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International Students

Why choose SUNY Potsdam?

Because of the people!

We Make It Personal

Our student-focused campus provides the smallest student to teacher ratio (15:1) in SUNY and is consistently ranked as one of the top choices for student/faculty interaction.

About the College and Our Location

SUNY Potsdam is a co-educational, public four-year university with approximately 4400 students. Founded in 1816, we are a charter member of the State University of New York (SUNY). WE are centrally located between the Adirondack park, tow of Canada's most vibrant cities (Ottawa and Montreal) and a short distance from Lake Placid and Syracuse, NY. For nearly two centuries, Potsdam has served as St. Lawrence County's "cultural and educational center." See our Fact Sheet for more information.

Academic Offerings

SUNY Potsdam offers over forty majors within three schools of learning: the School of Education & Professional Studies, The world renowned Crane School of Music and the School of Arts & Sciences. Designated as one of the three arts campuses in SUNY, we provide both visual and performing arts degrees. Degrees awarded are BA, BFA, BM and BS. Graduate Degrees (MSED, MA, MS, MM and advanced certificates) are also offered. Visit our Majors and Minors for more information.


Click here for information regarding scholarship opportunities for international students.


SUNY Potsdam has once again been named one of the best regional universities in the Northern United States by U.S. News & World Report. SUNY Potsdam is ranked in the top tier of public and private regional universities in the 2011 edition of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News Media Group.

Contact Information

Do you Skype? If so, add suny.potsdam as a contact! If we are not currently online, setup an appointment to Skype using the information below.

Karen Kennison, Freshman International Admissions Counselor

00 1 (315) 267-2180,

Susan Manfred, Transfer International Admissions Coordinator

00 1 (315) 267-2237,

International Student Services

00 1 (315) 267-2507,

Joshua LaFave, Center for Graduate Studies Director

00 1 (315) 267-2165,