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Merit scholarships

Freshman and transfer 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 January 15 receive priority for scholarship consideration. Over one-third of the entering class received merit-based scholarship money, with an average renewable award of $2,800. All freshman awards are renewable with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Fall 2016 awards include:

  • $18,800 Presidential Scholarships ($4,700 annually for up to four years; $2,350 for students living off-campus)

  • $6,000 Dean Scholarships ($1,500 annually for up to four years)

  • $3,000 Merit Scholarships ($750 annually for up to four years)

  • $24,000 - $36,000 Destination Oswego Scholarships ($6,000 - $9,000 annually for up to four years) Available for freshman and transfer students who are not eligible for New York State tuition; Requires full time status (beginning 2016 for new admits)

  • $1,000 Merit Scholarships for transfer students (non-renewable)

  • $2,000 Achievement Scholarships for transfer students ($1,000 annually for up to two years)

Freshman scholarships
Priority for freshman scholarship consideration will be given to candidates with a strong record of classroom achievement and competitive test scores of either the SAT or ACT exam. These programs typically include: four units each of English and social studies, along with seven units combined of math, science and two units of a foreign language.

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

Scholarships for fall 2016GPASAT
critical reading
& math
($18,800; $4,700 annually;
$2,350 for students living off-campus)
($6,000; $1,500 annually)
($3,000; $750 annually)


Destination Oswego Scholarship
These renewable awards are available to non-New York State residents & international students, who are not otherwise eligible for New York State tuition, and require full-time study.  Award amounts are based off of campus residency and prior academic proformance.  The award amounts range from $6,000 - $9,000 annually based on students coursework, grades, test scores and campus residency. (Beginning 2016 for new admits.)

Possibility Scholarship
The Possibility Scholars program makes available an exceptional scholarship and academic program for freshman applicants to Oswego's fall term. 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.

Co-op Scholarship
Freshmen entering SUNY Oswego in the Fall term who have a desire to participate in our Co-op opportunities can apply for one of fifteen $24,000 ($6,000 annually) Co-op Scholarships available through our partnership with WACE (World Association for Cooperative Education).  To be eligible, students must qualify for a Presidential Scholarship and commit to participating in one of Oswego's Co-op programs.  These awards will replace the Presidential scholarship. To apply, go to:

Transfer Merit Scholarships
Transfer students entering in the fall term with a cumulative GPA 3.30+ and 57 or more college credits are eligible for a one-time scholarship worth $1,000. To be eligible, simply complete an application for admission to be considered; no scholarship forms are required.

Transfer Achievement Scholarships
Transfer students entering in the fall term with 57 or more credits and a GPA of 3.75 or higher 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 to be considered; no scholarship forms are required.

Transfer students are also eligible for the renewable Destination Oswego Scholarships, described above.

For information about SUNY Oswego and an application for admission, call the Office of Admissions at 315.312.2250.  Click here for scholarship policies for students currently recieving one of these awards.

Or direct correspondence to:
Office of Admissions
229 Sheldon Hall
SUNY Oswego
Oswego, NY 13126-3599