State University of New York College at Potsdam: Narrative Description

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44 Pierrepont Ave.
Potsdam, NY 13676
Tel: (315)267-2000; 877-POTSDAM
Admissions: (315)267-2180
Fax: (315)267-2163
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of State University of New York System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1816. Setting: 240-acre small town campus. Endowment: $12.4 million. Total enrollment: 4,311. Faculty: 327 (237 full-time, 90 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 3,337 applied, 72% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 38% from top quarter, 71% from top half. 1 valedictorian. Full-time: 3,402 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 137 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 23 states and territories, 25 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 11% 25 or older, 52% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 73% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; English; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley, National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: essay, recommendations, audition for music program. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $4350 full-time, $181 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,610 full-time, $442 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $900 full-time, $41.80 per credit hour part-time. College room and board: $7270. College room only: $4220. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 7% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Crane Student Association, Student Entertainment Services (Programming Board), Caribbean-Latin American Student Society, The Racquette Student Newspaper. Major annual events: Springfest, Battle of The Bands, Holiday Candlelight Concert. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, self-defense education, pamphlets/posters/films. 2,500 college housing spaces available; 1,849 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. F. W. Crumb Memorial Library plus 1 other with 408,755 books, 770,007 microform titles, 933 serials, 15,570 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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