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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 (11:1) 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 3,587 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, two 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.


The State University of New York at 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 was ranked in the top tier of public and private institutions in the Northern Regional Universities category in the 2018 edition of "America's Best Colleges". This is the nineteenth consecutive year that the College has been recognized in the rankings.

Contact Information

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

Freshman International Admissions Counselor
Karen Kennison
00 1 (315) 267-2180,

Transfer International Admissions Coordinators
Mr. Terry Francis, Associate Director of Admissions
Ms. Karen Kennison, Senior Admissions Counselor
00 1 (315) 267-2180,

International Student Services
00 1 (315) 267-2507,

Center for Graduate Studies Director
Joshua LaFave,
00 1 (315) 267-2165,