Students Say

An "excellent business program," a strong education program, a "successful honors program," and "good study-abroad options" highlight the academic offerings of SUNY-Oswego. Professors seem focused on creating a "personal and comfortable learning environment" for undergraduates.

Overview

Applicants
11,022
Acceptance Rate
48%
Average HS GPA
3.50

GPA Breakdown

28%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
25%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 590
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 26

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

An "excellent business program," a strong education program, a "successful honors program," and "good study-abroad options" highlight the academic offerings of SUNY-Oswego. Professors seem focused on creating a "personal and comfortable learning environment" for undergraduates. Oswego profs are "knowledgeable about their subject and excited to be in Oswego." They seem to "really care about what you do and want to help you in every way to make sure you do well." Students also appreciate that they "have a lot of opportunities to work with professors on research and other projects outside of the classroom to help build real-world experience." That makes sense to many students, as they view an Oswego education mainly as "preparation for the working world." That said, "some of the GE (general education) professors are not so great." But all-in-all, it's the "amazing professors" who make an Oswego bachelor's degree "a great education for the amount of money you pay." The administration gets only fair reviews. While it "has good intentions at heart," it is "pretty disorganized in many ways."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17.63:1
Total Faculty
570
with Terminal Degree
350

291
Men
279
Women
60
Minority
20
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
44%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Zoology/Animal Biology
  • Zoology/Animal Biology, Other

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, other any instructional program in organizational communication, public relations, and advertising not listed above

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • Health Occupations Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Sales and Marketing Operations/Marketing and Distribution Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Technical Teacher Education
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • American History (United States)
  • History, General

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Music
  • Theatre/Theater

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Cognitive Science
  • International/Global Studies
  • Natural Sciences

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Meteorology
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Al Roker
NBC Today Show weather anchor

Alice McDermott
National Book Award Winner and best-selling novelist

Ken Auletta
New Yorker Columnist and critically acclaimed author

Robert Moritz
Chairman and Senior U.S. Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers

Harold Morse
Founder of The Learning Channel and Ovation TV Network

Heraldo Munoz
International diplomat with U.N. roles

Linda Cohn
ESPN Anchor

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
44%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Bang For Your Buck

Affordability is often the primary factor for students who choose to attend SUNY—Oswego. The university provides “a great education for the money,” says a thankful student. Additionally, the Oswego Guarantee assures students their on-campus room and board charges will not increase while at the college. Providing a high-quality education, as well as preparing undergraduates for the job market and a life of continued learning, are paramount at Oswego. Nearly 90 percent of the student body receives some manner of financial aid. Nearly 80 percent of students borrow in some way to pay for school, and can envision a cumulative indebtedness once graduating from the institution of more than $25,000.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,614

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,817

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,394

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,183

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
77%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,764

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,470
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$16,320
Required Fees
$1,464
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,400
Transportation for Commuters
$900

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

SUNY-Oswego's student body "consists mostly of middle-class to lower-middle-class students from upstate New York." That said, there are also many "from downstate like NYC and Long Island." How do you tell the difference between upstaters and downstaters? Word on campus is that upstaters aren't afraid to occasionally wear their flip flops outside in the winter, while downstaters keep their Uggs on. In addition to permanent residence somewhere in the Empire State, "the majority of students are white." Temperamentally, "the typical student is usually someone who is studious from Sunday to Wednesday, and parties on weekends. "There are some students who don't go to class, and those who don't party," explains an undergrad. "They are all accepted by the community and will have friends in different social cliques." "They normally fit in by finding a club that they enjoy," agrees another.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,193
Out of State

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
18

Demographics

2.10%
Asian
6.71%
African-American
9.32%
Hispanic
79.34%
Caucasian
2.83%
International

51% female
49% male
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Winter sport enthusiasts be advised, "Oswego offers some awesome winter activities due to the amount of snow we get." These include "one of the best" ice skating rinks, "so ice skating is always a fun activity." In addition, "snowball fights are a must." And of course, "one of everyone's favorite things is going to the home hockey games (we won the national championship in [2007])." "When the weather is nice we have bonfires down by the lake," and "in the summer and spring people will spread out beach towels and get some sun on the lakeside of campus." In addition, "there are also concerts and performers that come throughout the year to the school." "Some students go out on the weekends to parties and bars and others see a movie or go bowling," says one student. Some here think "the city of Oswego has seen better days," finding that because it is "a small city," it lacks the "excitement of big-city life."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
60%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
179
Number of Honor Societies
23

Number of Social Sororities
11
Number of Religious Organizations
5

7% join a fraternity
6% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

7% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Lakers)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Lakers)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Rainbow Alliance http://events.oswego.edu/registeredorgs

