For freshman applicants, we've found that the best measure of academic potential is past achievement. We look at your high school grades and the courses you've taken. We also consider your class rank, trends in your grades, your senior year course load, your Regents grades (for New York state applicants), and your standardized test scores. Applicants must be graduates of an accredited secondary school or have evidence of equivalent education.

Preference is given to applicants who have completed 4 units of English, history, math and science, and 3-4 units of foreign language during high school. A challenging college preparatory program is highly desirable. Regents-level classes are a minimum requirement for New York State applicants, with Advanced Placement and honors courses carrying the most weight. Students should rank in the top half of their class.

Preference is given to students with a cumulative grade-point average of 91 or better and an SAT I average of 1127 (Math & Critical Reading only) or ACT Composite of 24. We use the highest score from either the SAT or ACT, even if the higher SAT Math and Critical Reading results were achieved at different times. If you're planning on retaking either exam, be sure to let us know. Only the Critical Reading/Verbal and Math portions of the SAT (not the new essay portion) will be used in the decision-making process. Please submit your official SAT/ACT through the testing agency or high school transcript.

Required Materials

SUNY Application

Common Application

Official High School Transcript** or GED Score Report

Official High School Transcript** or GED Score Report

Official SAT and/or ACT score report(s)

Official SAT and/or ACT score report(s)

One letter of recommendation

One letter of recommendation

SUNY Supplemental Application

**High School Transcript(s) using one of the following options:

1. Self-Report your academic record using SOAR
2. Ask your high school to submit your transcript electronically.
3. Ask your high school to submit your transcript via fax or mail directly to our office.


MUSIC: Beginning Fall 2014 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 Admissions Office 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.

EDUCATION: Beginning Fall 2015 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.

SUNY Oneonta uses email as its official method of communication and all important updates will be shared via email. In order to assure that students receive all communication regarding their application, please make sure to check your email regularly. 

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Early Action is a non-binding early application/notification program for fall freshmen. If you are accepted through Early Action, you do not have to withdraw your applications at other institutions until May 1. The Early Action application deadline for Fall 2015 is November 15, 2014. The Office of Admissions will start making decisions and anticipate notifying all applicants no later than January 1, 2015. To be considered for Early Action, please make sure you check "Early Action" on the application.


Many students receive college credit while in high school. These credits can come from Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or college courses. To see how this credit will transfer, please view the Course Equivalency Tool

  • AP test scores of 3 or better are accepted.
  • To earn IB credit, students must receive a score of 4 or better on the Higher Level IB Exam. Scores of 4 or better on the Standard Level IB Exam receive credit only when an IB Diploma is also earned.
  • We accept only scores over the CLEP recommended score.
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in an accredited college course(s) to receive credit.
  • Official transcripts/scores from agency/institutions are required.