Students at SUNY Oswego come from various backgrounds and locations. There are more than 130 international students from about a dozen countries studying at Oswego. Hart Hall, the Global Living and Learning Center, houses the majority of international students as well as any other students who would like to experience a global community on campus. Every year, SUNY Oswego sends more than 400 of its own students abroad to England, France, Australia, and several other countries. Oswego has also started a program called Oswego Going Global, which started with the suggestion of a trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The goal of the trip included to develop a better understanding of problem-solving and international awareness. There are always scholarships offered through the University to make these trips more affordable for students.
SUNY Oswego offers an atmosphere where diversity is not only accepted, but also honored. Every year, SUNY Oswego hosts events such as the ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, and Native American) Student Leadership Conference, which involves guest speakers, dinners, festivals, and a fashion show over the course of a week. The Black Student Union, Latino Student Union, Asian Student Association, and the Rainbow Alliance also put on several events throughout the school year.