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The Classic College Town Experience

Historic downtown Potsdam is laid out along the scenic Raquette River, which flows from the heart of the Adirondacks north to the mighty St. Lawrence. With a population of just under 10,000 people, Potsdam, N.Y., is a classic college town.

With its distinctive reddish-pink Potsdam sandstone, beautiful parks and Victorian architecture, the village offers more than 30 restaurants and cafés, plus specialty shops, accommodations and an independent movie theater. Many local businesses accept payments from students’ Bear Express cards, too.

Home to both SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y., is also just down the road from St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton, located in nearby Canton, N.Y.—making our region a higher education destination. With four colleges in a 10-mile radius, there are more than 13,000 college students enrolled locally.

Potsdam also features Canton-Potsdam Hospital, one of the top-rated community hospitals in the nation, and also is home to one of the state’s finest public school systems.