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State University of New York at Oswego

Oswego, NY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate80%
Acceptance Rate80%

About SUNY Oswego

State University of New York at Oswego Overview

State University of New York at Oswego is a public, state school in the small town setting of Oswego, New York. SUNY Oswego was founded in 1861 and the school enrolls around 7,058 students a year, which includes 6,135 undergrad students. SUNY Oswego provides housing for up to 4,400 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 75% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to SUNY Oswego for Fall 2023 is January 15.

Student Activities at SUNY Oswego

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of SUNY Oswego's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? SUNY Oswego students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? SUNY Oswego has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? SUNY Oswego has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at SUNY Oswego on the Student Life page.

2022 SUNY Oswego Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 80%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 86%
Average GPA 3.5
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 86%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 30%
In-State Tuition $7,070
Out-of-State $16,980
Percent of Need Met 66%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $11,137

Is SUNY Oswego a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" varies. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better sense of what SUNY Oswego offers and if the school seems like a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for State University of New York at Oswego

It is moderately difficult to get into SUNY Oswego. The acceptance rate at SUNY Oswego is 80%. Last year, 10,357 students applied to SUNY Oswego and 8,249 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at SUNY Oswego

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 74% of students who start at SUNY Oswego come back the next year. Around 67% of students who started at SUNY Oswego earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for SUNY Oswego Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 65% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent SUNY Oswego grads is $40,000 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

State University of New York at Oswego's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of State University of New York at Oswego's endowment was $54.7 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $11,036 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at SUNY Oswego

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

SUNY Oswego meets 66% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $11,137 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $23,538 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at SUNY Oswego.

Based on this information, how does SUNY Oswego sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is SUNY Oswego a good school for you?

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Where is State University of New York at Oswego Located?

SUNY Oswego is located in the small town setting of Oswego, New York, in the suburbs of Syracuse.

If you are interested in seeing SUNY Oswego for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take New York State Route 481 to Oswego, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Syracuse Hancock International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what SUNY Oswego and Oswego are like without leaving home.

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College Info

7060 Route 104 Oswego, NY 13126

Campus Setting: Small Town

SUNY Oswego Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jan 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SUNY Oswego is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to SUNY Oswego is Jan 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

SUNY Oswego ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


20 to 26


20 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to SUNY Oswego is 25. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into SUNY Oswego. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

SUNY Oswego SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1070 - 1260


Math SAT Range

530 - 640


Reading SAT Range

530 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1260 and Above


1070 to 1260


1070 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for SUNY Oswego students is 1162. Applicants with SAT scores of 1260 and above have a good chance of being admitted to SUNY Oswego, while applicants with SAT scores between 1070 to 1260 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1070 have a low chance of being offered a spot at SUNY Oswego.

SUNY Oswego Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at SUNY Oswego is like? There are approximately 7,058 students enrolled at SUNY Oswego, including 6,135 undergraduate students and 923 graduate students. 92% percent of students attend school full-time, 96% percent are from NY and 4% percent of students are from other states.


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