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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 700 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). 

First-Year Applicants

First-Year students 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;
  • SAT and/or ACT results. Our SAT code is 2543; our ACT code is 2942. Please note: Scores may be self-reported via the Common Application or SUNY Supplemental Application, or sent on the high school transcript. However, official scores (which must come directly from the College Board, ACT, or on an official high school transcript) will be required of all students who enroll at SUNY Oswego and will be compared to self-reported scores;
  • SUNY Supplemental Application for students who apply using the SUNY Application;
  • 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

We strongly suggest that you submit your application by March 1 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 Action

An early action option is available to you as a fall semester freshmen applicant. Early Action is a non-binding early application/ notification program that provides the earliest notification opportunity for freshman applicants. Admissions standards for Early Action are the same as regular decision, but will not allow for consideration of senior midterm grades or late fall standardized testing.

To be considered for Early Action you must choose Early Action on the application and submit all necessary items by November 15 to the Office of Admissions and applicant notification will be sent by December 15.

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Transfer Applicants

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 with a gap in their education 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 24 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

International applicants should go to  the International Admissions page for application details.
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State University of New York (SUNY) policy prohibits SUNY Oswego admission applications from inquiring into an applicant’s prior criminal history. After acceptance, the College shall inquire if the student previously has been convicted of a felony if such individual seeks campus housing or participation in clinical or field experiences, internships or study abroad programs. The information required to be disclosed under SUNY policy regarding such felony convictions shall be reviewed by a standing campus committee consistent with the legal standards articulated in New York State Corrections Law.

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the Office of the Associate Provost at 315.312.2232 or