Oswego, State University of New York at (SUNY)

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College Profile

With a student body of nearly 8,000 students, SUNY Oswego is large enough to offer more than 110 programs of study, yet small enough for students to form quality relationships with each other as well as with the university’s distinguished faculty.
SUNY Oswego emphasizes quality education and experience inside and outside the classroom on its scenic, 690-acre lakeside campus. Students pursue bright futures through programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education — as well as innovative interdisciplinary programs that cross traditional boundaries. Oswego opens doors to the future with internships and study-abroad opportunities that rate among the highest in the SUNY system.

Institution Demographics

Total student enrollment: 8,000
Undergraduate student enrollment: 6,800
Graduate student enrollment: 850

International student enrollment: 223
Male 49% Female 51%
Faculty-student ratio: 18:1
Number of countries represented on campus: 33

Top five countries represented on campus: Korea, China, Canada, Sri Lanka, Spain

English as a Second Language Program and Services

Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?


Yes. There are both 3-week and 6-week summer programs available. Click here to learn more and apply.

Can your institution issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to a student who has been admitted only to the Intensive English Program?


Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language to admitted students?

Yes. Several English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses are available each semester for students who are required to (or would like to!) improve and develop their academic English language proficiency skills. View available courses here.

Students needing additional English preparation will be advised and placed accordingly. Students scoring below the levels listed above will need intensive English study on campus prior to admission.

International Student Housing Options

On-campus living at SUNY Oswego provides students with ready access to academic as well as social events and organizations that are a vital part of the liberal arts college environment. First-year students are required to live on-campus for 2 years, transfer students for 1 year, though it is possible to apply for an exemption in certain circumstances.

Many international students choose to live in the Hart Hall Global Living & Learning Center – a unique residential community dedicated to academic excellence and social responsibility within a global context. Students may alternatively choose to live in more traditional residence halls. A full list of SUNY Oswego’s residential communities can be found here.

Collaborative programs

 SUNY Oswego offers more than 100 study abroad programs, and has formed relationships with over 60 different exchange partner institutions worldwide. Please contact the International Student and Scholar Services Office at isss@oswego.edu for a full list of partner universities.

 SUNY Oswego maintains 2+2 agreements with the following institutions:

  • Donghai University
  • Shandong Normal University
  • Shanghai Normal University
  • Zhejiang Sci-Tech University
  • Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Program


First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students:

First year students must submit their SUNY or Common Application, official transcripts, and proof of English proficiency as part of their application for admittance to SUNY Oswego. A minimum English proficiency score of either 71 iBT TOEFL or 6.0 IELTS is required if the student’s native language is not English. Exceptions may be made for students who attended secondary school entirely in English. All applicants must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma with a minimum grade point average (GPA) equivalent to 2.5 on a U.S. 4.0 grading scale. Learn more and apply now.

Note that students transferring from another college or school within the USA may not be required to provide English proficiency scores as part of their application for admittance to SUNY Oswego. This is decided on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about transferring to SUNY Oswego.

For graduate students, a minimum TOEFL score of 79 is required for admittance to the university; however, the MBA programs require 83. The minimum grade for IELTS is 6.5. Students scoring below this level will need intensive English preparation prior to admission. Two letters of recommendation are also required as part of the application process. Learn more about applying to Oswego as a graduate student.




Visa Information

Does your institution issue I-20 for F-1 visa status and/or DS-2019 for J-1 visa status?

Yes. I-20s are issued for F-1 visa, and DS-2019 for J-1 visas.


Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance for International Students

Undergraduate tuition for international students: $16,320
For a total of: $34,108 estimated cost of attendance

Graduate* tuition for international students: $19,410
For a total of: $31,000 estimated cost of attendance

*Tuition for the MBA graduate program is slightly higher, at: $21,047
For a total of: $32,637 estimated cost of attendance

All admitted international students are eligible for the Destination Oswego Scholarship of between $6,000 – $9,000 per year, renewable for 4 years. In addition to this, first-year students who have taken the SAT/ACT may also be considered for several merit-based scholarships.

International transfer students may qualify for a Transfer Achievement Scholarship of $1,000, renewable for one year.

Graduate assistantship opportunities are available for all matriculated graduate students.

Click here for a full list of estimated costs, fees, and scholarships for international students.



Student Activities and Campus Life

With over 200 different clubs and organizations at SUNY Oswego, students have plenty of opportunities to meet new friends, share their interests with others, develop their resumes, and get involved in the community. In addition to the many academic clubs available on campus (like Arts Alive, the Business Management Club, and the Computer Science Association, to name a few), international students may also be interested in: