SUNY Oneonta Among Money.Com Best Colleges

UNY Oneonta is ranked No. 114 on the Money Best Colleges in America 2022 list, which recognizes colleges and universities across the country that have a record of helping students graduate and launching graduates into jobs with above-average wages. Schools were ranked based on an analysis of 24 success metrics in three areas: quality, affordability and outcomes.

Summer Preview Day

Summer Preview Day includes presentations on Admissions & Financial Aid, Academic Advisement and a student moderated panel. You will be provided an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about SUNY Oneonta.

Archaeological Field School

Seven SUNY Oneonta students have spent the past month digging into the past and honing skills for the future during the Pine Lake Archaeological Field School, now in its 19th year. A collaborative effort between SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College, the field school introduces students to the basic methods archaeologists use to identify, excavate, record and interpret archaeological sites.

New Student Resources

We’re excited that you’re joining our Oneonta family in the fall! From orientation dates to planning your fall course schedule, here’s what you need to know about getting ready to start your Red Dragon life.

10 Students Attend World's Largest Music Trade Show

After a two-year break, SUNY Oneonta music industry students resumed a longstanding tradition June 3-5, traveling to Anaheim, Calif, to attend the world’s largest music products trade show, The NAMM Show. Led by Music Department Lecturer Nancy Tarr, the trip included panel discussions, educational sessions, product demos, celebrity appearances, networking and a Google facility tour courtesy of 2007 Oneonta grad Noah Rakoski, head of West Coast Label Relations for YouTube Music at Google.

Congratulations, Class of 2022!

SUNY Oneonta celebrated the Class of 2022 with three Spring Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 21.

Profiles

Alumni
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.
Alumni
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.
Faculty and Staff
Assistant Professor of Fashion and Textiles Bharath Ramkumar begins each class by leading his students in a five-minute meditation encouraging them to focus on their breath and positive affirmations for the day.
Students
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.
Students
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.
Students
My plan is to work as an artist for a while and have that experience, and then get my teaching certification and be an art teacher. My dream would be to open my own school someday and give kids the chance to have more fine arts training.
Students
I sometimes think back on all the obstacles I had to overcome and feel satisfied that I’m able to sit in a classroom learning about the subjects I’m passionate about. And when I think of the future, standing at my graduation and having that opportunity to tell my parents that I’ve made it, gives me such a great feeling.
Faculty and Staff
Obstacles I faced were not having the knowledge of how college really works and the challenge of learning everything first hand instead of someone giving me advice.
Faculty and Staff
Learning how to navigate a series of systems that I had very little access to prior to going to college was the biggest obstacle for me. College was an entirely different culture with new languages and unspoken customs that made it difficult for me to navigate, and not having access to services that helped to teach me how to navigate college made it especially complicated.
Students
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.
Students
To me, being a first-generation college student means that I'm taking control of my life and making independent decisions about my future. By being a first-generation college student, I have learned life skills and fundamentals of life. 
Alumni
There are always the financial obstacles. My parents did not envision their sons going to college. Coupled with that, we were a blue collar working class family, so money was tight regardless. I was fortunate to excel at my studies in high school, and my local community college had a program where students graduating in the top 10 percent of their class could attend tuition-free. 

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Fast Facts

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