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SUNY Oswego (2011)

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Brief Description:

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. SUNY Oswego logoAbout 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



Major Accomplishments:

  • 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 understanding.
  • 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 program.


Fun Facts:

  • 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 papers.


Notable Alumni:

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.

Alumni Testimonials: 

"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 one of the best schools because of its people. Teachers, administrators and support folks all strive to make the Oswego experience one of the top times of a young person's life." -- Al Roker, Class of 1976 

"Thinking 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 good job in introducing new ways of thought." -- Richard Stein, junior political science major 

"SUNY Oswego has challenged me both in the classroom with some of the most recognized faculty, and with coaches passionate about Laker athletic programs and tradition." -- Connor Harrington, senior human resource management major 

"I have found SUNY Oswego a perfect fit; personal and challenging at the same time.  As I acclimate to being a student after a 30-year break, I find that being a 'non-trad' is a very good thing." -- Kim Laurion, graduate vocational teacher preparation/health occupations major 


  • Kellee Edmonds
    Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
    (202) 478-4662