| November 2011 • Vol 7 • No 8
Oswego Welcomes Strong Incoming Class
SUNY Oswego has nearly the same numbers of new freshmen and transfers this fall as last, but the number from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups continues to rise.
Students of African American, Asian, Native American, Latino and multicultural descent make up 300 of the 1,340 freshmen, or 22.4 percent — up from 19.4 percent in fall 2010. The total is 7.3 percent higher than five years ago.
"It's a significant increase," said Joseph Grant, vice president of student affairs and enrollment.
Of 760 new transfer students, 100, or 13.2 percent, come from underrepresented groups, increasing from 9.9 percent in 2010.
SUNY Oswego draws about three-fourths of its freshmen from outside the seven-county region around Oswego. The college has continued to widen the reach of its recruitment efforts, Grant said, and has increased opportunities for international students to enroll.
"We are going to continue to focus on trying to build our reputation and to continue to build and hold our applicant pool and our yield and quality from the applicant pool," Grant said.
This year's freshmen have, on average, a high school grade average just above 90 and a mean SAT score of about 1110-both nearly identical to last year, Grant said. The acceptance rate was 48 percent this year, about 10 percent lower than a decade ago.
In terms of total student headcount-combining full- and part-time undergraduates and graduates- the college has an estimated 50 fewer students than last year's 8,297.
But since the number of full-time students is up slightly, the college's full-time equivalent number (full-timers plus the part-timers it takes to equal, as determined by credit-hour enrollment, additional full-timers) is estimated to be slightly higher than last year's 7,292.
The state uses the annual average full-time equivalent number, averaging the fall and upcoming spring semester, to determine eligibility for state aid, and Grant believes the college will exceed its target of 6,997 full-time equivalent students by about 300.
"Several million more dollars come to this campus as a result of those 300 students, and that's very important in this era of state cutbacks," he said.
Grant said SUNY Oswego has increased its attractiveness to students in three major areas: programs, people and facilities.
"What's really exciting about a place like Oswego is its wide variety of academic programs," he said. "It's really possible to come here and explore a variety of options and make some choices."
SUNY Oswego offers more than 110 majors, minors, cooperative and graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business, Education and Communication, Media and the Arts. The college recently added a minor in photography and graduate certificate programs in health information technology and integrated health systems.
"In regard to hands-on experience, people are finding that that's what they want-they want internships, fieldwork, co-ops, study abroad-and our faculty and staff are very adept at helping them create those experiences," Grant said.
Finally, he said, SUNY Oswego's "curb appeal" took a leap with the opening of the Campus Center and the Village student townhouses, and will leap again in fall 2013, when the Science and Engineering Innovation Corridor is due to open, and in fall 2014, with the completion of a revitalized and expanded School of Education.
— Jeff Rea '71
Students change classes Oct. 13 near Campus Center at a peak time.
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