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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). 


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)
  • SUNY Supplemental Application for none Common Application applicants
  • 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 between August 1 and January 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 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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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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