Student Life FAQ

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How many students are enrolled at SUNY Oswego?
What kind of clubs and organizations are available for me to get involved in?
Is there a student government?
What is there to do on-campus during the weekend?
How far is it to Syracuse?
Can I have a car on campus? Where can I park?
Is there a bus service for on- and off-campus?
What are the residential facilities like?
What appliances are allowed in residence halls?
Am I allowed to have pets in my residence hall?
Do I need to bring my own computer?
How do I know if my computer will be able to connect to the campus network?
As a freshman, do I have to live with other freshmen?
What are campus dining centers like? Where are they located?
Are there fitness centers I may join? Where are they located?
Are there jobs available on campus?

How many students are enrolled at SUNY Oswego?
The college enrolls more than 8,300 students including around 7,100 full-time undergraduates. Approximately 4,100 students live on-campus in 13 residence halls.
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What kind of clubs and organizations are available for me to get involved in?
SUNY Oswego offers more than 150 clubs and organizations each year that span a wide range of categories including academic, media and publications, club sports, religious, cultural, special interest, Greek life, the arts, and community service. Browse our online searchable database to find clubs and organizations, and who to contact for more information.
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Is there a student government?
The Student Association is SUNY Oswego’s student government. The government consists of legislative, judicial, and executive branches. The Student Association receives its funding from a student activities fee that is managed and redistributed to student clubs and organizations. Senators representing each of 13 residence halls vote on financial appropriations from the Student Association.
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What is there to do on-campus during the weekend?
Student clubs and organizations often host a variety of events during the weekend hours in the Hewitt Union and Campus Center. Some traditional weekly events include The Shaun Cassidy Fan Club Improv Comedy Troupe in the OZone, and screenings of relatively new releases in the Campus Center auditorium sponsored by the Student Association Programming Board (SAPB).

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How far is it to Syracuse?
Syracuse is approximately 40 miles south of campus. Centro buses travel regularly to Syracuse’s transportation center. Need a map?
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Can I have a car on campus? Where can I park?
All students are permitted to have cars. Parking regulations are revised from year to year. Inquiries should be directed to the University Police Parking Division.
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Is there a bus service for on- and off-campus?
Buses circle the campus as well as travel to and from downtown. Buses to Syracuse and other areas are also available. Updated schedules are available through Centro.
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What are the residential facilities like?
SUNY Oswego accommodates 13 residence halls, many offering different experiences meeting particular student interests. Each residence hall sits close to a dining center, and offers various services and amenities. More detailed information may be obtained from Residence Life and Housing and/or each individual hall.
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What appliances are allowed in residence halls?
All electrical appliances must be UL approved and must be in good working order. Compact refrigerators must conform to proper electrical and chemical standards, operate on no more than 2.5 amps, have a capacity not exceeding 6 cubic feet, and have maximum outside dimensions not exceeding 48 inches. One refrigerator is allowed per residence room. Appliances with exposed heating units and/or are used for cooking foods (except hotpots, popcorn poppers and coffeepots, which are acceptable) contained in an enclosed unit are not permitted. All other appliances must be approved at the residence director's discretion. Space heaters and baseboard units of any type, except when provided by the college, are prohibited.
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Am I allowed to have pets in my residence hall?
All pets must be registered in advance and with, and approved by, your hall director and we have a waiting period before you can move pets in. For sake of everyone's sanity, we have some limitations on pets you're allowed to bring. You can find our online pet policy brochure on our forms page for more information about what you can bring and how to register.

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Do I need to bring my own computer?
Although personal computers are permitted on campus, there also are several public computer labs, as well as labs maintained by individual academic departments, available for student use supporting both Windows and Macintosh platforms. Some facilities also support Sun-Ray systems.
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How do I know if my computer will be able to connect to the campus network?
Personal computers must meet minimum system requirements as determined by Campus Technology Services. The campus Help Desk can offer guidance in person in Lanigan Hall, by phone at 312.3456, by email at help@oswego.edu or through their Web site.
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As a freshman, do I have to live with other freshmen?
Most residence halls at SUNY Oswego incorporate all class levels. However, you may choose the first-year experience in the lakeside Johnson Hall, which is exclusively for freshman. A professor and resident mentors provide extra support in a number of areas.
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What are campus dining centers like? Where are they located?
There are four resident dining halls on the SUNY Oswego campus, each serving hot foods, cold foods, a salad bar, a sub bar, and a dessert tray. Freshmen are required to have a full-board meal plan that provides unlimited meals throughout each semester. Other students may choose from various on-campus eating and paying options. There is one dining center located on Lakeside Campus, one dining center on Central Campus, and two dining centers on New Campus.
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Are there fitness centers I may join? Where are they located?
There are two fitness centers available to the campus community. One fitness center membership is valid at both Glimmerglass (New Campus) and Cooper (Central Campus) locations. Memberships may be purchased by semester or by academic year. Learn more details about facilities and membership costs by calling Residence Life and Housing at 312.2246. A separate fitness center facility is available to intercollegiate athletes.
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Are there jobs available on campus?
Many jobs exist on campus, both in work-study programs (as part of a financial package) and temp service positions open to all studens. For more information and some listings, visit our student employment page.
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