Plattsburgh and the North Country
SUNY Plattsburgh is situated in one of the most beautiful regions in the Empire State. Greater Plattsburgh is a community of 32,000 people located in the northeast corner of the state, on the western shore of Lake Champlain, near the Adirondack Mountains and about 20 miles from the U.S.‑Canada border.
You will find the City of Plattsburgh readily accessible from any point in New York state. Interstate 87, the scenic Adirondack Northway, exits about one mile from campus. Air service to and from the Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG) is available through Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., several times a day. Direct flights to and from Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa and other locations are also available. Nearby Burlington International Airport (BTV) and the Montréal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) (formerly Dorval Airport), which are only an hour away, provide scheduled flights through major airlines on a daily basis. Amtrak and Greyhound Bus Lines also serve the community. At planned breaks in the academic calendar, the Student Association charters buses for students to travel to other points in the state from a central location on campus.
Plattsburgh is within an hour’s drive from Whiteface Mountain, one of the premier ski centers in the eastern United States, and Lake Placid, America’s Olympic Village. Burlington, Vt., is less than an hour away by car, and cosmopolitan Montréal, Canada, is also a one-hour drive from campus. You can travel by car or express bus to the New York City and Long Island areas in about six hours. Albany is two and one-half hours from Plattsburgh, and Syracuse is about five hours away.
Students appreciate the City of Plattsburgh for its clean, tree-lined streets, its easygoing style and pace of living, and its friendly, hospitable people. Our community’s downtown area is only a few blocks from campus. A student-government-sponsored van service provides transportation several times daily to shopping and entertainment centers in both the city and its outlying districts.
The North Country of New York, of which Plattsburgh is the hub, is rich in history. Benedict Arnold conducted a very successful campaign in 1776 at nearby Valcour Island on Lake Champlain that stalled the British invasion of New York. The War of 1812 ended just off Plattsburgh’s shores on Lake Champlain in what was the last naval battle between the United States and Great Britain. Our library holds a treasury of manuscript material for not only local history but also the history of New York state and Canada. The North Country offers myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation: skiing, snowshoeing, mountain climbing, camping, fishing, boating, tennis, and golf. Our own indoor and outdoor facilities for sports and recreation are first-rate and, if you are a professional hockey fan, Montréal is home to the NHL’s Canadiens.
You will discover that the North Country is not much colder than other regions of the state. You will quickly realize that you can adapt easily to an environment in which the average temperature in January (the coldest month) is 18 degrees Fahrenheit and to one in which snowfall annually, while heavy in the nearby Adirondacks, is light by comparison to Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton, and other communities throughout New York state. The compact nature of our campus also contributes to students’ comfort during the winter season. Just about every destination is no more than a few minute’s walk from any point.
SUNY Plattsburgh is a special academic community that maintains high academic standards and expectations in a caring, supportive environment. We offer diversity and quality in educational programs at reasonable cost; a first-rate faculty that will challenge you and help you achieve your intellectual potential and career objectives; a modern campus with excellent facilities in a comfortable setting; and a friendly atmosphere for learning and for growing intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
Our college offers a choice of more than 60 baccalaureate degrees, complemented by a wide variety of minors and study options, and is known for the caliber of its academic programs. Our major programs are divided among academic units grouped in arts and sciences; business and economics; and education, health, and human services. In addition, we offer graduate programs in education, counselor education, natural science, student affairs counseling professional practice, mental health counseling, school psychology, and speech-language pathology, fitness and wellness leadership, and more. Research based on applicants’ perceptions of our college before their enrollment indicates clearly that the range of programs available and their reputation for excellence are the primary reasons students choose our college.
We have an outstanding faculty and staff. Most teaching faculty hold a doctoral degree and view themselves as teacher/scholars and teacher/artists. A number are recognized nationally and internationally on the merits of their scholarship, the importance of their published works, and the honors they have received. Many involve students in their own research. This has led to a growing number of projects in which students are listed jointly with faculty on publications, as participants in exhibitions and performances, or as lecturers/presenters at professional conferences.
We promote active learning through internships, cooperative education placements and field studies that are available in virtually every area of study. While a few graduate students direct some undergraduate laboratory sections under faculty supervision, all courses are taught by faculty. About 100 highly qualified professionals are available to work with you on academic and personal matters and on educational and career decisions.
