SUNY College at Oswego Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (8)
SUNY Oswega was a wonderful place to go to school. The campus is beautiful and compact in a small town with access to a downtown and shopping areas. The dorms are clean and leave you feeling safe. Dining halls are easy to get to and have plenty of options. The classes are what you make of the, the same as any college, so if you are dedicated the progress will show. There are plenty of sports and clubs to join if you are activities person; the Greek life on campus leaves you with a lot of good options as well. I made the best friends of my life in my freshman dorm, and through the years after that. It was an experience I will never forget or regret.
The college is a nice campus and provides great teachers and classes.
Great value, good size, lots of co-curricular activities, awesome team of professional administrators!
Be careful with how much you take out for student loans and what types of loans they are, federal loans are far better. Look into all the assistance you can - theres a lot out there, apply for scholarships and fill out your FAFSA as early as humanely possible. Pay your loans while in school, even if its just small payments to the ever increasing interest that will build while you're in school.
I had always heard that Oswego's Teaching programs were top-notch; even nationally rated as one of the best colleges in the U.S. for teaching. However, as the tide of education has turned recently, with new national standards and curriculum, I would like to recognize how several aspects of the Elementary Teaching Program at Oswego have become highly irrelevant. One major issue is that Oswego requires incoming students (in this specific program) to choose an academic concentration area. For example; math, social studies, English, etc. In my first two years at Oswego, I therefore spent most of my time taking 30 + credit hours of social studies. I sat in class with classmates who were majoring in history or completing general education courses. It was not until my final two years of the program that I got to focus on the essential classes which Elementary Educators actually need for their career. These included; meeting the literacy needs of students, and creating and adapting curriculum for diverse learners or learners with specific needs in your classroom. I would personally like to see Oswego's Elementary Education program revamped so that more required classes focus on teaching literacy development and meeting the needs of diverse learners; instead of having so much focus on completing an academic content area track. In my opinion, completing the academic content area requirement did not prepare me to be a better teacher and the time I spent on this could have been much better spent on classes pertaining to my preparation as a classroom teacher. Other schools in the area and elsewhere do a better job as far as the classes they offer and the structure of their programs and I wish I had looked more into this before I jumped into Oswego's program. Finally, although I would like to see the major changes I have mentioned come about, I would still recommend the current program to others if they are interested in becoming a teacher. Mainly because the program does offer enough hands-on experience with teaching. Also, the cost of college is something to consider (especially as a teacher) and as a State University, Oswego is highly affordable.
SUNY Oswego has a great undergraduate teaching program. The core courses focus on everything I need as an elementary teacher today; the literacy needs of my students, meeting the needs of exceptional students, engaging students in a multicultural and culturally responsive curriculum, and teaching through inquiry, peer learning, and engaging and meaningful lesson planning. One thing SUNY Oswego could do better is include more course material on classroom management and individual behavior supports. With inclusion classrooms becoming the norm in New York State, an entire class on this would have been helpful. Also, SUNY Oswego often gives students field placements and even student teaching placements that are not a good fit, simply because they can not find another placement for the student. For example, an elementary school teacher might end up teaching only one subject in a sixth grade and not learn anything about writer's workshop or get experience in teaching other subjects too. Rarely are people placed outside of their concentration or certification area, but the college could examine the placements a little better to find out what their students will be learning there. Finally, SUNY Oswego is a great value. After scholarships and financial aid, I have little student debt four years later.
SUNY Oswego is located on Lake Ontario and maintains a beautiful atmosphere, even in the winter months which can be quite brutal from time to time. My greatest experience at SUNY Oswego came from my peers which eventually became my friends. In regards to academics, SUNY Oswego gave me the ability to pursue my degree but with little to no assistance on the academic institutions end. I went to SUNY Oswego for 4 years to obtain my Bachelor's degree. During that entire time, I had 1 maybe 2 teachers that really stood out and cared about me as an individual. I believe that a large portion of higher education has made the move from learning institutions towards money making organizations and this is unfortunate for the student as they are the one who suffer. In my opinion most schools fall prey to this predatory attitude and I believe that I would have had a similar experience if I attended a different university. If I could do it all over again, I would still consider SUNY Oswego because of the life long relationships that I developed during my tenure as a student, however I could have easily made lasting friendships if I attended a school that was more concerned with the students education than making $$$.
I enjoyed my time at college. It was large enough that there was plenty of diversity and different people to interact with but small enough that it was easy to get around and class sizes were often small. Rarely was I in a large lecture class. I didn't feel like I go a lot of help in career planning or direction but I do think there is help available if you seek it out.