Admission to Oswego is based upon the applicant’s academic and personal qualifications and is made without regard to sex, race, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation or physical disability. Oswego seeks men and women of ability and promise who have the capacity for intellectual growth and the motivation to achieve. Freshmen and transfer students who seek information on admission to the college or wish to schedule a visit to the SUNY Oswego should call the Admissions Office at 315.312.2250. Further information is available at our website.

Admission to the BA programs

Students admitted to Oswego qualify for acceptance into one of the five BA degree program tracks: no additional application processes are required.  Students will choose from Studio Art, Graphic Design, Art History, Illustration, or Interaction Design.

Admission to the BFA programs

If you are applying or transferring into one of the three BFA degree programs (Graphic Design, Fine Art, or Illustration) you are required to submit a portfolio for review by the faculty of the Department of Art and Design. In addition to this, you must submit a statement of intent, an annotated work list, an application form and copies of your transcripts.  

BFA Application:

Coming to Oswego as a transfer student

The BA program(s) at SUNY Oswego allows a transfer student to bring in no more than 24 credit hours of studio art/graphic design. The BFA program(s) at SUNY Oswego allows a transfer student to bring in no more than 36 credit hours of studio art or graphic design. Half of your major must be taken at SUNY Oswego.

Transfer students with AA, AS or AAS degrees in studio art or graphic design

If you are a transfer student with AA, AS or AAS degrees in studio art/graphic design you are strongly encouraged to apply to the BFA programs prior to coming to Oswego.  The BFA application is separate from SUNY Oswego admissions application.  You may submit your portfolio a second time if you fail to gain admission on your first try. Applicants that have been declined twice must make alternative study plans at Oswego. Academic advisors are able to assist students in this situation.