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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

SUNY Potsdam Ranked in Top Tier of Northern Regional Universities by U.S. News & World Report

September 13, 2021

The State University of New York at Potsdam is Ranked Among Top Public Universities & Rated on Several Lists in U.S. News & World Report 

The State University of New York at Potsdam continues to earn high marks in the rankings released by U.S. News & World Report each year. SUNY Potsdam has once again been named to the top tier of the best regional universities in the Northern United States in the “Best Colleges 2022” ratings.  

SUNY Potsdam was tied at No. 78 on the Northern Regional Universities list. The College has made the list for each of the past 23 years that it has been ranked by U.S. News. 

In addition to its ranking in the Northern Regional Universities category, SUNY Potsdam was also recognized on the following U.S. News & World Report lists:  

  • Top Public Universities, #22 (tie): This list rates colleges and universities that are operated and partially funded by state governments. 

  • Best Colleges for Veterans, #32 (tie): This list includes top-ranked institutions that are GI Bill-certified, which charge in-state tuition to all out-of-state veterans, and enroll at least 20 veterans and active service members. 

  • Top Performer on Social Mobility, #42 (tie): This list includes schools that enroll and graduate large proportions of disadvantaged students receiving federal Pell Grants. 

  • Best Value Schools, #64: This list considers colleges’ academic quality alongside the net cost of attendance for students receiving the average amount of need-based financial aid. 

U.S. News & World Report bases its 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 regional universities that U.S. News & World Report examines are ranked against their peer group in four geographic regions—the North, South, Midwest and West, and are rated as either top or second tier.  

The other three U.S. News categories are national universities, liberal arts colleges and regional colleges. 

The U.S. News & World Report rankings have been published online, and the “Best Colleges 2022” guidebook will hit newsstands soon. For more information, visit 

About SUNY Potsdam:  

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit 

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