College Profile

Founded in 1889, the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Plattsburgh is a small, public, accredited institution in New York State. Plattsburgh offers over 60 majors including Accounting, Finance, International Business, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Hospitality Management, Biochemistry, Medical Technology, Communications, and Studio Art. We also offer English as a Second Language (ESL) program to help students improve their English prior to enrollment in full-time academic study.

Plattsburgh is surrounded by the natural beauty of northern New York State, 100 km south of Montreal, Canada. From the window of your residence hall, you can see the Adirondack Mountains of New York, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and nearby Lake Champlain. Our students enjoy canoeing, hiking, and swimming in the summer and ice skating, snowshoeing, and skiing in the winter.

SUNY Plattsburgh enrolls over 300 international students from more than 65 countries making it one of the most globally diverse college within the 64-campus SUNY system. From your first day on campus, our supportive staff will welcome you to our friendly, home-away-from-home environment. Our comprehensive new student orientation program ensures a smooth start to academic life in the United States, followed by regular events and activities for you to explore our beautiful region and share your culture with others.

Our students enjoy on campus living and learning experiences with benefits similar to that of many private colleges: low student-faculty ratio, small classes, and instruction by faculty, not graduate students. U.S. News & World Report lists SUNY Plattsburgh among the top schools in “America’s Best Colleges.” Our professors are leaders in their fields and mentors to their students. The college’s commitment to academic excellence is evident in its diverse academic programs, distinguished faculty, cutting-edge research, and plentiful internships. With so many opportunities for undergraduate research and hands-on learning, our graduates are well-prepared for employment or further study. Imagine what you will accomplish!

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4,870 Total Enrollment
4,483 Undergraduate Enrollment
387 Graduate Enrollment
322 International Student Enrollment
41% Male
59% Female
1:16 Faculty-Student Ratio
57 Countries Represented
Top 5 Canada, Vietnam, Ethiopia, India, and Japan

English as a Second Language Program and Services

The ESL Bridge Program helps students who are English learners greatly improve their academic speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.

Benefits of our ESL Bridge Program

  • Qualified instructors: Our faculty teachers and tutors are talented and highly qualified in ESL instruction
  • Small class size: We limit the number of students in each class to make sure you get many chances to practice your language skills
  • Cultural adjustment: We help you adapt to life in the U.S. with cross-cultural instruction and discussion
  • Conversation practice: Our Conversation Partner Program gives you regular one-on-one speaking and listening practice with American students
  • Academic credit: You can earn academic credit toward your degree with advanced ESL courses

International Student Housing Options

The housing options at SUNY Plattsburgh offer a safe, secure, well-maintained environment, which addresses the academic, personal and social needs of our students. A dorm is place to sleep and shower. Our residence halls provide opportunities for students to engage in leadership roles, interact with other students by attending activities, seek academic support services such as advising and tutoring, or just hang out with friends in lounges equipped with TVs, pool tables, ping-pong tables, and a variety of other options! Living on campus is fun, exciting, and challenging. There is a strong sense of community in our student residence halls and students play a central role in creating an environment that values understanding and respect.

For more information:
Housing & Residence Life Office
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(518) 564-3824

Collaborative Programs

SUNY Plattsburgh is proud to maintain partnerships with prestigious institutions and agencies around the world.

Our study abroad partners include:


  • Bond University
  • International College of Management Sydney
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Wollongong


  • University of Quebec at Chicoutimi


  • Zhejiang Wanli University


  • ECS Rennes School of Business


  • Ritsumeikan University


  • Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP)


  • University of Deusto


  • University of Fribourg

United Kingdom

  • Keele University
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Chester
  • University of East Anglia

Our international agency partners include:

  • Institute of International Education
  • IREX
  • World Learning
  • American Councils

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

First Year Admissions
Transfer Admissions
Graduate Students Admissions

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to international students.

Each degree-seeking international student is awarded a financial package upon admission. Financial aid awards are based on academic merit, country of residence, and financial need. Total award packages range from $7,500 – $13,500, which typically covers 35% of the cost of attendance. To receive a scholarship estimate, please use the Scholarship and Costs Calculator.

Student Activities and Campus Life

We have over 100 student clubs and organizations that will help you express your cultural, academic, religious, and social movement passions. Our student stay active participating in intramural and club sports on campus, or watching one of our 18 NCAA Division III sports teams compete.

Our 12 residence halls include dormitory and suite style options. You’ll enjoy modern conveniences such as free cable television, WiFi, kitchenettes and lounges. Life on campus is about building relationships. Our residence halls and student activities make your experience on campus lively and active, bringing you together with students from 65 different countries to live, work, and play in one friendly community. For more information, click here.


The Adirondacks

SUNY Plattsburgh


Michelle St. Onge
International Recruitment and Admissions Specialist

Application Deadlines

Recommended deadline for Spring semester: Nov. 1
Recommended deadline for Fall semester: April 1

Visa Information

SUNY Plattsburgh can issue an I-20 for F-1 visa status, and DS-2019 for J-1 visa status.

We are very close to Montreal, Canada. Many of our students travel to this wonderful city for recreation or for experiential learning to enhance their studies. You may wish to obtain a Canadian visa in addition to your study visa before leaving your home country.

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