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Undergraduate Readmission

Undergraduate Readmission
Undergraduate Readmission ~ Contact Jan Felt (Registrar's Office), (315) 267-3094, feltje@potsdam.edu. Graduate students seeking readmission into a Graduate Program, must contact the Graduate Studies Office directly at (315) 267-2165.

SUNY Potsdam encourages former students to return to school. The following students are eligible to apply for undergraduate readmission:

  • Students who have attended SUNY Potsdam for at least one semester
  • Students who have fulfilled all previous financial obligations to the College and all other SUNY system institutions
  • Students who previously withdrew or were on a leave of absence
  • Previously dismissed students who have been away from campus for one full academic semester (fall or spring) from the date of their academic dismissal
  • Graduated students seeking a second undergraduate major or second undergraduate degree

Please Note: 

  • Complete the appropriate online Readmission Application (see below) by the deadline and submit official college transcripts from any other colleges attended.
  • Any "Holds" (i.e., financial, student conduct, overdue books, parking fines, etc.) on a student record must be cleared before readmission can be considered. You will be notified of the hold(s) and your application will be held until your responsibility to the College has been satisfied or the readmission deadline is reached; see below for deadlines. If Holds are not resolved prior to the readmission deadline, you will need to submit a new Readmission Application.
  • Crane students may be required to re-audition prior to readmission to the College if more than one year has elapsed since their last enrollment at Crane.
  • Requirements for graduation in effect at the time of the student's initial matriculation are not binding on the College for more than six years after the date of initial matriculation. If it has been more than six years since their initial matriculation, the student’s record will be evaluated under the current requirements at the time of readmission. Such reevaluation may result in students being required to take additional courses or retake certain courses.
  • Readmitted students will resume the same academic standing they had when they left the College except that previously dismissed students who are approved for readmission will be placed on Academic Probation.


International Students

  • International students MUST contact International Education & Programs (IEP) prior to re-admission. International students planning to return to SUNY Potsdam MUST obtain a new Form I-20, new F-1 Visa and repay the SEVIS Fee (Canadians do not require an F-1 Visa). This can be a lengthy process, so please be certain to contact IEP for more information on this process. Failure to contact IEP may result in the student being refused entry to the United States.

Students Who Left in Good Academic Standing or on Academic Warning

We are pleased you are considering returning to Potsdam; don't hesitate to contact us if we can facilitate plans for your reentry.

  1. Students seeking readmission must first complete a Readmission Application by clicking the Undergraduate Readmission Application Here.
  2. If it’s been more than six years since your initial matriculations, your degree requirements will be reevaluated, and you will be informed in writing about the requirements to be completed. This information will be valid for one year.
  3. Send official transcripts from any other colleges attended (if applicable) in your time away from SUNY Potsdam. Your application may be delayed until all transcripts are received.
  4. If your application for readmission is approved, you will be notified in writing and receive information regarding advising and registration. You will also be provided contact information regarding housing, meal plans, and financial aid.
  5. In order to ensure students are able to register for appropriate courses and be prepared to resume their studies, applications should be completed at least three weeks before the start of the requested semester of return. Readmission requests made after three weeks before the start of the semester will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Provost or designee, in consultation with the Student Success Center.

Note that Readmission is considered a privilege and not a right. These procedures apply to those students who were previously matriculated at SUNY Potsdam, were in Acceptable Standing or on Academic Warning, and who are seeking undergraduate readmission (whether they have attended another institution or not).

Students Who Left on Academic Probation

We are pleased you are considering returning to Potsdam; don't hesitate to contact us if we can facilitate plans for your reentry.

  1. Students seeking readmission must first fill out a Readmission Application by clicking the Undergraduate Readmission Application Here.
  2. If it’s been more than six years since your initial matriculations, your degree requirements will be reevaluated, and you will be informed in writing about the requirements to be completed. This information will be valid for one year.
  3. Send official transcripts from any other colleges attended (if applicable) in your time away from SUNY Potsdam. Your application may be delayed until all transcripts are received.
  4. If your application for readmission is approved, you will be notified in writing and receive information regarding advising and registration. You will meet with an advisor in the Student Success Center to discuss College conditions for re-admission and course scheduling. You will also be provided contact information regarding housing, meal plans, and financial aid.
  5. In order to ensure registration for required courses and be prepared to resume their studies, students should initiate this process eight weeks prior to the start of the semester.  Readmission requests made after eight weeks before the start of the semester will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Provost or designee, in consultation with the Student Success Center. No applications for readmission will be accepted less than three weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Note that Readmission is considered a privilege and not a right. These procedures apply to those who were previously matriculated at SUNY Potsdam, were on Academic Probation when they left the College, and are seeking undergraduate readmission (whether they have attended another institution or not).

Students Who were Previously Dismissed from the College

We are pleased you are considering returning to Potsdam; don't hesitate to contact us if we can facilitate plans for your reentry.

  1. Academically Dismissed students seeking readmission must first complete the Application for Readmission After Dismissal form by clicking the Application for Readmission After Dismissal Here.
  2.  Send official transcripts from any other colleges attended in your time away from SUNY Potsdam. A decision regarding your application for readmission to SUNY Potsdam will be delayed until we receive all official transcripts from the above schools.
  3. Your application, all transcripts from other colleges and the SUNY Potsdam academic file will be forwarded to the Provost's Office for a final decision.
  4. If your application for readmission is approved, you will be notified in writing and receive a packet of information regarding registration and advising. You will meet with an Advisor in the Student Success Center to discuss college conditions for re-admission and course scheduling. You will also be notified in writing if your application for readmission is denied.
  5. In order to ensure registration for required courses and be prepared to resume their studies, students should initiate this process eight weeks prior to the start of the semester.  Readmission requests made after eight weeks before the start of the semester will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Provost or designee, in consultation with the Student Success Center. No applications for readmission will be accepted less than three weeks prior to the start of the semester.

