Non-Matriculated/Non-Degree Admission

Non-matriculated is a non-degree seeking status at SUNY Potsdam. Categories of non-matriculated students are listed below, along with the corresponding admission requirements.

All of the information must be received in the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education by the first day of the semester or you may be dropped from the class. Being admitted as a Non-Matriculated student does not grant you automatic admission as a Matriculated student. Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 267-2180 for information on becoming a matriculated undergraduate student or the Center for Graduate Studies at 267-2165 for information on becoming a matriculated graduate student.

To apply for non-degree admission, please use the following form or apply online using the link below. Non-matriculated student applications are reviewed one week prior to the start of the semester/session.

The Division of Graduate and Continuing Education must receive all of the required information before class(es) begin or you may be dropped from the class(es) at 44 Pierrepont Avenue, Raymond 206, Potsdam NY 13676.

Note: Employees of SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton, Clarkson or St. Lawrence Universities are required to complete the non-matriculated registration packet


Admission Criteria

Current High School Student

  • Minimum 80.0 grade point average in a Regents/college preparatory curriculum as reported on an official high school transcript
  • A letter of recommendation from high school principal and/or guidance counselor     


High School Graduate

  • Copy of high school diploma or GED certificate

Currently Enrolled Student with another College or University

  • An official transcript through last semester attended
  • Students who have been dismissed or separated, and who are not eligible to return to the current college or university they are attending do not qualify for admission as a non-matriculated student
  • Students must have both a current and overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 to be admitted

College Graduate

  • Copy of highest degree earned


Previously Enrolled Student with another College or University

  • An official transcript through the final semester attended
  • Students who have been dismissed or separated, and who are not eligible to return to the most recent college or university attended, do not qualify for admission as a non-matriculated student
  • Students must have both a current and overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 to be admitted

Additional Information

  • A maximum of 30 semester hours may be taken as a non-matriculated undergraduate student with no more than 15 hours per year and 8 hours per semester or two courses per semester.
  • A maximum of 30 semester hours taken as a non-matriculated undergraduate student may apply towards a Bachelor's degree if/when a student matriculates.
  • Non-matriculated students may register only after registration for matriculated students is completed and on a space available basis.
  • All students are required to provide proof of measles, mumps and rubella immunization. If measles, mumps and rubella immunization is not provided by the stated deadline, the student may be dismissed. Questions should be directed to Student Health Services at (315) 267-2377.
  • Continuance as a non-matriculated student at SUNY Potsdam requires a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average from completed coursework.

Non-Degree Graduate Study

Students who have an interest in graduate study but who have not yet applied for admission into a master's degree program may under certain circumstances enroll as non-matriculated at SUNY Potsdam. Non-Degree students are those who have not been formally admitted to the College and are not active candidates for a masters degree.

A non-degree graduate student is limited to taking a maximum of 6 graduate credits on a non-matriculated basis. Upon completion of the 6 graduate credits, if not before, the student is required to apply for formal admission to a master’s degree program and must be granted Provisional or Full Admission before being allowed to register for further coursework. Courses taken on a non-matriculated basis will not apply to a graduate program unless approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.


Advising/Registration

Advising is available for non-matriculated students. If you would like advising assistance before determining which classes to take, please contact the Academic Advising Office, Sisson 128 (315) 267-2580). If there are no available seats in your preferred class/classes, the normal add/drop process will be your method of registration. The same applies if you will be registering after the start of a semester. Add/Drop forms are available in the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (Raymond Hall 206). To register for classes during add/drop time period, you must obtain the instructor's signature on an add/drop form. Bring the completed form to the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (Raymond 206).

Tuition and Fee Payment

Tuition and charges for non-matriculated students are assessed per semester hour for each course up to a maximum cost for a full-time, in-state student. Tuition and billing information is available on the Student Accounts webpage.  You can also call the Student Accounts office at (315) 267-2137.

Health insurance is also available. For more information, contact Health Services at (315) 267-2377.