SUNY College at Oswego: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Sunset at SUNY Oswego.

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SUNY Oswego is a public university with an acceptance rate of 55%. Located on a 690-acre campus on the shore of Lake Ontario in Western New York, SUNY Oswego is part of the State University of New York system. The college has 60 undergraduate majors, over 70 minors, and 40 master's degree programs. Oswego offers an average class size of 24 and a 17-to-1 student / faculty ratio. In athletics, SUNY Oswego is a member of NCAA Division III and teams compete in the State University of New York Athletic Conference for most sports. 

Considering applying to SUNY Oswego? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, SUNY Oswego had an acceptance rate of 55%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 55 students were admitted, making SUNY Oswego's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 12,672
Percent Admitted  55%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 21%

SAT Scores and Requirements

SUNY Oswego requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 97% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 540 620
Math 530 620
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Oswego's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to SUNY Oswego scored between 540 and 620, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 620. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 620, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 620. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1240 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at SUNY Oswego.

Requirements

SUNY Oswego does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Oswego participates in the score choice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

SUNY Oswego requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 24% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 21 26

This admissions data tells us that most of Oswego's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to SUNY Oswego received a composite ACT score between 21 and 26, while 25% scored above 26 and 25% scored below 21.

Requirements

SUNY Oswego does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Oswego superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of SUNY Oswego's incoming freshmen class was 90. This data suggests that most successful applicants to SUNY Oswego have primarily A-/B+ grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

SUNY Oswego Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
SUNY Oswego Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to SUNY Oswego. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

SUNY Oswego, which accepts just over half of applicants, has a selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, Oswego has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside Oswego's average range. If SUNY Oswego is your first choice, note that the school has an Early Action option than can improve your chances of admission and demonstrate your interest in the college.

In the graph above, admitted students are represented by the green and blue dots. You can see that the majority had combined SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1000 or higher, an ACT composite score of 19 or higher, and a high school GPA of a "B" or better.

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