SUNY Potsdam Graduate Studies Unveils Canadian Initiative


The flier for SUNY Potsdam’s Graduate Canadian Initiative is attached.

The State University of New York at Potsdam has launched its new Graduate Canadian Initiative. The program is a unique benefit designed exclusively for all graduate students enrolled at SUNY Potsdam who hold citizenship in Canada.

The program provides Canadian students in the College's master's programs with complimentary on-campus lodging in a standard residence hall double room, as well as a $500 credit toward a meal plan. The initiative is renewable for up to four semesters for full-time students who maintain grade point averages of 3.0 or higher.

"Potsdam has a strong tradition of welcoming students from Canada in pursuit of their graduate degree. In fact, more than 10 percent of our graduate degree alumni come from Canada. As a gesture of permanent commitment to providing opportunities for this population, we are delighted to offer the Canadian Graduate Initiative, exclusively designed to provide support to students, by way of housing and food expenses, while they pursue their graduate degree at Potsdam. Our goal is to eliminate the potential stressors with commuting, and assist in creating an environment for student success," said Director of Graduate Studies Joshua LaFave.

Due to Potsdam's close proximity to Canada, SUNY Potsdam has one of the highest enrollments of Canadian students among the SUNY comprehensive colleges. SUNY Potsdam's graduate offerings are all open to Canadians. The Master of Science in Teaching programs in childhood education and adolescence education are particularly popular; New York State teacher certification is reciprocated in Ontario and acknowledged by the Ontario College of Teachers.

SUNY Potsdam Graduate Studies will offer a series of upcoming information sessions in Canada. All sessions will begin at 7 p.m. on the following dates at these locations:

·Brockville: April 1, at the Holiday Inn Express, located at 7815 Kent Boulevard.

·Cornwall: March 31, May 5 and June 2, at the Best Western Parkway Inn and Conference Centre, located at 1515 Vincent Massey Drive.

·Kingston: April 2 and May 7, at the Best Western Fireside Inn, located at 1217 Princess St.

·Ottawa: April 3, April 24, May 8 and June 5, at the Ottawa Catholic School Board Boardroom, located at 570 West Hunt Club Road in Nepean.

·Peterborough: March 20, at the Peterborough Waterfront Holiday Inn, located at 150 George St.

To register for the free information sessions, please visit

For more information about the Graduate Canadian Initiative, visit

SUNY Potsdam's graduate programs seek to encourage academic achievement and to provide each student with a sense of personal and social responsibility, while providing the best possible preparation for specific professional and vocational goals. To learn more, visit

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community recently launched Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which aims to raise $27 million by the College's bicentennial in 2016.