You will be amazed by the extraordinary number and variety of activities that take place on campus. From concerts and theater productions to exhibitions and lectures featuring well-known experts in a wide assortment of fields, from clubs and organizations to intercollegiate and intramural sports, you will discover that SUNY Plattsburgh offers something that appeals to every interest.
Our campus complex consists of 39 buildings spread across 300 acres, and it provides an impressive setting for both academic and extracurricular pursuits. Our grounds are clean, and our buildings are free of litter. Our students, faculty and staff alike take pride in their campus and its facilities. Our campus is bordered on three sides by a pleasant residential neighborhood; its eastern-most boundary is the Saranac River and the River Walk, a three-mile nature, biking and jogging path that begins just south of campus off Angell Drive and ends at Lake Champlain.
Students who live on and off campus while attending classes at SUNY Plattsburgh are welcomed and appreciated for what they contribute educationally, culturally, economically and socially to the community. SUNY Plattsburgh enrolls approximately 4680 undergraduate students, 429 graduate students and 235 international students representing 64 countries. Students hail from 28 states and from 64 counties in New York State. The average class size is 22 students with a 16:1 student - to - faculty ratio. Women outnumber men 61 percent to 39 percent.
The greatest number of Plattsburgh students come from three major New York regions - the Greater Metropolitan area (Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland counties), the North Country, and the Greater Capital District. While four percent of the students come from other states such as Vermont, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maine, Florida and New Hampshire, more than seven percent come to SUNY Plattsburgh from such countries as Japan, Canada, China, India, Nepal, Tanzania, South Korea, and Vietnam.
SUNY Plattsburgh is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Reaccreditation was awarded for ten years in June 2012 and the next site visit will occur in spring 2022. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The institution is authorized by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and has been a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) since 2017. Many academic programs at SUNY Plattsburgh hold subject- specific accreditation or certification including:
- Business by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), next review Spring 2022.
- Chemistry by the American Chemical Society (ACS), next review Spring 2026
- Counselor education by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), next review Spring 2029.
- Nutrition by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), next review 2022.
- Nursing by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), next review 2022-2023.
- School psychology by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), next review 2027-2028.
- Social work by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), next review 2029.
- Speech-language pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), next review 2029.
- Teacher education undergraduate and graduate programs in childhood education, adolescence education, literacy education, and special education by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), next review Spring 2028.
Academic and Administrative Facilities
Our academic and administrative facilities consist of a number of buildings primarily in the center of campus. The majority of our administrative offices are located in the Kehoe Administration Building. Our academic buildings house our classrooms, labs, and faculty offices.
Au Sable Hall
SUNY Plattsburgh’s Department of Computer Science and School of Business and Economics are located in Au Sable Hall, which houses faculty offices as well as specialized classrooms, accounting and trading labs, computer labs, conference rooms, study areas, and a student commons. Videoconferencing is available in two classrooms that allows faculty to connect classes taught in Au Sable and at the SUNY Plattsburgh branch campus at Queensbury. The newest building on campus has been designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
Beaumont Hall houses faculty offices, classrooms and laboratories and Sponsored Research and Programs throughout the three-story complex. During temporary renovations, services have been relocated to other locations. Consult the online directory for current information.
Canada House, located next to Redcay Hall, serves as the home for the Center for the Study of Canada, which supports the most comprehensive undergraduate Canadian studies program in the United States, and the Institute on Québec Studies. Canada House also serves as a teacher resource center and hosts a number of visiting Canadian scholars, politicians and notable guests every year. A growing collection of Canadian art is on display.
Champlain Valley Hall
At one time, Champlain Valley Hall served as a residence for nursing students training at the local hospital. Today, Champlain Valley Hall houses many of the traditional humanities programs including English; modern languages and cultures; history; and philosophy. Students can be found throughout the building attending classes or meeting with faculty in their offices. Champlain Valley Hall also houses the James Augustus Wilson Commons, a lounge area where students will often be found studying before or after classes or attending one of the guest lectures offered by the departments in the building. Featuring a fireplace, artwork and a number of comfortable chairs and tables, The JAW Commons, a popular hangout among students and faculty alike, was dedicated at Homecoming 2018 in the memory of the Class of 1902 African-American to honor his achievements and commitment to social justice throughout his life. A scholarship in his name to benefit African-American/black student who emulate the qualities he embodied.
