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Adult Learner Association

The Adult Learners Association(ALA), also commonly referred to as the Non-Traditional Students' Organization (NTSO) is a diverse group of students brought together by the common pursuit of higher education at SUNY Potsdam.


An Adult Learner (also known as a non-traditional student) is someone who meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • 24 years of age or older
  • Has had at least a two year break in his or her education OR
  • Holds a GED rather than a high school diploma OR
  • Is married OR
  • Is single with dependents


  • To encourage non-traditional students to become an effective and integral part of the college community;
  • To serve as an advocate for the special needs of the non-traditional student to the college administration, faculty, staff, traditional students and the local community;
  • To initiate programs designed to enhance academic, financial and social opportunities for these students.

Benefits of being a member:

  • Having a place to go with Adult Learner Concerns and where you can have a voice on campus.
  • Having ASO tutoring available.
  • Lockers available in the Adult Learner Lounge in Carson 107 and in Sisson Hall
  • Networking with others on campus who may have the same concerns or interests.
  • Socialization.
  • Care and needs of the Carson Adult Learner Lounge North.


Patrick Massaro, Military and Veteran Student Coordinator

128 Sisson Hall

(315) 267-3398

Adult Learner Photo

Meetings are held during the semester on Thursdays @ 10am and 6pm in Carson Hall 107.