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SUNY Oneonta


Since 1889, SUNY Oneonta has served students throughout the state of New York with an affordable, public education in a wide variety of degree programs. The university was originally founded in the late 19th century as one of New York’s “normal schools,” specializing in the education and preparation of teachers for public schools throughout the state. Since then, the university has grown to become a fully comprehensive institution with widely respected programs in education, business, the sciences, and the liberal arts. SUNY Oneonta’s location is located in central New York, just a few hours west of New York City and a quick drive northeast from Binghamton. This location, which is decidedly rural in nature, has allowed the campus to grow to a considerable size and afford all students the ability for an on-campus academic and residential experience during their time as undergraduates.

SUNY Oneonta Accreditation Details

As a major, state-funded university, the State University of New York at Oneonta is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. This major regional body is one of a handful of regional accrediting agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education. As such, the institution is eligible to accept and distribute state and federal financial aid funds to its students. The degrees issued by the school are also recognized by other regionally accredited institutions nationwide, and accepted by employers as proof of a student’s completion of a rigorous degree program.

In addition to the regional accreditation that is essential to SUNY Oneonta’s operations, the school also benefits from several professional accreditations. Oneonta’s human ecology program, which is one of its most unique degree options for undergraduate students, enjoys accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Programs in business fields, including management, accounting, economics, finance, and marketing, are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and the school’s theater program is recognized by the National Association of Schools of Theatre

SUNY Oneonta Application Requirements

Freshman applicants to SUNY Oneonta must submit a formal, online application for admission that includes the required application fee. This application will include the student’s personal and academic information, and must include a full list of extracurricular activities that the student undertook during their high school years. In addition to this formal application, students must submit an official high school transcript and an official SAT or ACT score report.

SUNY Oneonta accepts self-reported SOAR transcripts, digital transcripts, or a mailed copy of high school records, depending on the methods supported by the applicant’s high school. At least one letter of recommendation is also required. Transfer applicants must submit the same materials, but must make sure that they also submit an official transcript from each undergraduate institution attended prior to SUNY Oneonta.

Graduate students who are seeking a degree at SUNY Oneonta have a different set of requirements that they must meet. All applicants must hold an undergraduate degree, and that degree must be indicated on their college transcripts at the time that their application is submitted. Each graduate program at Oneonta requires prospective graduate students to submit an official college transcript from each university attended, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a professional resume, and GRE or GMAT test scores.

SUNY Oneonta Tuition and Financial Aid

Because the State University of New York at Oneonta is a public university, students will be charged different tuition rates based on their residency status. Students who attend Oneonta as a New York resident will pay a significantly reduced full-time tuition rate of $6,470. Students who come to Oneonta from other states will be charged nearly three times this amount; the full-time tuition rate for these students is currently $16,320.

The school also charges fees of $1,400 to cover fees and expenses for campus technology, parking, and other key services. Many students choose to live on-campus while pursuing their undergraduate degree. For those students, Oneonta charges a per-semester rate of $11,842. This rate does not vary based on a student’s residency status.

Graduate students at SUNY Oneonta pay slightly higher tuition than their undergraduate counterparts. In-state graduate students pay tuition of $10,870 for full-time programs. Out-of-state graduate students are charged more than double this amount, at $22,210 per semester for full-time attendance. Financial aid is available to cover these expenses for both graduate and undergraduate students, in the form of Stafford Loans, Pell Grants, Perkins Loans, and state-funded financial aid programs, upon submission of the FAFSA.

SUNY Oneonta Student Experience

SUNY Oneonta is located in a decidedly rural area, but it’s still reasonably close to cities like New York, Albany, and Binghamton, which could help students land important summer internships in these cities. Though the school is located away from some of New York’s urban centers, it does offer key benefits that will follow students throughout their professional careers. First and foremost, the campus has just over 5,000 students studying at the graduate and undergraduate levels. This small size, especially for a public institution, means that students will enjoy small class sizes and greater individual attention from their professors. The school is recognized by the Princeton Review for its small class sizes, diverse student body, and commitment to hiring doctoral faculty members.

Organizations on the campus are numerous. Students can choose to participate in SUNY Oneonta’s thriving Greek system of fraternities and sororities if they wish to do so. Other options include Division III athletic programs as part of the SUNYAC, or State University of New York Athletic Conference. Honor societies, professional fraternities, and student interest groups, also provide key outlets for students to follow their interests, passions, and favored causes, as they build a resume that balances the academic, the professional, and the extracurricular.

Oneonta is recognized as one of the best college towns in New York, with plenty of bars and restaurants in a concentrated downtown area. These bars and restaurants cater to college students and offer central gathering places away from campus. Thanks to this reputation as a safe, entertaining college town, students will find that their support system at SUNY Oneonta extends well beyond the typical lecture hall.