Syracuse Campus History
SUNY Oswego established a Syracuse location as an extension site in 2008 to help meet the growing needs of part-time adult students, predominantly at the graduate level. The extension site was formally known as SUNY Oswego Metro Center.
The college sought extension center designation from the state due to fast enrollment growth. Subsequently, the college pursued branch campus designation from the state. Enrollments grew from 61 in fall 2008, when courses were offered in two disciplines, to a total of 771 in 2014, when 18 programs of study were represented.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Education Department approved the branch campus status in May 2015 following approval by the State Board of Regents. The designation as a branch campus enabled the college to offer bachelor’s degree completion programs and expanded graduate-level programs in Syracuse.
In addition to providing a convenient location for area residents and employees to pursue advanced education and degrees, SUNY Oswego’s Syracuse Campus is a significant community resource. It has built productive academic and experiential partnerships with the region’s schools, colleges, businesses, and community agencies. Community members rent the facility for events, employers hold training programs there, and the campus is home to an extension site of the Tyler Art Gallery.