SUNY College at Plattsburgh


SUNY College at Plattsburgh is located in the beautiful Lake Champlain area near the Adirondacks so outdoor activities abound year-round. Students who enjoy swimming, skiing, hiking, camping and other recreational sports will thoroughly enjoy the educational years spent in this area.

The school offers in excess of 100 majors and students may earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees. More than 90% of the professors claim the maximum level of education in their fields and in addition to the excellence of the standard education, SUNY Plattsburgh also offers a combined program in numerous majors that allows students to graduate with a master’s degree in five years.

The school also has an NCAA Division III athletics organization as well as intramural and club sports, numerous student organizations, on-campus housing and an active Greek presence.


Information Summary

Ranks 65th in New York and 625th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 85.1
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $25,059
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 25 / 1230
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 19 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 78% / N/A
Enrollment Total (all students) 5,704


SUNY College at Plattsburgh offers several different types of degrees in more than 100 different areas of study. Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, or a master’s degree. The college also offers students the rare opportunity to combine their undergraduate and graduate studies in order to earn a master’s degree in numerous areas in just five years as opposed to the standard six.

In addition to the standard majors found at most colleges, SUNY College at Plattsburgh offer several majors that are a bit unusual. TV/Video Production and Broadcast, Multimedia Journalism, Entrepreneurship and Earth Science Education are a few of these.

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Undergraduate Admission

In order for an application packet to be considered complete, prospective students must complete and submit either the SUNY Application or the Common Application online along with the fee. If completing the Common Application, the student must also complete the SUNY Plattsburgh supplement. If completing the SUNY application, the SUNY Supplemental for Freshman is also required. Regardless of the application submitted, official high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, a personal essay and a letter of recommendation from a high school counselor or teacher are also required.

Applicants are considered based on the strength and relevance of the high school program completed, grades, standardized test scores, the quality of the essay and the details of the letter of recommendation, in roughly that order.

Graduate Admission

To apply to SUNY Plattsburgh’s graduate programs, students must complete and submit the Application for Admission to Graduate Study along with the Application Fee Form and fee. In addition, prospective students must submit official undergraduate transcripts providing proof of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited school, graduate school preparedness test scores (GRE, MCAT, etc), a statement of purpose and 3 letters of recommendation. Some graduate programs have additional requirements so the student should work closely with the program of choice to ensure submission of a complete application packet.

Admissions are determined by individual programs and are based on all submitted application materials. Preference will, of course, be given to students with excellent undergraduate grades, test scores, personal statements and recommendations.

Financial Aid

SUNY College at Plattsburgh offers financial aid to students in the form of scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans and work-study programs. In addition to standard financial aid, graduate students may also apply for assistantships. In order to be eligible for any form of aid, students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in addition to applications for assistantships, scholarships and other avenues of aid.

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The Cardinals are an NCAA Division III athletics organization whose colors are red and white. They offer several different intercollegiate sports teams including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, ice hockey, soccer and track & field. Men may also choose to participate in baseball and Lacrosse while women have the additional options of softball, tennis and volleyball.

In addition to varsity sports, SUNY Plattsburgh also offers intramural and club sports such as rugby, dodgeball, flag football, tennis, cycling and volleyball. The program is quite extensive and these are only a few of the sports offered. There’s also an excellent fitness center and red cross programs that teach students such things as CPR and survival skills.

Additional School Information

The State University of New York was established in 1948 and is a network of 64 unique colleges and universities throughout the state of New York that include all types of schools from small community colleges to one of the top veterinary schools in the country. The schools are spread throughout the state so that nearly every New York resident is within commuting distance to one and many of the schools offer educational and degree cooperation with one another. Combined, SUNY offers more than 7000 degrees and certificate programs. Many of the schools have top-notch research facilities and the system attracts expert faculty from a variety of fields. SUNY is committed to providing the highest quality education at affordable prices to students both in-state and from the rest of the country and around the world.


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