Whether you're coming from a community college, other four-year institution or schooling abroad, we hope to provide maximum value for previously earned credits with minimum hassles, thanks to our excellent advisement and support services.
If you have earned at least 12 credit hours at another college or university, following graduation from high school, we consider you a transfer student. If enrolling with 24 or fewer credits, or no more than two full-time semesters completed, you may apply as an undecided major; to be considered you must complete an area of concentration form. All other applicants need to apply for an available major. If you apply Regular Decision, we encourage applying by January 15 (priority date) for the fall semester and before October 15 (priority date) for the spring. After these dates, all applicants are considered on a space-available basis.
|Application type||Acceptance notification||Deposit due|
|Regular Decision: Fall||January*||May 1**|
|Regular Decision: Spring||November*||Dec. 1**|
* Continues on a rolling basis
** Or date stated in acceptance packet, whichever is later
Transfer students are advised to use the SUNY Application until the new Common Application for Transfers is fully implemented.
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.
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.3 if you have completed 24+ hours for most majors.
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 if you have 24 or fewer hours completed. Additionally, your high school record should reflect evidence of solid performance in core academic areas.
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 if you are applying for biology or zoology.
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 if you are applying for any majors leading to an education certification.
Transfer students are advised to use the SUNY Application until the new Common Application for Transfers is fully implemented. The application requires a non-refundable $50 fee.
Submit all official college or university transcripts (transcripts must be submitted regardless of credits earned). If you’ve completed fewer than 24 credit hours at the time of application, also submit your high school transcript.
Because each transfer student has a unique educational background we may ask for these additional items to be included along with your application:
Transfer students currently taking college coursework may be required to submit midterm grades. Midterms can either be submitted through your school’s grade reporting system or by completing the printable SUNY Oswego Midterm Grade Report.
Transfer Application Supplement (Found in Your Application Portal)
We require transfer applicants with a gap in their educational history to complete the Transfer Application Supplement found in the application portal. Be sure to include all activities from high school graduation through the term for which you are applying for admission.
Other materials may be requested as needed.
Check application status
Once your application is received you will receive an email and mailing containing a user ID and PIN to access the application status checker to see what information we’ve received and what is still needed.
Transfer of Credits
If you’re considering transferring to Oswego, our admissions counselors would be happy to work with you to determine what credits you may transfer from your previous school. All course work completed with a passing grade from regionally accredited institutions (SUNY or Non-SUNY) will transfer to Oswego, as described in the Requirement Guides for Transfer Students. A vast number of course to course equivalencies have already been determined for both SUNY and non-SUNY colleges and universities. You can access these equivalencies through the Transfer Course Guide. If you have questions about how your credits will transfer, you can request an evaluation at any point in the admissions process by contacting the Admissions Office. Official degree audits are completed within 1-2 weeks of admission to ensure you have the necessary information to make informed decisions.
SUNY Oswego works closely with numerous partner institutions through articulation agreements. These are agreements that exist between two educational institutions to ensure efficient, effective transfer and guarantee continuous progress in degree completion. Both general and program specific articulations exist. We offer an online list of the many institutions with which SUNY Oswego has articulation agreements.
Program-to-program articulation aims to provide a smooth transition in parallel programs, minimum time in completing the bachelor’s degree and maximum transfer of credits. If you have attended another SUNY school, you can see which classes there will satisfy General Education requirements at Oswego by accessing SUNY’s approved courses page.
The general articulation agreement allows students completing associate degrees to have particular general education requirements waived. Students who enter under the General Education 21 requirements with an AA, AS, or AAS degree from a SUNY institution that have completed three years of high school level foreign language or 101 level of a foreign language are exempt from any remaining foreign language requirements at SUNY Oswego. Students that don’t fit either of those requirements but have completed an associate’s degree from a SUNY institution are only required to take 101 level of a foreign language at SUNY Oswego. For more information on these requirements, visit our General Education page.
If you are transferring from institutions outside of the SUNY system, SUNY Oswego aims to provide maximum value for previously earned credits with minimum hassles. If you complete a program deemed equivalent to the 30 credit SUNY general education program from any regionally accredited institution, you will be exempt from all remaining SUNY Oswego General Education requirements.
Oswego will tentatively accept transfer credit from non-accredited institutions. After you successfully complete one full-time semester at Oswego, the equivalency credits will be determined by the Registrar upon consultation with the major department.
For more information on the transfer process, contact the Office of Admissions at 315.312.2250 or email one of our transfer counselors at [email protected].
How do I get my transfer credits evaluated?
At any time you may request a credit evaluation. Simply provide a transcript of all previous colleges attended. Forward this, along with your intended major, to the Office of Admissions (229 Sheldon Hall, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126; 315-312-2250; [email protected]) and ask for an evaluation of transfer credits.
How many of my credits will transfer to Oswego?
Several factors will affect the transfer of credit including where the coursework was completed, the grades received, and the intended major at Oswego. The maximum number of credits that can be applied from a two-year college is 60; the maximum number from a four-year institution is 90. It is our recommendation that prospective students request a credit evaluation from the Office of Admissions.
Are scholarships offered to transfer students?
Yes! Read about our Transfer Achievement Scholarships!
Do you accept CLEP, Advanced Placement, Military and Life Experience credits?
