Three Year Bachelor's Degree Options

A number of programs in the School of Arts and Sciences offer the option of completing a degree in three years. Any student may follow these three year templates. However, to have access to a Three Year Adviser and priority registration, students must enter the College with a high school GPA of 95 (weighted up to 5 points) or higher and maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher while at SUNY Potsdam.  

The Three Year Adviser will assist students in creating a schedule of courses for each semester including summer sessions, in order to graduate in three years. Additionally, these Advisers will be able to offer priority registration within the student’s class (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior) for courses needed to stay on schedule. 

In order to graduate in three years, students should expect to take – and must average – 17-18 credit hours each fall and spring semester. Most will need to complete two 3 credit hour courses in each of three consecutive summers and some will need to complete one 3 credit hour course in three consecutive Winterim sessions.  

Note: there is no guarantee that students will graduate in three years, as it is up to them to pass required courses with the required grades (e.g. when it comes to courses required for the Major, each Three Year Degree student must achieve in each course whatever minimum grades are required by that Major).  

The participating programs are listed below. Click on each to see the 3 year template. Contact the office of the School of Arts and Sciences or individual department with questions.