calculator


  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $6,470 $16,320
Fees $1,464 $1,464
Total $7,934 $17,784
Room and Board (on campus) $12,990 $12,990
Room Only $8,190 $8,190
Board Only $4,800 $4,800
Estimated Total On Campus $20,924 $30,774


Average Financial Aid Packages

$11,940 First year students
$11,108 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown

84% on average, the percentage of need that was met
12% of financial need students that had need fully met

$7,402 Average need-based scholarship and grant award
$4,548 Average need-based loan

Because Oswego is part of the SUNY system, tuition is very affordable. Even so, nearly 75% of the students take advantage of financial aid, which can include grants, loans, and part-time employment. In addition, more than $4 million in merit scholarships –—including prestigious Presidential Scholarships — are awarded to SUNY Oswego undergraduate students.

SUNY Oswego’s merit scholarships will only be offered to students entering in the fall semester. Students who submit a completed application for fall will receive full consideration for merit scholarships.

Visit the admissions scholarship page for a complete listing and requirements for all fall freshmen merit scholarships. For additional questions on helping pay for school, visit our Costs and Financial Aid page.

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