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SUNY Plattsburgh Data & Information Overview

91 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
68% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is SUNY Plattsburgh Ranked?

#1,517 Best Colleges in Nation
#94 Best Colleges in NY
Media Arts Highest Ranked Major

2024 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 Plattsburgh was awarded 91 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is media arts.

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Overall Quality

SUNY Plattsburgh landed the #1,517 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

SUNY Plattsburgh also holds the #94 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into SUNY Plattsburgh?

68% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
25% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to SUNY Plattsburgh you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 68%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 25% of students accepted to SUNY Plattsburgh submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 620. Math scores were between 530 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for SUNY Plattsburgh  ( 520 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for SUNY Plattsburgh  ( 530 to 620 )
SUNY Plattsburgh received ACT scores from 3% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for SUNY Plattsburgh  ( 23 to 28 )

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SUNY Plattsburgh Faculty

16 to 1 Student to Faculty
63% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, SUNY Plattsburgh is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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 Plattsburgh is 63%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  63 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at SUNY Plattsburgh

72% Freshmen Retention
51% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at SUNY Plattsburgh is 72%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  72 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At SUNY Plattsburgh the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 51%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  51 out of 100

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SUNY Plattsburgh Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,185 Full-Time Undergraduates
30.2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
59.3% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,680 undergraduates at SUNY Plattsburgh with 4,185 being full-time and 495 being part-time.

How Much Does SUNY Plattsburgh Cost?

$15,691 Net Price
66% Take Out Loans
$27,808 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of SUNY Plattsburgh is $15,691. 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 Plattsburgh

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,141 $13,422 $17,264 $18,037 $21,697

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 Plattsburgh, 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 Plattsburgh, approximately 66% of students took out student loans averaging $6,952 a year. That adds up to $27,808 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SUNY Plattsburgh is 2.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do SUNY Plattsburgh Graduates Make?

$48,339 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from SUNY Plattsburgh make about $48,339 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for SUNY Plattsburgh students since it is 14% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of SUNY Plattsburgh

New York State
4,185 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Located in Plattsburgh, New York, SUNY Plattsburgh is a public institution. The surrounding location of Plattsburgh is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Contact details for SUNY Plattsburgh are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681
Phone: 518-564-2000

SUNY Plattsburgh Majors

61 Majors With Completions
1,272 Undergraduate Degrees
200 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 61 majors graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh. Of these students, 1,272 received undergraduate degrees and 200 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
Business Administration & Management 130 $38,993
Nursing 102 $68,198
Criminal Justice & Corrections 83 $32,221
General Psychology 83 $30,208
Accounting 76 $40,412
General Biology 66 $31,091
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 60 $30,341
Teacher Education Grade Specific 50 NA
Marketing 42 $33,522
General English Literature 32 NA

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

Online Learning at SUNY Plattsburgh

71% Take At Least One Class Online
15% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 3,344 students took at least one online class at SUNY Plattsburgh. This is a decrease from the 4,867 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 3,344 711
2019-2020 4,867 1,361
2018-2019 1,859 497
2017-2018 1,692 405
2016-2017 1,966 339

Learn more about online learning at SUNY Plattsburgh.

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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.


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