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State University of New York Potsdam

Potsdam, New York, United States
The State University of New York at Potsdam prepares students to act as engaged global citizens and to lead lives enriched by critical thought, creativity and discovery. As an inclusive scholarly community, rooted in their historic role in providing exemplary teacher and music education, they are committed to the liberal arts and sciences as an academic foundation for all students.

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Founded in 1816 as the St. Lawrence Academy, the institution known today as The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam is also the oldest institution in the SUNY system. From our humble beginnings in a one-room schoolhouse, the College has grown to become a leader in creativity, applied learning and educational excellence.


You can choose from more than 40 majors and 40 minors, and we offer both bachelor's degrees and master's degrees. Among these classic academic pursuits you'll find interdisciplinary programs that seamlessly converge courses from several different departments, such as Criminal Justice or Women's & Gender Studies.


The Frederick B. Kilmer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships supports student-faculty collaborative projects during the academic year and summer.Awards are competitive and funding is $300 for semester projects; $500 for academic year projects, and $1,000 for summer.More information about this award is available on our website.


The Office of Career Services is here to help explore, get focused, and take action! From major/career exploration to landing that job or internship, we are here to coach you through it. 


Student services

  • Accommodative Services at the Student Success Center
  • Bridges Admissions Program
  • Campus Ministry
  • Center for Diversity (CFD) 
  • CSTEP (Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program)
  • EOP
  • International Education
  • PATS
  • Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • Student Success Center (SSC) 
  • Student Support Services (SSS)

Library services

Many SUNY Potsdam graduates are familiar with the breadth of information resources provided by the College Libraries, and many alumni miss having that seamless access to high-quality online information. Designed for the research needs of the post-college professional, this database provides full text for nearly 2,400 journals as well as indexing and abstracting for more than 7,370 journals. 

Medical services

Student Health Services' Mission at SUNY Potsdam is to maintain an environment that supports academic and personal development.This includes reducing health related barriers to learning and guiding students toward the development of a personal wellness program that will lay the foundation for a healthy life.

Student Life

Student clubs

The Thomas M. Barrington Student Union is the hub of all student activity.


SUNY Potsdam is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Potsdam, New York, United States

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