OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s largest-ever early-decision class represents good news as the college recruits in a competitive market for its fall 2013 freshmen, officials said.
Oswego sent binding enrollment offers to 190 early-decision applicants, a group with strong academic credentials, said Dan Griffin, interim director of admissions. They were chosen from among the largest-ever batch of students applying under the early decision program — 350. Both those figures, denoting students declaring SUNY Oswego as their top choice, were about double the previous year.
“For fall 2013, we’re off to a very good start, well ahead of last year’s pace,” Griffin said. “Now we’re in the process of sending out around 4,000 regular admissions offers, which are going out sooner than previous years.” By late January, his staff had sent over 1,000 more offers to prospective students than at the same time last year.
With Superstorm Sandy disrupting the lives of many in New York City and on Long Island, Oswego moved back its early-decision deadline two weeks, which may have been among the factors behind the increase in applications.
But overall response has been positive — about 2 percent more freshman applications than last year at this time, with interested students spanning the majors and geographic areas — especially important with the number of Upstate New York high school graduates shrinking, Griffin noted.
“I think the numbers mean we’re reaching a lot of students interested in the majors and services we offer,” Griffin said. “Our academic programs, our campus and our atmosphere are all very appealing.”
The spring 2013 semester also welcomed more new students than usual, with a combined total of approximately 350 new freshmen and transfers starting classes in late January, including 44 students from South Korea in a new academic degree partnership with Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul.