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State University of New York at Oswego

The State University of New York at Oswego, also known as SUNY Oswego and Oswego State, was founded in 1861 as Oswego Normal School by Edward Austin Sheldon and became the New York State Teachers College at Oswego in 1948 with the creation of the State University system. In 1962 Oswego broadened its scope to become an arts and sciences institution. SUNY Oswego has over 50,000 living alumni . SUNY Oswego is now comprised of four schools: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the School of Business; the School of Education; and the new School of Communications, Media and the Arts, launched in 2008. Oswego State is located on the shore of Lake Ontario in the Town of Oswego, New York.


Originally founded in the city of Oswego, the college moved to its current location on the shore of Lake Ontario in 1913 after Sheldon Hall was constructed. The current campus is located on along Lake Ontario. Development of the campus was planned by the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, who designed the major buildings.

The campus today consists of 46 buildings with classroom, laboratory, residential, and athletic facilities. Recent years have witnessed the launch of a $250 million campus-wide renovation and renewal program, with the new Campus Center acting as the social hub of campus.

Campus Center Complex

The college's new social hub known as the Campus Center Complex, which opened in fall 2007, includes new construction and renovation of the existing Swetman/Poucher complex. The $25.5 million, Campus Center portion, the new construction, includes a convocation hall and arena, food court, box office, fireplace lounge, breakfast nook and reservable spaces. The renovated portions of the building house The Compass (student services); The Point (student involvement); a student media center with WNYO, WTOP and The Oswegonian newspaper; Copy Center; and Freshëns Cafe. Academic departments in the Campus Center include English and Creative Writing, Modern Languages and Literatures and Philosophy, while the Office of Learning Services stands ready to assist students who need help outside the classroom. In addition, the College Honors Program is located in the Campus Center.

Academic buildings

The academic buildings stretch throughout the campus from east to west. The buildings are (in geographic order):

  • Rich Hall - The School of Business
  • Sheldon Hall - Admissions, Oswego Children's Center, Development Office, class space including an historic classroom
  • Park Hall - Department of Technology (Tech Ed), Vocational Teacher Preparation, Educational Administration
  • Wilber Hall - School of Education offices and classrooms
  • Piez Hall - Earth Science and Biology departments, Jerred Planetarium, Environmental Research Center
  • Snygg Hall - Chemistry, Computer Science, Math and Physics Departments; Mass Spectrometer and Proteomics Center, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Center
  • Lee Hall - Houses part of the Physical Education program and Intramural and Recreation
  • Penfield Library - Home of the college library, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and National Public Radio affiliate WRVO, Lake Effect Cafe
  • Hewitt Union - Home of College BookStore, reservable spaces including ballroom and patio room
  • Lanigan Hall - Communication Studies, Center for Communication and Information Technology, Campus Technology Services, large group instruction
  • Tyler Hall - Art, Music and Theater Departments. Also the location of the Tyler Art Gallery, Waterman Theatre, Lab Theatre.
  • Mahar Hall - History, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Public Justice, Political Science

Other buildings

Physically separate from the main campus is the south campus, consisting of Laker Hall (indoor sports, coaching classrooms, and athletic training rooms), Romney Fieldhouse (home of the Laker hockey program until fall 2006), several athletic fields and the more than of Rice Creek Field Station (for biological research and public programs).

A variety of living option are available through 11 residence halls:

  • Lakeside Area: Scales, Waterbury, Riggs and Johnson Halls. Riggs and Johnson were recently renovated; the latter is the home to the First-Year Residential Experience.
  • West Campus, commonly called "New Campus": Cayuga, Seneca, Oneida and Onondaga Halls
  • Main Campus: Hart Hall Global Living and Learning Center, Funnelle Hall
  • Mackin Complex: Lonis and Moreland Halls

Fewer than from Johnson Hall is Shady Shore. Historically, Shady Shore was the home of college founder Dr. Edward Austin Sheldon. It has served as the residence for the college president throughout the years, including the tenth and current president, Deborah F. Stanley.

Accreditations and Awards

SUNY Oswego has experienced numerous accreditations and awards throughout the past two decades, including the most recent recognition by Colleges of Distinction. This prestigious organization commended SUNY Oswego for its continual growth and strong academics. The organization cited SUNY Oswego as having “Liberal arts and career directed studies, in a dynamic, interactive and supportive environment.” Also, “The possibilities are endless with an extensive choice of academic options and majors, an outstanding faculty, and challenging courses that encourage the exchange of ideas. Oswego opens a front door on the future with internships and study abroad opportunities that consistently rate among the highest in the SUNY system.” .

SUNY Oswego's School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Oswego's School of Business has international accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Oswego is one of the few colleges in New York state whose art, music and theatre departments are all nationally accredited.

