Oswego, New York
Dream, Discover, Do… The Oswego Way
SUNY Oswego offers engaging student life activities and programming alongside an exceptionally diverse curriculum with academic programs in four distinct schools: Business; Education; Liberal Arts & Sciences; and Communication, Media & the Arts. 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 successful graduates achieving dreams, pursuing adventure, and embracing opportunity.
SUNY Oswego, one of 13 comprehensive colleges in the 64-campus State University of New York system, was founded in 1861. Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity and actively engages in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students.
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
“My fellow students are passionate, motivational, and helpful. At Oswego, we do our best to be in each other’s (film) projects, to help each other, and get the best grades on our products. The professors at Oswego are super knowledgeable—they know their stuff and are always helpful. They’re freakin’ awesome!.” – Richard Bethea, senior cinema and screen studies, U.S. Army veteran from High Point, N.C.
ENGAGED LEARNING PREPARES OUR STUDENTS FOR CAREER SUCCESS
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 outside of the classroom, and to 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
- Award-winning on-air news production and broadcasting
- Business competitions for student entrepreneurs
- Study abroad experiences, including relief and recovery efforts to hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico
- Student teaching
- Engaging with faculty on research and national competitions
Participating in STEM-based, Math Success Camp and moving onto campus before other students arrive!
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 11%
White, non-Hispanic: 68%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 0%
“I’ve found such a comfort in the classroom. The professors at Oswego are helpful; they are passionate about what they teach and have a sincere desire for students to be successful.” – Jerimiah Butler, junior business administration major from Cicero-North Syracuse, N.Y.
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
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 45 different countries attended SUNY Oswego in 2018-2019 as degree-seeking undergraduates, graduate students, or exchange students. View International Student LIfe at SUNY Oswego video.
“When you come here (Oswego) on a tour and you see a diverse group of friends—men, women, people in the LGBTQ community, and people of all different races—it’s really cool. When a student comes to Oswego, they’re going to feel welcome regardless and know they can make that place for themselves and they can find a place where they are going to be safe.” – Taylor Griffin, 2019 graduate, English major from Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
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 and administrators work together to deliver an on-campus pantry that offers food, clothing, and personal items to those in need (watch video). Oswego students embrace the tangible results of their contributions to the community’s economic development and quality of life. View Commitment to Service video.
Students always have exciting ways to engage themselves in campus and cultural activities. Throughout the year, Oswego students are invited and encouraged to explore opportunities to join clubs and organizations, find their fit, and make new friends. View student involvement fair video.
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. And, what’s more, Oswego’s famous chicken patty is renowned on and off campus, proudly boasting its own social media following. Watch Oswego’s chicken patty video.
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, cafés, 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: 94%
Campus housing options.
“Everything that made me a stand-out student is due to the people and the networks and connections that I was able to make at Oswego. I was involved in various organizations that enabled me to gain experience and move forward in my academic as well as my co-curricular activities. It gave me opportunities that are leading me to medical school upon graduation from Oswego.” – Manna Job, 2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recipient, Biology major from Yonkers, N.Y.
PRACTICED AND PREPARED
SUNY Oswego students are gritty, nimble, and hard working. They prepare for 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 2017-2018 academic year, Oswego attracted nearly $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. In 2019, SUNY Oswego was named one of the top 15 public “Regional Universities in the North” and among the top 10 “Best Value Schools in the North” by U.S. News & World Report. Oswego’s nationally ranked online MBA also placed #1 among New York state public colleges in U.S. News’ “Best Online Degree Programs: MBA.” The College was recognized in 2019 by the Princeton Review as one of the “Best Regional Colleges in the Northeast”—an honor bestowed on Oswego every year since 2003—and one of the nation’s top “Green Colleges.”
Oswego is proud of its high-achieving alumni, including Diana Abu-Jaber ’80, Ken Auletta ’63 & Alice McDermott ’75 award-winning authors • Christene Barberich ’91, global editor-in-chief and co-founder of Refinery29, award-winning lifestyle media company • Nancy Fire Breslau ’83, founder and creative director, Design Works International / Creative Director, HGTV HOME • Fred Festa ’81, recently retired W.R. Grace & Co president and CEO • Steve Levy ’87 and Linda Cohn ’81, ESPN sportscasters • Robert Moritz ’85, global chair, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited (PwC) • Jeff Knauss ‘07, co-founder, Digital Hyve, 52nd fastest-growing company on Inc. 5000 List • Jeff Ragovin ‘00, co-founder, Buddy Media, sold to Salesforce for $800 million • Christopher Collins-McNeil ‘16, associate, Mercury Public Affairs, named to City & State’s Top 40 Under 40 List • Susannah Melchior Schaefer ‘90, CEO, Smile Train • Al Roker ’76, co-anchor, NBC Today show • Yvonne Spicer ’84 M’85, first mayor of Framingham, MA, and first African-American woman to be popularly elected mayor in Massachusetts • Kendis Gibson ’94, anchor and reporter for NBC and MSNBC.
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: 510 | 75th Percentile: 600
25th Percentile: 510 | 75th Percentile: 590
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 26
Tuition & Cost
View more about SUNY Oswego’s financial aid options here.