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7060 State Route 104
Oswego, NY 13126
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SUNY College at Oswego

SUNY College at Oswego Rating: 3.3/5 (6 votes)

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Founded in 1861, SUNY College at Oswego is located in Oswego, NY on the shores of Lake Ontario. The college has three campuses and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as several specialized degree programs. On-campus housing is available and there are numerous student organizations, an active Greek life and several community service groups. As part of the SUNY system, SUNY College at Oswego has all of the charm of a small-town college and all of the advantages of being part of a large university.


SUNY College at Oswego is a liberal arts college that awards undergraduate degrees in nearly seventy majors, nearly 30 graduate degrees and several special degree tracks, certificate of advanced student programs and cooperative degree programs. The college also offers students the wonderful opportunity to participate in a five-year combined bachelor’s/MBA program in a couple of different majors. Baccalaureate and graduate programs are offered via four different colleges with the majority being offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The other colleges include the School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Communication, Media and the Arts. There are a combination of degrees offered from each of the college and each one offers at least a few master’s programs as well.

SUNY College at Oswego believes in hands-on learning and offers numerous creative activities, research projects and other scholarly undertakings to undergraduate and graduate students that most facilities only offer at the graduate level. The college has excellent, state-of-the-art facilities and there are several programs including the Possibility Scholars, which is a research program for first-year science majors, and the Global Laboratories program which allow students to take advantage of SUNY’s global scientific connections.

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Freshman Admission

Students wishing to apply to SUNY College at Oswego need to submit either the Common Application with the SUNY Supplement or the SUNY Application along with the admission fee online. Documents that need to be submitted directly to the school include official high school transcripts, and ACT or SAT scores for students who have been out of high school for less than 5 years. The school bases admissions decisions mostly on SAT/ACT scores and high school coursework/GPA.

SUNY College at Oswego encourages students to apply for the fall term between Aug. 1 and Jan. 15 in order for all paperwork to be processed. Students who apply after Jan 15 will be considered for admission on a space-available basis. Students applying for the spring term are encouraged to apply by Nov 15.

Graduate Admission

In order to be considered for a seat in a graduate program at Oswego, a student’s credentials and formal application must receive a recommendation for admission from the corresponding departmental admission committee and must also be approved by the dean of graduate studies. Requirements for application packets vary by department so students should work closely with their department of choice.

Aside from specialized departmental programs, students need to submit the application and fee, official transcripts, recommendations and standardized test scores.

Financial Aid

SUNY College at Oswego offers financial aid in several different forms including merit-based and need-based scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans and work-study programs. Students that would like to apply for financial aid need to begin the process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that’s available online starting in January. Because many scholarships have limited funds, students should apply for aid as soon as possible. Financial information for both the student and family is required when completing the FAFSA so applicants should have tax forms and other documentation ready when completing the application.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3307th for the average student loan amount.
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The Oswego Lakers are an NCAA Division III athletics organization that competes in the State University of New York Athletic Conference, except for the women’s hockey team, which participates in the ECAC West because SUNYAC doesn’t offer the sport. The organization offers many different intercollegiate sports including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, ice hockey, lacrosse,soccer, swimming & diving, tennis and track & field. Men may also choose to participate in baseball and wrestling while women have the additional options of softball, field hockey, softball and volleyball.

In addition to varsity sports, SUNY College at Oswego also offers three different types of intramural sports: competitive, instructional and recreational. Some of the activities included are badminton, ice hockey, fencing, rugby, dance and paintball. There are many others offered as well. Students also have a fitness facility and pool that they may use.

Additional School Information

The State University of New York was established in 1948 and is a network of 64 unique colleges and universities throughout the state of New York that include all types of schools from small community colleges to one of the top veterinary schools in the country. The schools are spread throughout the state so that nearly every New York resident is within commuting distance to one and many of the schools offer educational and degree cooperation with one another. Combined, SUNY offers more than 7000 degrees and certificate programs. Many of the schools have top-notch research facilities and the system attracts expert faculty from a variety of fields. SUNY is committed to providing the highest quality education at affordable prices to students both in-state and from the rest of the country and around the world.


  • Oswego State University of New York. State University of New York at Oswego. 2011. Web. 14 Sept 2011.
  • SUNY State University of New York. The State University of New York. 2011. Web. 14 Sept 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 75th in New York and 671st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in New York and 505th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 5 0.06
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 5 0.06
Burglary 23 0.28
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 105 1.28

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Oswego, NY 13126
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population36,454 (23,865 urban / 12,589 rural)
Households13,257 (2.47 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,079
Families8,281 (3.03 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3624

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1220th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,870 $5,870 $15,320
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,311 $1,311 $1,311
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $245 $245 $638
FT Graduate Tuition $9,870 $9,870 $18,350
FT Graduate Required Fees $919 $919 $919
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $411 $411 $765
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,991 $21,991 $31,441
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,191 $22,191 $31,641
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,681 $9,681 $19,131

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,510 $6,841 $6,510 $6,841 $15,560 $16,091
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $12,310 $12,510
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,400(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $12,310 $12,510
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,600(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,700(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 10,351 (4,481 male / 5,870 female)
Admitted 5,034 (2,237 male / 2,797 female)
Admission rate 49%
First-time Enrollment 1,508 (660 male / 848 female)
FT Enrollment 1,506 (660 male / 846 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (N/A male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment8,117

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference State University of New York Ath Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference State University of New York Ath Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference State University of New York Ath Conf

ACT Test Admission

590th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 33%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 26

SAT Test Admission

537th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 96%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 590
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 590
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1040 / 1180

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,400
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$7,990
Board Fee$4,620

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1556th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $67,415 ($71,130 male / $64,286 female)
Number of FT Faculty 336 (182 male / 154 female)
Number of PT Faculty 565
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $19,247,758

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