Benjamin F. Feinberg Library
The Benjamin F. Feinberg Library provides students, faculty, researchers and guests with convenient access to the best information resources available on campus and worldwide. A popular campus destination, Feinberg Library offers a comfortable and welcoming environment - a place exceptionally conducive to the research and study that is at the heart of the academic experience.
A large array of online offerings complements on-site collections and services. The library’s outstanding professional staff is always available - in person and online - to assist patrons with their information needs, helping them to find scholarly materials, cite sources, understand copyright requirements, and navigate the vast electronic environment of the Internet.
Feinberg librarians teach a required, one-credit general education course on information and technology literacy. This critical course focuses on the access, retrieval, evaluation and management of information. The course includes analyzing research needs, understanding the information landscape, determining the authority of sources, selecting appropriate research tools, and using information legally and ethically.
Feinberg Library is a selective depository for U.S. government documents and a designated New York state document research depository library. Feinberg is also a selective depository of Canadian government documents.
Special Collections serves the interests of SUNY Plattsburgh students and faculty, and is also open to professional scholars and other researchers. This unique collection houses materials on New York with an emphasis on the northern counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence, Hamilton, Herkimer, and Warren. Special Collections also contains the college archives and is home to manuscripts, photographs, books, and journals that document the history of the North Country.
Feinberg Library houses more than 320,000 volumes and provides access to more than 70,000 periodicals, both in print and online. Patrons enjoy access to a full range of digital and print information resources and applications in the library’s Reference and Electronic Search Services Center. Feinberg Library is also home to the Rockwell Kent Gallery, an exceptional collection of the famed artist’s works, and the Douglas and Evelyne Skopp Holocaust Memorial Gallery.
Academic advisors and tutors help students achieve academic and personal success in the Office of Academic Advising and the Claude J. Clarke Learning Center, both located on the first floor of the library. Students find further help in the library’s Writing Skills Computer Lab and the Late-Night Study Area.
Feinberg Library is dedicated to the memory of the prominent Plattsburgh native and New York state senator who sponsored the 1948 legislation creating the State University of New York.
George K. Hawkins Hall
Hawkins Hall is the college’s “Old Main” building and is named in memory of George K. Hawkins, who served as principal of the Plattsburgh Normal School for 35 years. Opened in 1932, Hawkins Hall replaced the original Normal School that had burned to the ground three years earlier. Today, Hawkins is a campus landmark with its beautifully landscaped grounds and pond, which was redesigned in 2015 and serves as an outdoor lab for the Center for Earth and Environmental Science.
Hawkins Hall is home to the stately E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, the main auditorium on campus. Some of the many functions held in this auditorium include academic convocations, presidents’ guest lecture series, concerts, and major theater productions. The adjacent Hyman and Frances Krinovitz Recital Hall is one of the foremost spots on campus for guest lectures and small-scale shows and concerts.
Adjacent to Krinovitz Recital Hall is Einstein Bros. Bagels, open when college is in session.
Hawkins Hall is also home to the widely acclaimed Redcay Honors Center and Program, the Institute for Ethics in Public Life, the Damianos Nursing Skills Laboratory, Upward Bound, and offices for several key disciplines including mathematics; nursing; nutrition; and political science. A number of other administrative offices are also located within, including the Office of the President, in which you’ll find communications, public affairs, and media relations; Affirmative Action, and Institutional Advancement (alumni relations, development.)
George H. Hudson Hall
Hudson Hall is named in memory of Professor Emeritus George Henry Hudson. The building has always been a great place to study physics, chemistry, environmental science, geography and geology, but - with the recent addition of the Hudson Hall Annex - it just got better. Completed in 2011, the Annex houses laboratories for chemistry, water quality analysis and research - all in an energy-efficient building that was designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED) standards.
Renovation of the original Hudson Hall was completed in 2013. The building houses new laboratories for biology, ecology, environmental science and physics.
Harry P. & Elizabeth Kehoe Building
The Kehoe Administration Building is the central place on campus where students can pay bills, check in with financial aid, or find internship and employment opportunities.
