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Academics

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Really depends on all your classes and what your major is.

4 College Freshman

Academics: As long as you pay attention classes college should not be hard, if you are looking for challenge ask to participate with a professor on a research project. Level up your workload, there is much to do in the campus.

3 College Junior

Academics: For every great class, there is a terrible one. Registration is dreadful because unless you're a junior or higher, you won't get into your classes.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Love the professors, but classes should be more available.

5 College Freshman

Academics: If you want to study, there are so many places, is hard to choose one. Also, if you have a special condition, they will help you no matter what. If you are A student, they have a great honor program.

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SUNY Oswego offers more than 100 majors and minors in various fields, including adolescence education, anthropology, broadcasting, software engineering, forensic science, and public justice, just to name a few. Advisers and professors are usually very helpful and willing to work with students to help them find their area of interest. As for the workload, it varies, depending on the major and the classes being taken. Usually, if a student is interested in the class, the work will seem much easier. If students do have difficulties in a class, tutoring is always available and offered for free through the University. Oswego is well-known for its education, business, and communication programs. Overall, the school has a great academic environment.

The Penfield Library is the center of the academic world at Oswego. Here, students are able to use a variety of resources for research papers, group projects, and studying. The library offers interlibrary loan where you can order a book through other libraries (if Penfield does not have it), study rooms, multimedia rooms for group projects, and a 24-hour lounge with computers. Along with the library, you can do your studies in Hewitt Union, the Campus Center, The Village Commons, and almost any academic building. During exam week and the week prior to exam week, dorms have a 24-hour quiet period for students. Also, during this time, the library offers free coffee and chair massages to help students relax. Oswego provides a supporting and engaging atmosphere to help students succeed.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
307
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
239
Total FT Faculty
313
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Average Faculty Salary
$69,401
Full-Time Retention Rate
79%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Transfer-Out Rate
27%
Graduation Rate
58%
Programs/Majors Offered
74
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 55%
  • 20 to 49 students: 38%
  • 50 or more students: 7%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Communication, Media and the Arts
  • School of Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Criminal Justice and Safety Studies: 2%
  • Elementary Education: 3%
  • Psychology: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
Online Courses
Online courses are very popular among SUNY Oswego students, and they seem to be increasing every year. Professors are usually very accessible. Everything is done through ANGEL (Oswego's website to enhance classroom-based courses), which makes coursework convenient.
Best Places to Study
  • Lake Effect CafĂ©
  • Third floor of Penfield Library
  • The Village Commons
Tips to Succeed
  • Be organized. If you learn early, it will be beneficial throughout college and your career.
  • Join clubs! It is a great opportunity to meet people and go on fun trips.
  • Talk with your professors and get to know them. They are usually very helpful and will be great references for future internships and jobs.
  • Use the counseling center at Mary Walker if you need it. Going to college is a huge change, and it is easy to become homesick. The counseling center offers a place to talk and vent about any problems you may have.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 83 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 53 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 53 responses

  • 19% This was my dream school.
  • 64% This was one of my top choices.
  • 17% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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