Nights on the Lake: Admissions Overnight Visit Program

Spring 2015 overnight visits are now closed

Congratulations on being admitted to Oswego!

Before you make your final college decision, it's important to consider all aspects of your college experience- from academics to residential life.

With our Nights on the Lake program, admitted high school students are paired with current Oswego students and stay overnight in a residence hall to allow a true 24-hour Oswego campus experience.

At an overnight visit you will be able to experience:                                                                           

  • Meals in one of our 4 resident dining centers
  • A stay in one of our 13 residential communities
  • Classes in our academic buildings
  • Club meetings, fitness classes & other campus activities!

Our Spring 2015 program will be running:

  • February 9 - March 5
  • April 1 - April 9

The overnight program will only run Monday to Thursday. Weekends are excluded. 

Please register for the day and time you plan to arrive at Oswego. Arrival times are 11:30AM or 3PM to the Admissions Office, 229 Sheldon Hall.

Register Now!

Any questions? Please call 315-312-2250 or email

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Register Now- Spring 2015 Overnight Visit

Schedule an overnight visit by completing our registration form.  A two week notice is required for your reservation.  Once your request has been submitted, please allow 10 days PRIOR to your visit before you contact our office. Upon reservation, a confirmation email will be sent out with additional information.

Past Program Experiences

"Stacy was so friendly!! She made everything enjoyable and made sure I was comfortable. She made me feel included with her group of friends and anything we did together. I couldn't have asked for a better host. We are planning on staying in touch."

Nadia Y.
Spring 2013
SUNY Oswego Class of 2017        


"She treated me like I was a friend, not just like I was a complete stranger. We shared stories and we really got to know each other. She took me to the places on campus that I really wanted to see. She was also very insightful about the campus and the school itself."  

Sheyenne W.
Overnight Student Spring 2013            
SUNY Oswego Class of 2017  

"It was a great learning experience for me. And I can't wait to attend in the fall!"    

Matt C.
Spring 2013
SUNY Oswego Class of 2017

"My host made me feel right at home.  He introduced me to other students, totally entertained me and escorted me to my class the following morning."

Ian C.
Spring 2013 
SUNY Oswego Class of 2017


SUNY Oswego StudentsQ: What are the requirements for the overnight host program?
A: Students must be admitted to SUNY Oswego for the fall semester (traditional-age high school seniors or first-year college students and under 21 years old, only)

Q: How long is a typical stay?
A: Students will visit for one night and will stay with a SUNY Oswego student in their dorm room.

Q: Where do I meet my student host?
A: Students must meet in the Admissions Office located in 229 Sheldon Hall to fill out our emergency contact form and to meet their host.

Q: What should I bring for my overnight visit?
- Sleeping bagSUNY Oswego Residence Life room
- Pillow
- Pajamas
- Shower Sandals
- Towel
- Change of Clothes
- Any toiletries
- Money
- Electronic chargers

Q: Is my host responsible for my meals?
A: No, our student hosts are not responsible for your meals. Our office will provide two free dining hall passes for you, but if you plan on staying for more than two meals, you will be responsible for paying for them.

Q: How do I know who I'm staying with and where I'll be staying?
A: You will receive a confirmation email that has your host's name, major, hometown, resident hall, and phone number. Your host will contact you first via phone call, text, or email.

Q: How will I be paired with a student host?
A: Both visiting students and student hosts will fill out a small survey which helps the coordinator pair students. Students will not always be paired together based on major but possibly by hobbies or hometown. Please note: Students are paired by same gender.

SUNY Oswego Students- CanJamQ: Am I responsible for transportation?
A: Yes, visiting students are responsible for getting to and from campus during their overnight visit. If a student is driving themselves they will have to register their vehicle at the parking office once they arrive. Here is the link to our city bus system.

Q: Do the Oswego student hosts receive training prior to hosting?
A: Yes, all student hosts must attend a comprehensive training session, which includes University Police, Residence Life and Housing and is given by a counselor from the Admissions Office before hosting a visiting student.

Q: What if I am supposed to be staying with an athletic team? Do I still need to sign up through the Overnight Program? 
A: No, the coach of the team you are staying with will provide you the information you need.

Be a Host!

(On-campus SUNY Oswego students only)!

Interested in hosting a prospective high school student overnight? Please complete this form and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

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