Drum Country has a growing population, strong family communities, and a higher-than-average young adult population. We also have a higher-than-average rate of education level in our region. We believe in the promise and opportunity of education in Drum Country.

Colleges & Universities

Drum Country has a strong belief in supporting continuing education and higher education. We have a larger-than-average population of college-age and young adults in our region, and we know that continuing education and higher education is a critical factor in quality of life and quality of workforce. That’s why we strive to provide quality educational programs at every level—and it shows in our highly-educated workforce.

Drum Country Colleges & Universities

Clarkson University Potsdam 3,539 Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs
St. Lawrence University Canton 2,457 Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs
State University of New York at Potsdam Potsdam 4,395 Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs
State University of New York at Canton Canton 3,825 Undergraduate Degrees
State University of New York Empire State College Saratoga Springs  N/A Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Wanakena 100

Source: National Center for Education (NCES) 2012


Clarkson University completed two major additions within the last 10 years: the Cheel Campus Center and the New York Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP). The Cheel Center houses a hockey arena, student activities offices, dining service, post office, and a convenience story. CAMP is a 180,000- square foot research facility, sponsored in part by the New York State Legislature and private corporations.

The Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) is one of the 13 centers funded within the State of New York. The center is designated by the State to conduct research in areas including:

  • Line particle processing
  • Electronic fabricating processing
  • Micro-contamination control
  • Polymer Processing
  • Materials processing in space


New York State requires testing of all students to determine their development of the basic skills taught in the New York State Public School systems. The types of tests include:

  • English Language Arts (ELA): listening, reading, writing (grades 4-8)
  • Mathematics: knowledge, reasoning, problem solving skills (grades 4-8)

Regents Examinations are achievement tests based on State Education Department-recommended course of study for the high school level. Exams are developed by the State Education Department and a passing score is now required for graduation. There are four components:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Global History
  • US History and Government