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State University of New York Potsdam Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

SUNY Potsdam admissions are somewhat competitive with an acceptance rate of 64% (Fall 2018). The university had enrolled nearly 875 students as of Fall 2018. It offers admissions in various undergraduate and graduate courses.

  • The university invites applications for Summer, Fall and Spring seasons.
  • Applicants can apply for undergraduate and graduate courses via University’s online portal or Common Application.
  • SUNY Potsdam accepts many exams for assessing the English Proficiency Test.


Admission PortalUniversity’s Online Portal, Common Application Process
Application Fee50 USD (Undergraduate, Graduate & Transfer Students) 
Acceptance Rate64%
Average GPA3.31
Minimum SAT Score1000 (With 400+ on Critical Thinking)
Minimum ACT Score21 (Composite Score)
Mode of PaymentsMasterCard/American Express/Discover/Visa
Academic CalendarSemester Based
Intake SessionsSummer, Fall & Spring
Financial AidYes

SUNY Potsdam Admission Deadlines

SUNY Potsdam has rolling admissions for transfer students. However, there are some priority deadlines for the same.

Season Deadline
Spring December 1
Fall March 1

The university doesn’t mention any specific deadlines for Undergraduate Admissions.

Graduate admissions are too offered on a rolling basis. However, there are some priority deadlines as well.

Summer March 1
Fall April 1
Spring October 15

Admission requirements for International Students

The international applicants must follow the given procedure:

  • Applicant must submit a completed online application with a fee of 50 USD. (Besides merely submitting the application, one will also need to complete the SUNY Potsdam Supplemental Application, with an essay requirement)
  • Applicant must prepare academic records such as official transcripts, examination scores, mark sheets from secondary school, as well as transcripts from colleges and/or universities previously attended. The records must be submitted in English and the original language.
  • The applicant must write and submit a personal essay.
  • Scores of English Proficiency tests are also required.
  • Letters of recommendations will also be required.
  • Applicants must have secure health insurance after acceptance into the university.

Admission requirements for Transfer Students:

  • Average GPA-3.0 is required by transfer students. However, to be considered as a transfer admission to SUNY Potsdam, students must have earned a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA at all previously attended colleges.
  • The transfer applicant must complete the SUNY Application or Common Application and pay the application fee. (The fee will be waived if you submit the SUNY Application, and you are transferring directly to SUNY Potsdam, having earned an Associate degree at a 2-year SUNY or CUNY college. However, the fee waiver is not available with the Common Application.)
  • Official college transcripts are also required.
  • Requirement of official high school transcripts or GED/TASC, if applicable.

International English Proficiency Test Score

International applicants must fulfill the following requirements if English is not their native language.

Undergraduate Admissions

Testing OrganizationsMinimum Score Requirements
213 (cBT)
550 (pBT) 
ELS112 (Completion level)
Duolingo 47

Graduate Admissions

Testing OrganizationsMinimum Score Requirements
213 (cBT)
550 (pBT) 
Cambridge English Exams (CEA/CEP)169
Pearson PTE Academic 51
Duolingo 47

Note for both Undergraduate and Graduate: Applicants with strong academic performance in their school work but have no proficiency test score (or score below our minimum) may receive a conditional admission offer. However, they must attend an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) with one of the university partners to achieve minimum proficiency in English before starting full-time studies at SUNY Potsdam.

Visa Requirements for International Students

  • International applicants will be issued Form I-20 from the university after submitting the required documents.
  • Applicants will need to provide the following documents to receive the Form I-20:
    • Copy of passport
    • Proof of financial support
    • Bank statement
    • Sponsor Letter, if applicable
  • The applicant is expected to complete the I-20 and pay the SEVIS I-901 fee of USD.
  • Applicants then need to apply for the F-1 or J-1 visa. Submit the form and pay the application fee.
  • Applicant should then schedule and attend the visa interview.

SUNY Potsdam Undergraduate Admissions

The university offers various undergraduate courses to the applicants.

Where to apply: University’s online portal and Common Application Process

Application Fee: 50USD

Admission Requirements: In addition to the above-mentioned requirements, the following documentation should also be considered for the undergraduate admissions

  • The applicant must prepare all financial guarantee documentation with the latest statements and letters in bank’s official letterhead and duly signed/dated by them
  • A complete International student financial statement is also required.
  • An applicant is required to fill out the address verification form as well.

SUNY Potsdam Graduate Admissions

Several well-known graduate courses in Management, Public Health and Mathematics is offered at SUNY Potsdam. Entry requirements for some of which are mentioned below:

RequirementsMaster of Science, ManagementMaster of Arts, MathematicsMaster of Science, Community Health
Bachelor’s degree requirementRequiredRequiredRequired
GPA requirement3.0 in 60 Semester hours of Undergraduate (Full Admission);
2.75 in 60 Semester hours of Undergraduate (Conditional Admission)
2.75 in 60 Semester hours of Undergraduate 3.0 or;
higher in all undergraduate coursework in mathematics
3.0 in the final 60 credits of baccalaureate work (Full admission)
Completed Online Application RequiredRequiredRequired
Letter of Intent (Not more than 3 pages)RequiredRequiredRequired
Letters of Recommendations 2 Required3 Required (Of which 2 should be from members of Maths faculty)3 Required
Curriculum Vitae/ResumeRequiredRequiredRequired

The university has a somewhat competitive acceptance rate. Although the university mentions rolling admissions, however, there are some priority deadlines for International students. The applicants should keep in mind the requirements for the course they are applying for.

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