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SUNY--Plattsburgh is a public institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,822, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 300 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. SUNY--Plattsburgh's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 91. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,770 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,020 (2012-13).
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.
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Mission: The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh prepares a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students for a wide range of careers based on a strong foundation in the liberal arts. The college is a selective public institution offering a high-quality and affordable education. SUNY Plattsburgh supports students in the discovery and cultivation of their potential for leadership in their chosen careers and communities. We challenge students to think, learn and excel through both close interactions with an outstanding faculty and staff and participation in rewarding experiential learning opportunities. We are committed to academic excellence, ethical values, lifelong learning and responsible citizenship in a sustainable global community. SUNY Plattsburgh contributes to the cultural enrichment and economic development of the Northeastern New York region. Our distinctive location -- near Lake Champlain, the Adirondack Mountains, and Canada -- is embraced in academic programs, recreational activities, and community involvement and services. Attributes: Through the W. H. Miner Institute, our science and environmental science classes are able to use 8,600 acres of forests and agricultural land as a laboratory, researching forest preservation and other issues. Others work in our Lake Champlain Research Institute, fighting invasive species, studying the effects of fishing tournaments and more. 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 Maya skeletons, 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 and the PSAid campaign. 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. 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. They ranked also ranked it No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 in the world for overall satisfaction.
|School type||public, coed college|
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 48.1 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||48.1%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||N/A|
The student-faculty ratio at SUNY--Plattsburgh is 17:1, and the school has 41.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at SUNY--Plattsburgh include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Psychology; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.8 percent.
SUNY--Plattsburgh has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,822, with a gender distribution of 45.1 percent male students and 54.9 percent female students. At this school, 44.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 56.0 percent of students live off campus. SUNY--Plattsburgh is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
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, 46 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at SUNY--Plattsburgh.
|Students who have cars on campus||46%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At SUNY--Plattsburgh, 63.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,890.
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|In-state tuition and fees||$6,770 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$16,020 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$10,050 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data