Undergraduate applications

Admission requirements

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

  1. Have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma;
  2. Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) equivalent to 2.5 on a 4.0 grading scale;
  3. Show an English proficiency score of 71 for TOEFL, 6.0 for IELTS, or 55 in PTE. Additional scores may be considered on a case-by-case basis; please view this document for a complete list of English proficiency scores that are currently accepted for admission to the university. Conditional admission is also possible; see this section for details
Are you unable to take TOEFL or IELTS due to COVID-19?
If you are unable to take TOEFL or IELTS (or another exam currently accepted by SUNY Oswego) due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, SUNY Oswego will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) as proof of your English proficiency. This exam can be taken online from your home. For admission to a Bachelor's level program, you should achieve at least a score of 100 on the DET in order to meet the minimum language criteria. 

Note that SAT or ACT are not required for international students, however, students who submit these scores may be eligible for additional Merit Scholarships.

Annual expenses

Undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees for international students for the 2019-2020 academic year is $18,627, for an estimated total of $35,350. A detailed estimate of costs and scholarships for the 2019-2020 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