SUNY College–Potsdam is a public institution that was founded in 1816. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,734, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 240 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. SUNY College–Potsdam’s ranking in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 91.


Founded in 1816, SUNY Potsdam enjoys the longest history among the units of The State University of New York. The College currently enrolls 3,734 undergraduate and 564 graduate students. Located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, SUNY Potsdam is known for its liberal arts and teacher education programs, as well as the world-renowned The Crane School of Music, the nation’s oldest and largest music school devoted primarily to the preparation of public school music teachers. The College offers more than 40 undergraduate degree programs. Popular degree programs include business administration, criminal justice, teacher education, mathematics, psychology, community health, music business, and computer and information sciences.

In 1981 and 1986, under Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Welsh, the Potsdam Bears basketball team won the NCAA Division III National Championship. In 1979, 1982, and 1982, the Potsdam Bears were national runners up for this title. The SUNY-Potsdam men’s ice hockey team has competed in the NCAA for 27 years, from 1976 to the present. Most recently they played in the State University of New York Athletic Conference, which is a Division III athletics conference.

The Potsdam Miracle refers to the unusual success of the Mathematics Department at SUNY Potsdam, USA, under the guidance of Dr. Clarence F. Stephens, in attracting large numbers of students to become successful mathematics majors. For example, in one year, about 25% of the degrees conferred by Potsdam were in mathematics and over 40% of the institution’s honor students were mathematics majors. The 184 majors in that year was the third largest number of colleges and universities in the United States.

At SUNY College–Potsdam, 65.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,956.

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