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SUNY Oswego accepts either The Common Application OR the SUNY Application.

  • Applicants are encouraged to apply using one of the following online options.
  •  Both require a $50 non-refundable application fee.

Please complete and submit only one:

  • The Common Application, which is accepted by over 600 colleges nationwide, allows you to apply to any participating school with one application. It includes a personal essay and school supplement/counselor evaluation form.  
  • The online SUNY Application, accepted by most SUNY campuses, allows you to apply to several SUNY colleges with one application (a SUNY pdf version is also available). 


Freshmen will also need to submit the following:

  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • One recommendation (or form allowing for individual comments) from a school-based counselor or teacher
  • Official SAT (code 2543) or ACT (code 2942)
  • Official College, AP, IB or CLEP transcripts, if applicable
  • Check your status online- Once you've applied for admission check your application status online to see what information we've received and what is still needed.

When to apply
Priority Date extended to February 15 for fall applicants

We strongly suggest that you submit your application between August 1 and February 15 for the fall semester, and before October 15 for the spring. After these dates, all applications are considered on a space-available basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to receive the fullest possible consideration. If you applied for regular admission for the fall, you should expect to hear from us by early January.

Early decision
If you're already committed to SUNY Oswego as your first choice, get a head start with our Early Decision option. By submitting your completed application marked for early decision by November 30, you'll receive a decision by December 15. Plus, you'll receive full consideration for any and all scholarships.
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Applicants who have registered for at least 12 credit hours at another college or university, following graduation from high school, are considered transfer students.

The priority date for consideration of transfer applications is May 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring. Applications will still be accepted after the priority dates as space remains available.

How to apply

  • Apply using either The Common Application or SUNY application.
  • Submit all official college or university transcripts (transcripts must be submitted regardless of credits earned)
  • Transfer applicants are required to complete the Transfer Application Supplement. Be sure to include all activities from high school graduation through the term you are applying.
  • Check your status online- Once you've applied for admission check your application status online to see what information we've received and what is still needed.

Additional Information that may be requested:

  •  Transfer applicants applying "undecided" will be asked to complete an area of concentration sheet if they have completed 30 or more credit hours, or more then two full-time semesters.
  • If you've completed fewer than 30 credit hours at the time of application, you must also submit an official high school transcript.
  • Transfer students who are currently taking college coursework maybe required to submit mid-term grades. Mid-terms can either be submitted through your school's grade reporting system or by completing the SUNY Oswego Mid-Term Grade Report.

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International applicants should go to  the International Admissions page for application details.
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