Freshmen Requirements

Step 1 - Apply

Potsdam accepts the SUNY Application or the Common Application.  Only complete ONE application.  Application fee is $50.00 US Dollars.

Once you hit submit on the SUNY Application do not close the website.  You also need to complete the SUNY Potsdam Supplemental Application.  The supplemental application is our essay requirement.



Step 2 - Prepare Academic Records

After submitting your online application, please send by postal mail an official or true certified copy of your secondary school education records (transcripts, examination scores, mark sheets, etc.) in both English and the original language.

Step 3 - Prepare TOEFL / IELTS/iTEP Results

Only applies to students that English is not their native language.

Exam results must be sent from the testing agency for either the TOEFL or IELTS or iTEP exam.  We also accept proof of completion of level 112 through ELS. If you are applying for conditional admission, these scores are not required. More information on language, testing & conditional admission can be found at the Language & Testing link. 

Step 4 - Submit one letter of recommendation

Recommendation letter from an academic school teacher or counselor.  This can be emailed to or sent by postal mail.

Step 5 - Provide Copy of Passport

Email or mail the biography (picture) page of your passport.

Step 6 - Music Student Applicants ONLY

Music students must also submit a DVD audition to the Crane School of Music for admission to the music school.  Contact Dr. David Heuser for information regarding your DVD audition.

Step 7 - Prepare Financial Guarantee Document

To prepare your I20 (student immigration document), the U.S. Federal Government requires students to provide a financial guarantee document that demonstrates a student can pay for one year of study at SUNY Potsdam.  The document must be dated nine months or less prior to the date of the semester you are attending.  Financial guarantee documents must state the student can cover the costs listed under Estimated Costs . 

Please note that the ORIGINAL financial guarantee document must be sent by mail to our university.  Emails, faxes and copies will not be accepted.

Examples of a financial guarantee document:

  • Official letter from a bank on bank letterhead that is signed and dated by a bank official
  • Bank statement on bank letterhead that has been signed and dated by a bank official
  • Certificate of deposit on bankletter head with a bank official signature and date

Scholarships are available!!

International students are encouraged to apply for scholarship awards.  Click here for more information and scholarship applications.

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