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International student admission

SUNY Oswego is home to students from all over the world, representing over 220 students from over 30 countries. You must apply as an international applicant if you are not a US citizen or a US permanent resident. 

As an inclusive campus, we are committed to making your transition to the college and the United States as seamless as possible. Our office of International Student and Scholar Services offers many services to help you adjust to campus life. Our International Language and Education Center also provides year-round programs for speakers of other languages to improve their English proficiency and many other support services.


Are you a freshmen or transfer student?

Freshman students are those who have never attended a college or university. Applicants who have registered for at least 12 credit hours at another college or university, following graduation from high school, are considered transfer applicants.  For more information regarding Transfer Admissions please visit our Transfer site

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Step 1. Apply online

Choose just one option to apply to Oswego. Both applications require a non-refundable $50 fee, and a teacher/counselor evaluation. The SUNY application requires applicants to to fill out 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 Oswego.*

Step 3: Submit a bank statement

Mail in an original bank statement with a bank official's signature and stamp evidencing sufficient funds for the first year. If supported by a sponsor, send in a completed SUNY International Student Financial Statement signed and stamped by your sponsor's bank and sponsor.

Step 4: Submit English proficiency scores

Send in your English proficiency test scores (TOEFL or IELTS). Other English language assessments may be considered for full admission, including ELS level 112. Students who have completed two full-time semesters of university courses in English may be exempt.

Course admission program TOEFL IELTS
Full degree admission 71 6.0 or equivalent
 *Students needing additional English preparations will be advised and placed accordingly. Students scoring below this level will need intensive English study on campus prior to admission.

Step 5. Submit GAP statement

A GAP statement is 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.

Step 6. Check application status

About two weeks after your application submission you will receive an email containing a user ID and PIN to access the application status checker to see what information we've received and what is still needed. Learn more

Please mail your documents to:
International Student and Scholar Services
102 Sheldon Hall
SUNY Oswego
Oswego, NY, 13126, USA

* Where applicable, a certified translation of the the transcript must be submitted. For evaluation of credit transfer, your college must be accredited by the Ministry of Education in the home country, and you may be required to provide a WES evaluation of the courses.

Important dates

You are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to receive the fullest possible consideration.

Entry dateApplication deadlineAcceptance notification
Undergraduate fallJan. 15*January**
Undergraduate springOct. 15*November**
Transfer fallMarch 1*Jan. 1
Transfer springNov. 1*Oct. 1

* Rolling admission is offered as space remains available.
** Continues on a rolling basis