Open House showcases campus

imageHundreds of prospective students and their families gathered to learn about offerings inside and outside the classroom at SUNY Oswego during the college’s 28th annual Open House on Monday, April 11.

Running from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the largest admissions program of the year will feature an increased emphasis on how to make the most of the college experience, said Katie Maxwell, an admissions counselor who coordinates the event.

“We have added sessions on the college’s new living and learning communities, how to get involved on campus and how to maximize your opportunities for success after graduating,” Maxwell said.

Prospective students and their families could sit in on a cross-section of open classes that day ranging from art to zoology. A number of departments also will host extensive, behind-the-scenes tours.

Bus tours of the campus remain a popular draw, Maxwell noted. “Visitors like this tour because the buses can let them off anywhere on campus and pick them up anywhere,” she said. “Every residence hall offers tours, so families can check out student living options.”

Participants could also learn about the college’s award-winning programs for first-year students, including the First-Year Residential Experience in recently renovated Johnson Hall; explore such points of interest as Penfield Library, National Public Radio affiliate WRVO and the college’s state-of-the-art School of Business in Rich Hall; and talk to faculty and students from Oswego’s more than 50 academic programs.

“One thing we’re especially emphasizing this year is the many ways students can enjoy their Oswego experience,” Maxwell said. “We expect to have a large number of student organizations on hand to show visitors clubs and activities they can take part in to pursue an interest, meet new people or try to build their talents.”

Prospective students and families could find out more about living and learning communities—a new college initiative for students who want to live, take classes and participate in activities with others sharing their interests.

The Office of Career Services offered a new session—titled “Beyond Oswego: Where Have Oswego Graduates Gone?”—showcasing what SUNY Oswego alumni have accomplished with their degrees.

“Students and families who visit will discover the many innovative, imaginative steps Oswego takes to present a stimulating, learner-centered experience,” said Joe Grant, vice president for student affairs and enrollment. “They can also learn more about the exciting future plans the college has on the drawing board.”

These plans include the development of a new Campus Center, the first new-from-the-ground-up building on campus in more than 30 years and part of more than $100 million in planning, design, renovation and construction activities.

A 144-year-old comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, Oswego enrolls about 8,500 students in its College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and School of Education.

For more information about Open House or other opportunities to explore SUNY Oswego, call the Admissions Office at 312-2250 or visit

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PHOTO CAPTION: Exploring Oswego—From left, Ryan Lemon of SUNY Oswego’s Office of International Education and Programs talks to high school senior Adam Braun and his parents Mary and John at a recent admissions program for prospective students interested in the sciences. The college’s 28th annual campus-wide Open House—the largest admissions program of the year—will offer tours, open classes, special programs and more to hundreds of prospective students and family members from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 11.

(Posted: Mar 23, 2005)