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SUNY Potsdam encourages active exploration within our undergraduate and graduate programs...because finding yourself means finding new interests and exploring your options.


An Education that meets the demands of the world.

You want to try new things and to cut your own path, but you also need a college experience that’ll help you walk it. 

You’ll find it at SUNY Potsdam.

As an incoming student who hasn't yet declared a major, you will join other exploratory students on a path of discovery as you figure out your trajectory at SUNY Potsdam.

Once you do, the combinations are endless. You can double-major in math and dance. Or, you can be the best oboe player in the chemistry lab. Our 134 academic programs allow you to pursue your own eclectic interests, and in the process prepare yourself to thrive in careers that may not even exist yet. 

Learn alongside an adventurous and open-minded cohort of fellow students, and build strong relationships with leading faculty as you draw vital connections between your interests, develop a deeper understanding of the patterns that shape an evolving world, and carve out your own role in life. 

Choose from programs housed in three main Schools:

“My concerns of becoming just another student were soon put to rest. By my junior year I had already secured a position in archaeology.” 

Matthew LaBarge Archaeological Crew Chief, New York State Cultural Resource Survey

When we say hands-on, we mean it. Applied learning is at the heart of a SUNY Potsdam Education.

Applied learning

Our students like to pursue their passions surrounded by natural beauty and college-town charm. But we also have lots of opportunities to explore the world beyond Potsdam, N.Y.