International student admission

SUNY Oswego is home to students from all over the world. Over 270 international students from more than 35 different countries are currently enrolled at SUNY Oswego as degree-seeking undergraduates, graduate students, exchange students, and to study English. You must apply as an international applicant if you are not a US citizen or a US permanent resident.

Resources for international students

As an inclusive campus, SUNY Oswego is committed to making your transition to the college and to the United States as seamless as possible. The International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSS) provides many services to help you adjust to campus life including a New Student Orientation, campus programs and events, support with cultural adjustment, and more. The ISSS Office will also be your main point-of-contact during your admissions process.

International student life at SUNY Oswego

Cost and scholarships

SUNY Oswego offers a quality, hands-on education at an affordable price. All international students are eligible for a renewable Destination Oswego Scholarship for the amount of $6,000 - $9,000 per year. Merit scholarships are also available to those students who take the SAT or ACT.

"Now that I'm in Oswego, I can't imagine myself anywhere else."

This short video features some current international students discussing why they chose to become Lakers, and what they enjoy most about life at SUNY Oswego.

Applying for admission to SUNY Oswego

The steps for applying for admission to SUNY Oswego as a freshman (first year) undergraduate student are listed below. If you have registered for at least 12 credit hours at another college or university following graduation from high school, then you should apply as a transfer student. It is also possible to apply to the college as a graduate student, or as an exchange student.

Step 1: Complete your online application

Choose one of the two options listed below to apply for admission to SUNY Oswego. Both applications require a non-refundable $50 fee, as well as a teacher/counselor evaluation. The SUNY application requires applicants to complete the SUNY supplement that includes a 250-word essay, while the Common Application also requires a 250-word personal essay.

Step 2: Submit transcripts

Mail all official college/university and secondary school transcripts (transfer applicants) or just your secondary school transcript (freshmen) to SUNY Oswego at the address listed below. Where applicable, a certified translation of the the transcript must be submitted as well.

International Student and Scholar Services
102 Sheldon Hall
SUNY Oswego,
Oswego, NY, 13126, USA

Step 3: Send your English proficiency scores

Send in your English proficiency test scores to Successful applicants will have a minimum English proficiency of 71 in TOEFL, 6.0 in IELTS, or 55 in PTE. Other English language assessments may be considered. Some exemptions apply, contact the ISSS Office for more information and to see if you qualify.

Students needing additional English preparation will be advised and placed accordingly. Students scoring below the levels listed above will need intensive English study on campus prior to admission.

Step 4: Provide financial documentation

Send a copy of an original bank statement including a bank official's signature and stamp evidencing sufficient funds for the first year via email to the International Student and Scholar Services Office at The amount shown should be enough to cover the estimated expenses for one year, minus any scholarships awarded after admission. Estimated costs and scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year are listed here.

If you will be supported by a sponsor (like a parent), you will also need to send a completed SUNY International Student Financial Statement, signed and stamped by your sponsor's bank and sponsor.

Note that, in addition to the items listed above, a GAP statement is also required if there are any gaps in time when you have not been in school for a period longer than the typical break occurring between academic years.

Checking your application's status

About two weeks after submitting your application, you will receive an email containing your user ID and PIN number. You can use these to access the online application status checker and see what information we've received and what is still needed.

Important dates

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to receive the fullest possible consideration. For priority consideration, materials should be complete and received by the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Office by mid-May for the Fall/August semester, or mid-November by the Spring/January semester.

Information for prospective students

You can learn more about what SUNY Oswego by visiting the Office of Admissions’ homepage. There you can take a virtual tour of the campus, schedule an in-person visit to Oswego, read more about what makes the university unique, and create your own custom guidebook based on your interests and field of study.

If you have any questions about the application process, what Oswego has to offer international students like you, preparing for life in the United States, and more, please visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services' website or email the office directly at

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