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Colleges / State University of New York at Plattsburgh

About SUNY Plattsburgh

State University of New York at Plattsburgh is a public, state school in an small town setting in Plattsburgh, New York. SUNY Plattsburgh was founded in 1889 and now enrolls around 5,109 students a year, including 4,680 undergrads.

SUNY Plattsburgh offers housing for up to 2,474 students. Most students live off campus,.

As of 2021, the total market value of SUNY Plattsburgh's endowment was $22.057 million For each full-time student, SUNY Plattsburgh spends about $11,657. SUNY Plattsburgh employs one full-time professor for every 15 undergrads enrolled.

2021 SUNY Plattsburgh Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 57%
Average GPA 3.1
Mean ACT score 21
In-State Tuition $7,070
Out-of-State $16,980

SUNY Plattsburgh Regular Decision Deadline 2022

SUNY Plattsburgh Early Admission

State University of New York at Plattsburgh does not offer early decision or early action.

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SUNY Plattsburgh Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into SUNY Plattsburgh. SUNY Plattsburgh admitted 57% of all applicants in 2021. In 2021, 4,535 out of 7,960 total applicants were accepted.

SUNY Plattsburgh Waitlist

SUNY Plattsburgh reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into State University of New York at Plattsburgh?

SUNY Plattsburgh is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to SUNY Plattsburgh, applicants must submit the following items.

SUNY Plattsburgh Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0.5 3 3.4
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

SUNY Plattsburgh Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to SUNY Plattsburgh is 3.1 out of 4.0. The mean ACT score for SUNY Plattsburgh students is 21.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to SUNY Plattsburgh.

Is SUNY Plattsburgh Test Optional?

SUNY Plattsburgh is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 98% submitted the SAT. 18% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at SUNY Plattsburgh

Yes! SUNY Plattsburgh provides on-campus housing for up to 2,474 students.

SUNY Plattsburgh students are active in the school's Student Association, Honor Societies and Student Media Organizations. President's Gala, Volunteer Opportunities, and and Plattsburgh's Got Talent/Best Dance Crew Competitions are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Financial Aid at SUNY Plattsburgh

SUNY Plattsburgh meets 67% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $14,058 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is SUNY Plattsburgh a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at SUNY Plattsburgh

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at SUNY Plattsburgh, around 79% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 1,034 students who started at SUNY Plattsburgh as first-time freshman, 491 graduate within four years.

SUNY Plattsburgh's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 67%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $29,059 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does SUNY Plattsburgh sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is SUNY Plattsburgh a good school for you?

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Where is State University of New York at Plattsburgh Located?

SUNY Plattsburgh is located in the small town setting of Plattsburgh, New York, less than an hour from Montreal.

If you want to see SUNY Plattsburgh for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 87 to Plattsburgh, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Plattsburgh International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what SUNY Plattsburgh and Plattsburgh are like without leaving home.

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College Info

101 Broad Street Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681

Campus Setting: Small Town

SUNY Plattsburgh Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SUNY Plattsburgh is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to SUNY Plattsburgh is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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SUNY Plattsburgh ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 24

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to SUNY Plattsburgh is 21. Students with an ACT score of 24 and above have a good chance of getting into SUNY Plattsburgh. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

SUNY Plattsburgh SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

490 - 590


Reading SAT Range

490 - 590

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SUNY Plattsburgh Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at SUNY Plattsburgh is like? There are approximately 5,109 students enrolled at SUNY Plattsburgh, including 4,680 undergraduate students and 429 graduate students. 89% percent of students attend school full-time, 97% percent are from NY and 3% percent of students are from other states.


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