SUNY College At Old Westbury

SUNY College At Old Westbury

The SUNY College at Old Westbury, also known as OWSU, is a public university located in Old Westbury, New York, United States. It was established in the year 1965 by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. OWSU is part of the State University of New York system. The college grants a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees in diverse areas of study. The university is organized into following schools:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education

OWSU sponsors several men's and women's sports teams which are nicknamed the Panthers. It is a member of the NCAA Division III. The Panthers participate in basketball, cross country, softball, swimming and diving, and volleyball. The college's student-run newspaper is called the "The Catalyst."

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SUNY College at Old Westbury
223 Store Hill Rd
Old Westbury , NY 11568-0210
General Phone: (516) 876-3000

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SUNY Old Westbury Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management223business management, accounting, finance, labor relations, marketing
Liberal Arts123American studies, Spanish language, English language and literature, humanities, sociology, social studies
Therapy and Counseling77psychology
Education and Teaching74multilingual education, special ed, elementary school teaching, foreign language teaching, math teaching, social studies teaching
Media51communication studies
Security and Law Enforcement36criminology
Science28biology, biochemistry, chemistry
Computer Science and Engineering20computer and info science, information science
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy and religious studies
Art Studies1visual and performing arts

Number of programs and degrees for SUNY Old Westbury in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree63028
Master's degree131

SUNY Old Westbury Student Body

In 2007-2008, SUNY Old Westbury had a total enrollment of 3,565 students (3,396 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 98%
Graduate 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 30%
Black 27%
Hispanic 17%
Asian 7%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 18%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 21%
20-21 25%
22-24 25%
25-29 13%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York95%
(International Students)1%
State unknown1%
New Jersey1%

SUNY Old Westbury Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 73 %

SUNY Old Westbury Room and Board (2007)

SUNY Old Westbury offers campus housing for 1,600 of its 3,396 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Old Westbury, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

SUNY Old Westbury Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal445535
SAT Math460575
SAT Writing420510
ACT Composite1922

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT6%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

SUNY Old Westbury Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,177
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,437
Room and board $ 9,032
Room charge $ 6,222
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,810
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,960

Financial Aid:
SUNY Old Westbury participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 710900)

SUNY Old Westbury Faculty

SUNY Old Westbury has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2422
Non-tenured and not on tenure track86

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year16$96,45214$85,996
Associate professoracademic year23$73,46326$71,387
Assistant professoracademic year20$72,27218$66,133
Instructoracademic year5$70,0674$56,373
Lectureracademic year3$47,8331*
All faculty totalacademic year67$77,19663$72,092

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

SUNY Old Westbury Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Skyline Conference
Baseball Skyline Conference
Track Skyline Conference

SUNY Old Westbury Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Labor and Industrial Relations
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Education And Teaching
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Elementary Education and Teaching
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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SUNY Old Westbury Highlights

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What Sets SUNY Old Westbury Apart:

Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 12%SUNY Old Westbury Dorm rooms per full-time student
Minority % of student body
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Top 13%SUNY Old Westbury Minority % of student body
% of degrees in media
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Top 15%SUNY Old Westbury % of degrees in media
Salaries of full-time faculty
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Top 16%SUNY Old Westbury Salaries of full-time faculty
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%SUNY Old Westbury % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 17%SUNY Old Westbury Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 18%SUNY Old Westbury Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%SUNY Old Westbury % of degrees in computer science and engineering
% of degrees in business and management
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Top 18%SUNY Old Westbury % of degrees in business and management
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
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Top 19%SUNY Old Westbury % of freshmen enrolled part-time
Number of students
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Top 20%SUNY Old Westbury Number of students

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