Fast facts

SUNY Oswego enrolls around 8,000 students, some 7,000 of them full-time undergraduates. Around 4,400 students live on campus among the college's 13 residence halls and communities. The more than 200 clubs and organizations and 24 Division III sports teams provide many outlets for student involvement. Overall, Oswego's lakeside campus stretches for almost 700 acres and includes 76 buildings.

Nearly 1,500 freshmen, with a mean high school grade average of 90, enrolled in fall 2018. Around 200 Presidential Scholars with a mean high-school grade average of 95 received this top award; an additional 865 more first-year students received Deans', Merit or Transfer Merit Scholarships. Around 750 transfer students, with an average GPA of 3.0, chose Oswego to pursue their bachelor's degrees.

Award-winning Diversity and Inclusion – Reflective of demographic shifts, Oswego enrolled its most culturally diverse student body in 2018, with 29% of total student body and 36% of the first-year class self-identified as culturally diverse. Attracting and enrolling diverse students to SUNY Oswego has been a strategic focus of the college, and on the rise since 2010, when diversity among first year students stood at just 19%. SUNY Oswego’s focus to embrace and serve all students earned top Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice awards from SUNY in 2017, that recognized SUNY Oswego for its ability to effectively communicate, consistently practice and creatively develop cutting-edge programs supporting diversity, inclusion and social justice.

Excellence in International Education and Study Abroad – SUNY Oswego’s innovative programs to extend access to international study to students from all backgrounds have earned national recognition. The college received the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) 2017 Excellence and Innovation Award in International Education, a national honor that cites SUNY Oswego’s efforts to embed study abroad into the curriculum and to make study-travel opportunities more accessible to underrepresented students. In 2016, the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative recognized Oswego for exceeding its goal to boost the number and diversity of students in study abroad.

Overall, SUNY Oswego annually provides more than $6.5 million in merit-based scholarships and more than $84 million in need-based grants, loans and work-study awards to support student success at Oswego.

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, and awards bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and advanced certificates.

Distinguished Rankings and Recognition -- SUNY Oswego has consistently been recognized by U.S. News & World Report among the “Top Regional Universities in the North,” and in the top 15 among public master’s-level institutions in 2017 and 2018.  SUNY Oswego's online MBA ranks highest in all of New York state, and 33rd nationally among online master of business administration programs, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 "Best Online Degree Programs: MBA." The Princeton Review named SUNY Oswego to its 2018 list of the 225 Best Regional Colleges in the Northeast, a distinction SUNY Oswego has earned every year since the educational services firm started regional listings in 2003.


  • 1,213 full-time faculty and staff
  • 476 part-time faculty and staff
  • 3,372 part-time student employees
  • 2,037 full-time equivalent employees

Economic impact

  • $179.4 million total economic impacts for Oswego County
  • $345 million total economic impacts to the immediate seven-county region