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SUNY Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

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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.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Campus Links

Campus Homepage

Fast Facts

Location | Plattsburgh
Population | 20,000
Enrollment | 6,048
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/13
Spring | 01/27-05/15

Campus Diversity

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


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Closed Programs
Nursing, Fitness and Wellness Leadership, Expeditionary Studies, Communication Disorders and Sciences

Nutrition, Human Development and Family Relations, Social Work, Education

Notable Academic Programs

  • Accounting
  • Psychology
  • Communication
  • Multimedia
  • Journalism

Unique Academic Programs

  • Hotel/Restaurant Management
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management Information Systems
  • Cytotechnology

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Anthropology: Anthropology

Area Studies: Latin American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Drawing, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Cell Biology, Cytotechnology

Business: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance/Banking, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Marketing, Retailing and Merchandising, Public Relations, Supply and Logistics Management

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Audio Production Technology, Broadcasting, Communication, Journalism, Magazine Journalism, Mass Communication, Multimedia, Newspapers, Radio and Television Studies, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Television

Computer Science: Computer Network Security, Computer Science

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Geology

Economics: Economics

Education: Child Care, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, French, Human Development, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Secondary Education, Spanish, Special Education

English: English, Literature, Writing

Environmental Studies: Ecology, Environmental Geology, Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies

Food Science: Food Services Management, Nutrition

General Studies: Arts and Science, Gender Studies, Individualized Degree Program, Individualized Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Environmental Planning

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Medical Technology

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Tourism and Travel

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology

Languages: French, Spanish

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Music, Music Business/Merchandising, Music Education, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Psychology: Human Development, Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Child Care Services Management, Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Technology: Information Technology

Theater: Theater


Quick Links 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 450.00 paper, N/A computer or 45.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 5.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- 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 (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 09/05/19.
  • Estimated cost: $4451.
  • 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 (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) 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 (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 09/05/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Laptop Fee $55 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Activity Fee $97 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Athletic Fee $232 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Recreation Fee $85 Year Plan A Mandatory
Health Service Fee $220 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Health Insurance $1004 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Technology Fee $203 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee $108 Year Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee $420 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Recycling Fee $3 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Career Services Fee $40 Semester Plan A Mandatory
College Fee $25 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Other Fee $25 Semester Plan A & B 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.*

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $678 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A 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 Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002849

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 09/05/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 50% living on campus
  • Double: $4370
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
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 Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
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

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