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About Potsdam

Potsdam, N.Y., our little college town, isn’t the most central location. But here in the shadows of the Adirondack mountains, you’ll find there’s lots to explore.

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A Location that inspires.

Secluded among the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, surrounded by stunning natural beauty, you’ll find a college that gives new meaning to the phrase “off the beaten path.”

Thanks in part to our out-of-the-way location, SUNY Potsdam has evolved over its 200-plus year history into something you might not expect.

Here, you’ll find a surprisingly sophisticated, richly eclectic and creative college experience rooted in intellectual freedom and personal development.

Learn more about what makes SUNY Potsdam unique:

“To me, SUNY Potsdam is more than a university, or even a community —it’s a family. I had many deep friendships among my peers, but I also had as many with professors and staff.”

Vita Ayala ’10 award-winning comic book author

SUNY Potsdam was founded in 1816, making us one of America’s first 50 colleges, and the oldest in the SUNY system.

Learn our history

We would like to acknowledge with respect the Kanienʼkehá:ka/Mohawk Nation, Protectors of the Eastern Door of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the indigenous peoples on whose ancestral lands our campus now stands. Learn more about the native heritage of our area.