Freshman FAQ

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Whatever your questions about SUNY Oswego, you'll likely find the answer below, or by visiting one of the links mentioned on this page.

When can I visit SUNY Oswego?
How will Oswego use the SAT or the ACT writing exam component?
If I took the SAT more then once, which scores do you consider?
How important are SAT scores? What tests are required? What is your cut-off point?
What do you look at when evaluating an application?
When are applications available?
Can I check my application status online?

How much does it cost to attend Oswego?
Is financial aid available?
What merit scholarships does Oswego offer?
Is a separate application required for presidential or merit scholarship consideration? 

Is there a mandatory EOP summer program?
What information is available regarding campus safety?
Is there a housing requirement?


When can I visit SUNY Oswego?
SUNY Oswego offers year-round campus visits. Register for a visit online at our visit page or by calling the Office of Admissions at 315.312.2250 during regular business hours. During a visit, you'll have the opportunity to take a student-guided campus tour and meet with an admissions counselor. Or you could attend one of our many group admissions programs. To see the list of dates and programs, check our visit page.   In the meantime, take a online Virtual Tour of campus now.

How will Oswego use the SAT or the ACT writing exam component?
Oswego uses the SAT Math and Critical Reading (the writing component is not considered), as well as the ACT Composite as one of the several variables (high school courses, level of specific courses, grades, rank and supplemental information, among others) to predict college success.

If I took the SAT/ ACT more then once, which scores do you consider?
We look at the highest score from each section (even from different dates) to determine your SAT/ ACT score.  For admissions and scholarship purposes we will consider the highest relative score from either the SAT or ACT.

How important are SAT scores? What tests are required? What is your cut-off point?
Either the SAT or the ACT is required for admission and will be used as part of the evaluation process. We have no firm cut-off score, and there is no number that ensures your acceptance. SAT scores are just one source of information about you -- not the only one. 

What do you look at when evaluating an application?
Our admissions process is selective. Everything counts! We look closely at your high school record to see whether you have taken the most challenging courses. We also consider your SAT or ACT scores as well as supplemental information (personal essay, letters of recommendation and resume). 

When are applications available?
They are available beginning August 1st of the year before you wish to attend. For more information, visit our application page.

Can I check my application status online?
Applicants may check their application status online at oswego.edu/appstatus two weeks after the application is processed.  Students are encouraged to check this site often until their application is complete.  User IDs and PINs are mailed weekly as applications are loaded.

How much does it cost to attend Oswego?
As of 2013-2014, tuition for New York state residents is $5,870 per year with additional Double Room ($7,990), Full Board ($4,620) and fee ($1,529) charges totalling approximately $20,009 annually. Additional expenses such as books and personal spending money are not included in these charges. Annual tuition for out-of-state residents is $15,320. For more information, visit our costs and financial aid page

Is financial aid available?
Because we're part of the SUNY system, tuition is very affordable. Even so, nearly 70 percent of our students benefit from the over $80 million in financial aid which can include grants, loans and part-time employment we award annually to our student body. In addition, over $4 million in merit scholarships, including prestigious Presidential Scholarships, are available for outstanding undergraduates. For more information, see our financial aid section.

What merit scholarships does Oswego offer?
Over $4 Million in Merit Scholarships will be awarded to SUNY Oswego students this fall. These scholarships include:
* $18,800 Presidential Scholarships ($4,700 per year, renewable for up to four years; $2,350 without on-campus housing);
* $6,000 Deans' Scholarships ($1,500 per year, renewable for up to four years);
* $3,000 Merit Scholarships ($750 per year, renewable for up to four years);
* $1,000 Transfer Scholarships; (non-renewable)
* $20,000 - 32,000 Destination Oswego Scholarships for qualified out-of-state and international students ($5,000- $8,000 annually, for up to four years);
For more information, visit our merit scholarship page. 

Is a separate application required for Presidential or Merit Scholarship consideration?
Students are automatically considered for scholarships by completing the application for admission. No special scholarship application is required.  New information maybe submitted up to May 1st for reconsideration.

Is there a mandatory EOP summer program?
Freshmen students admitted through the EOP program are required to successfully complete the mandatory summer program. For specific questions contact the EOP Office at 315.312.3094 or eop@oswego.edu.


What information is available regarding campus safety?
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Act (originally known as the Campus Security Act) require colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. SUNY Oswego's yearly report can be found on our University Police page.

Is there a housing requirement?
SUNY Oswego's housing policy requires new first-year students to live on-campus for their first two-years.  Our housing policy with all our houing requirements can be found online here

RELATED LINKS:

Academic FAQ
Application FAQ
Student Life FAQ
FirstChoice FAQ