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101 Broad Street

Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2697

Phone: (518) 564-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
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rolling admission

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#81 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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SUNY--Plattsburgh is a public institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,706, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 300 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. SUNY--Plattsburgh's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 81. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,145 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,595 (2013-14).

Freshman students at SUNY—Plattsburgh are eased into the college experience through the school’s First-Year Experience program, which provides mentors, academic support, and a housing community with other freshmen. In addition to the main, residential campus of SUNY—Plattsburgh, the school has a branch campus at SUNY—Plattsburgh at Queensbury.

More than 88 percent of SUNY—Plattsburgh students are New York residents, and females make up slightly more than 55 percent of the student body. Students have more than 100 clubs and organizations to consider joining. The SUNY—Plattsburgh athletic teams, the Cardinals, are Division III competitors in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Students aren’t guaranteed on-campus housing, though there is usually room for all who apply. Graduate students interested in SUNY—Plattsburgh can check out the Speech-Language Pathology program offered through the Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences, among other degree programs and departments.

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

Mission: SUNY Plattsburgh is a public, comprehensive college that prepares students for academic, professional and personal success. Attributes: SUNY Plattsburgh's distinctive location - near Lake Champlain, the Adirondack Mountains and Canada - opens up a wealth of opportunities for students. Our science and environmental science classes, for example, have access to 8,600 acres of forests and agricultural land through the W. H. Miner Institute. They use this land as a lab, researching botany, wild life, forest preservation and more. Through our Lake Champlain Research Institute, students work to do things like fight invasive species, study the effects of fishing tournaments and learn about local ecosystems. Meanwhile, the Expeditionary Studies program makes use of the landscape to teach advanced skills in rock and ice climbing, back-country skiing and sea kayaking. These are combined with lessons on history, leadership, land management, environmental science, ethics and education. Canada's proximity makes Plattsburgh a great place to study global supply chain management. The college was the first in the SUNY system to offer this program and an entrepreneurship major. Meanwhile, the Plattsburgh State Art Museum houses more than 4,600 works. Through its Museum Without Walls, students view art across the campus. The college also holds what is likely the world's largest collection of skeletons of the Maya, housed with the Belize government's permission. Combined with a DNA sequencer, these allow for unique opportunities to study the past. Dr. Nancy Elwess, winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, has been working with undergraduates on this and more. Over the past several years, her students have won numerous national and international awards for this work. In biology, our students founded the first-ever student chapter of the Botanical Society of America and continue to win many awards from the BSA. Communications students are also winning national awards from the National Broadcasting Society. Meanwhile students in the human services are able to take part in unique experiences through the college's Spectrum clinics. These allow them to apply classroom learning to a clinical setting, doing research in speech, hearing, Alzheimer's, traumatic brain injury and autism. Over the past several years, we've had two education graduates among the few teachers nominated by the state for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. One went on to receive this top honor in 2010. Education alumni have also recently been honored by the state's Department of Education and the School Administrators Association, among others. Now, our redesigned program has reset the bar, emphasizing inquiry-based teaching and getting students into area schools beginning with their first education class. As part of that early exposure to the field, our education students now run Project CONNECT, an afterschool program in the Plattsburgh City School District. Finally, the college's international students ranked it No. 1 in the U.S. and world for learning support, performance feedback and ability to make friends in the host country upon arrival according to the International Student Barometer, fall 2011. They ranked also ranked the college No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 in the world for overall satisfaction.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1889
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $13,833,267


When applying to SUNY--Plattsburgh, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early decision deadline is November 15. The application fee at SUNY--Plattsburgh is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 45.6 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 45.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at SUNY--Plattsburgh is 16:1, and the school has 44.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at SUNY--Plattsburgh include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 37%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20%
Health Professions and Related Programs 10%
Education 9%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8%
Psychology 8%

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Student Life

SUNY--Plattsburgh has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,706, with a gender distribution of 44.9 percent male students and 55.1 percent female students. At this school, 46 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 54 percent of students live off campus. SUNY--Plattsburgh is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,167
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--Plattsburgh offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. SUNY--Plattsburgh 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, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at SUNY--Plattsburgh, 36 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at SUNY--Plattsburgh.

Students who have cars on campus 36%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At SUNY--Plattsburgh, 65 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,154.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,145 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,595 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,526 (2013-14)
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