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First-Year Student Fast Facts


SUNY Plattsburgh enrolls nearly 920 first-year students each year.

First-Year Fast Facts


Learn more about the academic interests, geographic locations and the overall composition of the 2020 first-year class.

First-Year Academic Profile


Fall 2020 Admitted Student Profile

  • Enrolling First-Year Class Size: 920 
  • High School Average (middle 50%): 85–94
  • SAT Range (middle 50%): 1070–1230*
  • ACT Range (middle 50%): 23–28*

*SUNY Plattsburgh is test optional for admissions and scholarship consideration

Top Ten Majors

  1. Undeclared
  2. Biomedical Sciences
  3. Nursing
  4. Criminal Justice
  5. Business Administration
  6. Psychology
  7. Biology
  8. Communication Studies
  9. Art Studio
  10. Childhood/Special Education B.S./M.S.Ed. (Birth–Grade 6)

First-Year Scholarships & Financial Aid

  • 50% of all first-year students receive institutional aid for a total of $2 million.
  • Nearly 50% of all new first-year students receive an institutional scholarship for a total of $1.4 million.

First-Year Geographic Profile


NYS Regional Breakdown (% incoming NYS students)

  • North Country: 21%
  • New York City: 19%
  • Long Island: 17%
  • Capital District: 15%
  • Hudson Valley: 13%
  • Central/Western: 6%

Top Ten NYS Counties

  1. Clinton
  2. Suffolk
  3. Bronx
  4. Kings
  5. Westchester
  6. Nassau
  7. Orange
  8. Saratoga
  9. Queens
  10. New York

Top States (Domestic Students Outside of NYS)

  1. New York
  2. Vermont
  3. California
  4. New Jersey

Top Countries (International Students)

  1. India
  2. Ethiopia
  3. Japan
  4. Canada
  5. Nepal
  6. Nigeria
  7. Egypt
  8. Vietnam
  9. Azerbaijan
  10. United Arab Emirates
  • Approximately 9% of our first-year students come from out-of-state or are international students.

First-Year Diversity Profile


Domestic Students Only

  1. White, Non-Hispanic: 66%
  2. Hispanic: 14%
  3. Black, Non-Hispanic: 12%
  4. Asian: 2%
  5. Multiple Races: 1%
  6. American Indian/Alaska Native: 1%
  7. Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific: <1%
  • Over 30% of first-year students self-identify as being Black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian/Native American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander or other.
  • Approximately 49% of first-year students self-identify as being first generation — the first person in their family to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
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