Freshman Admissions

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Codes You Need to Know

  • SUNY Application: 44
  • SAT: 2544
  • ACT: 2944
  • Federal School Code: 002849
  • NYS Tap (Undergraduate Code): 0940

Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Freshmen and Parents

What SAT scores do I need for admission?


The SAT or ACT is required for freshman applicants. You can take the tests as many times as you want because we will consider only your best scores. We recommend a combined SAT score of 1080 or higher on the new SAT (or 1000 or higher on the old SAT)*, or a 21 or higher on the ACT. Although the SATs and ACTs are important indicators of your academic ability they are not the only indicators. We look at your high school program and your unweighted, recalculated average as well. *Note - scores will not be super scored across the new SAT and old SAT exams.

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How can I schedule an appointment for an interview and a campus tour?


Simply call Admissions at (518) 564-2040 or (888) 673-0012 to arrange an interview and tour. If you missed it, you can also take our virtual tour.

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What are the entrance requirements for freshman applicants?


Successful applicants typically possess a solid "B" or better high school average in a college-preparatory program. We also require that students have 5 combined math and/or science units. We recommend a combined SAT score of at least 1080 or higher on the new SAT (or 1000 or higher on the old SAT)*, or an ACT composite of 21 or higher. Some majors may require the completion of specific courses (i.e. Nursing requires the successful completion of Chemistry). *Note - scores will not be super scored across the new SAT and old SAT exams.

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If I do not meet the traditional admissions requirements, what are the alternatives?


Each application is reviewed individually. If there has been an event that has impacted your educational success, we want to know about it. Contact the Admissions Office to discuss your situation as early as possible.

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When should I apply as a freshman?


For best consideration, you should apply to SUNY Plattsburgh by December of your senior year. Admission is on a rolling basis, which means that students are accepted continuously from mid-December until admissions closes in the summer. However, the earlier you apply, the earlier you'll get your decision. Applying early also means we have more time to get important information from you, increasing your options for special consideration or a specific program.

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How do I apply as a freshman?


Freshman applicants have two options to apply for admission - the Common Application and the SUNY Application. Click here for more information about applying to SUNY Plattsburgh.

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When do I receive my freshman admissions decision?


Freshman admissions decisions generally start rolling in December.  If we receive your completed application by mid-December, you should hear from us by mid-January. If we need additional information, such as your mid-term grades, we will send you a request.

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Are interviews required for freshman applicants?


Interviews are not required but are strongly encouraged. A campus visit gives you the opportunity to explore the campus and ask questions. If you choose a personal interview, we will be able to discuss your individual admissions issues. To schedule an appointment, register online, or call (888) 673-0012. We offer tours and personal interviews Monday-Friday. We also offer Saturday Group Information Sessions and Fall and Spring campus-wide Open Houses. For more information go to .

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Can I bring a car to campus as a freshman?


Yes, freshmen may bring cars to campus their first semester. Transportation is also available to students without cars. The Student Association runs a shuttle bus from the college to various spots throughout Plattsburgh - malls, grocery stores and banks. The college sponsors chartered buses to Montreal and weekend ski trips in the winter so those students without cars do not miss out on the action! The Student Association also sponsors vacation buses to NYC during semester breaks.

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Will I be able to graduate in four years?


That's up to you! We CAN tell you that you will be able to get all the courses you need to graduate in the normal four-year period.

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What if I get homesick?


Going away to college for the first time can be a scary thing, indeed. But the more you get involved, the less homesick you'll be! And getting involved is easy to do at SUNY Plattsburgh. You'll also be glad to know that all dorm rooms come equipped with a telephone jack, so Mom and Dad are only a phone call away. If you're still feeling homesick, you can speak with your R.A. and the other students on your floor. More than likely, they've experienced the same feelings and can offer you advice. And that first break-over Columbus Day-is right around the corner!

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I'm from a small high school in a small town. Will I feel comfortable at SUNY Plattsburgh?


Plattsburgh is generally seen as a welcoming, non-intimidating place. The small-city environment is friendly but active, and the campus is situated in the middle of it all. A significant number of SUNY Plattsburgh students are from northern New York-raised in small towns just like yours!

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I'm from a big city. Will I feel comfortable at SUNY Plattsburgh?


Although Plattsburgh has no subway, mass transit system or skyline dotted with skyscrapers, we do have more than enough "action" to keep city dwellers occupied. In fact, our second-largest student population consistently comes from metro NYC-that is, from Long Island and the counties surrounding New York City. But if you have an irresistible urge to ride a subway or go clubbing in the big city, you can just hop on the bus to nearby Montreal.

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Will you transfer the credit I've earned in high school?


Yes. SUNY Plattsburgh routinely accepts credits that students have earned while in high school. We transfer credits completed through Advanced Placement (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and courses taught in a high school that are certified by an accredited college. Credit is awarded once an official score report or transcript is received and a sufficient passing grade is met, as deemed by the Admissions Office. Read more about receiving college credit.

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Contact Information

The Admissions Office is located on the 10th floor of the Kehoe Building.

Phone: (518) 564-2040
Toll-free: (888) 673-0012
Fax: (518) 564-2045
Email: [email protected]

Mailing Address:
SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901