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SUNY Potsdam Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how SUNY Potsdam ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is SUNY Potsdam Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

SUNY Potsdam was awarded 106 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education subject specific.

Overall Quality

SUNY Potsdam is ranked #1,442 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 160 colleges in New York, SUNY Potsdam is ranked at #123.

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Is It Hard to Get Into SUNY Potsdam?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at SUNY Potsdam is a competitive 67%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Learn more about SUNY Potsdam admissions.

SUNY Potsdam Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at SUNY Potsdam it is much better at 11 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at SUNY Potsdam is 71%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  71 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at SUNY Potsdam

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 73% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like SUNY Potsdam enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  73 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At SUNY Potsdam this rate is 36%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  36 out of 100

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SUNY Potsdam Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,063 undergraduates at SUNY Potsdam with 2,977 being full-time and 86 being part-time.

How Much Does SUNY Potsdam Cost?

The overall average net price of SUNY Potsdam is $13,704. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SUNY Potsdam

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,693 $12,429 $14,488 $16,580 $20,316

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SUNY Potsdam, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At SUNY Potsdam, approximately 77% of students took out student loans averaging $6,814 a year. That adds up to $27,256 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SUNY Potsdam is 7.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do SUNY Potsdam Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from SUNY Potsdam make around $39,700 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at SUNY Potsdam make the most money.

Location of SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Potsdam is a public institution located in Potsdam, New York. The surrounding location of Potsdam is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Contact details for SUNY Potsdam are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 44 Pierrepont Ave, Potsdam, NY 13676-2294
Phone: 315-267-2000

SUNY Potsdam Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 48 majors graduated from SUNY Potsdam. Of these students, 692 received undergraduate degrees and 162 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Teacher Education Subject Specific 84 $40,100
Business Administration & Management 65 $33,700
General Psychology 50 $25,400
Music 39 NA
General Biology 38 $23,000
Communication & Media Studies 36 $28,700
Teacher Education Grade Specific 31 NA
Mathematics 30 $32,200
History 29 NA
Public Health 27 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at SUNY Potsdam along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SUNY Potsdam

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 191 students took at least one online class at SUNY Potsdam. This is an increase from the 101 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 191 32
2017-2018 101 13
2016-2017 151 13
2015-2016 143 10
2013-2014 588 15

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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