First Year Programs
SUNY Potsdam is the first school in the SUNY system to merge academics, residential accommodations, and the faculty into one first year program!
For students/families who are starting to plan for our 2015 New Student Summer Orientation, please note that your "Welcome to SUNY Potsdam Orientation Packet" will be mailed out mid-February.
Summer Orientation 2015 Dates:
Session 1: Tuesday, 6/30/15 – Wednesday, 7/1/15
Session 2: Tuesday, 7/7/15 – Wednesday, 7/8/15
Session 3: Tuesday, 7/14/15 – Wednesday, 7/15/15
Session 4: Thursday, 7/16/15 – Friday, 7/17/15
Session 5: Monday, 7/20/15 – Tuesday, 7/21/15
Session 6: Thursday, 7/23/15 – Friday, 7/24/15
First Year Success Seminar (FYSS)A two-credit course designed to accelerate students' transition to SUNY Potsdam. FYSS provides students with the opportunity to become integrated into the life of the campus by exploring their academic and social development. A strong emphasis is placed on critical inquiry – enhancing reading and writing, time management, and study skills. In addition, the course provides an orientation to campus resources and services and encourages self-exploration and personal development. Most courses have a SUNY Potsdam upper-division student who provides peer mentorship in a Teaching Assistant role.
Our first year programs are a unique way to become involved on the college campus and allow you to meet new people.
2014 Common Read - The Impossible Will Take Awhile, Paul Loeb
This year, students involved in First Year Programs have the opportunity to participate in various workshops and lectures that will feature guest speakers addressing the topic of Civic Engagement. Find about how you can be part of the 2014 Civic Engagement Experience!
Past FYSS Common Read
- 2013 Common Read: Ragtime
- 2012 Michele Norris Presentation Photo Gallery
- 2011 Common Reading Author - Rye Barcott (Photo Gallery)
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