The 10-story building houses administrative offices including Academic Affairs; Administration and Finance; Admissions; Center for Diversity, Pluralism, and Inclusion; Computer Systems Center; Enrollment Management; Financial Aid; the Global Education Office, in which you’ll find Study Abroad and Exchanges, International Student Services, International Admissions; and Partners in Cross-Cultural Learning (PICL); Graduate Admissions; Institutional Research; International Student Services; Marketing; Registrar; Student Affairs; Student Conduct; Veterans Support Office; Student Accounts.
John Myers Building
The John Myers Building is the creative center of SUNY Plattsburgh and is home to the art, music, and theater departments and the Plattsburgh State Art Museum.
The John Myers Building is filled with a variety of artwork by students, as well as professional pieces in the various galleries. The Myers Lobby is a wonderful venue to show off the talent of SUNY Plattsburgh’s art students and to host music student and faculty events.
The Art Museum continues on the second floor with the Burke Gallery (named after the late former college president and his wife, Dr. Joseph C. and Joan T. Burke) features a number of changing exhibits each year. The Regina Slatkin Study Room also houses changing exhibitions on occasion. The Art Museum is also home to the Nina Winkel Courtyard, housing sculptures representing 45 years of artistry by the late Nina Winkel.
The John Myers Building provides complete laboratories (music technology/piano lab, digital photo lab, and graphic design lab); rehearsal and practice rooms for students and faculty; and studio and classroom facilities for study in these disciplines.
The Hartman Theatre is in many ways the most prominent, though not the largest, auditorium on campus. The 400-seat theater is the main site for student and visiting theater productions. Student productions have included “The Winter’s Tale,” “Oklahoma!”, “The Tempest,” and “The Drowsy Champerone,” and “Pride and Prejudice.”
102 Broad St.
Located at the intersection of Beekman and Broad Streets, 102 Broad St. currently provides office space for the Expeditionary Studies Program, which coordinates a major and graduate degree in expeditionary studies and several co-curricular and extra-curricular programs, including an equipment rental program, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, the Lake Champlain Sea Kayak Institute, and “The Adventure Lecture Series.”
Edward E. & Lillian B. Redcay Hall
Redcay Hall was named in memory of Dr. Edward “Doc” Redcay, faculty member from 1936 to 1969 and acting college president from 1952 to 1954, and Dr. Lillian B. Redcay, a 1942 alumna and distinguished member of the faculty from 1956 to 1973. Redcay Hall currently houses the anthropology, Africana studies, criminal justice, Latin American studies, gender and women’s studies, and sociology departments.
The College Store offers quality merchandise at affordable prices as well as personal services to make your life easier, such as online textbook ordering and textbook rentals. The College Store is the official provider of SUNY Plattsburgh insignia apparel and merchandise and offers a variety of other items for your convenience, including textbooks, computers, classroom supplies, dorm room supplies and much more. Find what you want when you need it in store or online at mypsubookstore.com.
The Telecommunications Office, located on the lower level of Saranac Hall, oversees the college’s on-campus telephone network. Students can obtain information on how to use their telephones, establish their personal accounts and rectify billing problems with the personable and knowledgeable staff.
For those students interested in professional programs such as education, Sibley Hall is their home away from home. Sibley Hall houses the teacher education programs; literacy clinic; communication disorders and sciences department and clinic; hospitality management; North Country Teacher Resource Center, and the Center for Neurobehavioral Health, which includes the adirondack regional Technology Center, Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers Support Initiative, autism intervention programs, Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network, neuropsychology clinic and psychoeducational services, the Traumatic Brain Injury Center, and the Third Age Adult Day Center. The SUNY Plattsburgh Child Care Center, also located in Sibley Hall, is a not-for-profit corporation licensed by the New York State Department of Social Services that provides care and education for 72 children, most of whom are children of faculty, staff and students.
Sibley Hall also houses classroom facilities featuring the latest educational technology. Videoconferencing courses use interactive audio-visual telecommunications to connect simultaneous classes taught in Sibley Hall and at the SUNY Plattsburgh Branch Campus at Queensbury.
The Hospitality Center features a restaurant and cooking demonstration classroom for the hospitality management department. The office of the dean of education, health, and human services is also located in Sibley Hall.
