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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How can I see the campus?
  2. How do I know if I am a transfer student?
  3. How many transfer students enroll each year?
  4. What grade point average should I have for admission?
  5. When should I apply?
  6. How do I apply as a transfer student?
  7. How do I apply as an international transfer student?
  8. Where do I send my transcripts and other application materials?
  9. How will my credits transfer, and how can I get them evaluated?
  10. Does SUNY Potsdam accept AP, IB, CLEP, and Military credits?
  11. When will I receive my admissions decision?
  12. Do I need to declare a major when I apply?
  13. Can I apply for EOP as a transfer student?
  14. What should I do if I am a veteran?
  15. Am I a transfer student if I was previously enrolled as a Potsdam student, left the college, and now want to return with transfer credit?
  16. As a new transfer student, when do I register for classes?
  17. When do I meet with my academic advisor?
  18. Where do I find my graduation requirements?
  19. Are scholarships offer to transfer students?
  20. Can I receive financial aid?
  21. How do I access my semester bill?
  22. Are there health services on campus?
  23. Does SUNY Potsdam offer health insurance for students?
  24. What types of housing options are available for transfer students?
  25. How do I meet people and get involved on campus?

How can I see the campus?

We offer a variety of campus visit options. Visit information, including event registration forms, can be accessed at http://www.potsdam.edu/about/visit

  • Transfer Visit Day
    Transfer Visit Days: 11/13/17, 03/19/18, 04/16/18
  • Open House
    Saturday Open House Dates:09/23/17, 10/28/17, 11/11/17, 03/24/18, 04/14/18
  • Individual Visit
    We offer visits Monday-Friday throughout the year.
  • Virtual Tour
    We hope you have the opportunity to visit the campus, however if you are unable to see campus in person you can view our virtual tour.

How do I know if I am a transfer student?

  • If you were enrolled at an accredited college or university for a minimum of 12 semester hours of course work following high school completion, you are considered a transfer student.

How many transfer students enroll each year?

  • 350+ students transfer to Potsdam annually

What Grade Point Average should I have for admission?

  • SUNY Potsdam recommends a 2.25 cumulative college GPA for admission.A 3.0 GPA is required to officially declare a teacher education major.

When should I apply?

  • SUNY Potsdam has rolling admission, so we review applications as they are completed.While we typically enroll new transfer students up to the beginning of each spring/fall semester, we recommend applying for the spring term by December 1 and the fall term by March 1.

How do I apply as a transfer student?

  • You can apply using either the SUNY Application or the Common Application. We will need official transcripts from all colleges you have attended and proof of high school completion (Final HS transcript/ TASC/GED results).  Please have transcripts/score reports sent to the Office of Admissions.
  • Additional transfer application information available here.

How do I apply as an international transfer student?

  • Detailed information for international transfer students interested in applying to SUNY Potsdam is available here.
  • It is also important to connect with the International Education Office.

Where do I send my transcripts and other application materials?

  • Official High School and College transcripts should be sent to:

    SUNY Potsdam
    Office of Admissions
    44 Pierrepont Ave
    Potsdam, NY 13676
     

  • Official Electronic Transcripts are accepted by SUNY Potsdam.
  • Other documents can be emailed to transfer@potsdam.edu or faxed to (315)267-2163

How will my credits transfer, and how can I get them evaluated?

  • You can use our course equivalency tables to see how your courses will transfer to SUNY Potsdam.  For courses not listed in the course equivalency tables, please contact us at transfer@potsdam.edu .
  • An official transfer credit evaluation is mailed with the offer of admission.
  • An unofficial transfer credit review can be requested at any time.

Does SUNY Potsdam accept Advanced Placement, IB, CLEP, and Military credits? If I earned college credits in high school, will they transfer?

  • Yes to both questions! In order to grant transfer credit, we will need official documentation from the source where the credit was earned.For example: official AP, IB, or CLEP score reports; Joint Services Transcript (JST) or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) for most military credits;official transcript(s) for credit earned at another college; click here to view undergraduate transfer credit policies including AP and CLEP transfer equivalents

When will I receive my admissions decision?