SUNY Oswego's Graduate School of Business has been named by the Princeton Review as one of the best business schools in America.

In addition to SUNY Oswego’s vibrant community and encouraging professors, students are offered one of the largest overseas study programs in the northeast . Continents from around the globe contain universities that directly work with SUNY Oswego to provide students with internship opportunities and valuable learning experiences.

Schools and Colleges


Oswego offers 24 intercollegiate sports.

  • Fall Sports,

Cross Country (men's and women's), Field Hockey, Men's Rugby Men's Golf, Men's Soccer, Volleyball, Women's Rugby Women's Soccer, Women's Tennis

  • Winter Sports

Men's Ice Hockey, Indoor Track and Field (men's and women's), Men's Basketball, Men's Rugby, Women's Rugby Swimming and Diving (men's and women's), Women's Basketball, Women's Ice Hockey, Wrestling

  • Spring Sports

Baseball, Men's Golf, Men's Rugby, Men's Lacrosse, Men's Tennis, Softball, Outdoor Track and Field (men's and women's), Women's Lacrosse Women's Rugby

  • On March 18, 2007, the Oswego State men's ice hockey team won the 2006-07 NCAA Division III Ice Hockey National Championship, the first NCAA championship ever for the school.

Clubs and Student Organizations

Oswego has around 150 clubs and organizations, some funded by the Student Association. These include the student-run television station WTOP, the student-run radio station WNYO-FM, the Oswegonian newspaper, community service clubs, political organizations, the Shaun Cassidy Fan Club Improv Comedy Troupe, Club Baseball, the Oswego Jugglers, Oswego Women's Rugby, as well as groups that appeal to those with specific interests or hobbies such as Paintball Club, the Christian groups BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) and CCM (Christian Campus Ministries), the theater group Blackfriars, the gamer club Storytellers Guild (STG), College Democrats and Republicans, and the local chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Greek Organizations Oswego also has an array of Greek organizations (fraternities, sororities, or mixed) from both national and locally recognized chapters. Each semester, eligible students can "rush" a Greek organization of their choice.

  • Fraternities that are recognized by SUNY Oswego

Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Kappa Kappa, Delta Sigma Phi, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Phi Beta Sigma, Phi Kappa Tau, Psi Phi Gamma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Gamma, Sigma Tau Chi, Zeta Beta Tau, Zeta Chi Zeta

  • Sororities that are recognized by SUNY Oswego

Alpha Delta Eta, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Sigma Chi, Delta Phi Epsilon, Omega Phi Beta, Omicron Xi, Phi Sigma Sigma, Sigma Delta Tau

  • Other Greek Organizations that are recognized by SUNY Oswego

Alpha Beta Psi Accounting Honor Society

Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity (co-ed)

Mu Beta Psi National Honorary Musical Fraternity (co-ed)

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society

Phi Kappa Phi National All-Disciplinary Honorary Society of Academic Excellence

Pi Delta Phi The National French Honor Society for academic excellence in French (Oswego Chapter: Theta Delta, 1975).

Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society

Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology


Bridge Street Run - Bridge Street Run is a pub crawl that now takes place during the spring semester the last Friday before finals week starts. Students put on white t-shirts, start at the Front Door Tavern on East 10th and Utica Streets, and make their way down Bridge Street (State Route 104) in the City of Oswego. They stop at all participating bars along the way on or within a block of Bridge Street to have their shirts signed. The event has been a tradition in various forms at SUNY Oswego for over 30 years.

Quest - A symposium held each year in April that allows students and faculty to present scholarly works and projects. Students usually work in collaboration with a faculty mentor in preparation of their project. The series also features a keynote speaker discuss some topical issue in a field such as technology, science or politics.

Notable Faculty (Current and Former)

  • Doug Lea, current Interim Chair of Computer Science, world famous expert on concurrent programming, (co-)author of the Interest Group
  • Roy Lichtenstein, World famous Pop Art Artist taught in the Art Department from 1958 - 1960
  • Dr. David C. Conrad, Emeritus Professor of History, author of several books on Africa; SUNY Chancellor Award Winner 2001. Is President of Mande Studies Association and a fellow at the Royal Geographic Society.
  • Dr. Bruce Altschuler, Former Chair of Political Science Department and 2007 Winner of SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activity. Has authored books and articles on the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, political campaigns and presidential politics.
  • Robert O'Connor, Associate Professor in Creative Writing Department (Author of Buffalo Solders)
  • Jay Button, a faculty master honored for his work done with first year students.
  • Sir Kenneth O. Hall, current Governor-General of Jamaica, served as Assistant Provost and Professor of History at Oswego.

Notable Alumni

External links


Students: Nate Nadelen, Pete Dempsey

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