SUNY Potsdam Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

SUNY Potsdam
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SUNY Potsdam Admissions Overview:

Students applying to SUNY Potsdam can submit an application through the SUNY system, or through the Common Application. The school is test-optional, so applicants are not required to submit scores from the SAT or ACT. They will, however, need to submit official high school transcripts and a letter of recommendation. With an acceptance rate of 72%, Potsdam is generally accessible; those with good grades and a strong application are likely to be admitted. Visit SUNY Potsdam's website for complete information about applying. 

Explore the Campus:

SUNY Potsdam Photo Tour

Admissions Data (2016):

SUNY Potsdam Description:

Located in a small town in northern New York State, SUNY Potsdam offers students ready access to the Adirondack Mountains and St. Lawrence River. The village of Potsdam is home of Clarkson University, and St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton are nearby. SUNY Potsdam wins high marks for its value, food, safety, and mentoring. The college has a student / faculty ratio of 15 to 1, and the Crane School of Music is particularly strong. The college presents 400 or more music, dance and theatre productions each year. And with over 100 student clubs and organizations, Potsdam students won't have a hard time keeping busy.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,696 (3,416 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42% Male / 58% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,964 (in-state); $17,814 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,340
  • Room and Board: $12,420
  • Other Expenses: $1,670
  • Total Cost: $23,394 (in-state); $33,244 (out-of-state)

SUNY Potsdam Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 85%
    • Loans: 80%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,253
    • Loans: $6,531

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice Studies, Education, English, Music Teacher Education, Psychology

Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 75%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 35%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 35%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 52%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Hockey, Lacrosse, Swimming, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer
  • Women's Sports: Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming

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Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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