Charles C. Ward Hall
Ward Hall was named in honor of Dr. Charles C. Ward, the fourth principal of the Plattsburgh Normal School. It is home to the dean of arts and sciences, and to spacious, attractive and well-equipped classrooms and service areas in support of programs in human development and family relations, nutrition, counselor education, journalism/public relations, and social work. Cardinal Points, the student-run newspaper, has offices here as well.
George E. Yokum Hall
The George E. Yokum Communication/Lecture Hall was named in memory of a former music professor at SUNY Plattsburgh. The newly renovated facility is home to the Department of Communication Studies. Students in the communication program gain intensive experience in the full-service broadcast/telecast facilities, which include the Albert R. Montanaro Television Studio, an audio lab, and a multimedia facility. The student-run television station (PSTV) and radio training station (WARP) are also located in Yokum Hall. On the upper-level of Yokum Hall, there are nine lecture halls.
Athletic facilities at SUNY Plattsburgh are centered in two buildings: Memorial Hall, located in the heart of the campus, and the Field House.
The Field House is located on upper Rugar Street just west of the main campus. It houses the 1,924-seat Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena, home to the men’s and women’s intercollegiate ice hockey teams. The men’s team won the 1992 and 2001 NCAA Division III Championships, while the Lady Cardinals won the national title in 2007, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, and again in 2017. This facility also is used extensively for local high school hockey as well as figure/recreational skating by groups from the college and the community.
The field house also includes a separate venue which was completely renovated in 2022. This part of the building includes a six-lane indoor track and an infield area which is used extensively for field (baseball, softball and lacrosse) as well as court (basketball, volleyball and tennis) activities. This area can also be set-up with an indoor turf playing surface so teams can practice during inclement weather. It also hosts numerous large-scale events, including commencement exercises, concerts, craft fairs and dinners.
Adjacent to the Field House are several outdoor facilities, including Chip Cummings Field, home to men’s baseball, a soccer and lacrosse field, a softball field, practice fields, an outdoor track and six regulations tennis courts.
Upon entering the main lobby of Memorial Hall, students, faculty, staff and visitors find themselves immersed in the history of sports at SUNY Plattsburgh. The lobby area, which was complerly renovated in 2022, includes a historical time-line of Cardinal Athletics as well a state-of-the-art Hall of Fame area. This area includes, more than 50 former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and supporters who are featured in the Cardinal Sports Hall of Fame, which was established in 1984 to recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions to the athletic programs and whose achievements exemplify the ideals of good citizenship.
Memorial Hall is home to Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreation, including administrative offices, coaches’ offices, and a number of athletic facilities. The gymnasium hosts our intercollegiate men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball programs.
An additional recreational gymnasium was opened in 2022 and serves as the primary home for campus recreational activities. This facility is set-up to host basketball, volleyball, pickle ball, indoor hockey as well as a host of other recreational and intramural activities.
The building also includes the fitness center which houses cardiovascular equipment, resistive-weight equipment, and a free-weight area. The fitness center is open to SUNY Plattsburgh students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their spouses or domestic partners on a membership basis.
There are ongoing renovations to this facility which will be completed by 2024. Included in the plan are an expanded fitness center, group activity space, a new dance/aerobic facility, new locker rooms and an athlete only strength and conditioning room.
Other Services and Facilities
SUNY Plattsburgh offers students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as the residents of the community, myriad services and cultural activities throughout the academic year.
George W. Angell College Center
The Angell College Center, named in memory of the sixth college president, the late Dr. George Angell, is the focal point of the campus for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Every day during the academic year, students stop in to grab a bite, socialize, or attend one of the many lectures or other special events.
The center of the Angell College Center is the renovated information window. Services available at the information desk include campus event information and tickets, postage stamps.
When the really big celebrations occur on campus, many of them are held in the Charles and Nancy Warren Ballrooms (named after the eighth college president and his wife). This large room can seat more than 300 individuals, and host formal dinners, lectures, and many other social events or smaller affairs when divided into two rooms with the movable center wall. Meetings can also be held in other adjacent rooms on the second floor of the Angell College Center.
