SUNY Oneonta welcomes a freshman class of about 1,300 students each year. We look for well-rounded applicants who show the potential to succeed in a rigorous academic environment and the desire to get involved in our campus community.

Applicants must be graduates of an accredited secondary school or have evidence of equivalent education. Regents-level classes are a minimum requirement for New York state applicants, with Advanced Placement and honors courses carrying the most weight. A challenging college preparatory program is highly recommended.

Freshmen applicants should present the following coursework for:

  • English: 4 units
  • Social Studies: 4 units
  • Mathematics: 3-4 units*
  • Science: 3-4 units*
  • Foreign Language: 3-4 units

* If less than three units are taken in one of the subjects, a minimum of four units will be required in one of the others.

    Application Materials

    • Official High School Transcript* or GED/TASC Score Report
      • *High School Transcript(s) using one of the following options:
        • Ask your high school to submit your transcript electronically
        • Ask your high school to submit your transcript via fax or mail directly to our office
    • Official SAT and/or ACT score report(s) (Sent through testing agency or listed on your high school transcript)
    • One letter of recommendation
    • SUNY Supplemental Application (if using the SUNY application)

    Additional materials are required for students applying through the Educational Opportunity Program, Access to College Excellence (ACE) Program, special talent process and for homeschooled students.

    MUSIC: All students wishing to declare a music major are required to schedule and successfully pass an audition with the Music Department. Students will receive additional information at the time of application. The Office of Admissions will review all applicants for academic preparation. Students found admissible will be admitted, but the major will not be finalized until the audition process is completed. All auditions are coordinated through the Music Department.

    EDUCATION: All students wishing to declare education as a major will need a grade-point average of at least 3.0 or they must rank in the top 30 percent of their high school graduating class.


    SUNY Oneonta uses email as its primary method of communication. Nearly all communications related to the application will sent via email so applicants must make sure that the email address provided on their application is correct. Applicants should also add SUNY Oneonta ( to their contacts to avoid important notifications being sent to spam folders. Acceptance letters will be mailed to the permanent address submitted on the application.

    2018 Class Profile

    GPA Middle 50%: 87.9-93

    SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing & Math Middle 50%: 1070-1190

    ACT Middle 50%: 21-25