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Visiting Student/Non-Degree Seeking

To view the current and upcoming class offerings, visit our Searchable Class Schedule, and contact us at any time with questions related to specific coursework.

Visiting student is a non-degree seeking status at SUNY Potsdam. Categories of visiting 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 Visiting student does not grant you automatic admission as a traditional student. Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 267-2180 for information on becoming an undergraduate student or the Center for Graduate Studies at 267-2165 for information on becoming a graduate student.
 

Visiting Student (Non-Degree Seeking) Application

For non-degree admission at the undergraduate or graduate level, complete the online application by clicking the link below. Visiting student applications are reviewed and approved on a rolling basis. If you have been enrolled in an undergraduate program previously, or if you have completed a degree and are returning to seek a second bachelor's, you are considered to be a "readmitted student", and you will need to apply through the college registrar.  The website for this process is http://www.potsdam.edu/offices/registrar/readmission.

All other candidates, will apply online:

The Division of Graduate and Continuing Education must receive all of the required information (see below) 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 as well as any required associated colleges forms.  Visit the associated colleges website for additional information at www.associatedcolleges.org.
 

Admission Criteria - Undergraduate

Current High School Student – Take a course at Potsdam

  • 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

Current High School Student – Coursework at your High School

  • Complete the College in High School (CHS) inquiry form online
  • Fill out the form carefully, and be sure to look up your high school code
  • For additional information, visit the Early College Programs office website

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

 

Admission Criteria - Graduate

  • In addition to the application, students must submit official transcripts showing evidence of completion of their bachelor's degree.
  • You must have a GPA equivalent to the requirements for admission into a graduate degree program.  Exemptions may apply with additional documentation.
  • If you are a lifelong learner, and do not intend to transfer coursework into an official master's degree, you may be eligible for an exemption to the six credit cap normally instituted on graduate coursework. To request this exemption, please download the Lifelong Learning Agreement form, and submit it to the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education. You will be notified at the time of your application for coursework.

Additional Information

  • Undergraduate: 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. Additionally, 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 who are registered for coursework may be bumped to a waiting list if a matriculated student seeks a seat in the same class and none are available. 
  • 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 visiting student at SUNY Potsdam requires a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average from completed coursework.

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.