Undergraduate applications

Admission requirements

In order to be eligible for admission to SUNY Oswego, international applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Applicant possesses the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma;
  2. Applicant demonstrates a minimum grade point average (GPA) equivalent to 2.5 on a 4.0 grading scale;
  3. An English proficiency score of 71 TOEFL or 6.0 IELTS is required for non-native speakers of English. A Duolingo English Score (DET) of 100 is also currently accepted. Additional scores may be considered on a case-by-case basis; please view this document for a list of English proficiency scores that are currently accepted for admission to the university. Conditional admission through SUNY Oswego's Intensive English Program is also possible; see this section for details

Standardized exams (SAT or ACT): Note that international applicants are not required to provide SAT/ACT scores in order to be considered for admission to SUNY Oswego. Students who submit these scores, however, may be eligible for additional Merit Scholarships.

Native speakers of English: Native English speakers are not required to demonstrate proof of English language proficiency provided that the applicant meets the following criteria:

    1. Applicant is a citizen of Australia, The Bahamas, Canada, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, or the United Kingdom; and
    2. Applicant considers him/herself to be a native speaker of English and indicates this on the SUNY or Common Application; and
    3. Applicant was instructed entirely in English, at least at the secondary (high school) level.

Annual expenses

Undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees for international students for the 2020-2021 academic year are $18,627, for an estimated total of $35,350 USD per academic year (including tuition, mandatory fees, room, meals, insurance, books, incidentals). A detailed estimate of costs and scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year is available here.

Scholarship information

All international students are eligible for the Destination Oswego Scholarship, at $9,000 annually, renewable for 4 years, for a potential total savings of $36,000.

Though not required for admission, students who submit SAT scores of 1100 minimum and have at least a B+ GPA average will be considered for Merit Scholarships in addition to the Destination Oswego Scholarship.


Apply online

Choose one of the two options listed below to apply for admission to SUNY Oswego. Both applications require a non-refundable $50 fee, as well as a teacher/counselor evaluation. The SUNY application requires applicants to complete the SUNY supplement that includes a 250-word essay, while the Common Application also requires a 250-word personal essay.

Required documents

The following documents are required as part of your application for admittance to SUNY Oswego:

      1. Official college transcript or high school transcript mailed to the Office of International Student & Scholar Services by your prior college or school.
        NOTE: Transcripts are only accepted via mail, not email. Please use the address listed below.
      2. SUNY International Student Financial Statement (FSA-4 form) and official bank statement
      3. Proof of English Proficiency Levels

IMPORTANT: Students needing additional English preparation will be advised and placed accordingly. Students scoring below the required levels will need intensive English study on campus prior to admission. Intensive English language programs are offered at the university year-round.

Submitting application materials

You can email application materials directly to the International Student and Scholar Services Office at isss@oswego.edu. Other application materials (like official transcripts) may be mailed to the office at the address below:

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


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to receive the fullest possible consideration. For priority consideration, materials should be completed and received by the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Office by mid-May for the Fall/August semester, or mid-November by the Spring/January semester.

Conditional admission

SUNY Oswego offers conditional admission to the university based on successful completion of our Intensive English Language Program (IEP). Sessions are offered in the fall, spring, and summer. You must have a minimum English proficiency score of 47 in TOEFL iBT or 5.0 in IELTS to enter the program. Other exams, including some of the ones mentioned here, may be considered as proof of adequate English proficiency for program admittance. For more information, please visit the Intensive English Language Program website or contact esl@oswego.edu