Transfer FAQ

We understand you may have many questions about the process of transferring to Oswego. Below you will find answers to common questions. You can also check our Admissions FAQ, Academic FAQ or Student Life FAQ.  You could also contact our transfer coordinator, Corie Kohlbach, by e-mail or by phone at 315.312.3638.

How do I get my transfer credits evaluated?
How many of my credits will transfer to Oswego?
Are scholarships offered to transfer students?
How can I set up a campus visit?
Do you accept CLEP, Advanced Placement, Military and Life Experience credits?
What are the SUNY General Education requirements for transfers coming to Oswego?
When do I register for classes?
When do I meet with my academic advisor?
Where do I find my graduation requirements?
Where will I live?
What forms do I need to fill out for financial aid?
Does SUNY Oswego offer health insurance for students?
Are there health services on campus?
Am I required to have immunizations?
Does SUNY Oswego provide child care?
What should I do if I am a veteran?
How do I know if courses I took at another SUNY school will satisfy General Education requirements?
What information is available regarding campus safety?

How do I meet people and get involved on campus?

How do I get my transfer credits evaluated?
At any time you may request a credit evaluation.  Simply provide a transcript of all previous colleges attended. Forward this, along with your intended major, to the Office of Admissions (229 Sheldon Hall, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126; tel: 315.312.2250: admiss@oswego.edu) and ask for an evaluation of transfer credits.   
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How many of my credits will transfer to Oswego?
Several factors will affect transfer of credit including where the coursework was completed, the grades received and the intended major at Oswego. The maximum number of credits that can be applied from a two-year college is 62 to 67; the maximum number from a four-year institution is 92 to 97. It is our recommendation that a prospective student request a credit evaluation from the Office of Admissions.   
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Are scholarships offered to transfer students?
Yes! To be eligible for the $1000 merit scholarship, a transfer student must apply for a fall semester, have completed 57+ credit hours and have an overall GPA of 3.30 or higher.  There is no specific scholarship application. Simply submit an application for admissions!   
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How can I set up a campus visit?
To schedule your visit to SUNY Oswego, call the Office of Admissions at 315.312.2250 to make an appointment.  During the visit you'll have an opportunity to take a student-guided tour and meet with an admissions counselor.  Or you may attend one of our many group admissions programs. We have Web pages with more information on visiting Oswego, including campus tours and special Open Houses.   
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Do you accept CLEP, Advanced Placement, Military and Life Experience credits?
Oswego will accept College-Level Examination Placement (CLEP), Advanced Placement, IB and Military credit.  To receive credit for AP, IB and CLEP, a student must provide an official transcript. To determine specific scores necessary consult the Oswego Proficiency Examination Program or contact the Office of Admissions (315.312.2250).  Military credit should also be transcripted and sent to the Office of Admissions for review. Oswego does not grant life experience credit.   
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What are the SUNY General Education requirements for transfers coming to Oswego?
All transfer students are expected to satisfy 30-33 credits of general education. There are two different methods of completing these credits. Students may complete the 30 credits listed under SUNY Oswego's General Education program, what we call GE 21. Often times, courses that are transferred from previously attended institutions are used to fulfill some of those General Educations listed under GE 21. For example, common courses that are transferred in are English Composition, American History, Natural Science, Art, or Psychology.

In other cases, some students transfer to Oswego after they have completed the 30-33 credit SUNY General Education Requirement (SUNY-GER, July 2010) or the equivalency from a previous institution(s). In those situations, they are exempt from all of Oswego's specific general education requirements. In order for the SUNY-GER to be considered satisfied, all requirements must have been met by the time the student's first semester begins at Oswego. For information on SUNY GER, visit www.suny.edu

