Paying for College
SUNY Oneonta is committed to offering you an excellent college experience at an affordable price. If you choose Oneonta, you’ll get the skills, knowledge, connections and support you need to prepare for success—without a mountain of debt.
We offer payment plans and a comprehensive financial assistance program that includes need-based aid, scholarships, student employment and loans. Renewable merit scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated academic achievement, distinction or excellence.
There is no separate application process for most scholarships. You’ll be automatically considered based on the information you provide on your admissions application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFS). Be sure to apply for admission by Jan. 15, 2024, for priority consideration.
- 90% of first-year students and 84% of all undergraduate students received financial assistance in 2022-23.
- SUNY Oneonta awarded $6.1 million in merit- and need-based scholarships in 2022-23.
- Every year, SUNY Oneonta awards more than $100,000 in student grants to support research and travel to professional conferences.
Early Action: A non-binding early notification program for fall first-year students.
Application deadline: November 15
Rolling Admissions: Applications are evaluated as they are completed until our enrollment goals are met.
Review begins: Early January
Complete and submit either application and pay the $50 application fee. If you are applying as an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) student, you can still use either of these applications - just be sure to check "Yes" when asked if you are applying for the EOP program.
Once we receive your application, you will receive an email with a Username (your email), PIN number and link to your personal status page. Your status page will be updated as we receive application materials and/or request additional information. Please be sure to check back often.
Note: The Admissions Office uses email as our main source of communication for important updates including application status notifications. You can update your email address at any time through the Applicant Status Page.
Official high school transcript or results of GED/TASC are required.
Transfer students: Please also submit 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.
SUNY Oneonta is test optional. If you'd like us to consider your SAT or ACT scores, you can self-report them on the Common App or the SUNY Application. We will make admissions decisions based on self-reported scores. If you are accepted and decide to enroll, we'll require official scores from either the College Board/ACT or your high school. These must match your self-reported scores. Please use our college code when you request that score reports be sent to us:
- Oneonta SAT Code: 2542
- Oneonta ACT Code: 2940
There are several ways for your letter of recommendation to be submitted:
- The Common Application (required as part of application submission)
- High school form/letterhead send directly to SUNY Oneonta Office of Admission
*for first-year applicants only; not required for transfer students
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available for submission in December 2023
- FAFSA CODE: 002847
- TAP CODE: 0930
Please be sure to promptly respond to any inquiries from our Financial Aid Office. Visit the Financial Aid website for additional information and assistance.
Merit scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated academic achievement, distinction or excellence. There is no separate application process for most SUNY Oneonta and SUNY Oneonta Foundation scholarships. Priority is given to students who apply for admission by January 15, 2024.
ART & DESIGN (BFA): All students wishing to declare a major in Art and Design must submit a portfolio for review by the Art Department. 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 portfolio review process is completed.
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.
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.
All admissions decisions are communicated online through the Applicant Status Page.
Transfer students may be asked for two additional materials:
- a gap statement to explain what a student was doing during times that are not accounted for on an application and
- mid-term grades when a student has earned less than 24 college credits, is academically borderline, or is in their first semester at a new institution.
Important Application Note
SUNY Oneonta uses email as its primary method of communication. Please be sure the email address provided on your application is correct. You should also add SUNY Oneonta (firstname.lastname@example.org) to your contacts to avoid important notifications being sent to spam folders.
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Renewable merit scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated academic achievement, distinction or excellence. There is no separate application process for most scholarships. Priority is given to students who apply for admission by January 15, 2024.
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Applying to college is exciting …. but we know that it can be a bit overwhelming, too. If you have questions about our application requirements or process, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help!
Where Are We Located?
SUNY Oneonta is located halfway between Albany and Binghamton, and has the best of all four seasons New York State can offer.
With a population of just under 14,000 people, Oneonta is a safe, friendly community known for its small-town ambiance and vibrant arts and entertainment scene.
SUNY Oneonta is a mid-size, four-year, public university that offers a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully. Nestled in the hills of Central New York, the university’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.