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SUNY Oneonta Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to SUNY Oneonta, the application fee is $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from SUNY Oneonta by January 1.

SUNY Oneonta Admissions Stats at a Glance

SUNY Oneonta 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Mean SAT Score 1125
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 91%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 20%

Applying Early to SUNY Oneonta?

State University of New York College at Oneonta does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! SUNY Oneonta will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 1.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to SUNY Oneonta?

It is very difficult to get into SUNY Oneonta. SUNY Oneonta evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, SUNY Oneonta accepted 63% of all applicants, around 7,583 of the 12,070 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like SUNY Oneonta, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

What Does SUNY Oneonta Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at SUNY Oneonta

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

SUNY Oneonta Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to SUNY Oneonta must submit the following items. Double check with SUNY Oneonta's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into SUNY Oneonta?

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

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At State University of New York College at Oneonta, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 13%
3.50 and 3.74 34%
3.25 and 3.49 42%
3.00 and 3.24 8%
2.50 and 2.9 2%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

SUNY Oneonta does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

SUNY Oneonta does not have 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 2021, 91% of SUNY Oneonta's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 20% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for SUNY Oneonta?

To be competitive with other SUNY Oneonta applicants, you should strive to earn between 1000 and 1250 (or higher!) on the SAT. At SUNY Oneonta 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1250 and 25% of scored lower than 1000, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a SUNY Oneonta student is 1125.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of SUNY Oneonta students scored 630 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of SUNY Oneonta students scored 630 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for SUNY Oneonta?

To be most competitive at SUNY Oneonta, you should strive to earn between 19 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for SUNY Oneonta's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for SUNY Oneonta students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

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Transferring to State University of New York College at Oneonta

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to SUNY Oneonta. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in SUNY Oneonta during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

SUNY Oneonta Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to SUNY Oneonta?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to SUNY Oneonta.

Does SUNY Oneonta accept transfer credits?

SUNY Oneonta accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

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

Do I have to submit test scores to SUNY Oneonta?

SUNY Oneonta is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is SUNY Oneonta's acceptance rate?

SUNY Oneonta's acceptance rate is 63%.

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SUNY Oneonta Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into SUNY Oneonta? SUNY Oneonta is a very selective institution. The SUNY Oneonta acceptance rate is 63%. This means that the institution accepts 62 out of every 100 applicants.



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SUNY Oneonta Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SUNY Oneonta is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to SUNY Oneonta is Continuous processing.

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

SUNY Oneonta ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


19 to 28


19 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to SUNY Oneonta is 23. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into SUNY Oneonta. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

SUNY Oneonta SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1000 - 1250


Math SAT Range

490 - 630


Reading SAT Range

490 - 630

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1250 and Above


1000 to 1250


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for SUNY Oneonta students is 1125. Applicants with SAT scores of 1250 and above have a good chance of being admitted to SUNY Oneonta, while applicants with SAT scores between 1000 to 1250 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1000 have a low chance of being offered a spot at SUNY Oneonta.

SUNY Oneonta GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At SUNY Oneonta, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.52. 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.

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