The Willard C. Flynt Commons is the ideal spot to study, work on a group project, or just relax around the large fireplace. Situated on the second floor of the Angell College Center, Flynt Commons is one of the most popular spots on campus among students, and features a Tim Hortons donut and coffee shop that’s open when college is in session.
WQKE, (93.9 FM) the Quake radio station, operates from its studios in Burghy’s on the main level of Angell College Center. Operating for more than 40 years, the student-run FM broadcast station continues to entertain its audience with new ground-breaking music, comprehensive news and sports broadcasts.
The offices of the Career Development Center, Center for Student Involvement, Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Title IX and a H.U.B. (Honoring, Uniting, Belonging) are located in Angell. In addition, the Student Association has offices in the Angell College Center.
Food and beverages are also available in the Angell College Center at the Sundowner Cafe. For more details, see Campus Dining Services in the Student Life and Student Services section of this catalog.
SUNY Plattsburgh Branch Campus at Queensbury
SUNY Plattsburgh’s Branch Campus serves approximately 250 full- and part-time students from Warren, Washington, and Saratoga counties seeking bachelor’s or master’s degrees or certificates of advanced study.
Bachelor degree completion programs offered at the Queensbury campus include criminal justice, and psychology. Master’s degrees in education or certificates of advanced study in educational leadership, teacher leadership, school building leader and school district leader are also offered. Bachelor’s degree completion programs are intended for students who have completed a liberal arts - based associate degree, or the equivalent of approximately 60 credit hours. Eligible students for undergraduate programs should have either an associate’s degree or junior class status (at least 57 credits) before enrollment.
All face-to-face courses are held on the Branch Campus in Queensbury, N.Y. and are taught by SUNY Plattsburgh faculty in the classroom or via videoconferencing from the main campus. Online courses and programs taught by SUNY Plattsburgh faculty are also offered. Students in these programs can complete their education in Queensbury without having to take any courses on the main campus in Plattsburgh.
In cooperation with SUNY Adirondack, SUNY Plattsburgh offers students a variety of services at the Queensbury Campus, including library facilities, computer and Internet access, ID cards, Math Lab, and food services.
Prospective students may obtain information on programs, admission and registration procedures at the SUNY Plattsburgh Branch Campus Office located at 640 Bay Road, on SUNY Adirondack’s Campus. Branch Campus staff offer assistance in handling all areas of academics, from purchasing textbooks and securing student identification cards to registering for comprehensive examinations and graduate admissions tests. For more information about SUNY Plattsburgh’s Branch Campus or for an appointment, call 518-792-5425 or visit the website. You can also connect with us on the Branch Campus Facebook page.
Computing Services and Facilities
SUNY Plattsburgh provides computing facilities and broad-based computing and information services for all students, studying on campus or through remote learning. The college has extensive networks that link all campus buildings, including the residence halls. Additional access to the Internet is available from numerous computer kiosks throughout the campus, computer labs, residence hall rooms and specialized computer facilities. Wireless network connectivity spans the entire campus. The college provides a network connection for each student in every residence hall room. A well-staffed helpdesk supports the computer needs of all students.
Our main, open-access lab in Feinberg Library is equipped with a variety of computers, printers, and peripherals such as scanners and large-format printers. Additional computer facilities provide access to a wide range of desktop application software (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.), course-specific software, printing services, the campus network and the Internet. Discipline-specific computer labs are found throughout the campus: examples include graphic arts, journalism, biology, chemistry, computer science, geographic information systems, and psychology.
The Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) area coordinates the college’s online learning environment and supports a large variety of online resources and services: these include student course registration, student records, Web-based electronic mail, the college catalog, course descriptions, the course schedule, online databases, full-text journals, electronic reserves and library research and reference services.
College Auxiliary Services Inc.
College Auxiliary Services (CAS) provides high-quality, affordable, and convenient support services for the benefit of the SUNY Plattsburgh college community. CAS oversees the subcontract for on-campus dining services, College Store, and Campus Express (the campus convenience store). They provide conference and event planning for on- and off-campus clients, and serve as the fiscal agent for Student Association
and Agency Accounts. CAS also manages vending services, laundry services, bus and shuttle service, ID cards, Cardinal Cash, and off-campus property management of the Valcour Inn and Boathouse as well as Twin Valleys Outdoor Education Center. CAS provides financial support for programs and services, including grants and student scholarships through the Plattsburgh College Foundation. In accordance with the
purposes of a not-for-profit corporation, all surplus revenues above operating expenses are used for the benefit of SUNY Plattsburgh in furtherance of the corporation’s mission. For further information please visit the CAS website.
