Oswego, New York
Dream, Discover, Do… The Oswego Way
Big-school resources in a supportive community and both liberal arts and career-directed studies in a dynamic and interactive environment—that’s what students encounter at SUNY Oswego. The possibilities are endless with an extensive choice of academic options and majors, an outstanding faculty, internships, co-ops, service-learning, and study abroad opportunities that foster learning and encourage the exchange of ideas. Oswego is a campus of choice for students (around 8,000 students, some 7,000 of them full-time undergraduates) who become graduates achieving dreams, pursuing adventure, and embracing opportunities.
SUNY Oswego, one of 13 comprehensive colleges in the 64-campus State University of New York system, was founded in 1861. The diverse, coeducational student body can choose from over 110 programs of study and reside in one of 13 residence halls on Oswego’s beautiful lakefront campus.
Learn more about Oswego here.
Get to know SUNY Oswego
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Symphony orchestra
- Television station
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
“Oswego was the most genuine college I came across. They truly desire for their students to be the best versions of themselves, and they do that through kindness and connection with their students. Oswego helps you be the person you’re meant to be by truly fostering the interests of the students. My professors and mentors here genuinely believe in me, and because of that, I’ve found myself accepting awards, scholarships, and positions I never would’ve thought possible at 18.” – Anna Chichester, public relations and theatre major
EDUCATION IN AND FOR THE REAL WORLD
At SUNY Oswego, traditional classroom lectures meet hands-on programming, enhancing students’ practical experiences and engaging students in meaningful work. SUNY Oswego enables and encourages its students to experience real-world learning opportunities, to broaden their perspectives both inside and out of the classroom, and discover the paths of excellence that lie ahead of them.
SUNY Oswego students are exposed to experiences that will empower them to live ethical and meaningful lives and build a better world. A sampling of experiences offered includes:
- High-profile internships
- Research in cutting-edge laboratories
- Professional-quality theatre productions
- On-air news production and broadcasting
- Business competitions for student entrepreneurs
- Study abroad
- Student teaching
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 207 | 10-19: 504 | 20-29: 285
30-39: 147 | 40-49: 81 | 50-99: 54 | 100+: 16
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 181
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 644
White, non-Hispanic: 5,005
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 17
Asian, non-Hispanic: 201
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 1
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 183
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 12
Total Enrollment: 7,089
“SUNY Oswego is full of incredibly talented professors whose main goal is to help the students succeed. If you’re willing to put in the work, the faculty will do anything for you.” – Angela Russell, 2018 music graduate
SUNY Oswego’s faculty and staff work collaboratively, resourcefully, and creatively to enhance dynamic course offerings, programs, and research. They commit to providing students with applied learning experiences that prepare them to make an impact in their career fields and communities around the world.
SUNY Oswego offers a high level of interaction between faculty and students both inside and outside of the classroom. Extra help and guidance is an integral part of the culture of the Oswego campus community.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Cooperative education program
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Exchange student program (domestic)
External degree program
Liberal arts/career combination
Teacher certification program
“I came from New York City to Upstate New York, and SUNY Oswego was really what I was hoping for: a really accepting campus environment. I’ve been involved with intramural sports and a number of different clubs and organizations, like the Outdoor Adventure Club, and the Photography Club. I’ve just been amazed at how helpful and how focused students are at succeeding in whatever they do.” – Mic-Anthony Hay, journalism major
DIVERSE STUDENT BODY
SUNY Oswego is home to diverse students from all over New York state, the country, and the world. Over 270 international students from more than 35 different countries attended SUNY Oswego in 2017 as degree-seeking undergraduates, graduate students, or exchange students. View International Student LIfe at SUNY Oswego video.
SUNY Oswego makes a real difference in the broader community through its outreach, partnership, and service. A commitment to service—in an applied educational context—significantly shapes the learning experience. Students embrace the tangible results of their contributions to the community’s economic development and quality of life.
Students always have exciting ways to engage themselves in campus and cultural activities. In addition, each of SUNY Oswego’s 13 residential communities is designed to provide students with memorable and inclusive home-away-from-home experiences. The campus is rich in traditions that unify students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Memories made at SUNY Oswego are memories that are cherished for life.
SUNY Oswego is a lakeside campus situated along the shores of Lake Ontario. Located in Oswego, New York—40 miles northwest of Syracuse—students benefit from their exposure to a charming port city. With one-of-a-kind shops, cafes, and clubs, Oswego is a small city that embraces the vibrancy of a college community.
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
- 13 intramurals
Athletics at SUNY Oswego features top-notch equipment and facilities, including the convocation and ice arena located in the Marano Campus Center. Other facilities include: Romney Field House, which features a 200-meter track, a turf infield and additional multi-sport practice surface; a new outdoor turf stadium; and Laker Hall’s Max Ziel gymnasium.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 95%
Campus housing options.
Special housing for disabled students
Global living and learning center
Suites for upperclassmen
Nontraditional student housing
First-year experience residence hall
Housing for 21+ single suites
“Through the classroom lessons, professors, and internships, I am prepared to start a career in advertising. It feels good to say that confidently. I am leaving college with a lot more than a degree. It truly is the lessons you learn outside of the classroom that matter the most. I’m leaving with memories of the best four years I could have ever asked for. There’s something amazing about this place. It’s more than the scenery of Lake Ontario, and it’s more than the school itself. It’s really about the sense of belonging you gain here. I felt like myself at this school, only a better version of that person. I’ve learned how to be independent, how to stand up for myself, and how to appreciate who I am as a person.” – Carolyn Kelly, 2017 marketing and public relations graduate
PRACTICED AND PREPARED
SUNY Oswego students are gritty, nimble, and hard working. They prepare for the future careers through minds-on, hands-on engagement—whether that be through service-learning, internships, co-ops, research, student teaching, and/or community service—with faculty and staff on the college’s Oswego and Syracuse campuses, the surrounding communities, and around the globe. Oswego students enrich the communities they touch by sharing their knowledge and talent and leading with kindness and compassion for all.
In the 2016-2017 academic year, Oswego attracted more than $6 million in federal, state, and private support for research and innovative programs that help prepare students for careers and advanced degrees after SUNY Oswego. The college also invested more than $1 million in campus support for teaching, undergraduate research, research development, and student travel to conferences. Also in 2017, SUNY Oswego received a national honor—the Excellence and Innovation Award in International Education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities—for its efforts to embed study abroad and global education experiences in the curriculum, making study abroad more accessible to traditionally underrepresented students.
Oswego is proud of its high-achieving alumni, including Robert Moritz ‘85 (Global Chairman, PwC), Al Roker ‘76 (NBC Today Show), Alice McDermott ‘75, Diana Abu-Jaber ‘80 and Ken Auletta ‘63 (all award-winning authors), Christene Barberich ‘91 (Global Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder, Refinery29), and Steve Levy ‘87 and Linda Cohn ‘81 (ESPN sportscasters), to name a few.
Application closing date (fall): Rolling
Priority date: Jan. 15
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Class rank | Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Interview | Extracurricular activities | Talent/ability
Character/personal qualities | First generation | Alumni/ae relation | Geographical residence
Racial/ethnic status | Volunteer work | Work experience | Level of applicant’s interest
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 545 | 75th Percentile: 610
25th Percentile: 530 | 75th Percentile: 615
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 27
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $6,670
Tuition (out-of-state): $16,320
Room & Board: $13,740
Room Only: $8,590
Board Only: $5,150
View more about SUNY Oswego’s financial aid options here.