SUNY College--Potsdam

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44 Pierrepont Avenue

Potsdam, NY 13676

Phone: (877) 768-7326
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News rank Category Name
#98 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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SUNY College--Potsdam is a public institution that was founded in 1816. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,868, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 240 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. SUNY College--Potsdam's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 98. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,174 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,624 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1816, SUNY Potsdam enjoys the longest history among the units of The State University of New York. The College currently enrolls 3,868 undergraduate and 356 graduate students. Located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, SUNY Potsdam is known for its liberal arts and teacher education programs, as well as the world-renowned The Crane School of Music, the nation's oldest and largest music school devoted primarily to the preparation of public school music teachers. The College offers more than 40 undergraduate degree programs. Popular degree programs include business administration, criminal justice, teacher education, mathematics, psychology, community health, music business, and computer and information sciences. Find out more about SUNY Potsdam on our Web site at

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1816
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $18,395,665


When applying to SUNY College--Potsdam, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at SUNY College--Potsdam is $50. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 65.3 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 65.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at SUNY College--Potsdam is 14:1, and the school has 63.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at SUNY College--Potsdam include: Education; Visual and Performing Arts; English Language and Literature/Letters; Social Sciences; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 32%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 21%
Visual and Performing Arts 13%
English Language and Literature/Letters 11%
Social Sciences 11%
Psychology 8%

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Student Life

SUNY College--Potsdam has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,868, with a gender distribution of 42 percent male students and 58 percent female students. At this school, 64 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 38 percent of students live off campus. SUNY College--Potsdam is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,224
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

SUNY College--Potsdam offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. SUNY College--Potsdam also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at SUNY College--Potsdam, 43 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at SUNY College--Potsdam.

Students who have cars on campus 43%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At SUNY College--Potsdam, 72.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,571.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,174 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,624 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,580 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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