  • October 1st is the date we begin sending admission decision letters to students that have completed their application.Admission decisions are processed once we receive all required application materials.An official transfer credit evaluation is mailed with the acceptance letter.

Do I need to declare a major when I apply?

  • Transfer students can apply as undeclared/exploratory students.For financial aid purposes, students transferring with junior standing (at least 57 credits) will need to declare a major when it comes time to register for first-semester Potsdam classes.

Can I apply for EOP as a transfer student?

  • You can be considered for EOP if you were previously enrolled in an EOP, HEOP, SEEK, or College Discovery program. 
  • If your previous college did not have EOP or a similar program, you may be considered for transfer eligibility and should notify the Office of Admissions of your interest in EOP.
  • There are a limited number of spaces available in EOP, so applying and submitting all application materials in a timely manner is very important.

What should I do if I am a veteran?

  • If you are a Veteran or a Dependent, you should connect with Potsdam’s Military & Veterans Student Services Coordinator, Patrick Massaro, at massarps@potsdam.edu or (315) 267-3398.
  • Veteran and Military Service resources are available here.

Am I a transfer student if I was previously enrolled as a Potsdam student, left the college, and now want to return with transfer credit?

  • No, any undergraduate student that previously attended Potsdam and wants to return goes through the process of Undergraduate Readmission.
  • Potsdam will need official college transcripts showing the coursework completed while you were away.

As a new transfer student, when do I register for classes?

  • Admitted transfer students that choose Potsdam and decide to pay the enrollment deposit are mailed a packet with access to a Potsdam Campus Computer Account (CCA) and a web link to detailed instructions explaining how to proceed.  These packets begin being mailed at the following times:

    Spring semester transfer students: mid-November
    Fall semester transfer students: mid-March

    You will use your CCA information to log into BearPaws and sign-up for an Orientation session. Then you will be able to schedule a class advising/registration appointment to do over the phone or in person.

When do I meet with my academic advisor?

  • First-semester transfer students are advised by specially trained transfer advisors.You can do your advising appointment over the phone or in person.Specific advising and class registration information is provided at the time of enrollment.

Where do I find my graduation requirements?

  • You can use the Undergraduate Catalog to see the required courses for each academic program as well as the general education requirements.  A transfer credit evaluation is provided with the acceptance letter.  A transfer professional in the Admissions Office will be happy to discuss your path to baccalaureate degree completion. 

Are scholarships offered to transfer students?

  • YES! If you have a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher you are encouraged to apply for transfer scholarship funding.More information including the scholarship application can be found at: www.potsdam.edu/scholarships

Can I receive financial aid?

  • Yes, over 80% of SUNY Potsdam students receive Financial Aid.  Please be sure to submit the FAFSA (if applicable) in a timely manner.

How do I access my semester bill?

  • Students receive an email (to Potsdam email account) from the Student Accounts Office when the semester bill is available.  The bill can’t be generated until a student registers for classes.  The E-bill is located in the Student Services & Financial Aid section of BearPAWS.

Are there health services on campus?

Does SUNY Potsdam offer health insurance for students?

  • All matriculated students taking 12 or more credit hours are required to have health insurance coverage.Charges for a health insurance plan are included on the student bill each semester.A health insurance waiver providing proof of insurance coverage is required to have the charges removed from the student bill. Click here for more detailed health insurance information.

What types of housing options are available for transfer students?

  • Transfer students can make all the same housing requests as any new Potsdam student.Residence Hall information is available here.  Additionally, “The Transfer House”  in Lehman Hall is special campus housing just for transfer students!

How do I meet people and get involved on campus?

  • It is very easy to get involved on campus and meet new people. There are almost 100 clubs and organizations on campus, and if there is not a club that sounds interesting to you, you can create your own! There are also lots of athletic events, music/dance/theatre performances, outdoor activities, 3 other local colleges, and much more…
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