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Test Optional

SUNY Potsdam has a test optional admissions policy.

  • Our policy falls in line with SUNY Potsdam’s philosophy of personal attention and a handcrafted education.
  • It is a more holistic admissions process that examines students’ individual abilities. We look at students as people not just numbers.
  • Student success remains our first priority. Test scores are not always an effective measure of a student’s potential at SUNY Potsdam. Being test optional better fits the creative and interdisciplinary culture here.
  • Research shows that the SAT/ACT scores are among the poorest predictors of academic performance at SUNY Potsdam.
  • High school averages and classes taken are the best predictor of grades earned in college.