SUNY Potsdam Ranked in Top Tier of Regional Universities in 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 2012 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group.

“Rankings like the U.S. News guide will never reflect the full depth of the SUNY Potsdam story, as told best by visiting campus or talking with one of our accomplished alumni. Even so, it is always rewarding for the College’s academic rigor and unique programming to be recognized in a national publication,” SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller said. “Our hardworking faculty and staff make the difference in showing our students how to go further with their higher education goals.”

This is the thirteenth 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. 

“While it is nice to know that we are well thought of by our peers in the higher education community, our focus will always remain on providing the best possible service to our students,” Director of Admissions Tom Nesbitt said.

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 626 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.

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

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 50 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.