More detailed information is available at the General Education website.   
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When do I register for classes?
During your scheduled transfer student orientation program you will meet with a faculty advisor and register for your upcoming semester classes. At the conclusion of your program you will have a semester schedule.  
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When do I meet with my academic advisor?
Transfers students have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor within their major department during the orientation program; however he/she may not be your assigned academic advisor for the academic year. Once classes begin, transfer students are asked to connect with the department of their major who will assign their permanent advisor.   
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Where do I find my graduation requirements?
General graduation requirements can be found in the college's printed catalog or online. Requirements for majors and minors can be found in the college catalog or by going to the Web page for the respective majors and minors. Specific graduation requirements should be discussed with your advisor.   
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Where will I live?
SUNY Oswego offers 12 residence halls and townhouse village, many catering to different interests. One example is our Hart Hall Global Living and Learning Center, which especially appeals to those with an interest in international culture and community service. Each residence hall is connected to, or on immediate proximity to a dining center for greater convenience. For more information about living on campus, visit our residence life section.  
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What forms do I need to fill out for financial aid?
SUNY Oswego requires you to complete the FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) and TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) applications for financial aid consideration.  Priority dates are March 1 for the fall semester and Nov. 1 for the spring semester. Most students will have already filed these applications with their current schools and only need to have the processing centers add Oswego as the new school of attendance. For more information on paying for college, visit our financial aid site.   
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Does SUNY Oswego offer health insurance for students?
Yes, the college offers a basic accident and sickness insurance policy for students. The cost is $700 per semester. The fee will appear on each full-time undergraduate and graduate student's tuition bill. Part-time students are eligible to purchase the insurance also by contacting the Student Accounts Office in 507 Culkin Hall. The insurance can also be purchased for one's spouse and children. Students who have insurance through a parent, spouse, employment or any other source must fill out a waiver that is sent with the tuition bill or is available from Student Accounts to have the fee removed from their bill.   
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Are there health services on campus?
Mary Walker Health Center is a nationally accredited primary-care clinic on campus that is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Sick students may have walk-in appointments until 10:30 a.m. or call 315.312.4100 for an appointment. There is no cost at the time of the visit and most medications are dispensed from the Health Center dispensary. The mandatory health fee paid each semester covers the cost of care.   
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Am I required to have immunizations?
New York State requires that all students born after Jan, 1, 1957 show proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella. Students must have two measles injections since the first birthday and at least one month apart, one mumps injection since the first birthday, and one rubella injection since the first birthday. A transfer student may get a copy of this information from his/her most recently attended college or doctor.   
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Does SUNY Oswego provide child care?
The Children's Center of Oswego, Inc. is a NAEYC-accredited child- care center on campus that serves children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years. Fees are based on a sliding scale based on household income. There is often a waiting list. For more information, contact the center at 315.312.2587.   
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What should I do if I am a veteran?
The Office of Veterans Services at SUNY Oswego is here to serve those who have served their country. The office can offer information concerning VA Educational Benefits, DVA Benefits, referrals and work study programs. Located on the second floor of Culkin Hall room 206, the office can be reached by phone at 315.312.2231.   
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How do I know if courses I took at another SUNY school will satisfy General Education requirements?
You can access SUNY's list of approved General Education courses and click on the name of your campus to see which courses there will meet GenEd requirements at Oswego.   
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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.

How do I meet people and get involved on campus?
There are many ways to get involved on campus and meet people while you are attending SUNY Oswego.  Whether you are a commuter or a residential student, there are many ways to be an active member in campus community.

If you live in a residence hall you can become involved in hall council and the variety of programs and involvement opportunities that are afforded to you by residence life staff in your hall.

The Point, home of student organization services, offers a Directory of  student clubs and organizations in such categories as:

  • Academic
  • Arts: Appreciation, Expression & Performance
  • Club Sports
  • Community Service
  • Cultural
  • Governance
  • Greek Life
  • Media & Publications
  • Religious
  • Special Interest

The Point's page offers additional involvement information, including events where you can meet representatives of campus organizations and the Student Involvement Awards which recognize and reward the accomplishments of students and their organizations each spring.

You can also look for opportunities to get involved by simply visiting the News and Events page, which offers any number of activities that may pique your interest.   
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Your time at SUNY Oswego is what you make of it, and by becoming involved you can enjoy the entire Oswego experience.