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Why Oneonta?

Students choose SUNY Oneonta for lots of reasons. Our welcoming campus. The “just-right” size of our college community. The idyllic setting neighboring the City of Oneonta. But what sets us apart most is that we focus, day in and day out, on exceptional living and learning opportunities.

Our curriculum is flexible, diverse and challenging, with resources to match all kinds of interests. And we’re committed outside the classroom to offering a wide range of options for socializing, entertainment and engagement. It's easy to be happy here.

Experience Oneonta - In Person or Virtually

We are excited to welcome you to campus for an in-person tour, or you can connect with us virtually through one of our online visit options! Chat one-on-one with a current student or admissions counselor, take a virtual campus tour, see a live information session and get answers to all your questions about SUNY Oneonta.

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Admissions Counselor

Need to talk with an Admissions Counselor? Live Video Chat is available from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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First-Year Students

SUNY Oneonta welcomes a freshman class of about 1,300-1,400 students each year. We look for well-rounded applicants who show the potential to succeed academically and the desire to get involved in our campus community. SUNY Oneonta is now test optional. We'll consider your scores if submitted, but they aren't required if you're applying for admission in  spring 2021, fall 2021 or spring 2022.

First-Year Admission Information

Transfer Students

Whether you’re transferring from a small community college or a large university, Oneonta is a great place to continue your academic journey. In fact, 30% of our full-time students began their studies at Oneonta as transfers.

Transfer Admission Information

Graduate Students

SUNY Oneonta offers online, in-person and hybrid degree and certificate programs leading to a Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Science in Teaching, Master of Science in Education, an Advanced Graduate Certificate or a Certificate of Advanced Study.

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International Students

SUNY Oneonta is located in New York State, a three-hour drive from New York City. Four schools within the college offer more than 100 majors, minors and cooperative programs, each designed to prepare you for successful careers or graduate school.

International students are eligible for the New York State Advantage Award, a renewable scholarship of $6,000 to $8,000 per year for four years.

International Student Admission Information


We understand that sometimes, circumstances intervene and students leave college without finishing their degree. 

Learn More About Readmission

School Counselors

The SUNY Oneonta admissions team works closely with high school counselors throughout New York State to support students during the college search process. We offer school visits and resources for college fairs, panels and other events.

Information for Counselors


Garrett Camasi
Garrett Camasi wasn’t able to make it to his freshman orientation at SUNY Oneonta, but he had a very good excuse: He was photographing Asian elephants at a Sri Lankan orphanage with nonprofit Veterinarians International.
Eileen Liang
I want to be an entertainment lawyer, doing copyright and writing contracts for artists and athletes. Not just in the U.S. but internationally. I speak English, Mandarin, Korean and Spanish. So that would be my dream job.
Ryan O’Reilly
I want to be a middle school Spanish teacher, probably like eighth grade. It’s a good age where you can interact with them and they can start to form their own opinions and add substance to a conversation. It’s really when they dive into language and start learning about why it’s so important to learn other languages and how it can connect people.
Amani Johnson
I love how there are a lot of women in my major because computer science doesn’t really have a lot of women in the field. So that’s great to see. I wanted to prove – especially as a black woman – that anyone can be a computer science major. If men try to talk down to you, just show them what you can do!

Continuing Education

We welcome continuing education students, ranging from high school students getting a head-start on college courses to community members seeking personal enrichment.

Continuing Education Options


myOneonta Life

Students take over our Instagram to show you a slice of Oneonta life. #YesOneonta.

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The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free. 

Learn More About Excelsior

Cost of Attendance

View a breakdown of tuition, room and board, fees and other costs for in-state and out-of-state students.

Cost Breakdown

Virtual Tour

SUNY Oneonta is a mid-size, four-year, public college that offers a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully. Nestled in the hills of Central New York, the college’s idyllic setting is ideal for study, adventure and self-discovery. Just “up the hill” from the charming City of Oneonta, our campus blends community and academe to engage, nurture, and inspire.

Contact Admissions

Admissions Welcome Center
108 Ravine Parkway Oneonta, NY 13820

Phone: 607-436-2524
Toll-Free: 800-SUNY-123

Office Hours

Monday - Friday:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Telephone Hours

M, T, Th, F: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
W: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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