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How to Apply

This is your chance to tell us about yourself — your goals, your activities, your accomplishments — and help us decide whether SUNY Oswego is right for you.

SUNY Oswego accepts either The Common Application or the SUNY Application. Both applications require a non-refundable $50 application fee. Early Action, Regular Decision, or transfer student applications are all open options for both U.S. and international students. Different items are needed for first-year, transfer, international, EOP or non-traditional applicants as detailed below.

SUNY Oswego is now SAT/ACT test-optional for the Spring ’22, Fall ’22, and Spring ’23 terms. Oswego uses a holistic, full-file application review process for both admission and merit-based scholarship consideration. While we will consider scores if submitted, SAT/ACT results are not required.

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Common Application SUNY Application

Early Action

If you’d like to get an early reply on your application for admission, consider the Early Action option. Early Action applications must be submitted by November 15th.

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Regular Decision

If you’re ready to join our vibrant and welcoming Oswego community, we invite you to apply for the fall or spring semester.

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If you have registered for at least 12 credit hours at another college following graduation from high school, then you should apply as a transfer student. Credits from regionally accredited colleges transfer easily. If you’d like to know for sure, we'll be glad to evaluate your credits anytime, course by course.

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SUNY Oswego is home to over 270 international students from more than 35 countries around the world, and the list is growing every year.

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EOP: Educational Opportunity Program

This program provides access to higher education for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who possess the potential to succeed in college but whose academic preparation in high school may otherwise prevent them from receiving admission.

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Nontraditional students at SUNY Oswego fall into several categories. We serve part-time students, online students, students who return to school after a prolonged absence, students who delayed enrollment into postsecondary education, veteran and military students, and working parents.


Proficiency Exams/Advanced Placement

Our proficiency examination program serves students who seek recognition for achievement acquired outside conventional college classrooms.

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State University of New York (SUNY) policy prohibits SUNY Oswego admission applications from inquiring into an applicant’s prior criminal history. After acceptance, the College shall inquire if the student previously has been convicted of a felony if such individual seeks campus housing or participation in clinical or field experiences, internships or study abroad programs. The information required to be disclosed under SUNY policy regarding such felony convictions shall be reviewed by a standing campus committee consistent with the legal standards articulated in New York State Corrections Law.

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. View Oswego’s Prior Felony Convictions Policy. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the Office of the Associate Provost at 315-312-2232 or [email protected].