Oswego, NY
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$16,091 ($6,841)
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Reviews 805 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Well, one person died from a heroin overdose last year. So there's that. BSR is kind of known for causing trouble. Some professors are really great with advocating for you, the women's studies department especially. The women's center puts on a slutwalk and a take back the night walk every year.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived on Lakeside, first in Johnson then in Waterbury. I'll be living in the Village next year. Waterbury is the greatest community known to man. Considering the fact that there aren't individual study lounges on every floor like Johnson everyone kind of hangs out together. However Waterbury is getting renovated so it will be one of the newest buildings on campus. Same for Scales. These two are the only ones without tunnels to dining halls. Riggs has a weird smell outside it but it's nice. West campus is known for partying. Lonis and Moreland and Sheldon are known for being quiet. Johnson was okay. I had friends but being surrounded by freshman blows.

3 College Senior

Academics: Again, this all depends on what you're interested in. I have a friend who's in Africa studying animals, and a friend who got an internship as a community organizer. The Creative Writing department is big on getting published and they have the star program, a lot of professors give out opportunity for extra credit.

3 College Senior

Academics: Registration is a pain, good luck getting into classes if you're not a senior. The library has a 24 study lounge and a quiet floor for studying.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The only place worth going to is Hanabi and every person knows it. Their sushi is the best I've ever had in my life.

4 College Senior

Majors: It all depends on what you're interested in. I'm a creative writing major and the program is really good, the English department here is also really good, as is the film department. The math department isn't that great and science is okay, although the new science building is beautiful. Meteorology is one of the most difficult majors here, and the political science department isn't very good. The psychology department is really good and the graduate program for counseling is also really good. Of course Oswego is a teaching school so the department is pretty good. It all depends on what you're interested in though, you also get as much as you give.

4 College Senior

Majors: I love the Creative Writing department. I've had a great experience, great classes and some amazing professors. Some can be a bit work intensive but it's worth it.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I've lived on campus my entire time here, but most off campus housing can be a little scummy but maybe that's just because of the weather? We do have the centro bus route though and that's really important and also really useful.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Well, last year we had a black face incident on campus so that's kind of uncool. There's not a lot for reformed jewish students but there is chabad. Pride Alliance is REALLY active and VERY involved so that's cool, and ALANA is a good thing too, black student union does their best.

3 College Senior

Athletics: It's all about Hockey here. But they have a LOT of intramural sports like soccer, basketball, hockey, even broomball. Floor hockey is supposed to be good too.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love Oswego, but that's because I've made the most of what it's got to offer. The programs that they put on are good, and some of the clubs are interesting. You have a lot of opportunity to make friends most people are pretty accepting.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I've heard some stuff about the hazing, greek life's okay depending on what frat or sorority you're in. It's not really my thing though.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is present but has very little impact on the campus scene.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You will not come to SUNY Oswego for the culinary options in the city of Oswego. Go somewhere else if this is an issue.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Never had a single safety concern. There are emergency alert buttons you can push everywhere and students tend to look out for each other.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus does a good job of creating an inclusive environment on campus through groups, clubs, and events.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: We did just have two drug related fatalities on campus so that definitely shows that drugs are present on campus. This is a rarity though.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Nothing really special up in Oswego. Of course you can say that for most of upstate New York. The one positive is the Adirondacks which are about 2 hours away. Great for hiking and camping.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As an education major the school does a good job supplying practicum and student teacher positions. Unfortunately they do not let you use one that you had previously set up.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: I would not participate in this program again. I don't understand why a B.S. is needed to teach at a high school level, especially when other schools offer a B.A.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: All computers perform basic tasks (MS office suite & web browsing) very well. I cannot comment on more technical applications.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not a lot of help for those who don't fit into the scholarship boxes.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: It is really snowy, windy, and cold. Be aware of this fact and bring the right clothes.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Facilities are great and current with private sector standards. Curriculum is tough, but grading is mostly on a curve which negatively impacts the students when they move to the next level classes.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are all top notch. Registration process is hilarious. You can't register yourself for the 1st two semesters you are there. This results in some missed registration opportunities for normally full classes.


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Hart and Funnelle Hall
Hart and Funnelle Hall
Hart and Funnelle Hall Hart and Funnelle Hall Hart (front right) is the international building on campus, where all international students reside during the academic year. Both Funnelle (back left) and Hart are the two central residence halls at SUNY Oswego. The majority of the academic buildings are very close to Hart and Funnelle.
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Kaline Mulvihill
Tully, NY
Journalism/ Anthropology
Grad Year
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SUNY Oswego is its own community. There is constant energy on the campus, creating an atmosphere perfect for students who are willing to try new experiences, meet new people, and have fun while preparing for the future. College is a transition period, and it is all about what you make of it. SUNY Oswego offers students a wide variety of courses, majors, minors, and clubs that can help students expand their resumes as well as their experiences for future careers. There are study abroad programs offered for numerous countries in spring, fall, and summer sessions. Oswego also offers quarter courses, where you take a class and then travel to the country or area you are studying. There are quarter courses for Paris, Rome, Ecuador, Istanbul, and several other countries. If you are interested in radio production, television production, or newspaper writing, SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center is the home for the offices of WTOP, WNYO 88.9 FM, and The Oswegonian. Get first-hand experience with being on television, having your own radio show, and writing for an award-winning college newspaper. There is a wide variety of clubs, including equestrian, skiing, dance, outdoors, geology, the Asian Student Association, roller hockey, and more than a hundred others.

The City of Oswego is a college town. Bridge Street is the main road through the city and is lined with bars, pizza places, and Chinese restaurants. There are also several excellent restaurants and cafés including Red Sun, Coffee Connection, and Canale's. You don’t have to go far to get incredible food. Overall, the majority of students would agree that SUNY Oswego is an exceptional college. The staff prepares students for the future and encourages them to do their best. This is a campus full of opportunities for a student to get ahead and succeed.

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