First-year and transfer students should complete the application for admission as early as possible for the following fall term. No additional scholarship forms are required. Over one-third of the entering class received merit-based scholarship money.  Freshman and transfer merit awards are applicable to living expenses, college fees, books and supplies.

Freshman Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships are awarded to incoming first year students who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence with a strong record of classroom achievement and competitive test scores of either the SAT or ACT exam. Over one-third of the entering class receives merit-based scholarship money, with an average renewable award of $3,600. All first year student awards are renewable for four years by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.

The middle fifty percent of the GPA and SAT or ACT of students awarded scholarships is as follows:

Scholarship Amount GPA SAT
Presidential* $20,000* (4 years) 93-97 1250-1360 26-30
Dean $6,000 (4 years) 91-94 1170-1230 24-26
Merit $3,000 (4 years) 88-92 1120-1210 22-26

*$5,000 annually for on-campus students; $2,500 per year for students living off-campus

How to apply

First-year students should complete the application for admission as early as possible for the following fall term. No additional scholarship forms are required. Admission applications received by the priority deadline will get first consideration.

Additional Scholarships

The Excelsior Scholarship

Tuition-free college for middle-class New Yorkers

SUNY Oswego has a long-standing commitment to higher education access, college completion and cost predictability. And now, through New York State's Excelsior Scholarship program, a greater number of New York students and families will be eligible to earn free tuition at SUNY Oswego. Learn more

Destination Oswego Scholarship (Freshmen and Transfer)

These merit-based renewable awards are available to first-year and transfer non-New York state residents and international students, who are not otherwise eligible for New York state tuition, and require full-time study. The award amounts are $6,000 or $9,000 for up to four years based on a student’s coursework, grades, test scores and housing.

Possibility Scholarship

The Possibility Scholars program makes an exceptional academic program available for first-year applicants to Oswego's fall term. This scholarship program transforms the lives of student scholars and sets them on a trajectory to meet both individual achievement goals and humanity's need for knowledge to conquer pressing global challenges.

When combined with existing need-based aid, Possibility Scholars will receive a full-ride scholarship worth over $20,000 per year, enabling scholarship recipients to study abroad, engage in research and graduate with little or no debt after an exceptional undergraduate experience. Only New York state students entering STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) are eligible for consideration, with priority given to high achieving students with significant financial need. Learn more

Co-op Scholarship

First year students entering SUNY Oswego in the fall term with a desire to participate in a paid, full-time, long term (12 weeks to 26 weeks) employment opportunity, can apply to one of twenty, $6,000, renewable merit Co-op Scholarships (up to $24,000 for four years) available through our institutional partnership with WACE: Advancing Cooperative and Work- Integrated Education.  

To be eligible, students must apply to and be accepted to SUNY Oswego, meet all SUNY Oswego Presidential Scholarship criteria, commit to participate and meet all SUNY Oswego Co-op program criteria, and matriculate into one of the Co-op majors.

*If awarded a Co-op Scholarship, this award will replace your Presidential Scholarship.

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Transfer Achievement Scholarship

Transfer students entering with a cumulative 3.30 GPA or higher and 57 or more college credits are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship which is renewable for one year if the student maintains a 3.0 or higher GPA at SUNY Oswego. To be eligible, simply complete an application for admission; no scholarship forms are required.

Learn more about scholarship policies for students currently receiving one of these awards.