Profile: SUNY Potsdam

Fast Facts

On Campus:60%
  • Fall 08/29-12/16
  • Spring 01/23-05/19

Tuition & Payments

You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

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Receive From Canada

Campus Diversity
2%Native/First Nation
0%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
3%Two or more races

Campus Profile

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.

Campus Location - 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.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: Anthropology, Archaeology

Art/Design/Fine Art: Applied Art, Art, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Drawing, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art

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: Communication, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address

Computer Science: System Administration

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice

Earth Sciences: Geology, Physical Sciences

Economics: Economics

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

Environmental Studies: Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies

Foreign Language: French, Spanish

General Studies: Individualized Degree Program

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Community Health

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Technology

International Studies: International Studies

Marine Sciences: Marine Biology

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Dance, Modern Dance, Music, Music Business/Merchandising, 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: Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Sociology, Womens Studies

Theater: Performance and Directing

Closed Programs
Education (elementary and secondary)

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.
Fine Art

Unique Academic Programs
Arabic (some courses)
Music Business/Merchandising

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes
RA Exchange: Yes
Study Abroad Access: Yes

Registration Priority GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences Mid-Year Exchange Non-Native English Speakers Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students Summer Exchange International Students (Visa Students)
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 7/28/2015.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit: $50 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Activity Fee: $95 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Athletic Fee: $197 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Recreation Fee: $17 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Health Service Fee: $185 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Health Insurance: $989 Year Plan A Mandatory
Technology Fee: $205 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee: $110 Year Plan A & B Optional
College Fee: $13 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Transcript Fee: $5 Semester Plan A Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $542.5 per semester.

Financial Aid
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:

Use FAFSA CODE: 002850

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing Meal Plans Per Semester Notes About Meal Plans
14 meal plan with 500 FLEX is $2550. 14 meal plan with 400 FLEX is $2475. 14 meal plan with 100 FLEX is $2325. 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.