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International Applicants

SUNY Oswego is home to students from all over the world. More than 270 international students from more than 35 different countries are currently enrolled at SUNY Oswego.

You must apply as an international applicant if you are not a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to submit all completed application materials to the International Student and Scholar Services Office by mid-May for the Fall/August semester, or by mid-November for the Spring/January semester.

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SUNY Application Common Application
You can only apply using one application source.

Additional Information

Admissions Criteria

Academic qualifications/averages

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Mean 89.5 GPA


While no exact formula for college acceptance exists, we can tell you that grades, test scores, and essays are crucial in our decision — but we also look for more in our applicants. We search for students who are doers, makers, leaders and thinkers. We look for students with a well-rounded academic background, who ideally come to college with:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of mathematics (algebra I, II, geometry)
  • 3 units of social science
  • 3 units of science (of which 2 must be lab science)
  • 2 consecutive units of foreign language

Other Considerations

Special Talent Admission

Because some students acquire excellence outside their formal academic experience, Oswego admits a percentage of the freshman class on the promise demonstrated by means other than traditional academic criteria. For admission under this supplementary category, you must demonstrate outstanding capabilities in one of the following categories: leadership, specialization in an academic area, creative expression and performing arts or athletic ability; or applicant may be considered because of altered-career orientation and/or unusual circumstances interfering with past performance. Information regarding special talent and/or circumstances should be presented to the Committee on Admission through the supplemental portion of The Common Application or SUNY Supplement to the Application.

International Admissions Checklist

Step 1. 

Apply Online

Choose just one option to apply to SUNY Oswego. Both applications require a non-refundable $50 fee and a teacher/counselor evaluation. If submitting the SUNY application we also require applicants to fill out the SUNY Supplemental Application. 

Step 2.

Submit Transcripts

Mail all official college/university and secondary school transcripts (transfer applicants) or just your secondary school transcript (freshmen) to SUNY Oswego. Where applicable, a certified translation of the transcript must be submitted as well.

International Student and Scholar Services
102 Sheldon Hall
SUNY Oswego
Oswego, NY, 13126, USA

Step 3.

Send Your English Proficiency Scores

Send in your English proficiency test scores to [email protected]. Successful applicants will have a minimum English proficiency of 71 in TOEFL, 6.0 in IELTS, or 55 in PTE. Other English language assessments may be considered. Some exemptions apply, contact the ISSS Office for more information and to see if you qualify.

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.

Step 4.

Provide Financial Documentation

Send a copy of an original bank statement including a bank official’s signature and stamp evidencing sufficient funds for the first year via email to the International Student and Scholar Services Office at [email protected]. The amount shown should be enough to cover the estimated expenses for one year, minus any scholarships awarded after admission. 

If you will be supported by a sponsor (like a parent), you will also need to send a completed SUNY International Student Financial Statement, signed and stamped by your sponsor’s bank and sponsor.

Note that, in addition to the items listed above, a GAP statement is also required if there are any gaps in time when you have not been in school for a period longer than the typical break occurring between academic years.

Step 5:

Check Your Application Status

Once your completed application is received, we will send a confirmation email to the email address listed on your application. That email includes a temporary PIN to access the Application Portal and establish your password. Once you have set your password you can return at any time using the Application Portal. Check the portal often to see what information we’ve received, what is still needed, and any supplemental requests that may follow.

You Are Welcome Here

We welcome international students and scholars in an effort to promote a culturally diverse learning environment and to enrich the quality of teaching and research at SUNY Oswego. We have a long and enduring tradition of international education dating back to our founding over 150 years ago. Our commitment to international education will continue and we welcome your creativity, intellectual rigor and cultural diversity to our campus this coming year like every year.

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Resources For International Students

Oswego is more than just a college campus; we’re a community.

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International Student & Scholar Services

We welcome an increasing number of international students and visiting scholars to SUNY Oswego each year. The ISSS Office provides an intensive New International Student Orientation as well as ongoing support services to welcome and integrate international students into the campus and community.

Stability, Access and Connection

The Oswego Guarantee

Our partnership with first-year, full-time bachelor’s students:

  • Timely course offerings or the course is free
  • High touch connections to alumni mentors
  • Small student to faculty ratio
  • Limited room & board increases each year