Student walking along the bridge to Fitzelle Hall in the Fall.
Student dancing in their cap in gown at graduation.
Student studying in the top hall lounge in Fitzelle Hall.

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.

SUNY Oneonta strives to enroll an academically well-qualified and diverse student body. All applications are individually reviewed based on a variety of criteria, including:

  • A competitive and challenging academic program with courses related to your intended major;
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Education majors must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater;
  • Students who wish to major in music must pass a required performance audition.
  • Students who wish to major in Art and Design (BFA) must submit a portfolio for review. 

It is recommended that applications be on file and completed by March 15 for fall applicants or November 15 for spring applicants. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications completed after the recommended filing dates will be considered on a space-available basis. 

In addition to your SUNY Application or Common Application, the following materials are required:
  • Official college transcripts from all institutions attended
    • Official transcripts must arrive at the Office of Admissions from the college in a sealed envelope or through a certified electronic process. Photocopies and faxes will not be accepted.
  • Official final high school transcript or GED/TASC Score Report
  • Official SAT or ACT scores may also be requested if you have earned less than 24 college credits and have been out of high school for less than five years

A gap statement may be requested to explain what a student was doing during times that are not accounted for on an application. (When they were not enrolled in classes, or there are semesters that are not accounted for on a college transcript)  You can email or mail a statement to your Admissions Counselor that explains what you were doing during semesters that you were not attending college after high school graduation and excluding summers.

Mid-term grades may be requested when a student has earned less than 24 college credits, is academically borderline, or is in their first semester at a new institution.

Mid-Term grades can be mailed, emailed, or faxed using the Mid-Term Grade Report Form

  • A mid-term grade report or web grades provided by your institution are also acceptable if actual letter grades are provided; we cannot accept P/F for Pass/Fail or S/U for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.


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.

A maximum of 75 credits can be transferred from a regionally accredited institution. 

The General Education requirements at SUNY Oneonta will be fulfilled if a student completes any of the following degrees upon transferring:

  • A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree
  • An Associate of Arts or Associate of Science from any SUNY institution

Within 2 weeks of your acceptance, you will be able to view your DegreeWorks audit in myOneonta. Your DegreeWorks audit is based on the official transcript(s) sent from the college(s) attended and shows how your credits transfer and satisfy current SUNY Oneonta degree requirements.

Prior to applying, you can review our current transfer course equivalencies by accessing our course equivalency tool. The following course equivalencies are based on current information. Equivalencies are reviewed frequently and are subject to change without notice. 

2019 Class Profile

Class enrollment: 394

Average incoming GPA: 3.14

Applications received: 1,982


Kaitlyn Horyt
I consider myself a creative, and it’s so cool that the Media Studies program here lets you do so much. I just love being able to produce whatever I can at this stage. I have so many opportunities to produce my own projects. I take an audio production class, and we’re free to use the studio, and so that helps me with making my dance mixes for Terps! I just love it. I also love getting to explore my major through WIRE-TV.
Kyle Dudgeon
One of my best experiences so far was getting to travel to New Orleans in February with a class for the wetlands restoration trip. We spent a week in the wetlands, being immersed in the culture there. It was an incredible time with even better people--an experience I surely won’t forget. I am returning next year to be a TA on the trip.

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