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College History

200 Years of Potsdam Pride!


Then and Now

SUNY Potsdam has 200 years of extraordinary College history. Founded in 1816 as the St. Lawrence Academy, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges and the oldest institution in the SUNY system. From its humble beginnings in a one-room schoolhouse, the College has grown to become a leader in creativity, applied learning and educational excellence.