U.S. News & World Report Ranks SUNY Potsdam Among the Top Regional Public Universities in the North


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.

“It’s always rewarding to receive recognition for SUNY Potsdam’s excellent academic curriculum and the performance of our graduates, but numbers alone don’t begin to reflect the hard work that our faculty and staff put in to making sure that the College continues to offer an enriching handcrafted education for each student,” said SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller. “For nearly 200 years, we have turned to our students and alumni as our best guides in learning how best to fulfill our mission.”

This is the twelfth consecutive year that SUNY Potsdam has been recognized as one of the high-quality institutions included in the Northern Regional Universities category.

U.S. News & World Report based the rankings on assessment by peer institutions, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. 

The news organization classifies regional universities as public and private colleges that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, but offer few, if any, doctoral programs. The 572 regional universities that U.S. News & World Report examined for this year’s guide were ranked against their peer group in four geographic regions—the North, South, Midwest and West, and rated as either top or second tier.

Even though admission to the College is becoming increasingly selective, SUNY Potsdam is set to welcome its largest first-year class in 28 years to the campus. After SUNY Potsdam became the first college in the State University of New York system to make standardized test scores optional for most prospective students last year, the College saw a 14 percent surge in applications. Additionally, more of those students made the College their first choice.

Approximately 930 freshmen are expected to enter Potsdam in 2010. That’s the biggest first-year class since 1982, and an 11.4 percent increase over last year’s incoming freshman class, which had 835 students. In addition, about 320 transfer students are expected to join the SUNY Potsdam student body.

The Class of 2014 is academically talented, with an average high school grade point average of 88.1. The incoming freshmen hail from throughout New York State, as well as from points across the nation and the globe, while North Country natives comprise 24.5 percent of the first-year class.

“While we are glad that the Class of 2014 can say that they are attending one of the top universities in the region, at the end of the day, it’s Potsdam’s accessible learning environment and tight-knit community that will attract and retain students,” said Director of Admissions Tom Nesbitt.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings will be published in the September issue of the magazine, which hits newsstands today. For more information about “America’s Best Colleges,” visit www.usnews.com/colleges.

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 100 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training, and leadership in the performing and visual arts.