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7060 State Route 104

Oswego, NY 13126

Phone: (315) 312-2500
2013-2014 Tuition
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#69 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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SUNY--Oswego is a public institution that was founded in 1861. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,151, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 700 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. SUNY--Oswego's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 69. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,171 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,621 (2013-14).

SUNY—Oswego offers a variety of ways for its new students to ease into college life. All full-time undergraduates under 21 are required to live on campus—unless they commute from a parent’s home or are married—and freshmen can choose to live exclusively with other students in their class through the school’s First-Year Residential Experience program. (Other freshmen may live among sophomores, juniors, and seniors.) The school also operates its own social networking site, called The Laker, where first year students can connect, communicate, and learn more about the college experience.

SUNY—Oswego has more than 150 clubs and organizations for students to consider, as well as sports teams, known as the Lakers, which compete in the NCAA Division III Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). The school’s hometown, Oswego, is situated on Lake Ontario and is about 40 miles from the city of Syracuse, N.Y., home to Syracuse University. Graduate students interested in SUNY—Oswego can check out programs at the School of Business. Among the many notable graduates of SUNY—Oswego are Al Roker, weatherman on The Today Show, and ESPN sportscaster Steve Levy. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld attended SUNY—Oswego before transferring to Queens College.

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

Oswego offers a learner-centered college experience at an exceptional educational value. Under the Oswego Guarantee, room and board costs do not increase during a student's four years on campus. Students receive more than $75 million in need-based financial aid annually and over $4.2 million in scholarships. The college's mission -- to contribute to the common good by lighting the path to wisdom and empowering women and men to pursue meaningful lives as productive, responsible citizens -- informs the learner-centered experience which is distinguished by vitality, intellectual rigor, engagement, world awareness and a focus on real-world solutions. Oswego is distinctive in its vitality: In the midst of an $800 million campus renewal program, the college has recently opened or is currently building new living-learning communities, high-tech classrooms, a science complex, a teacher education center, and recreational facilities on its spacious campus on the shore of Lake Ontario. Oswego is distinctive in its intellectual rigor: The college is noted for its Honors Program and opportunities for high-achieving students. It offers more than 100 academic options ranging from accounting to zoology, including unusual programs such as Electrical and Computer Engineering, Meteorology, and Cognitive Science. Oswego's academic programs have received the stamp of excellence from a range of accrediting bodies (see below). Oswego is distinctive in its engagement: The college, which received the Carnegie Foundation's prestigious community engagement designation, is noted for its internship and volunteer opportunities for students, which extend around the world. Oswego's programs are distinctive in their world awareness: Oswego sends its students abroad at double the average rate of American colleges; international options range from weeklong to yearlong overseas experiences, including opportunities to conduct research through Oswego's distinctive Global Laboratory network. Oswego brings the world to campus through co-curricular cultural programming, visiting international scholars, and academic programs such as International Trade and Global Studies. Finally, Oswego is distinctive in focusing on solutions -- producing students with the tools and the will to take on challenging problems facing the world today. Accreditations: SUNY Oswego is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of College and Schools, and all academic programs have been approved and registered by the New York State Education Department. The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The School of Business is accredited by AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The art department earned accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The chemistry department is accredited by the American Chemical Society in both the chemistry and biochemistry majors. The music department is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The school psychology program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists. The technology department received accreditation from the Council on Technology Teacher Education. The theatre department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Walker Health Center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1861
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $9,980,898


When applying to SUNY--Oswego, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early decision deadline is November 29. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at SUNY--Oswego is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 48.4 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 48.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at SUNY--Oswego is 18:1, and the school has 55.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at SUNY--Oswego include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Psychology; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 38%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 23%
Education 23%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11%
Psychology 10%
Visual and Performing Arts 6%

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Student Life

SUNY--Oswego has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,151, with a gender distribution of 48.4 percent male students and 51.6 percent female students. At this school, 57 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 43 percent of students live off campus. SUNY--Oswego is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 7,921
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--Oswego offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. SUNY--Oswego also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at SUNY--Oswego, 45 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at SUNY--Oswego.

Students who have cars on campus 45%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At SUNY--Oswego, 83.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,025.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,171 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,621 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,510 (2013-14)
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