Potsdam, NY
SUNY College at Potsdam


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Recent Reviews

Maria
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates vary, but most will talk to you if you engage them in conversation.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates vary, but most will talk to you if you engage them in conversation.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Parents should start saving up money, however little, early because the costs can be very high and not everyone gets grants/scholarships. Loans should be a sort of last resort aid. They are very stressful and hard to pay off. Students also should not think of a place to party but as a place to get an education. I hear party goers all the time talking about how smashed they got, and they had no time to do homework and/or study for a test. College can be a lot of hardwork and frustration with a heavy workload...partying will only put people farther behind. Other than that just to try and enjoy the stay, and not to have preconcieved idead of a roomate. Just communicate with them early to figure out who brings what to the room (or if they are willing to share). In my case I brought a fride and microwave, and my roomate brought the tv and lighting.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The fact that you can have an A in the class but still have less than a 4.0 They should also offer more fitness classes, and at different time of the day versus few classes with few time slots.

Ryan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If you are not sure about what you want to do at a university go to a community college first even if it is just for a year i...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If you are not sure about what you want to do at a university go to a community college first even if it is just for a year it will help you decided if the field you are thinking about going into is the right choice. If you can take the chance and study abroad it will change your outlook on life and give you some insites into other cultures and peoples of the world.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

i wish that I had known right out of high school what i wanted to do that way i could have gotten to go to potsdam sooner and i could have done more research. while i was at potsdam.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

THe food here is really good comparied to most and also that I can take classes at any of the other universities in the area while paying potsdam prices. Also the professors are all really good and helpful.

Justin
Describe the students at your school.

There are plenty of people who are very friendly and fun to hang out with.

Describe the students at your school.

There are plenty of people who are very friendly and fun to hang out with.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In finding the right college, I believe that the potential college student should do research for institutions that are strong candidates for their career asperations. College is defined as "higher education" and should be treated as a means to put them in postion to maximize your ability to start a career in their field. Keep in mind that searching for higher places of learning should include colleges from the entire country. For most college students, this is their first time to experience something completely new. It is facinating how different the culture of living is on each side of the continent, and broadening horizons only opens doors the "real world." To make the most out of the college experience, you really have to enjoy it. The typical thought after a statement like that would be that enjoying college means drinking. However, this is really not true. There are countless things to do while in college and most people prefer these options. At my school, hiking was very popular with being in close vacinity to the Adirondack Mountains and their high peaks. Take advantage of your surroundings and relationships to be made. Those will be the things you remember of college.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone one who grew up in an urban area. Coming to Potsdam was a real culture shock for me in the first year and I thought about transferring. In the next few years I got accustomed to the life style that it provided. It allowed me to appreciate nature more than I previously had, and also allowed me to be O.K. with a slower paced, layed back lifestyle.

Gregory
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates were comprised of a vast variety of personalities that all share the same desire to share and discover.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates were comprised of a vast variety of personalities that all share the same desire to share and discover.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Consider how the tuition compares to the quality of the facilities, the caliber of faculty, and the extent and prestige of your degree program/curriculum. Also consider what sort of environment is most condusive to successful learning and ease of socialization for the prospective student. If the student is undecided in his/her degree pursuit, pick a school that offers a wide range of courses and curricula. Depending on the degree program, keep in mind the opportunities to network and make connections, and find a school that tries to foster establishing those connections.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I always mention how my education/experience at SUNY Potsdam (Crane School of Music) was worth a lot more than the tuition.

Jamie
Describe the students at your school.

How can I possibly describe people across three majors and from completely different walks of life in one sentence?

Describe the students at your school.

How can I possibly describe people across three majors and from completely different walks of life in one sentence?

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Follow your dreams. Don't let your major, your finances, or your fears hold you back. Don't pick a school because that's where your high school friends are going. Don't let your parents or anyone else tell you that you can't do something (as in "you can't do math", not "you can't have a new car"). Reach out to others. Make friends. Don't be afraid to take more than 4 years-- the world won't leave you behind, and the cost is well worth it. Get involved. Fall in love. Fall out of love. Go to conferences, go to sports games, go to concerts. Sit on a student committee. Take a "fluff" class for fun. Tutor. Work on-campus. Work off-campus. Write thank-you notes to good professors; they'll remember you, and you might just make their day. Work hard in classes. Play harder. Don't be stupid-- don't drink yourself into oblivion or do drugs. Struggle desperately. Make every day worth it. Stay home when you're sick! Study. Be courteous to others, espcially if you're sharing a 12'x12' room with them. Learn to live!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The divide between Crane students and Liberal Arts students, in part fostered by the professors, but also never really discouraged by the professors. We're all one school!

Jessica
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Student interaction and small class size.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Student interaction and small class size.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The professors took an interest in helping me increase my expectations and helped me broaden my horizons.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The advice I would give them, would be to look for somewhere that you feel at home at. A college should speak to you both personally and academically. You need to find a place that will be challenging but not enough where you feel overwhelmed everyday and a place where you are able to just let it all hang out and be yourself without fear of being reprimanded for doing so. When you visit the college and you are overwhelmed by a sense of ?this is right? you know you have found where you belong. When that happens leaving home and going away to school is not as hard and you learn to love school and want to go back and learn more, and in the end you hate to leave and move on to bigger and better things.

Ashlie
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Potsdam is home to the CRANE SCHOOL OF MUSIC which is a world renowned music school. This is why a lot of students apply to m...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Potsdam is home to the CRANE SCHOOL OF MUSIC which is a world renowned music school. This is why a lot of students apply to my school

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't attend a college just because your parents want you to go there or you have friends going to that one. Make sure you take your time in choosing what school is perfect for you because its going to be your home for 4 years.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about my school is the location. While i love the town of Potsdam, its not very convenient when it comes to needing good stores to shop at. There is no mall, and nothing is opened passed 2 in the morning. A WALMART was just built and that is now the highlight of our town...

Andrew
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A small campus community with a big voice.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A small campus community with a big voice.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Searching for colleges with your desired progrm and visiting all the schools you are considering helps you determine where you want to go pretty quickly. Keeping active within your college community makes your college experience the best it can be.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

It's isolation from a big city center. While it's nice to be in the town, there's not much surrounding it unless you want to travel for at least half an hour. It's kind of far from home, and is 2 hours from the nearest highway.

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  • 3,416
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $7,964
  • Acceptance rate
  • 72%

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