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Undergrad Profile

About Oneonta

SUNY Oneonta is a mid-size liberal arts college with a strong focus on experiential learning, undergraduate research, service, and global connections. Located in the beautiful hills of Central New York, Oneonta is part of the 64-campus State University of New York system. We offer 70 undergraduate majors, including an internationally accredited business economics program and nationally accredited programs in chemistry, dietetics, education, human ecology, music, and theater. 

If you’re seeking a peaceful environment with plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors, look no further than Oneonta, New York, a safe, friendly city known for its small-town ambiance and vibrant arts and entertainment scene. SUNY Oneonta’s 250-acre campus overlooks the scenic Susquehanna River Valley, about halfway between Albany and Binghamton and three and a half hours from New York City.

A quality education—at an affordable cost
SUNY Oneonta is consistently recognized for quality and value. The College is ranked #9 on U.S.News & World Report’s 2016 list of “Best Public Colleges” in the region, #175 in the Northeast on Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of “America’s Top Colleges,” and has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for nine consecutive years.

Qualified applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships ranging from $1,000–$6,470. This past academic year, over $4 million in scholarships were awarded, and nearly a quarter of the current freshman class received scholarship support.

Putting learning into practice
At SUNY Oneonta you’ll have many opportunities to take an active role in your learning. With small class sizes and a close-knit campus community, students get plenty of interaction with faculty members, who are not just scholars and teachers but also club advisors, research partners, and mentors.
Faculty members frequently invite students to participate in research projects, and the College offers grants to support independent research and travel to regional, national, and international academic conferences.

Students put their classroom learning to the test at academic competitions, including the College Fed Challenge in Manhattan, where SUNY Oneonta business students have advanced to the semifinal round for the past two years. Oneonta has also outshone the competition at the Model United Nations Conference in New York City, bringing home awards for several years in a row.

Each year more than 500 students complete credit-bearing internships in their fields. Locations range from the Oneonta region to New York City to international placements in nine countries. We also offer a variety of study abroad and exchange opportunities, including short-term, faculty-led field courses, a new fashion program at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, and more than 600 programs through the SUNY Study Abroad Consortium.

Community service is another big part of the Oneonta experience. Many courses incorporate service learning activities—ranging from wetlands restoration in New Orleans to work with street children in Ecuador—and more than 20% of the student body volunteers through our Center for Social Responsibility and Community.

Student life
Oneonta is a residential community—98% of freshmen and 57% of undergraduates live on campus in our 15 double-, quad-, suite-, and apartment-style residence halls, all conveniently located to dining halls and academic buildings. Starting in fall 2015, the price of living on campus is fixed for each entering class. All freshmen live in First Year Experience halls with special social activities and support designed to ease the transition to college life. Other special-interest housing includes a Transfer Living Community, Quiet Section, Oneonta Wilderness Living/Learning (OWL), Making A Difference (MAD), and Safe Space and Gender Inclusive Housing.

With hundreds of hours of entertainment, athletic events, and social programming every semester, there’s plenty to do on campus. And with more than 110 Student Association–funded clubs and organizations—ranging from the Accounting Society to the Zombie Defense Corps—there’s an activity for every interest.

More than a dozen clubs have a multicultural or diversity-related focus, and a variety of programming—including speakers, films, readings, plays, festivals, and leadership conferences—is offered each semester. The College’s Center for Multicultural Experiences, which recently reopened after extensive renovations, is a popular gathering place and home to an array of social and academic events.

After Oneonta
SUNY Oneonta students are well prepared for life after college. By the time they hit senior year, nearly three-fourths have been involved in at least two high-impact learning experiences—like studying abroad, doing research with a faculty member, participating in a service learning project, or completing an internship in their field. These powerful experiences will not only help you discover what you want to do but give you the tools to succeed—whether that means launching a fulfilling career or continuing your education.

Our strong alumni network spans the globe, demonstrating the leadership and accomplishment that exemplify an Oneonta education. Alumni frequently return to campus to speak to classes, and students make connections that lead to internships and jobs through events like the Backpacks to Briefcases networking day and our on-campus and New York City Internship Fairs.

At 70%, our six-year graduation rate is well above the national average of 54.6% for public institutions. Median salaries of Oneonta alumni four to six years after graduation are also above the national average, but money isn’t everything. According to the 2015–2016 PayScale College Salary Report, 41% of SUNY Oneonta graduates surveyed said their work “makes the world a better place.”




Founded: 1889

Campus: 220 acres on main campus; 284 acres at College Camp; 2,600 acres at Biological Field Station in Cooperstown, New York

Undergraduate majors: 70

Graduate programs: 14

Total enrollment: 6,101

Female: 61%

Male: 39%

Multicultural population: 18%

Faculty: 430 full and part time

Full-time faculty with highest degrees in their fields: 86%

Student-faculty ratio: 19:1

Average class size: 25

Freshman-to-sophomore retention rate: 87%

Application deadline: Rolling for regular admission; November 15 for Early Action

Cost (2015–2016): $19,712 in-state tuition, room and board, fees; $29,562 out-of-state tuition, room and board, fees

Financial aid: 70% of undergraduates receive financial assistance.

Athletics: 21 NCAA Division III teams

Mascot: Red the Dragon