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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.

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 | Potsdam
Population | 10,000
Enrollment | 3,525
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Host (A)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/13
Spring | 01/27-05/22

Campus Diversity

White | 61%
Black | 13%
Hispanic/Latino | 15%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 2%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 3%
Other | 4%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • With seniors
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
Study Abroad Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Anthropology: Anthropology, Archaeology

Area Studies: International Studies

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

Athletics: Exercise Science

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology

Business: Business, Business Administration, Industrial Relations

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Writing/Editing

Computer Science: Computer Science

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Geology, Physical Sciences

Education: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Junior High/Middle School, Mathematics, Music, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Special Education, Theatre Education

English: Creative Writing, English, Literature, Professional Writing, Technical Writing, Writing

Environmental Studies: Environmental Studies

General Studies: Individualized Degree Program, Natural Sciences

Geography and Urban Studies: Geographic Information Sciences & Emergency Management

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Community Health, Exercise Science

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Technology

Interdisciplinary Studies: Interdisciplinary Studies, New Media

International Studies: International Studies

Languages: Arabic, French, Spanish

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Dance, Modern Dance, Music, Music Business/Merchandising, Music Education, Music History, Music Performance, Music Theory and Composition, Music/Jazz Studies, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: International Studies, Political Science

Pre-Professional : Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Theater: Performance and Directing, Theater


Quick Links 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
  • Plan A
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A

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 02/20/19.
  • Estimated cost: $4111.
  • 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 02/20/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Activity Fee $100 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Athletic Fee $206 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Recreation Fee $19 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Health Service Fee $194 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Health Insurance $625 Year Plan A Mandatory
Technology Fee $214 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee $110.00 Year Plan A & B Optional
Transportation Fee $15 Semester Plan A Mandatory
College Fee $12.50 Semester Plan A Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $625 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
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002850

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 02/20/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 59% living on campus
  • Double: $3840
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $750.00
  • Proximity to campus: .5
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2000 declining balance plan.
  • $2510 per semester for 14 meals per week.
  • $2635 per semester for 14 meals per week.
  • $2735 per semester for 14 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
14 meal plan with 500 FLEX is $2735. 14 meal plan with 300 FLEX is $2635. 14 meal plan with 100 FLEX is $2510. Students living on campus are strongly advised to choose a 14 meal plan.

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