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SUNY Plattsburgh's Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh prepares a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students for a wide range of professional pursuits, responsible citizenship, and ethical life based on a strong foundation in the liberal arts. The college is a selective public institution offering an affordable yet high-quality education.

SUNY Plattsburgh supports students in the discovery and cultivation of collaborative leadership in their chosen careers and communities. We challenge students to think, learn, and excel through both close interactions with an outstanding faculty and staff and participation in rewarding experiential learning opportunities. We are committed to academic excellence, ethical values and practice, lifelong learning, and responsible citizenship in a sustainable global community.

SUNY Plattsburgh contributes to the cultural enrichment and economic development of the Northeastern New York region. Academic programs, recreational activities, and community involvement and services embrace our distinctive location - near Lake Champlain, the Adirondack Mountains, and Canada.

Vision Statement

We will be the public comprehensive college of choice by transforming lives through teaching, learning, research, and service.


  • You will be welcomed and supported by faculty, friends, staff, and our community.
  • You will be challenged to learn, think, and excel through close interactions with an outstanding faculty and staff.
  • You will be taught by committed and respectful faculty members.
  • You will experience a diversity of cultures and perspectives.
  • You will discover and develop your personal potential.

SUNY Plattsburgh Campus Plan 2018

The 2018 Campus Plan was formally adopted by the college in April 2013. It integrates a traditional academic plan with a strategic one.

The plan is the product of two lead committees and an inclusive process that included more than 40 community meetings with stakeholder groups.

The plan establishes new mission and vision statements.

The plan identifies six strategic priorities:

  1. Strengthen Support for Student Success
  2. Promote Teaching Excellence
  3. Expand Opportunities for Experiential Learning
  4. Build Our Community Connections
  5. Increase Global Experiences and Multicultural Competencies
  6. Cultivate a Culture of Continuous Improvement

2018 Campus Plan (PDF)

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