First Dismissal: Previously dismissed students must be away from campus for one full academic semester (fall or spring) from the date of their dismissal from SUNY Potsdam before a Readmission Application will be considered. Students wishing to return to SUNY Potsdam following this dismissal must demonstrate academic readiness in the Application for Readmission after Dismissal form. Students may also be required to complete an interview regarding their academic readiness prior to readmission.

Second Dismissal: Students dismissed for a second time may not continue their education at SUNY Potsdam.

Note that Readmission is considered a privilege and not a right. These procedures apply to those who were previously matriculated at SUNY Potsdam and are seeking readmission after being academically dismissed from the College.

Students Who Previously Graduated

Note: If the student’s first degree was not awarded by SUNY Potsdam, the student must apply to the Office of Admissions as a transfer student, if seeking an undergraduate degree, or the Graduate and Continuing Education office if wishing to take prerequisites or teacher certification courses as a non-matriculated student.

The following procedures apply to those who previously completed an undergraduate degree at SUNY Potsdam and who desire post-undergraduate degree readmission as a matriculated student to pursue a second undergraduate degree, or as a non-matriculated student to pursue a second major, a minor, student teaching certification, or to complete undergraduate pre-requisites for a Graduate program.

  • Students seeking post-undergraduate degree readmission must first fill out a Post-Degree Readmission Application.
  • Send official transcripts from any other colleges attended (if applicable).
  • Any "Holds" on a student record must be cleared before readmission can be considered.


Second Degree (Matriculated)
View Post-Bachelor's Degree Readmission Application

If you graduated from SUNY Potsdam and would like to complete a second undergraduate degree, you should consider the following before applying:

  • The second-degree major must be completely different from the first major.
  • The second-degree major cannot be a previous degree minor.
  • The student must complete 30 academic credit hours at SUNY Potsdam above those required for the first bachelor’s degree. These 30 hours must be earned subsequent to admission for the second degree.
  • Of the additional hours of coursework required for the second bachelor’s degree, at least 15 must be taken at the upper-division level in the major of the second-degree program and in residence at SUNY Potsdam.
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average is required for completion of the second-degree program.
  • The student must complete all major and cognate requirements for the second degree. All departmental and College policies will apply during the pursuit of the second bachelor’s degree.
  • Courses taken to complete General Education requirements in the first degree will apply to the second degree as appropriate. If the General Education requirements for the second degree are different, requirements for both degrees must be satisfied. General Education requirements for students pursuing post-completion study will be those in place at the time of admission for the second degree.
  • All baccalaureate-level coursework taken at SUNY Potsdam will appear on one transcript with a single cumulative grade point average.
  • You will be enrolled as a matriculated student and will be eligible to apply for financial aid.
  • The Application and any transcripts will be evaluated by the College Registrar for a final decision. Readmission is a privilege and the Registrar reserves the right to deny applications that are incomplete.


Minor or Second Major (Non-Matriculated)
View Post-Bachelor's Degree Readmission Application

If you graduated from SUNY Potsdam and would like to complete a minor or second undergraduate major, you should consider the following before applying:

  • You must meet with the Program Chairperson in the minor area to discuss the feasibility of your plans.
  • If accepted, you will be enrolled as a Non-matriculated student and will not be eligible for Financial Aid.
  • Upon certification by the Office of the Registrar that the major or minor requirements have been fulfilled, a comment will be added to the non-matriculated transcript: “Completed all courses required for XXX major/minor.”


Prerequisites for the MST or Other Graduate Program (Non-Matriculated)
Post-Bachelor's Degree Readmission Application

If you have earned a bachelor’s degree and anticipate acceptance into the SUNY Potsdam MST program (or another institution’s Graduate program) after fulfilling the appropriate prerequisite undergraduate courses, you should consider the following:

  • Students who can supply a letter from another institution with accredited graduate programs, verifying that they have been provisionally admitted to a graduate program pending only the completion of specific prerequisite courses, may register for the number of credits permitted for matriculated students and may be eligible for financial aid.
  • You will be enrolled as a Non-matriculated student and must complete additional forms in the Continuing Education Office.
  • You will be eligible to apply for Financial Aid once the Graduate Studies Office has verified that you are eligible to enroll in the MST program once the prerequisites are complete.


Teacher Certification Only (Non-Matriculated)
View Post-Bachelor's Degree Readmission Application

Note: If your degree was not awarded by SUNY Potsdam, you are not able to get your Teacher Certification through SUNY Potsdam; upon completion of your coursework, your transcript must be sent to the agency through which you are seeking certification (e.g., BOCES).

If you have earned a bachelor’s degree and are considering enrolling in undergraduate classes to complete requirements for teacher certification (through BOCES or other certifying agency) you should consider the following:

  • You will be enrolled as a Non-matriculated student and must complete additional forms through the Office of Continuing Education.
  • You may be eligible to apply for Financial Aid when appropriate documentation to support your intention toward certification is receive.