Transfer Admissions

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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, we welcome more than 400 new transfer students each year, and nearly 20% of our full-time students began their studies at Oneonta as transfers!

Five New Community College Partnerships

SUNY Oneonta has new transfer partnerships with SUNY Broome, Dutchess Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, Mohawk Valley Community College and SUNY Schenectady Community College. If SUNY Oneonta is your destination for a bachelor’s degree, it’s easier than ever! You can meet one-on-one with a SUNY Oneonta transfer advisor on your community college campus to get personalized advice and support for your transition to SUNY Oneonta.

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Wells College & The College of Saint Rose Transfer Information

We’re here to help you finish strong! If you choose to complete your degree at Oneonta, know that you will be welcomed and supported from the day you arrive. We are committed to working with you throughout the transfer process, and we will develop an individualized plan for your transfer to SUNY Oneonta for Fall 2024 or Spring 2025.

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Admission Criteria

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;
  • If you wish to major in Music, you must pass a required performance audition.
  • If you wish wish to major in Art and Design (BFA), you must submit a portfolio for review.

Fall 2023 Transfer Profile

Enrollment: 324
Average GPA: 3.26
Applications received: 1,451
First-generation students: 38%
Racial diversity: 26.3%

*As of August 2023

How to Apply

Transfer applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We will review fall and spring transfer applications until we have met our enrollment goal for the upcoming semester.

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
  • An Academic History Statement may be requested to explain what you have been doing since high school graduation. This statement allows you to identify any gaps or interruptions in your academic history. If this applies to you, the form will be accessible from your applicant status page.
  • Mid-term grades may be requested if you have earned less than 24 college credits, are academically borderline, or are in your 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.

Important Application Note: Nearly all communications related to your application will sent via email, so please make sure that the email address provided on your application is correct. We suggest using your personal email as school email addresses are often blocked. You should also add to your contacts to avoid important notifications being sent to spam folders. Acceptance letters will be mailed to the permanent address submitted on the application.

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is designed to provide access for students who demonstrate academic potential, talent and desire to earn a college degree. EOP assists students who are both academically and financially disadvantaged and provides additional services needed to ensure success. Transfer students interested in EOP at SUNY Oneonta must have been enrolled in an EOP/HEOP/SEEK/College Discovery program at their prior institution. If your previous college did not have EOP or a similar program, you may be considered for transfer eligibility and should notify the Office of Admissions of your interest in EOP.

Academic eligibility: A cumulative GPA of a 2.3 at the most recent college attended with at least 24 semester hours of credit-bearing coursework is required for most majors. A final cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the most recent college attended is required for ALL Education majors.

Financial Eligibility: A Transfer Verification Form will be sent to your previous institution by the Office of Admissions at SUNY Oneonta. This form must be completed by the appropriate office at your prior institution and sent back to the Office of Admissions at SUNY Oneonta.

Cost and Aid #114

We’re committed to offering you an excellent academic experience at an affordable price. That’s why gave SUNY Oneonta 4.5 out of 5 stars on its “Best Colleges in America 2023” list, which recognizes colleges and universities across the country for quality, affordability and outcomes.

2024-25 Costs

In-State Tuition: $7,070
Fees: $1,705
Housing and Meals: $16,284


SUNY Oneonta offers renewable academic merit scholarships to transfer students entering in the spring or fall semester. To be considered, you must enroll full time and transfer at least 24 credits. Unless otherwise noted, merit scholarships are applied to non-tuition-related expenses up to the total cost of attendance.

Transfer Excellence Scholarship: $2,000 /year, renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study-- for our highest-achieving transfer students with 24 or more transferable credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.

Transfer Success Scholarship: $1,500 /year, renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study -- for transfer students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, with 24 or more transferable credits and a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 3.49.

Seamless Transition

We are committed to working with you throughout the transfer process, and we will develop an individualized plan for your transfer to SUNY Oneonta. Here’s how it works:

A maximum of 75 credits can be transferred from a regionally accredited institution. The General Education requirements at SUNY Oneonta will be fulfilled if you complete any of the following degrees upon transferring:

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

Within two 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) you’ve attended and shows how your credits will 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. Equivalencies are reviewed frequently and are subject to change without notice.

Support for Your Success

We offer several special programs and opportunities for transfer students to make friends, get involved in campus life and make a smooth transition to your new community.

  • Summer Orientation – Get to know the campus, meet with an academic advisor, and meet other transfer students.
  • Transfer Living Community – Live on campus with other transfer students who share your experience. and make friends right away.
  • Student Success Series – regular programs and sessions designed for transfer students, to help you adjust to life at Oneonta
  • Peer Mentors – ask questions, and get advice and support from a fellow Red Dragon
  • Tau Sigma – an honor society exclusively for transfer students

Contact Us

We’re here to help! Please reach out by phone or email with questions about the admissions process, transferring your credits, financial aid or whatever’s on your mind.

Robert Klueg
209 Welcome Center
(607) 436-2320

Donna Johnson
212 Welcome Center
(607) 436-3008

Jolie Siegel
211 Welcome Center
(607) 436-3003

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