Oswego's applications surge; drawing power widens

campus tourThe number of applicants to SUNY Oswego surged upward, and many students are coming farther to call the lakeside campus their home.

Those are two of the more noteworthy trends from the fall admissions cycle, said Joe Grant, SUNY Oswego’s vice president for student affairs and enrollment.

The number of first-time full-time undergraduate admission applicants soared to around 8,500, an increase of 12.3 percent or nearly 1,000 from the year before, Grant said. That breaks down to about 6.5 applications for each spot in this year’s freshman class.

That full-time, degree-seeking freshman class comprises 1,345 students, slightly higher than the target figure, Grant said. It is an academically talented group, as 527 freshmen—about 40 percent—received some kind of academic merit award, he added.

There were 177 Presidential Scholars—earning a $4,400 annual scholarship—with an average high-school average of 93.6 and composite SAT of 1231, both up from previous years.

SUNY Oswego’s 687 incoming transfers represent another quality group, Grant said. The 114 transfers who received $1,000 merit scholarships had an average GPA of 3.6.

More and more Oswego students are coming a greater distance as well. This year’s incoming freshmen include 192 from Long Island, a jump of 229 percent since 2000.

“Having students coming from farther away makes our residential community more robust,” Grant said of the nearly 3,750 students in residence halls. “A residential community with more students with varied backgrounds contributes to the vitality of our campus.”

This is also illustrated in how attendance by region has changed over the past several years. The number of enrolled new freshman from the seven-county region including and bordering Oswego County dipped from 475 to 378 since 1998, with the figure from the rest of New York or out of state rising from 770 to 976.

“Our college is bringing more and more young men and women into Central New York, and Oswego County specifically,” Grant said. “Our students, in turn, provide a positive economic and cultural impact on our area. When students who come to our region stay here after graduating, that provides a skilled young workforce with entrepreneurial spirit and new ideas, which is vital to a vibrant regional future.”

SUNY Oswego’s total student enrollment this semester is 8,288 full-time and part-time students.

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(Posted: Oct 04, 2006)