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Colleges / State University of New York College at Potsdam

SUNY Potsdam Student Life

SUNY Potsdam is on a 240-acre campus in a small town setting in Potsdam, New York. There are many activities and organizations for SUNY Potsdam students to participate in – chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

SUNY Potsdam also has fraternities and sororities.

SUNY Potsdam has a thriving Student Government Association. In fact, more students participate in Student Government Association than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at SUNY Potsdam include Crane Student Association, Black Student Alliance, SOCO LOCO and Emerging Leaders.

SUNY Potsdam students' favorite campus events are First Saturday, Welcome Weekend Carnival and Loko Festival.

SUNY Potsdam Housing

SUNY Potsdam offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through sophomore year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most SUNY Potsdam students live off campus. In 2021, 38% of undergrads at SUNY Potsdam lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 62% of students lived off-campus or commuted to SUNY Potsdam. There are 2,700 spots available in on-campus housing for all 2,842 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 1,067 students chose to live on-campus. On the weekends, about 70% students stay on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

SUNY Potsdam offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

SUNY Potsdam Athletics

At SUNY Potsdam there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at SUNY Potsdam:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Basketball NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Lacrosse NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Soccer NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Swimming And Diving NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Track And Field NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Volleyball NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Ice Hockey Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3

Safety at SUNY Potsdam

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

State University of New York College at Potsdam is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The SUNY Potsdam campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.

SUNY Potsdam offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Additionally, SUNY Potsdam has RAVE Guardian, Video Surveillance System, security escort service, self-defense education.

Plan a Visit to SUNY Potsdam

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit SUNY Potsdam, take Interstate 81 to Potsdam, NY. If you need to fly, book your flight to Massena International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in New York you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore SUNY Potsdam's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

Keep Reading About SUNY Potsdam

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SUNY Potsdam Students

64%

Women

36%

Men

95%

Full Time

5%

Part Time

97%

In State

3%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

66%

13%

11%

3%

3%

2%

2%

0.32%

Undergraduate Students

2,842

Graduate Students

242

Non-Resident / International Students

9

SUNY Potsdam Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 ESL
Campus Security
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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

3,084

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

72%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$1,779

Out-of-State

$2,192

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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