Oswego (SUNY) Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Oswego (SUNY)

Situated on a 690-acre campus on the shore of Lake Ontario in Western New York, SUNY Oswego is not an institution for students who hate cold weather. Students can choose from an assortment of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. A robust student/faculty ratio supports students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations.


  • Total Enrollment: 7,986 (7,081 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50 percent male/50 percent female
  • 96 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,640 (in-state); $18,220 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $800
  • Room and Board: $14,140
  • Other Expenses: $1,400
  • Total Cost: $24,980 (in-state); $34,560 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 96 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 90 percent
    • Loans: 71 percent
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,046
    • Loans: $6,872

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Education; and Health Professions and Related Programs

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 76 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 29 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 50 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 64 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Oswego (SUNY) Admissions

SUNY College at Oswego has an acceptance rate of 54 percent. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • SUNY Oswego Acceptance Rate: 54 percent
  • Test Scores: 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 540/620
    • SAT Math: 530/620
    • ACT Cumulative: 21/26

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for SUNY Oswego, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If SUNY Oswego is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Liberty University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for SUNY Oswego, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, California State University Long Beach, Pace University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than SUNY Oswego. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Syracuse University, United States Military Academy, Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati, Hofstra University, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Applying to SUNY Oswego

Application Deadline: Rolling

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