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 now comprises 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 and City 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.
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.
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:
Due to a shortage in residential rooms in fall 2008 caused by greater enrollment and on-campus living requests than expected, several rooms were offered in renovated conference/hotel space in Sheldon Hall. A new townhouse village with apartment living is under construction south of Glimmerglass Lagoon, with a fall 2010 opening date projected.
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.
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.
Penfield Library, SUNY Oswegois an academic library that supports the instructional, research and service goals of the State University of New York College at Oswego, one of 64 campuses of the State University of New York. The library is named after Lida S. Penfield (1873-1956), once Chair of the English Department. The current 160,000 square foot facility opened in 1968, replacing a library of the same name in what is now Rich Hall. The library is home to the Millard Fillmore and Marshall Family Papers and numerous Digitized Collectionsincluding the Emergency Refugee Shelter at Fort Ontario (Safe Haven) and the Millard Fillmore papers.
Penfield Librarians provide Research help for SUNY Oswego students through "Ask a Librarian" services in a variety of methods, including chat, e-mail, phone, in-person, and through extended appointments with subject librarians.
Oswego offers 24 intercollegiate sports.
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.
Oswego has around 150 clubs and organizations, some funded by the Student Association. These include the student-run television station WTOP, the first ever student run ambulance (SAVAC), 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), the Pro-Wrestling Club (PWC), College Democrats and Republicans, and the local chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.
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.
Many Upstate New York TV meteorologists are graduates or attendees of SUNY Oswego.