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International student admission

Since 1861, SUNY Oswego has offered a global focus and a warm welcome for international students.  

To learn more about our campus take a virtual tour, view our PDF icon Fast Facts (956 PDF) and keep reading below.

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English language program: SUNY Oswego's on-campus English center, in partnership with EC English, offers year-round intensive English classes at all levels and English for Academic Purposes courses. This is a non-credit program which allows for Conditional Admission into SUNY Oswego degree programs, TOEFL/IELTS waiver, and offers frequent testing with on-site support. Attendance is strictly enforced (90% attendance or above is mandatory).

For information on services, visit our International Student and Scholar Services site. 

SUNY Oswego rankings

The Princeton Review has named SUNY Oswego as one of 2015 Best in the Northeast colleges and universities in the nation. "We chose these as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher. "Our 'regional best' colleges constitute only 25 percent of the nation's four-year colleges-a select group, indeed."

The Princeton Review quotes SUNY Oswego students saying that they "have a lot of opportunities to work with professors on research and other projects outside of the classroom to help build real-world experience" and that Oswego's "amazing professors" "really care about what you do and want to help you in every way to make sure you do well."

School of Business ranking

SUNY Oswego's School of Business made the Princeton Review's list of the nation's outstanding MBA-granting schools for the ninth consecutive year, with the publication citing a high level of student satisfaction, strong menu of academic offerings and flexible course delivery options.

Students surveyed noted "the professors are excellent and the classes are fun and challenging," the school "provides a lot of hands-on work and team activities to form a strong work ethic" and their student peers are "very intelligent" and "reliable and helpful."

The surveys found other strengths that included small and interactive classes, many hands-on learning opportunities, state-of-the-art facilities, vibrant campus life, solid preparation in accounting and management, and scenic Lake Ontario setting. Faculty rated high for interest in helping students, knowledge and accessibility.

 SUNY Oswego's School of Business, accredited by AACSB International: the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, offers bachelor's degree programs in accounting, business administration, finance, human resource management, marketing, operations management and information systems, and risk management and insurance as well as MBA degrees.


Our School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Communication Media and the Arts, and School of Education offer accredited programs as listed in Accreditations. You may view a complete list of our academic Programs or create your own custom guidebook to learn more about each major.

About SUNY Oswego

The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest public university system in the United States. Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is part of this system and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The 700 acre spacious tree-lined campus is situated along the shoreline of Lake Ontario.

SUNY Oswego enrolls around 8,000 students and more than half live in residence halls on campus. SUNY Oswego provides over $5 million in merit-based scholarships  to qualified students each fall. As a comprehensive college, SUNY Oswego offers more than 110 majors through our four accredited colleges: College of Liberal Arts and SciencesSchool of BusinessSchool of Communication, Media and the Arts, and the School of Education.

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Undergraduate applications

Undergraduate applications and requirements

Deadline: Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to receive the fullest possible consideration. Applications should be complete and in our admissions office by:

  • May 1 for the Fall/August semester. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application between August 1 and January 15. After January 15, all applications will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications will be considered up to May 1
  • November 1 for the Spring/January semester. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application before October 15. After October 15, all applications will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications will be considered up to December 1

ONLINE Application: Please fill out either the SUNY Application or the Common Application
Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50 US
Required Documents:  Please submit the documents listed by mail to the address below:

  1. Official college transcript or high school transcript mailed to us by your prior college or school 
  2. Original bank statement with a bank official's signature and stamp evidencing sufficient funds  for one year AND  if  supported by a sponsor, a completed  SUNY International Student Financial Statement signed and stamped by your sponsor's bank and sponsor.
  3. English Proficiency Requirements*
    Full Degree Admission 79 6.5
    Credit-Bearing ESL Classes + Degree Courses 72-78 6.0
    Intensive English program through EC English Below 72 Below 6.0

    *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 also be exempt.

Mail: Please mail your documents to:

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

Transfer applications

Applicants who have registered for at least 12 credit hours at another college or university, following graduation from high school, are considered transfer applicants.

The priority date for consideration of transfer applications is March 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Applications received after those dates will be considered on a space available basis.

Please submit an online SUNY or Common application, $50 application fee and the required documents as listed above.

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

Information for transfers

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

Graduate Applications

Application Fee: $65

Required Documents:  Please submit the documents listed by mail to the address below:

  1. Sealed official college transcript mailed separately and directly by your prior college or school to the graduate office. You may not include the official transcript together with your supporting documentation. 
  2. Original bank statement with a bank official's signature and stamp evidencing sufficient funds for one year AND if supported by a sponsor, a completed SUNY International Student Financial Statement signed and stamped by your sponsor's bank and sponsor.
  3. Documented English language abilities may include national language, mother tongue, language of prior degree or secondary school study. Unless your undergraduate courses were taught in English, you must provide an official TOEFL 83iBTor IELTS 6.5. .  SUNY Oswego's code is 2543
  4. Depending on the program, two or three references will be required.

Graduate Studies homepage.

MAIL: Please mail your documents to:

The Graduate Office
Att: J.Taylor
606 Culkin Hall
SUNY Oswego,
Oswego, NY, 13126, USA

If you have any questions, please send an email to 


A breakdown on tuition, fees, room and board for one semester can be viewed at Student Accounts.

Eligibility criteria for scholarships can be viewed at Merit Scholarships.