Application Requirements

Who are First-Year Students?
Applying
Required Information
Application Priority Dates
Admission Decisions
Check Your Admission Status Online

Early Decision
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

Special Talent Admission
Home-Schooled Student Admission
Scholarships
High School Entrance Requirements
Admission Deposit


Who are First-Year Students?

Freshmen or first-year students have earned fewer than 12 college credits since high school graduation.
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Applying

To apply to SUNY Oswego use The Common Application or SUNY Application
- Visit our Apply page for more information.
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Required Information

  • A completed undergraduate application
  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • Official SAT(Oswego's code =2543) and/or ACT(Oswego's code =2942) scores.
    - If you've been out of high school for three or more years, it is not necessary to submit test scores.
  • If submitting a SUNY Application, the completed SUNY Supplemental is required.
  • A $50 application fee is required by both The Common Application and SUNY Application.
  • Students who have registered for college course work must have official transcripts submitted from each college to the Oswego Office of Admissions.
  • Students must also submit any other information that is requested by the Oswego Office of Admissions.  Check our Appstatus page to see what has been received and what is still needed to complete your application.

Credentials separate from the application should be sent to:
SUNY Oswego
Office of Admissions
229 Sheldon Hall
Oswego, NY  13126-3599
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Application Priority Dates

SUNY Oswego uses recommended filing dates to encourage early submission of applications due to the time needed to complete the application.  Freshmen applying for the fall term are encouraged to apply for admission between Aug. 1 and Jan. 15. However, applications received after that date will be considered on a space available basis.

Freshmen applying for the spring term are encouraged to apply by Nov. 15. However, applications received after that date will be considered on a space available basis.
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Admission Decisions
Admission decisions are based primarily on your high school academic record and the results of college entrance examinations.  The supplemental information you provide is taken into consideration as well. 

  • Notifications of fall admission decisions begin early-January and continue on a rolling basis.
  • Notifications of spring admission decisions begin mid-October and continue on a weekly basis.
  • Scholarship decisions will be announced mid-February and continue on a rolling basis.

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Check Your Admission Status Online
Two weeks after your application is processed, you can log into the online admissions status tool to see whether there are any additional items needed to complete your application.  User IDs and PINs are sent via email (and letter, if U.S. address) weekly as applications are loaded.  Important to Note: Check this site often for updates to your status.  In many cases, after items are received, a review of your file leads to other items being requested.

Early Decision
An early decision option is available to you as a fall-semester freshman applicant if you have decided that SUNY Oswego is your first choice college and you plan to enroll here if admitted.  You should only select this option if Oswego is truely your first choice.

To be considered for early decision, all parts of your application for admission must be received by the Oswego Office of Admissions by Nov. 30 and must be marked for early decision.

Notification letters will be sent mid-December. If admitted for early decision, your tuition (and housing deposit if appropriate) deposit is due by Jan. 15.
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Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides access to higher education for economically disadvantaged New York State residents who do not meet traditional admissions criteria but who possess the potential for academic success. EOP provides students with an array of academic and counseling support services, limited financial assistance, as well as a pre-freshmen summer program, all designed to help students achieve their academic goals.  EOP is available for both freshman and transfer students.
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Special Talent Admission
Recognizing that some students acquire excellence outside their formal academic experience, Oswego admits a percentage of the freshman class on the basis of promise demonstrated by means other than traditional academic criteria. 

To be admitted under this supplementary category, students must demonstrate outstanding capabilities in one of the following categories: leadership, specialization in an academic area, creative expression and performing arts or athletic ability; or applicant should be considered because of altered-career orientation and/or unusual circumstances interfering with past performance. Information regarding special talent and/or circumstances should be presented to the Committee on Admission through the supplemental portion of The Common Application or SUNY Supplement to the Application.
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Home-Schooled Student Admission
Students who have been home-schooled will need to submit standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), as well as documented proof of successful completion of the home-school curriculum, local school district records, and in some cases a GED. Students must also submit any other information required by the Oswego Office of Admissions.
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Scholarships
Oswego Presidential and Merit Scholarships will only be offered to students entering in the fall semester. Students who submit a completed application by Jan. 15 will receive full consideration for merit scholarships.

Visit the admissions scholarship page for a complete listing and requirements for all fall freshman merit scholarships.

For additional questions on ways to  pay for college, visit our Costs and Financial Aid page.
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High School Entrance Requirements
Candidates for admission must graduate from a secondary school program or present a General Equivalency Diploma. As a freshman candidate your preparation should include the following:

  • English: 4 units
  • Social Studies: 4 units
  • Mathematics: 3-4 units
  • Science: 3-4 units
  • Foreign Language: 2-4 units

All applicants are expected to be enrolled in a college preparatory track program.
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Admissions Deposit
If you plan to enroll at Oswego and wish to reside on campus, you must forward an advance deposit of $200 for tuition and housing ($100 if you will not be living on campus). This deposit must be postmarked no later than May 1, or the date as directed in the offer of admission.
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