Lake Champlain Research Institute
The primary objective of the Lake Champlain Research Institute (LCRI) is to support and promote student research and education in the Lake Champlain Region. Current activities include environmental science and aquatic ecology research as well as many other areas of the natural and social sciences. LCRI projects are often funded by external research grants from USEPA, National Science Foundation, NOAA and other sources,
The institute mission is to involve students in a practical hands-on research or internship experience and help prepare them for a successful career. Our students often conduct- in-depth independent research outside the classroom with faculty/staff. LCRI projects allow students learn new skills on state-of-the-art equipment. LCRI operates on-campus laboratory research facilities including a water quality analysis laboratory. We provide access to Lake Champlain via a 32-foot research vessel, the “R/V Gruendling” and two smaller vessels the “Limnocalanus” and “Linnaeus “. These vessels are equipped for limnology sampling and provide support for a variety of projects.
The institute cooperates with academic departments and other institutions to provide field/laboratory research and educational experiences for undergraduate and graduate students across the sciences and other disciplines. LCRI also hosts staff from the Lake Champlain Sea Grant program, providing regional community outreach programs and watershed educational opportunities for K-12 students and educators.
William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute
The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy hosts the Applied Environmental Science Program, which is an intensive laboratory-field and-research experience for upper-division students who learn analytical techniques and gain experience in solving environmental problems.
Many students live and study at the institute during the fall semester and, with the resident faculty, may undertake research projects directed toward actual environmental problems and ecological issues in the Adirondack and Lake Champlain Basin regions. The institute, which celebrated 45 years in 2017, contains classrooms, laboratories, a library, and residential and dining facilities for 50 students and staff.
Plattsburgh Alumni Association
The Plattsburgh Alumni Association is a nonprofit organization, managed by a Board of Directors who serve as ambassadors of the college, lead in volunteerism and advance the college’s mission and vision.
Representing the more than 70,000 alumni of SUNY Plattsburgh, the Plattsburgh Alumni Association’s mission is to secure and strengthen the relationships between alumni and the college; actively support the student experience; facilitate the transition of current students to the alumni ranks; and work in partnership with the college to encourage alumni participation in its programs, activities and development efforts.
The Alumni Association works with and supports students and alumni in many ways. The outreach and relationship-building efforts of the Alumni Association nurture the charitable giving of our alumni, on behalf of students who attend SUNY Plattsburgh. This support, through the Plattsburgh College Foundation, provides additional resources for student scholarships and grants, academic enrichment, and enhancement to student life programs.
For more information or to become involved in the Plattsburgh Alumni Association, call 800-964-1889 or visit our website at alumni.plattsburgh.edu.
The Plattsburgh College Foundation Inc.
The Plattsburgh College Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, was established in 1963 to receive and manage all private gifts to SUNY Plattsburgh. Managed by the Board of Directors, the foundation partners with SUNY Plattsburgh alumni, friends, faculty and other benefactors to provide scholarship and academic support for current and future students.
Gifts to the college allow the Plattsburgh College Foundation to:
- Provide approximately $1.8 million to fund more than 1,000 need- and merit-based scholarship awards annually
- Fund emergency grants for students in need; applied-learning grants for career development opportunities; and diversity, equity and inclusion programming
- Purchase technological resources that enable SUNY Plattsburgh to stay current and competitive
- Improve and expand academic programs
- Enhance the quality of student life through the support of the arts, athletics and other campus activities and initiatives.
Plattsburgh State Art Museum
With a collection of more than 10,000 works of art and artifacts, the Plattsburgh State Art Museum offers a professional visual art experience to the college and to the community. The facilities and programs of the museum, including the Burke Gallery located in the Myers Fine Arts Building, offer a complete rotating schedule of historical and contemporary exhibitions in all media. The Rockwell Kent Gallery, located in Feinberg Library, houses an extensive collection of paintings, drawings, prints, books and ephemera of the late American artist Rockwell Kent, whose works represented scenes of nature and adventure with such vividness and drama that he became one of the most popular American artists of the first half of the 20th century.
