Diversity

Location
Oswego, NY
Undergrads
6,815
Tuition (in-state)
$16,091 ($6,841)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

4 College Sophomore

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

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Basically most people are the same in all aspects. There is quite a large international student ratio because of Hart Hall. Very accepting of everyone.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Noticeable separation of races by group of friends. Not from pressure, just coincidental.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The campus does pretty well in terms of diversity. Lots of African-American students and quite a few gay/lesbian students.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kaline Mulvihill
Hometown
Tully, NY
Major
Journalism/ Anthropology
Grad Year
2013
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Students at SUNY Oswego come from various backgrounds and locations. There are more than 130 international students from about a dozen countries studying at Oswego. Hart Hall, the Global Living and Learning Center, houses the majority of international students as well as any other students who would like to experience a global community on campus. Every year, SUNY Oswego sends more than 400 of its own students abroad to England, France, Australia, and several other countries. Oswego has also started a program called Oswego Going Global, which started with the suggestion of a trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The goal of the trip included to develop a better understanding of problem-solving and international awareness. There are always scholarships offered through the University to make these trips more affordable for students.

SUNY Oswego offers an atmosphere where diversity is not only accepted, but also honored. Every year, SUNY Oswego hosts events such as the ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, and Native American) Student Leadership Conference, which involves guest speakers, dinners, festivals, and a fashion show over the course of a week. The Black Student Union, Latino Student Union, Asian Student Association, and the Rainbow Alliance also put on several events throughout the school year.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
6%
International
1%
Native American
0%
White
81%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
3%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 42%
22-24: 20%
25+: 7%
Female Faculty
43%
Male Faculty
57%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 5%
Native American: 1%
White: 80%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
SUNY Oswego, for the most part, is very open to the gay community. Students are so accepting that a "Coming Out Day" was created by the Rainbow Alliance, in order to bring a better understanding to the University. On "Coming Out Day," SUNY Oswego students wear a T-shirt stating either "I am out and proud" or "I support equality."

Economic Status
Students come from all different economic backgrounds and that diversity can be seen sometimes. Overall, Oswego is a very balanced college in terms of representing students from wealthy backgrounds and those from working-class backgrounds. Students all have an equal chance of succeeding. There are various scholarships made available to the middle-class students, and financial aid can be very helpul when it comes to affording college.
Most Common Religions
SUNY Oswego religions are somewhat diverse. The University is made up of Christians, Jews, and Muslims, to name a few.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The Black Student Union, Latino Student Union, and Asian Student Association are very well accepted, and students have the opportunity to come together through events such as the ALANA conference, as well.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 53 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 15% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 30% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 53 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Conservative
  • 13% Moderate
  • 38% Not sure
  • 40% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 53 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 52 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 53 responses

  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 11% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 43% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 42% Very accepting.
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