SUNY—Plattsburgh is a public institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,215, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 300 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. SUNY—Plattsburgh’s ranking in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities North, 71 Former state politician and influential Plattsburgh businessman Smith M. Weed championed endlessly the cause to build a state normal school (a teachers’ college) in the city of Plattsburgh. After multiple proposals to the New York state senate going as far back as 1869, The final bill was formally proposed on January 12, 1888 by George S. Weed, Smith Weed’s son and then state assemblyman. With the strong backing of Assemblyman General Stephen Moffitt, the Plattsburgh Normal and Training School bill was passed by both houses of the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Governor David B. Hill in June 1889. The board of directors adopted official by-laws for Plattsburgh State Normal and Training School on September 2, 1889.