SUNY Oneonta

International Admissions

The State University of New York (SUNY) Oneonta welcomes qualified applicants from around the world. The College recognizes the intellectual and cultural contributions that international students offer while diversifying its campus. In addition to its high quality degree programs, the College is an amiable, safe, and engaging environment for over 100 degree seeking international students representing 20 countries, and growing. Additionally, exchange students from 8 countries study for a semester or academic year.

The Office of International Education (OIE) is committed to providing the highest level of service and advice related to student visa guidelines, cultural adaptation, campus quality of life, academic and professional goals, and campus and community involvement. The OIE strives to promote diversity through responsible recruitment practices and global partnerships.

The Office of International Education functions as a center for recruitment, determining admission eligibility for international applicants to its undergraduate degree programs. International students are defined as those who currently hold or are seeking F1 or other non-immigrant visa categories authorized to engage in full-time academic studies. Eligibility for consideration of admission is based on, but not limited to: academic profile, English proficiency, qualified recommendations, best-fit for the College and intended degree program, and financial resources, among the competitive pool of applicants. Consult the Office of International Education and international undergraduate application for instructions and application deadlines. Upon admission to the College, an acceptance packet will be issued to the applicant promptly. The OIE ensures effective transition to the USA with pre-departure information and continuous communication with the student. A comprehensive international student orientation for all new, transfer, and exchange students is conducted, followed by a campus-wide orientation, upon arrival.

A minimum IBT/PBT TOEFL score of 61/500 is required for consideration of undergraduate admission or the College’s requisite SAT/ACT score requirements. An iBT/PBT score of 79/550 or greater is preferred, due to the rigor of the academic degree programs. The College also accepts an IELTS bandscore of 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0), ELS Language Center report score of 112, two semesters of community college coursework in good academic standing, or successful completion of an accredited ESL program in the U.S. or overseas, with TOEFL waiver. Students below the minimum English proficiency scores may be eligible for conditional acceptance and may be subject to English as a Second Language (ESL) coursework during the first semester at the College.

Supplementary English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are offered on campus, supported by a Language Lab with ESL multimedia software, The Center for Academic Development and Enrichment (CADE), Writing Center, and professional and peer tutoring services.

SUNY Oneonta’s tuition is affordable and value-added. International students pay modest out-of-state tuition, residential life (dormitory) and fees. International scholarships are available, subject to eligibility requirements and funding.

A downloadable application is available on the Office of International website. Prospective undergraduate students should direct their inquiries or application material to:

The Office of International Education

Attn: Director

SUNY Oneonta

103 Alumni Hall

Oneonta, New York 13820


Tel: (607) 436-3369

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