Recent Milestones

Highlights of Recent Years

Evening view of Shineman Center

• The college announced in January 2014 receiving its largest gift to date: $7.5 million from the estate of local resident Lorraine E. Marano. The gift establishes the Nunzio "Nick" C. and Lorraine E. Marano Endowment, which will be used primarily to fund scholarships for students with financial need, especially first-generation college students.

• SUNY Oswego opened its new Richard S. Shineman Center for Sciences, Engineering and Innovation in fall 2013. A $118 million construction project renovated and expanded a 1960s science facility into a 262,000-square-foot state-of-the-art complex supporting future scientists, engineers and teachers. A $5 million gift -- the largest cash philanthropic gift in the college's history -- from Dr. Barbara Palmer Shineman, professor emerita of education, and the Richard S. Shineman Foundation named the building. The Rice Creek Field Station facility was also part of the science construction project and newly opened in fall 2013. Landmark celebrations  commemorating the new science facilities took place the week of Sept. 30, 2013.

• U.S. News Media Group again ranks SUNY Oswego among the top 20 public universities in the North in rankings for 2014 released Sept. 11, 2013, and Princeton Review includes Oswego in its 2014 list of "The Best Northeastern Colleges."

• In August 2013, Washington Monthly magazine ranked SUNY Oswego in the top 50 public master's-level institutions nationwide for its "contribution to the public good." Oswego ranks No. 95 among all 684 master's-level colleges and universities, public and private, that the magazine ranked.

• In February 2013, USA Today and the Princeton Review named SUNY Oswego to their 2013 list of  "best value" colleges and universities in the nation. Oswego is one of just 75 public institutions listed.

• SUNY Oswego became only the second public college in the state to offer a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering and also added an MBA degree in health services administration. Both programs began enrolling students in fall 2013.

• The college hired its first endowed faculty member, the Marcia Belmar Willock Professor of Finance, in fall 2012.

• Oswego received an anonymous $5 million bequest in support of its distinctive Possibility Scholars program in spring 2012.

• Oswego launched the SUNY system's first multiple-major co-op program in fall 2011, giving students an inside shot at obtaining full-time work following graduation.

• The Carnegie Foundation awarded SUNY Oswego a prestigious Community Engagement Classification in January 2011, an honor the foundation announced for 114 other institutions across the nation, from Cornell and Stony Brook universities to the universities of Notre Dame and Southern California. Then in spring 2011 — and 2012 and 2013 — Oswego was named to the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll “with Distinction," an equally distinguished recognition for the college's commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

• SUNY Oswego broke ground in September 2010 for the Richard S. Shineman Center for Sciences, Engineering and Innovation.

• The new Village townhouse community, a $40 million residential project south of Glimmerglass Lagoon, in August 2010 welcomed 348 students for a new, more independent campus living option.

• Oswego earned approval for the SUNY system's first degree in risk management and insurance in 2009.

• SUNY Oswego became the first public college in New York to offer a software engineering degree in fall 2008.

• Inspiring Horizons: The Campaign for Oswego exceeded its $23 million goal by hundreds of thousands of dollars as it concluded its six-year run on June 30, 2008, with an outpouring of support from alumni and others. This comprehensive development campaign, Oswego's first, included a $1 million gift from an alumna that will establish the college's first endowed professorship.

• New School of Communication, Media and the Arts launched in spring 2008.

• New SUNY Oswego Metro Center opened in downtown Syracuse in 2008.