Enrollment Up, Quality
Applications to attend SUNY Oswego set a 21st-century high
again this year, but the college held to quality standards and largely kept the
numbers of undergraduate admissions in line with those of recent years.
At the same time, students in underrepresented racial and
ethnic groups increased significantly, and entering freshmen and transfers from
Downstate counties continued to rise.
Dr. Joseph Grant, vice president for student affairs and enrollment,
said the college welcomed about 1,400 freshmen and 785 transfers. The total
headcount—including full- and part-time students, graduate students, the Metro Center
and the Phoenix Center—is about 8,300, up from 8,119 in
“We had a tick up,” Grant said. “We probably have 100 to 150
more students on campus this year than we had last year.”
The college could have been tempted to grow its census even
more, he said, but chose not to. Freshman applications totaled an estimated
10,650, a small increase from last year’s 10,463, and 40.1 percent more than
the 7,565 just five years ago.
“We have tried to keep ourselves in a place where our
enrollment is steady,” Grant said. “Part of this has to do with what our budget
is from the state of New York.”
But he also pointed to a projected dramatic decrease in the
numbers of high school graduates available in the state, according to a 2008
study by the state Education Department: While New York’s high school graduates
peaked at more than 195,000 in 2008, by the year 2019 that number will have
dropped by 32,000, to about 163,000.
The college held steady with the 47 percent acceptance rate
of the last two academic years. Only six years ago, the rate was 57 percent.
The “composite” entering freshman had a 90 average and about
an 1110 SAT score, and more than half entered with a merit scholarship of some
kind, Grant said. The average transfer student came in with a 3.0 grade point
average. All those are identical to last year, Grant said.
What is the vision moving forward? “The strategy across the
institution is to explore new majors like engineering, to recruit outstanding
faculty who are student-centered or learning-centered,” he said. “To continue
to improve our facilities and to put into place a whole range of opportunities
in (areas like) study abroad and internships."
— Jeff Rea ’71
The college welcomed about 1,400 freshmen this fall.
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