SUNY College--Oneonta

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Ravine Parkway

Oneonta, NY 13820

Phone: (607) 436-3500
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News rank Category Name
#66 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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SUNY College--Oneonta is a public institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,863, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 250 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. SUNY College--Oneonta's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 66. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,220 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,670 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

A liberal arts college with a pre-professional focus, SUNY Oneonta features outstanding and accessible faculty, students committed to academic achievement and community service, excellent facilities and technology, a beautiful campus, and a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Popular academic majors include the nationally accredited business, education, music industry, dietetics, human ecology, and chemistry programs; traditional majors in the arts, sciences and social sciences; and programs in emerging fields such as computer art, environmental science, and mass communications. The college rates highly among public colleges nationwide in value, selectivity, service, and alumni support.

Oneonta offers a friendly, small college atmosphere with a genuine sense of community, enhanced by a campuswide commitment to providing the best possible experience for students. The college is small enough to provide personal attention, yet large enough to offer impressive facilities, equipment, and programs. Faculty and students collaborate on projects through Oneonta's Student/Faculty Grant Program for Research and Creative Activities. Internships, service learning, and experiential learning afford students opportunities to learn by doing. Oneonta offers more than 1,000 scholarships, including Oneonta Presidential Scholarships for high-achieving students. Student activities include student government, athletics, and more than 80 organizations focusing on academics, publications, performance, cultural awareness, and special interests. Leadership and honors programs provide further opportunities for students to develop lifelong skills.

Campus facilities include a digital planetarium, music recording studio with tunable walls, computer art lab, DNA computing and genomics lab; Alumni Fieldhouse and a new residence hall with apartment-style living. The college has invested over $90 million in campus facilities since 2002, including recent $12-million renovations of the Human Ecology and Science buildings, and a $6.7-million music wing addition to the Fine Arts building. In nearby Cooperstown, SUNY Oneonta offers the Biological Field Station and Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies. Specialized endowments support a number of facilities, and Oneonta leads SUNY in the percentage of alumni who make gifts to their alma mater.

A recipient of the Carnegie Classification in Community Engagement and an honoree on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since its inception in 2006, SUNY Oneonta features the nationally known student-run Center for Social Responsibility and Community, which coordinates service learning and volunteerism. The highly rated Milne Library provides an expansive print collection and extensive electronic resources, including a new Technology Center. Oneonta offers computer labs in all academic and residential buildings and campuswide wireless networking.

Located in the historic Susquehanna Valley of central New York, Oneonta is convenient to all of New York state. Nearby Cooperstown is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. With a population of around 14,000, the city of Oneonta maintains a small-town feel but offers opportunities for entertainment, the arts, athletics, and shopping. The region is also rich in outdoor recreational and environmental opportunities.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1889
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $33,129,312


When applying to SUNY College--Oneonta, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at SUNY College--Oneonta is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 43.1 percent and an early acceptance rate of 63.1 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 43.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at SUNY College--Oneonta is 18:1, and the school has 39.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at SUNY College--Oneonta include: Education; Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; English Language and Literature/Letters; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 52%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 19%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 10%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 9%
English Language and Literature/Letters 9%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%

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Student Life

SUNY College--Oneonta has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,863, with a gender distribution of 40.2 percent male students and 59.8 percent female students. At this school, 59 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 41 percent of students live off campus. SUNY College--Oneonta is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,069
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

SUNY College--Oneonta offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. SUNY College--Oneonta also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at SUNY College--Oneonta, 48 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at SUNY College--Oneonta.

Students who have cars on campus 48%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At SUNY College--Oneonta, 59.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,709.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,220 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,670 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,066 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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