Oswego will accept College-Level Examination Placement (CLEP), Advanced Placement, IB and Military credit. To receive credit for AP, IB, and CLEP, a student must provide an official transcript. To determine specific scores necessary consult the Oswego Proficiency Examination Program or contact the Office of Admissions (315-312-2250). Military credit should also be transcripted and sent to the Office of Admissions for review. Oswego does not grant life experience credit.
What are the SUNY General Education requirements for transfers coming to Oswego?
All transfer students are expected to satisfy 30-33 credits of general education. There are two different methods of completing these credits. Students may complete the 30 credits listed under SUNY Oswego’s General Education program, what we call GE 21. Oftentimes, courses that are transferred from previously attended institutions are used to fulfill some of those General Educations listed under GE 21. For example, common courses that are transferred are Writing, American History, Natural Science, Fine Arts, or Social Sciences.
In other cases, some students transfer to Oswego after they have completed the 30 credit SUNY General Education Requirement (SUNY-GER, July 2010) or the equivalency from a previous institution(s). In those situations, they are exempt from all of Oswego’s specific general education requirements. In order for the SUNY-GER to be considered satisfied, all requirements must have been met by the time the student’s first semester begins at Oswego. For information on SUNY GER, visit www.suny.edu
Detailed information is available on the General Education website.
When do I register for classes?
During your scheduled transfer student orientation program you will meet with a faculty advisor and register for your upcoming semester classes. At the conclusion of your program, you will have a semester schedule.
When do I meet with my academic advisor?
Transfers students have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor within their major department during the orientation program; however, he/she may not be your assigned academic advisor for the academic year. Once classes begin, transfer students are asked to connect with the department of their major who will assign their permanent advisor.
Where do I find my graduation requirements?
General graduation requirements can be found in the college’s academic catalog or online. Requirements for majors and minors can be found in the college catalog or by going to the Web page for the respective majors and minors. Specific graduation requirements should be discussed with your advisor.
Where will I live?
SUNY Oswego offers 12 residence halls and a townhouse village, many catering to different interests. One example is our Hart Hall Global Living and Learning Center, which especially appeals to those with an interest in international culture and community service. Each residence hall is connected to, or in immediate proximity to a dining center for greater convenience. For more information about living on campus, visit our residence life section.
What forms do I need to fill out for financial aid?
SUNY Oswego requires you to complete the FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) and TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) applications for financial aid consideration. Priority dates are March 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Most students will have already filed these applications with their current schools and only need to have the processing centers add Oswego as the new school of attendance. For more information on paying for college, visit our financial aid site.
Does SUNY Oswego offer health insurance for students?
Yes, the college offers a basic accident and sickness insurance policy for students. The cost is $700 per semester. The fee will appear on each full-time undergraduate and graduate student’s tuition bill. Part-time students are eligible to purchase the insurance also by contacting the Student Accounts Office in 507 Culkin Hall. Students who have insurance through a parent, spouse, employment or any other source must fill out a waiver that is sent with the tuition bill or is available from Student Accounts to have the fee removed from their bill.
Are there health services on campus?
Health Services is a nationally accredited primary-care clinic on campus that is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Sick students may have walk-in appointments until 10:30 a.m. or call 315-312-4100 for an appointment. There is no cost at the time of the visit and most medications are dispensed from the Health Center dispensary. The mandatory health fee paid each semester covers the cost of care.
Am I required to have immunizations?
New York State requires that all students born after January 1, 1957 show proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella. Students must have two measles injections since the first birthday and at least one month apart, one mumps injection since the first birthday, and one rubella injection since the first birthday. A transfer student may get a copy of this information from his/her most recently attended college or doctor.
Does SUNY Oswego provide child care?
The Children’s Center of Oswego, Inc. is a NAEYC-accredited child-care center on campus that serves children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years. Fees are based on a sliding scale based on household income. There is often a waiting list. For more information, contact the center at 315-312-2587.
What should I do if I am a veteran?
The Office of Veterans Services at SUNY Oswego is here to serve those who have served their country. The office can offer information concerning VA Educational Benefits, DVA Benefits, referrals and work-study programs. Visit 151 Marano Campus Center or call us at 315-312-2270.
How do I know if the courses I took at another SUNY school will satisfy General Education requirements?
You can access SUNY’s list of approved General Education courses and click on the name of your campus to see which courses there will meet GenEd requirements at Oswego.
What information is available regarding campus safety?
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Act (originally known as the Campus Security Act) require colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. SUNY Oswego’s yearly report can be found on our University Police page.
How do I meet people and get involved on campus?
There are many ways to get involved on campus and meet people while you are attending SUNY Oswego. Whether you are a commuter or a residential student, there are many ways to be an active member of the campus community.
If you live in a residence hall you can become involved in hall council and the variety of programs and involvement opportunities that are afforded to you by residence life staff in your hall.
- Arts: appreciation, expression and performance
- Club sports
- Community service
- Greek life
- Media and publications
- Special interest
The Point’s page offers additional involvement information, including events where you can meet representatives of campus organizations and the Student Involvement Awards which recognize and reward the accomplishments of students and their organizations each spring.
You can also look for opportunities to get involved by simply visiting the News and Events page, which offers any number of activities that may pique your interest.
Your time at SUNY Oswego is what you make of it, and by becoming involved you can enjoy the entire Oswego experience.