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SUNY Potsdam

Potsdam, NY

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About This Campus

SUNY Potsdam is the oldest school in the nation's largest public higher education system offering 45+ majors and 45+ minors including anthropology, archaeology, geology, mathematics, music performance, theatre, Native American Studies, Arabic and Chinese language. Potsdam is located less than 2 hours away from Ottawa, Montreal, Lake Placid, and the Adirondack Park. With four colleges located within 15 minutes of each other, Potsdam is a traditional college town whose population swells to 20,000 when school is in session. Students would also be allowed to cross-register and take classes offered at any of the three local colleges. SUNY Potsdam is a Division III school with athletes who participate in hockey, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, softball, golf, equestrian, and cross country. With over 100 clubs and plenty of music, dance, theatre performances and art exhibitions scheduled throughout the year students are bound to explore and cultivate their varied interests.

Location Information

Great Location! Adirondack Park is your backyard! Safest campus in SUNY. Classic college town. Close to Ottawa and Montreal to the North - Syracuse to the South, Burlington, VT to the East.

Helpful Information

We are located in a rural area with very limited public transportation but SUNY Potsdam keeps you active and entertained. Recitals, exhibitions, sports, plays, concerts, guest lectures, and more are all a part of the experience. With over 100 clubs and organizations to become involved with, you'll find plenty of opportunities to try new things, make new friends, and become an active part of our vibrant community.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Potsdam
Population | 10,000
Enrollment | 3,700
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Host Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/31-12/18
Spring | 01/25-05/21

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 2%
Black | 12%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 14%
Two or more | 3%
White | 63%
Other | 5%
International | 0%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Music students must submit transcript and audition materials well before March placement conference.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Music Performance - Students in the program will study with a faculty of nationally and internationally respected musicians, all of whom are active professional performers.
  • Mathematics - Nationally known program under the tenure of Dr. Clarence Stephens, ninth African American to earn a PhD in mathematics.
  • Archaeology
  • Fine Art

Unique Academic Programs

  • Arabic
  • Archaeology
  • Music Business/Merchandising

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Administration
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Community Health
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Drawing
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Exercise Science
  • Fine Art
  • French
  • Geology
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music History
  • Music Management
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Painting
  • Performance and Directing
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Studio Art
  • Teacher Education
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Visual Arts
  • Women and Gender Studies


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
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 550.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 08/28/20

  • 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: $4277.
  • 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
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002850

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
Housing Deposit $50.00 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $110.00 Year Plan A & B Optional

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 08/28/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 55% living on campus
  • Double: $4075
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $750.00
  • Proximity to campus: .5
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans Notes About Meal Plans
Students living on campus are strongly advised to choose a 14 meal plan.


Campus Links


Figures per Semester are current as of 08/28/20

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $751 per semester.


  • Health records due by: 30 days prior to 1st day of classes
  • Home campus copy acceptable
  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance (encouraged)
  • Immunization: DTap (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Polio

Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
Some buildings are not handicap accessible. Snow and ice conditions on walkways, steps, etc. make for hazardous travel.

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