Interested in studying at SUNY Oswego? Read Sara’s entry below to learn more…
The State University of New York at Oswego was founded in 1861 as the Oswego Primary Teachers’ Training School by Edward Austin Sheldon. Once located in the city of Oswego, it was not until 1913 that the school moved to its current picturesque lakeside location. What was in the past a singular building, Sheldon Hall, named after it’s founder, is now one of 11 SUNY universities (officially becoming a SUNY chapter in 1948). SUNY Oswego boasts 58 buildings including classrooms, laboratories, residential and athletic facilities and offers over 110 undergraduate and graduate programs.
The campus at Oswego is beyond breathtaking. Situated right on Lake Ontario, one of the five ‘Great Lakes’ in Northern America, it is often mistaken as the ocean due to it’s deep blue tones, rolling waves and water that stretches as far as the eyes can see. In addition to its scenic location, Oswego’s grounds are equally as impressive. It possess seemingly never-ending rolling green lawns, whimsical trees and adorable wildlife.. There are squirrels everywhere!! The campus is only a short distance from Oswego’s Downtown district, and has some of the most beautiful, old historical buildings I’ve had the opportunity to see. One particular street, Water Street, is very popular among students at the university and indeed the rest of the town. It too is located on the lake and has cafes that overlook the water, a lovely way to spend the afternoon.
I arrived at SUNY Oswego in August, which is summer in the United States and Oswego was humid and definitely hot! Despite this, Oswego is renowned for it’s bitter winters and is said to be one of the snowiest towns in America. One of the locals told me that only a few years ago they had 10 feet or 3 meters of snow over the space of a weekend. Wow! Another thing that Oswego is noted for are its spectacular sunsets. I have never witnessed a sunset such as the ones here. They are so beautiful, it’s surreal.
I have been in Oswego for a month now and have loved every minute already. The staff, students and locals are all incredibly friendly and everyone is genuinely interested in getting to know your story. And with all of the international exchange students here this semester from Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Puerto Rico and South Korea to name a few (there are approximately 150 of us) there are a lot of stories! I am looking forward to what the next couple of months have in store for me, the experiences I will have and the friends I will gain.
Here are some of my favourite photos from my time in Oswego so far…
Statue of Edward Austin Sheldon, founder of the Oswego Primary Teachers’ Training School, in front of Sheldon Hall (now an international office, administration).
Lanigan Hall and the Quad.
The quad is usually a bustling hive of activity, however this shot was taken a week before classes had started. With approximately 8,000 students, the campus is always lively and energetic. I have four classes in Lanigan and get lost every time I go in there! It’s a maze of a building!
Sunset over Lake Ontario.
Hart Hall is where I call home in Oswego. I was fortunate enough to be placed on level 9, the top floor. The view from my floor is quite incredible, especially at dusk when some of the most magical sunsets I’ve seen light up the lounge. Hart Hall, also known as The Global Living and Learning Center, is one of 11 residential halls and houses 340 students. It is a unique resident hall as it has a strong emphasis on international education and community service. To live in Hart, it is required that you complete 10 hours of community service a semester and write six papers about various international topics.
View from the top.
From left: Hewitt Hall, Mahar Hall, Lanigan Hall and the Penfield Library from level 9 in Hart Hall.
The Village on the lake.
The Village is a residential community for students who wish to live in a quieter area of campus. It is more expensive than the other 10 halls, but it comes with quite a view!
One of the routes I take to get to classes.
Sunset over Lake Ontario.
Sunset over Lake Ontario from Level 9
The Old City Cafe, Downtown Oswego.
A picturesque street in Downtown Oswego.
Water Street, Downtown Oswego.
Water Street has a two cafe’s and a bar. In the ‘Old City’ of Oswego, you can’t help but feel the history of the port, which was fortified in 1755. Every Thursday, the bar has ‘Mug Night’ where you bring a mug and they do refills for 50c. As you could imagine, it’s a very popular night for those who are of legal age to drink.. Which in the U.S is 21. The cafes are also renowned for their tasty lunches.
The Oswego Cinema.
Originally a theatre, the Oswego cinema was opened in 1941 and still has much of the periods architectural and interior design. Showing most new release movies, it’s a great place to take a break from studying and catch a movie… With popcorn and extra butter!
A gaggle of geese roam the grounds of the university.
During the first few weeks, the geese would often be seen all over the grounds of the university. However, as the cooler weather started settling in, they migrated south to a warmer climate. Much to the dismay of the resident population, they absolutely loved vocalising in the early morning.
This fluke of a photograph captures the cheeky nature of the squirrels which scurry around the campus of the university.