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SUNY College at Plattsburgh

SUNY College at Plattsburgh Rating: 3.3/5 (6 votes)

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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.


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.

Student Financial Aid Details

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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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Information Summary

Ranks 56th in New York and 503rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in New York and 441st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 8 0.13
Robbery 1 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 13 0.20
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 29 0.46

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population32,253 (25,498 urban / 6,755 rural)
Households12,782 (2.29 people per house)
Median Household Income$33,121
Families7,170 (2.89 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3621

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1276th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,870 $5,870 $15,320
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,309 $1,309 $1,309
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $245 $245 $638
FT Graduate Tuition $9,870 $9,870 $18,350
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,289 $1,289 $1,289
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $411 $411 $765
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,309 $21,309 $30,759
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,309 $21,309 $30,759
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,659 $12,659 $22,109

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,502 $6,828 $6,502 $6,828 $15,552 $16,078
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,100
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,550 $10,184
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,064 $2,623
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,550 $10,184
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,064 $2,623
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,500 $4,497

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$75
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 8,193 (3,189 male / 5,004 female)
Admitted 3,739 (1,475 male / 2,264 female)
Admission rate 46%
First-time Enrollment 954 (388 male / 566 female)
FT Enrollment 953 (387 male / 566 female)
PT Enrollment 1 (1 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment6,051

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference State University of New York Ath Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference State University of New York Ath Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference State University of New York Ath Conf

ACT Test Admission

884th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 29%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24

SAT Test Admission

777th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 570
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 930 / 1120

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,682
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,476
Board Fee$4,050

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1443rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $68,598 ($73,602 male / $62,257 female)
Number of FT Faculty 274 (151 male / 123 female)
Number of PT Faculty 492
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $16,786,673

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