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

September 18, 2023

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

SUNY Potsdam has been ranked among the Top Public Universities by U.S. News & World Report in its “Best Colleges 2024” ratings.

The State University of New York at Potsdam continues to earn high marks in the latest rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. 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 2024” ratings released today.  

SUNY Potsdam was tied at No. 28 on the Top Public Schools - Regional Universities North list. The College has made the list for each of the past 25 years that it has been ranked by U.S. News. 

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

  • Regional Universities North, #80 (tie): This list rates public and private colleges and universities that grant master’s degrees in the Northern U.S. 

  • Top Performers on Social Mobility, #39 (tie): This list includes schools that enroll and graduate large proportions of disadvantaged students receiving federal Pell Grants. 

  • Best Value Schools, #68: 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 2024” 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 2,500 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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