A comprehensive public college, SUNY Oswego offers more than 100 academic programs through its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Business and School of Communication, Media and the Arts. About 8,300 students are enrolled, most of them full-time undergraduate students; 4,300 students live on the nearly 700-acre campus along the shore of Lake Ontario. The college also operates the SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center in southern Oswego County and the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in downtown Syracuse.
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Mission Statement:Our mission is to contribute to the common good by lighting the path to wisdom and empowering women and men to pursue meaningful lives as productive, responsible citizens.
President's Quote:"We have been an important provider of public higher
education in this region for 150 years. Not only are our roots deep, but we are
a flourishing educational enterprise with a great future. From our beginnings,
we have been successful because we are strongly connected to the needs of the
region and world." -- Deborah F. Stanley, President, SUNY Oswego
- SUNY Oswego has begun building a Global Laboratory network to give
undergraduates in science-related disciplines hands-on, immersive
problem-solving opportunities in laboratories around the world. Qualifying students
spend two to 10 weeks on any of the world's seven continents conducting
community-based research with leading scientists on projects designed to
discover solutions to pressing global problems while promoting international
- The Carnegie Foundation awarded SUNY
Oswego a prestigious Community Engagement Classification in January 2011, reserved
for a top tier of institutions fostering an outstanding level of involvement. In
May 2011, Oswego was named to the U.S. President's Higher Education Community
Service Honor Roll with Distinction, an equally distinguished recognition for
the college's commitment to volunteering, service
learning and civic engagement.
- SUNY Oswego
broke ground in September 2010 for its Sciences and Engineering Innovation
Corridor, a $118 million project that will create a 262,000-square-foot
state-of-the-art science complex.
- The new
Village townhouse community, a $40 million residential project south of
Glimmerglass Lagoon, in August 2010 welcomed 348 students into a new, more
independent campus living option. Its green features subsequently earned the
Village gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes
- Oswego served as
the epicenter of an educational revolution, as founder Edward Austin Sheldon’s
combination of the object teaching method with in-classroom practice training
launched the Oswego Method that spread throughout the United States and into
such places as Brazil, Japan and the Philippines.
- SUNY Oswego is the only U.S.
higher education institution situated on Lake Ontario.
- Penfield Library’s
Special Collections is the repository for part of President Millard Fillmore's
The college's more than 75,000 alumni include NBC's Al Roker; Learning Channel and Ovation network founder Harold Morse; ESPN anchors Linda Cohn and Steve Levy; Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP Chairman Robert Moritz; best-selling, award-winning authors Ken Auletta, Lois Frankel and Alice McDermott; and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Heraldo Munoz, Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Development Programme.
"My teachers knew my name,
my classes were small, and my hands-on experience was so much better
than if I
had gone to one of the 'brand name' communications schools. It is truly
the best schools because of its people. Teachers, administrators and
folks all strive to make the Oswego experience one of the top times of a
person's life." -- Al Roker, Class of 1976
critically has allowed me to expand my knowledge beyond anything I could
imagine, and it has made me a better writer. The professors really do a
job in introducing new ways of thought." -- Richard Stein, junior
political science major
Oswego has challenged me both in the classroom with some of the most
faculty, and with coaches passionate about Laker athletic programs and
tradition." -- Connor Harrington, senior human resource management
have found SUNY Oswego a perfect fit; personal and challenging at the
time. As I acclimate to being a
student after a 30-year break, I find that being a 'non-trad' is a very
thing." -- Kim Laurion, graduate vocational teacher