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Colleges / State University of New York at Oswego

State University of New York at Oswego

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

SUNY Oswego Admissions

If you are applying to SUNY Oswego, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the application fee is $50.

SUNY Oswego Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of SUNY Oswego's admissions stats.

SUNY Oswego 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 14%
Mean SAT Score 1162
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 30%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 4%
Waitlist No

State University of New York at Oswego Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for State University of New York at Oswego.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 15 December 15
Regular Decision Yes January 15 ––

Want to Apply Early to SUNY Oswego?

SUNY Oswego does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. SUNY Oswego will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

SUNY Oswego accepts around 86% of early action applicants and 80% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, SUNY Oswego admitted 4,668 of the 5,49 who applied early action.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on State University of New York at Oswego Admissions

How To Get Into State University of New York at Oswego

SUNY Oswego is a moderately difficult school to get into. SUNY Oswego evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, SUNY Oswego accepted 80% of all applicants, about 8,249 of the 10,357 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like SUNY Oswego, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to State University of New York at Oswego

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into SUNY Oswego?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at SUNY Oswego

Curious about the factors that are considered by SUNY Oswego during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with SUNY Oswego for more information on admission factors.

SUNY Oswego Application Requirements

To apply to SUNY Oswego, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with SUNY Oswego's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.7
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into SUNY Oswego?

Students admitted to SUNY Oswego have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 48% submitted a class rank. At SUNY Oswego 14% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 40% were in the top 25% and 74% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At State University of New York at Oswego, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 5%
3.75 and 3.99 31%
3.50 and 3.74 19%
3.25 and 3.49 11%
3.00 and 3.24 23%
2.50 and 2.9 10%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to SUNY Oswego directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

SUNY Oswego looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

SUNY Oswego has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 30% of SUNY Oswego's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 4% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for SUNY Oswego?

To be competitive with other SUNY Oswego applicants, you should strive to earn between 1070 and 1260 (or higher!) on the SAT. At SUNY Oswego 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1260 and 25% of scored lower than 1070, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a SUNY Oswego student is 1162.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of SUNY Oswego students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 530 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of SUNY Oswego students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 530 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for SUNY Oswego?

To be most competitive at SUNY Oswego, you should strive to earn between 20 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for SUNY Oswego's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for SUNY Oswego students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to State University of New York at Oswego

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to SUNY Oswego.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is January 15. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in SUNY Oswego during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

SUNY Oswego Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to SUNY Oswego?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to SUNY Oswego.

Does SUNY Oswego accept transfer credits?

✅ SUNY Oswego accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. SUNY Oswego accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning Credit

Does SUNY Oswego accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ SUNY Oswego accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to SUNY Oswego?

❌ No, SUNY Oswego is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to send your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is SUNY Oswego's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for SUNY Oswego is 80%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at SUNY Oswego?

❌ SUNY Oswego does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at SUNY Oswego?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at SUNY Oswego was 86% in 2021.

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SUNY Oswego Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into SUNY Oswego? SUNY Oswego is a somewhat selective institution. The SUNY Oswego acceptance rate is 80%. This means that the institution accepts 79 out of every 100 applicants.


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.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At SUNY Oswego, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.49. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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