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State University of New York at Oswego

Oswego, New York, United States
Oswego is one of 13 university colleges in the 64-campus SUNY system. As a comprehensive college, Oswego offers more than 110 majors, minors, cooperative and graduate programs.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (5)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



The State University of New York at Oswego was founded in 1861 as the Oswego Primary Teachers' Training School by Edward Austin Sheldon (above, center), who embraced and popularized some of the most innovative teaching methods of his day. In 1913, the campus moved from the city of Oswego to the current lakeside location following the construction and opening of what is now known as Sheldon Hall. 


Oswego's faculty and students actively participate in research, creative work and other scholarly activities. The college stresses the importance of undergraduate research opportunities, enabling advanced research for undergraduates that other institutions only offer at the graduate level. We have outstanding facilities that help students gain hands-on experience. 

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Housing services

Founded in the city of Oswego by Sheldon to train teachers to meet pressing educational needs, the college moved to its current location on the shore of Lake Ontario in 1913 after Sheldon Hall was constructed. The current campus is located on 690 acres (2.8 km2) along Lake Ontario. Development of the campus was planned by the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, who designed the major buildings.

Library services

Penfield Library is an academic library that supports the instructional, research and service goals of SUNY Oswego, one of 64 campuses of the State University of New York. 

Medical services

The staff of Mary Walker Health Center is delighted to extend support to you in a non-judgmental and caring manner. Our  nurse practitioners are board-certified and specialized providers in the area of college health. The staff is highly experienced in responding to the medical and health concerns of the college's diverse population of students.

Student Life

Campus life

The campus today consists of 46 buildings with classrooms, laboratories, residential and athletic facilities. Recent years have witnessed the launch of a $700 million campus-wide renovation and renewal program, with the new Campus Center acting as the social hub of campus.

Sports facilities

Campus intramural sports, club sports, and open recreation programs provide students, faculty and staff with opportunities to participate in a wide variety of formal and informal, skilled and unskilled activities designed to promote health and wellness in a fun way. Services offered by Campus Recreation include facility reservations and general assistance to registered sport clubs.  

Student clubs

All candidates (undergraduate and graduate) from every program in the School of Education are encouraged to get involved in the Education Club. Group members cooperatively plan activities that meet your needs, such as informational meetings about program requirements, mock interviews, preparation of interview portfolios and resumes, and social events. 


SUNY Oswego is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of College and Schools (3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215.662.5606) and all academic programs have been approved and registered by the New York State Education Department 

Student Reviews

Oswego: Land of opportunity and wind that hurts your face
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

SUNY Oswego has plenty of amazing professors and provides many opportunities to get involved. My only complaint is how cold and snowy it gets over the winter time!

SUNY Oswego review
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved my undergraduate experience, I interacted with numerous scholars . I took courses that expanded my knowledge in my field and began more immersed in international activities. What may have not worked was the preparations of financial planning for students who will enter the workforce with strains from loans, and low-economic systems.

SUNY Oswego experience
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I highly recommend this university, it was inclusive and diverse to all students coming from rural areas, urban cities and international countries. The coursework was rigorous but there was so much assistance for tutoring and office hours with the professor.

Oswego, New York, United States

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