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Our Region

A Charming Port City

The city of Oswego grew from its strategic location where Lake Ontario flows into the Oswego River. SUNY Oswego’s 700-acre campus is situated on the lakeshore, just west of the picturesque port city, about a two-mile walk from campus to the riverfront at the heart of the city.

Oswego’s dynamic history resonates in its name — from the Haudenosaunee phrase meaning “the pouring out place.” A rich 19th-century character, mirroring its time as an industrial port community, remains preserved in many residential homes and downtown storefronts. Visitors come to learn more about the Oswego area’s heritage in museums and landmarks, and to view historic Fort Ontario, Oswego Harbor, the West Pierhead Lighthouse and other iconic attractions.


Storefronts in downtown Oswego

Experience itLakeside Community

Oswego embraces the vibrancy of a college community in a hometown atmosphere. Grab a bite in your favorite neighborhood restaurant, café or pub, explore arts and culture, hike or bike, catch a movie or take in a sunset over the lake. History, festivals, fishing, winter sports, and the abundance of natural beauty attract visitors and make this beautiful region lively in all seasons.

Around Oswego

Central New YorkAt The Center of It All

Located in Central New York, Oswego is close to Syracuse, Rochester, and even New York City — which truly delivers something for everyone.

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out and aboutSUNY Oswego’s Syracuse Campus

SUNY Oswego’s Syracuse Campus sits in the heart of downtown. You can find whatever you are looking for right around the corner. Discover boutiques and restaurants in Armory Square. Study at your favorite coffee shop or get together with your classmates at the famous Dinosaur BBQ. Walk out our door to enjoy the Downtown Farmers Market during summer and fall, or experience the tranquility of winter while you watch ice skaters on the Clinton Square rink.

syracuse campus

Getting you thereGetting Around

If you’ve got to get there from here — and back again — Oswego’s transportation options have you covered by road, rail, and air.