Dedicated in 1987, the Nina Winkel Sculpture Court is an enclosed atrium on the second floor of the Myers Building, containing the largest collection of Nina Winkel’s work. This space is home to sculptures representing 45 years of artistry by the late Nina Winkel. The Regina Slatkin Study Room occasionally serves as additional exhibition space. The Myers Lobby Gallery showcases the artwork of the students in our Art Department’s B.F.A program.
The Edward and Bette Brohel Museum Without Walls, named in honor of the former late museum director and his wife, brings the visual arts into the fabric of the college. Fine prints, paintings, and sculptures are found in many of the college halls, lobbies, and offices. Monumental works by William King, Don Osborn, David Stromeyer, L. Brower Hatcher, and Jon Isherwood are spaced throughout the campus and constitute, with other works, the Sculpture Park. You can visit us at the Plattsburgh State Art Museum website.
Health & Counseling Center/Office of University Police
Health and safety are two of the most important aspects of any college. With an easily accessible location near the center of campus, the Student Health and Counseling Center, and office of University Police contribute to the well-being and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Staffed by professional health care providers and counselors, the Student Health and Counseling Center provides acute and routine health care, counseling, diagnostic tests, procedures, immunizations and various medications. Services include women’s health care, family planning services, and nutritional advice. The Student Health and Counseling Center also provides an array of health education programs and is accredited by AAAHC and IACS.
University Police works with the campus community to help ensure the safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors to SUNY Plattsburgh. The officers of University Police are certified police officers meeting or exceeding the standards required by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and are qualified to deal with any situation that may occur. The department provides 24-hour coverage, 365 days a year.
Twin Valleys Outdoor Education Center
The Twin Valleys Outdoor Education Center is a 660-acre wilderness tract of Adirondack woodlands, meadows, and streams near Westport, N.Y., 38 miles from campus. Rustic facilities include a main lodge equipped with a kitchen, bathrooms, and dormitories, as well as 12 cabins surrounding a two-acre pond.
A mature, white pine forest, wetlands, and ledge overlooks can be explored via the 10 miles of color-coded, maintained trails. Students and faculty use Twin Valleys throughout the year for recreational activities and outdoor-education programs.
Valcour Inn and Boathouse
The Valcour Inn and Boathouse is an elegant, 9-acre estate on the western shore of Lake Champlain approximately nine miles south of Plattsburgh on State Route 9. Built in 1905, the center is owned and operated by College Auxiliary Services.
Valcour includes the inn with seven guest bedrooms and the boathouse. Valcour offers a unique, comfortable, and professional atmosphere for conferences, meeting, retreats, banquets, weddings, family reunions, parties and overnight stays. Guests enjoy breathtaking views of the Green Mountains of Vermont, Lake Champlain, and Valcour Island.
For further information please visit the Valcour Inn and Boathouse website.
SUNY Plattsburgh has on-campus housing for approximately 2,750 students in its 12 non-smoking residence halls.
Building styles accommodate a variety of student preferences. Our first-year program is housed in Moffitt, Whiteface and Wilson residence halls. This program provides extensive academic and personal support and is recommended for our new students. Our Upper level and graduate Student Housing program is housed in Macdonough Hall and Kent Hall. deFredenburgh, Harrington, Hood, Macomb, and Mason are mixed-class year buildings. Our residence hall options feature low-rise corridor, high-rise corridor, and suite-style options. Students select housing for themselves after their first year.
Residence hall rooms are equipped with voice, data connections and full wifi coverage in addition each room has an extra-long twin bed and one desk and dresser per occupant. Students may arrange for landline telephone service by contacting the Campus Telecommunication Office. Most rooms are double occupancy, but there are a limited number of singles that are available to students with a medical or accommodative need to be alone.
All residence halls have amenities including recreation lounges with a television, pool tables, study lounges, non-coin-operated laundry facilities, kitchenettes, and vending machines. Computer labs and/or computer stations are available throughout many of the residence halls. Resident students must contract for a full meal plan. There are a variety of options with different choices in meal times, locations, and food selection. (For more information see On-Campus Residence Living in the Student Life and Student Services section of this catalog or contact Campus Housing and Community Living.)