SUNY Plattsburgh is a public, comprehensive college that prepares students well for academic, professional and personal success. Part of the nation's largest higher education system, we stand apart our delivery of student-centered education and academic excellence. We value diverse people, experiences and ideas; critical inquiry; community and civic engagement; integrity, civility and collegiality; environmental sustainability; affordability and value; stewardship of resources; and freedom to speak, think and write. Located in a dynamic city in New York State's North Country, we make use of our distinctive location near Lake Champlain, the Adirondack Mountains, and Canada, in our academic, recreational and community programs. The college has one of the largest per capita populations of international students of any comprehensive college in the state system. These students ranked SUNY Plattsburgh first worldwide for friendliness and first in the country for satisfaction with the learning environment, according to a recent International Student Barometer. The college has earned many national distinctions based on its quality and affordability, including Kiplinger's and Washington Monthly. The nearby W. H. Miner Institute offers students access to 8,600 acres of forests and agricultural land as a laboratory. Other students study invasive species, the effects of fishing tournaments and toxic algae blooms through our Lake Champlain Research Institute. Expeditionary studies students access the landscape to learn advanced rock and ice climbing; back-country skiing; and sea kayaking skills, combined with history, leadership, land management, ethics and education. The college's proximity to Canada delivers a strong international business and global supply chain management program. Plattsburgh was the first college in the SUNY system to offer this and an entrepreneurship major. In addition, the college holds what is likely the world's largest collection of Maya skeletons. Combined with a DNA sequencer, these allow for unique opportunities to study the past. Dr. Nancy Elwess, winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, has been working with undergraduates on this and more, garnering national and international awards for this work. Communications students are also winning national awards from the National Broadcasting Society. Students in the human services are able to take part in unique experiences through the colleges Spectrum clinics, applying classroom learning to a clinical setting, doing research in speech, hearing, Alzheimer's, traumatic brain injury and autism. Our teacher education program emphasizes inquiry-based teaching and gets students into area schools beginning with their first education class. Meanwhile, the Plattsburgh State Art Museum houses more than 4,600 works. Through its Museum Without Walls, it offers students and the community a chance to see art without having to go into a gallery.

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School Details

school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Public, Coed 1889 N/A Semester $18.2 million + 101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 (518) 564-2000
overall score total score state city online paying global
57 100.0 New York Plattsburgh 605 601

Info & Regulations

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Campus size (acres) 300
Students who have cars on campus 38%
Alcohol permitted on campus for students of legal age Yes

Health & Safety

Basic student services offered

nonremedial tutoring
women's center
placement service
health service
health insurance

Campus safety and security services offered

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
Late night transport/escort service
24-hour emergency telephones
Lighted pathways/sidewalks
Controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.)


Career services offered

on-campus job interviews
resume assistance
career/job search classes
alumni network
interest inventory
interview training

Computer Resources

Computers available for student use in

residence halls
computer center/labs
student center

Library & Museum Information

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On-campus library Yes
Museums or special academic buildings on campus Art galleries, sculpture courtyard, theater/concert halls, communications/lecture hall, interactive video for telecourses, radio/TV broadcasting studios, planetarium, Canadian/international studies center, Alzheimers research center, on-site research cent

Learning Disabled (LD) Students

Services for LD students

Remedial math
Reading machines
Tape recorders
Other special classes
Videotaped classes
Untimed tests
Note-taking services
Oral tests
Learning center
Extended time for tests
Priority seating
Proofreading services
Substitution of courses
Texts on tape
Exams on tape or computer
Other testing accommodations
Waiver of foreign language degree requirement

Physically Disabled Students

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Accessibility of campus to physically disabled students Fully

Services for physically disabled students

Note-taking services
Special transportation
Tape recorders
Special housing
Adaptive equipment
Reader services
Braille services
Interpreters for hearing-impaired
Talking books