SUNY Oneonta

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Are you still thinking about where to apply? SUNY Oneonta is waiving the application fee from Sunday, Jan. 29, through Saturday, Feb. 4. See why students love Oneonta, review admission criteria and application instructions, and apply today!

Transfer to Oneonta

Nearly 20 percent of our students are transfers! With renewable merit scholarships, a Transfer Living Community and lots of support for your success, SUNY Oneonta is a great place to continue your studies.

Welcome, Red Dragons

Congratulations to all of our fall 2023 admitted students! Here’s everything you need to know about the next steps toward becoming a Red Dragon.

Visit Oneonta

Take a tour of campus, attend an information session and check out the Oneonta community to get a real sense of whether this could be the place for you! We also offer special events for admitted students and prospective transfer students, and virtual appointments with our admissions counselors.

Featured News

SUNY Oneonta is among the newest members of the American Talent Initiative (ATI), an alliance of 137 four-year institutions united in a shared goal of enrolling, supporting and graduating 50,000 additional talented, lower-income students across high-graduation-rate colleges and universities by 2025.
Members of SUNY Oneonta’s men’s soccer team coaching staff received a prestigious honor recently, being named 2022 Division III Region III Staff of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches, the largest soccer coach organization in the world.
SUNY Oneonta will welcome Dr. Enrique Morales-Díaz as its next provost and vice president for academic affairs on March 13, 2023. Dr. Morales-Díaz comes to SUNY Oneonta from Westfield State University in Massachusetts, where he is currently the assistant provost.
Four SUNY Oneonta Fashion and Textiles students were among the top 10 finalists in the 2022 Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Production (ESRAP) Student Merchandising Competition.
Following the approval of Interim SUNY Chancellor Deborah Stanley and the SUNY Board of Trustees, SUNY Oneonta will be designated as a university instead of a college beginning Jan. 23, 2023. The institution’s legal name will be “State University of New York at Oneonta.”
Family, friends, faculty and staff celebrated SUNY Oneonta’s Class of 2022 during Fall Commencement on a snowy Sunday, Dec. 11.


Following his passion for photography, August Heminway completed a photo documentary project titled “A Rural Devotion” as part of an independent study at SUNY Oneonta.
Before even graduating from college, SUNY Oneonta senior Adrianna Newell got an opportunity many aspiring photographers can only dream of. In April 2022, a photo editor from The New York Times came across her work and emailed her to offer a freelance assignment photographing Danny Roberts from MTV’s “The Real World.” She said, “Yes!” and has since completed eight additional assignments for The Times.
From the age of 14, Ali Szymanski knew she wanted to become a physical therapist and help people. At SUNY Oneonta, she gained the knowledge she needed to prepare for that dream, and now she’s living it. Meet Alexandra Szymanski, PT, DPT, SUNY Oneonta Class of 2018.
Twenty-five years ago, SUNY Oneonta alumnus Bill Karins made his first television appearance on the university’s weekly, student-run “Red Dragon News” program. Today, you can see him in action any day of the week by turning the channel to NBC News, MSNBC or NBC News Now, where you’ll find him reporting on the nation’s weather as the chief meteorologist for MSNBC.
I chose to stay local for college because I already had a network of family and friends here and knew I could get a great education. I was also a straight-A student and was able to get quite a few scholarships and aide. My best experiences at SUNY Oneonta were really in the classroom. I loved Dr. April Harper and took all of her classes, and she became so much more of a friend and colleague to me after I graduated and gave me such great advice.
Kristin Lee is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the Intensive Care Unit at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. She earned her undergraduate degree in dietetics at SUNY Oneonta and then completed our one-year (three-semester) online M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program in May 2022.
Being a first-generation students means so much to me. It shows me how hard my parents worked in order to come here and want me to continue higher education.
The course of Yale University Ph.D. student and graduate researcher Kimmy Cushman’s life changed dramatically on an autumn day inside SUNY Oneonta’s Science Discovery Center.
I originally came to SUNY Oneonta for the education program because I had heard such good things about how much experience you get in the classroom. … But I quickly realized that my passion is more working one-on-one with kids. I’ve always been interested in psychology, too, so that’s what brought me to the Human Development and Family Studies major.
SUNY Oneonta and the business major absolutely helped to get me where I am now. Not just the classes, the classes, of course, are important, but also the networking. You meet a lot of people, and networking, I would say, is one of the most important things when people want to do business. If I hadn’t been here, I wouldn’t be expanding the company to New York at first, but this is such a great location and there’s so much opportunity here.
Oneonta has been amazing! I've met so many new friends that I know will last a lifetime. I have made so many memories being part of the women's tennis team and the Oneonta State Emergency Squad (OSES). Being on both has really brought me out of my shell and allowed me to try new things I never thought I would. If it weren’t for OSES, I wouldn't have become a New York State EMT.
Growing up where I did, I worked at Howe’s Caverns and always loved walking through the caves and exploring. That helped me realize Earth Science was what I wanted to do. I definitely want to teach middle school earth science in a rural school district.

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Fast Facts

SUNY Oneonta is located in Central New York in the city of Oneonta (pop. 14,000),
about halfway between Albany and Binghamton.
Freshman-to-sophomore retention rate: 75.50%
Graduation Rate
Six-year graduation rate: 74.3%
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