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SUNY Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

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  1. You'll be an hour from Burlington, VT, Lake Placid, NY, and Montreal, Canada!
  2. We have 60+ countries represented on our campus!
  3. More than 90 clubs and Greek life organizations to choose from!

About This Campus

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh is listed as a top school in "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, as well as in "Kiplinger’s Personal Finance" magazine as one of the "100 best values" among public universities in the United States. Founded in 1889, the university enrolls students from more than 65 countries making it the most globally diverse college within the State University of New York System. The campus is located in Plattsburgh, a small, friendly, and safe city of 20,000 in northern New York State, 60 miles south of Montreal, Canada, the largest French-speaking city in the Americas. Plattsburgh’s proximity to mountains, lakes, and rivers makes it an excellent place for outdoor adventure. What makes the educational experience at SUNY Plattsburgh extraordinary is the abundance of opportunities for experiential learning including faculty-student research, internships, and community service.

Location Information

Plattsburgh is located in upstate NY and is situated in one of the world's most beautiful regions- on Lake Champlain near the Adirondacks- Plattsburgh is an hour's drive from Montreal, Lake Placid, and Burlington.

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

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Fast Facts

Location | Plattsburgh
Population | 20,000
Enrollment | 5,257
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/30-12/17
Spring | 01/31-05/20

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 3%
Black | 9%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 11%
Two or more | 2%
White | 65%
Other | 8%
International | 0%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: After campus students
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Nursing, Fitness and Wellness Leadership, Communication Disorders and Sciences

Students should not anticipate a full course load for the following: Nutrition, Human Development and Family Relations, Social Work, Education, Expeditionary Studies, TV/Video Production

Notable Academic Programs

  • Expeditionary Studies - The degree integrates study of such topics as the history of exploration, environmental ethics, and environmental justice, with experiences in leadership, planning, and risk management, to name a few. And always, you’ll be spending huge amounts of time advancing your skills in paddling, climbing, or skiing. In fact, the classes in those areas have more time in the field classroom than in the traditional classroom.
  • Global Supply Chain Management - You will understand the supply chain issues facing organizations and the role of supply chain management among other functional areas, preparing you for various inter-functional positions in firms of all sizes in all industries. You will be able to model realistic business problems using appropriate analytical tools and to apply advanced technology with real data to the real problems facing industry today.In our GSCM program, students will gain significant exposure to this pervasive software package and will gain a significant competitive advantage in the job market. Our GSCM major was recoginized by study.com as one of the best in the nation.
  • Communication/Multimedia - With our TV/Radio Production or Broadcast Journalism Major you can prepare for a career in studio and field production for TV, video, and radio. Through hands-on experience, you will learn professional skills to produce and edit shows and have access to SUNY Plattsburgh’s television facility, PSTV.
  • Management Information Systems - Our program trains you to become a business professional who can use computers and other technology to manage information within an organization and enable business success. You will also develop the skills necessary to design information systems that support all the functions and processes of business.
  • Journalism - Our program contains a large practical component with hands-on courses in news, reporting, copy editing, page layout, and desktop publishing, it also contains a strong theoretical component in courses that teach press history, ethics, and law. On collegefactual.com the program was rated 18th for best value in the nation.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Expeditionary Studies - In classes that are often as small as five or six students, you’ll be studying with world class faculty who have traveled and guided around the world. Our innovative curriculum guarantees you will have constant and close contact with them in the field throughout your studies. The faculty can’t do it alone, though, and EXP students must take seriously the intellectual, physical and experiential commitments required of aspiring outdoor professionals.
  • Hospitality Managementental Sciences - Prepare for leadership careers throughout the hospitality industry. Courses cover all major aspects of the industry, including lodging operations, event management, food service operations, tourism, finance, and marketing.
  • Africana Studies - In attending to the identities, struggles, and achievements of African-descended peoples, the program offers an alternative to Eurocentric perspectives and helps you make connections across time and space, as well as think more critically about how to maintain a diverse and truly inclusive community.
  • Food & Farming - The food and farming minor provides you with an opportunity to learn more about how our food system works and can complement programs in environmental science, travel and hotel management, nutrition, among many others.
  • Women and Gender Studies - Explore how institutions and social practices construct gender inequalities in the world. Examine how people respond to promote greater justice and human rights. Investigate systems of power using intersectional analysis — identify how race, class, sexuality and other dimensions of difference shape gender dynamics and gender violence. Apply critical thinking, including media analysis, to examine your own identity, relationships and experiences.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, African Studies, Anthropology... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
  • "None."
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 490.00 paper, N/A computer or N/A Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 5.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/23/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $4302.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18
  • Home Payment: 18

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002849

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Laptop Fee $55 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Activity Fee $55 Semester Host Mandatory
Athletic Fee $174 Semester Host Mandatory
Recreation Fee $85 Year Host Mandatory
Health Service Fee $229.50 Semester Host Mandatory
Technology Fee $212.50 Semester Host Mandatory
Parking Fee $108 Year Host & Home Optional
Orientation Fee $420 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Recycling Fee $3 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Career Services Fee $41.50 Semester Host Mandatory
College Fee $25 Semester Host Mandatory
Medication Fee $30 Semester Host & Home Optional

Important Notes: Please visit the following website for current mandatory and optional fees - https://www.plattsburgh.edu/cost-aid/tuition/index.html *Health insurance fee can be waived, so long as students can provide proof of comparable coverage via an online waiver process within one month of the start of the semester.*

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/23/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 50% living on campus
  • Double: $4540
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $700
  • Proximity to campus: 1 mile
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Please visit the following website to view on campus housing options- https://www.plattsburgh.edu/plattslife/housing/index.html

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Please visit the following website for current information meal plans - https://www.plattsburgh.edu/cost-aid/tuition/housing-meal-fees.html


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/23/21

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $1160.50 Semester Home & Host Waiver Available

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Please visit the following website for current mandatory and optional fees - https://www.plattsburgh.edu/cost-aid/tuition/index.html
*Health insurance fee can be waived, so long as students can provide proof of comparable coverage via an online waiver process within one month of the start of the semester.*

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance


  • Health records due by: 7/1 and 11/1
  • Physical
  • Health / accident insurance

Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
Plattsburgh is a large sprawling campus with walkways exposed to weather- severe at times.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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