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Colleges / State University of New York College at Potsdam

State University of New York College at Potsdam

Potsdam, NY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate81%
Acceptance Rate81%

About SUNY Potsdam

State University of New York College at Potsdam Overview

State University of New York College at Potsdam is a public, state school in the small town setting of Potsdam, New York. SUNY Potsdam was founded in 1816 and the school currently enrolls around 2,607 students per year, including 2,352 undergraduate students. SUNY Potsdam provides on-campus housing for up to 2,700 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 70% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from SUNY Potsdam by October 1.

Student Involvement at SUNY Potsdam

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of SUNY Potsdam's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? SUNY Potsdam students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? SUNY Potsdam has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? SUNY Potsdam has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at SUNY Potsdam on the Student Life page.

2022 SUNY Potsdam Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 81%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.3
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 1%
In-State Tuition $7,070
Out-of-State $16,980
Percent of Need Met 81%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $14,551

Is SUNY Potsdam a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how competitive a college is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer sense of what SUNY Potsdam offers and if the school seems like the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for State University of New York College at Potsdam

It is moderately difficult to get into SUNY Potsdam. Around 81% of applicants get into SUNY Potsdam each year. Out of 3,225 applications received in 2022, 2,623 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at SUNY Potsdam

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 67% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at SUNY Potsdamreturn for their sophomore year. SUNY Potsdamhas a six year graduation rate of 50 for undergrads. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook SUNY Potsdam Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from SUNY Potsdam by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. Within six months of graduating, 41% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent SUNY Potsdam grads is $34,000 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

SUNY Potsdam's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of State University of New York College at Potsdam's endowment was $49.3 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $17,753 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at SUNY Potsdam

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

SUNY Potsdam meets 81% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $14,551 a year.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $28,138 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served 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 don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at SUNY Potsdam.

Based on this information, how does SUNY Potsdam sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is SUNY Potsdam a good school for you?

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Where is SUNY Potsdam?

SUNY Potsdam is located in the small town setting of Potsdam, New York.

If you would like to see SUNY Potsdam for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 81 to Potsdam, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Massena International.

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

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College Info

44 Pierrepont Avenue Potsdam, NY 13676

Campus Setting: Small Town

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Wondering what life at SUNY Potsdam is like? There are approximately 2,607 students enrolled at SUNY Potsdam, including 2,352 undergraduate students and 255 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 96% percent are from NY and 4% percent of students are from other states.


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