Minority Support Groups: Black Student Union, Carribean Student Association, Asian Student Union, Latino Student Association, International Student Association, ALANA (Asian Latino, African and Native American) Conference http://events.oswego.edu/registeredorgs

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Sustainability

SUNY Oswego is one college absolutely overflowing with sustainability. An ACUPCC signatory, the upstate New York green stronghold combines a rich institutional commitment to the environment with a thriving student enthusiasm towards sustainable endeavors. Its Climate Action Plan guides the Facilities Department to ensure the sustainable operation of buildings. Carefully designed residence hall showerheads, low-flow toilets, and green cleaning products are just parts of the package. The college is using on-site generation from geothermal sources. New construction must meet LEED Silver standards. Sustainability-related research is encouraged by Rice Creek Field Station, a unit that invites student proposals and is dedicated to the support of academic instruction, research, and public service in all aspects of natural history. Students can join numerous groups such as Students for Global Change—a coalition group that actively educates the campus and community about environmental and human rights issues on both global and local levels—and the “Go Green Team.” Plus, students can pursue a sustainability studies minor, with the college offering several cross-departmental courses such as environmental chemistry, environmental economics, and sustainability and human behavior. Even the cinema and screen studies program challenges students to reduce waste—this in a discipline that is regularly considered one of the ten most wasteful industries in the United States! Campus neighbors feel the impact: SUNY Oswego boasts a highly successful ACTS program designed to create real-life solutions to sustainability problems in the community in the new Shineman Center for Science, Engineering, and Innovation.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
13%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
75

Average Number of PC's per Lab
14

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Katie Maxwell
Sr. Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
229 Sheldon Hall
Oswego, NY 13126-3599

Phone
315-312-2250

Email
admiss@oswego.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Marano Campus Center
Penfield Library and Lake Effect Cafe
Richard S. Shineman Center or Science, Engineering & Innovation
The Village - Townhouses
Rich Hall, School of Business
Rice Creek Biological field station; the spectacular Lake Ontario sunsets are a favorite from every view on campus; Laker Hall (Field House); Johnson Hall (1st Year Residence Hall)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Shores of Lake Ontario/Oswego International Marina
Fort Ontario
Rudy's Restaurant and Bev's Ice cream
Fishing
Destiny USA - Syracuse, NY
Downtown Oswego...movie theater, eateries, shops, museums and restaurants. In addition to the annual City of Oswego Harborfest.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday,Wednesday,Friday, and select Saturdays; call 315-312-2250 for appt.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://oswegolakers.com/staff.aspx

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Please contact academic departments directly.

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Only offered Monday through Thursday.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
There are Centro buses that continuously shuttle students around campus. There are also buses that go downtown and stop at Wal-Mart in Oswego. Two taxi companies also help students get around town. There is a Centro bus that goes to Syracuse to the regional transportation center where students can take Amtrak or Greyhound or Trailways busses home. Syracuse Hancock Int'l Airport is also an option for students.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the North: Take Rte. I-81 south to Rte. 104, then follow Rte. 104 west through the city of Oswego to campus. Note: Within the city of Oswego, Rte. 104 becomes Bridge Street. From the South: Take the New York Thruway north to Exit 16, and proceed west to Binghamton on Rte. 6 (becomes Rte 17). Travel North on Rte. I-81 to Exsit 16A, then north on Rte. 481 through Fulton to Rte. 104 in Oswego. Follow Rte. 104 west to campus. Note: Within the city of Qswego, Rte 104 becomes Bridge Street. From the East: Take the New York Thruway west to Exit 34A (vicinity of Syracuse). Travel north on Rte. 481 through Fulton to Rte. 104 in Oswego. Follow Rte. 104 west to campus. Note: Within the city of Oswego, Rte. 104 becomes Bridge Street. From the West: Take the New York Thruway east to Exit 40 (Weedsport). Proceed north on Rte. 34 to Rte. 104, then east on Rte. 104 to campus. (Or if you perfer, take Rte. 104 directly to campus.) Note: Within the city of Oswego, Rte. 104 becomes Bridge Street.

Local Accommodations
Captain's Quarters (Best Western) 26 E. First St. (Rte. 481) 1-800-528-1234; Days Inn, Rte. 104 E. 1-800-329-7466; Econo Lodge, 70 E. First St. 315-343-1600 or 1-800-446-6900; Oswego Inn, Ltd., 180 E. Tenth St. 315-342-6200 or 1-800-721-7341; Scottish Inn, Rte. 104 W. 315-343-4900
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Key Stats

11,022
Applicants
7,193
Size
48%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists