Regular Decision

Most students apply to SUNY Oswego through Regular Decision. Choose Regular Decision if you would like Oswego to review information from the first semester of your senior year, and to have additional time to put the finishing touches on your application.

If you apply Regular Decision, we encourage applying by January 15 for the fall semester and before October 15 for the spring. After these dates, all applicants are considered on a space-available basis.

Important Dates

Application type Application deadline Acceptance notification Deposit due
Regular Decision: Fall Jan. 15 (priority) January* May 1**
Regular Decision: Spring Oct. 15 (priority) November* Dec. 1**

* Continues on a rolling basis
** Or date stated in acceptance packet, whichever is later

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You can only apply using one application source.

Common Application SUNY Application

Additional Information 

Admissions Criteria

Academic qualifications/averages

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Mean 89.5 GPA
  • Middle 50% SAT (math and critical reading) 1100 – 1250 
  • Middle 50% ACT composite 22 – 26


While no exact formula for college acceptance exists, we can tell you that grades, test scores, and essays are crucial in our decision — but we also look for more in our applicants. We search for students who are doers, makers, leaders, and thinkers. We look for students with a well-rounded academic background, who ideally come to college with:

  • English: 4 units
  • Social Studies: 4 units
  • Mathematics: 3 - 4 units
  • Science: 3 - 4 units
  • Foreign Language: 2 - 4 units

Other Considerations

Special Talent Admission

Because some students acquire excellence outside their formal academic experience, Oswego admits a percentage of the freshman class on the promise demonstrated by means other than traditional academic criteria. For admission under this supplementary category, you must demonstrate outstanding capabilities in one of the following categories: leadership, specialization in an academic area, creative expression and performing arts or athletic ability; or applicant may be considered because of altered-career orientation and/or unusual circumstances interfering with past performance. Information regarding special talent and/or circumstances should be presented to the Committee on Admission through the supplemental portion of The Common Application or SUNY Supplement to the Application.

Educational Opportunity Program EOP

This program provides access to higher education for economically disadvantaged New York state residents who do not meet traditional admissions criteria but who possess the potential for academic success. EOP provides students with an array of academic and counseling support services, limited financial assistance and a pre-freshmen summer program, all designed to help students achieve their academic goals. EOP is available for both freshman and transfer students.

Home School Students

Students who have been home-schooled will need to submit standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), as well as documented proof of successful completion of the home-school curriculum, local school district records, and in some cases a GED. Students must also submit any other information required by the Oswego Office of Admissions.

Application Checklist

Step 1. 

Apply online

Students may apply using the SUNY Application or The Common Application. Choose just one option to apply to SUNY Oswego. Both applications require a non-refundable $50 fee and a teacher/counselor evaluation. If submitting the SUNY application we also require applicants to fill out the SUNY Supplemental Application. 

Step 2.

Submit transcripts

Submit your official high school transcripts.

Step 3.

Report ACT and/or SAT scores

SUNY Oswego will render admission decisions using self-reported ACT or SAT scores. Students may self-report via the CommonApp or the SUNY Supplement (if you applied using the SUNY Application). Scores sent directly to Oswego on an official high school transcript, or via the College Board or ACT are considered official. Note that official scores will be required of students who enroll, and must match self-reported scores. Discrepancies can lead to revocation of admission and/or scholarship. 

Oswego codes:

ACT code: 2942
SAT code: 2543

Step 4.

Submit a recommendation

Submit a recommendation or a form allowing for individual comments from a school counselor, teacher, coach, or work -or volunteer-based supervisor.

Step 5:

Check application status

Once your application is received by SUNY Oswego, you will receive an email and mailing containing a user ID and PIN to access the application status checker to see what information we've received and what is still needed.



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