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Potsdam Prepared: COVID-19 Updates

Fall, face to face 

Our face-to-face classes and applied learning experiences are the highlight of every student’s journey at SUNY Potsdam—and we are so excited to be able to safely phase back to in-person instruction for the majority of our courses heading into the next academic year. 

We are looking forward to welcoming students back to campus for the Fall 2021 semester—and into our classrooms, laboratories, studios and performance halls. Our faculty are hard at work planning for a fall semester focused on in-person instruction and educational experiences as much as possible—while still ensuring we follow all current public health guidelines as required. 

With an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, this is a closeknit campus community where you can engage deeply with your peers, your professors and your mentors. And in our beautiful location in the shadow of the Adirondacks, you can take in the natural beauty of our area with lots of recreational opportunities in and around our classic college town to inspire you.  

Picture yourself here

Get a glimpse of the on-campus experience and find out about all our safety protocols with President Kristin Esterberg.

Safety overview 

We are entering a new and hopeful phase in the fight against COVID-19—as evidenced by the New York State vaccination clinic hosted in our Maxcy Hall Fieldhouse, which is administering 2,000 shots per day to eligible New Yorkers. As the eligibility criteria have expanded to include all in-person university faculty and staff—and as more students are starting to have access to the vaccine due to health conditions, age or occupation—SUNY Potsdam is now planning for a return to mostly in-person instruction for the Fall 2021 semester. 

Just as we have over the past year, SUNY Potsdam will continue to work with our public health partners to ensure that our academic and campus preparations meet all the latest federal and state guidelines—including required weekly surveillance testing for all on-campus and local students, daily symptoms trackers, social distancing measures, mandatory face coverings and sanitation/hand hygiene to protect everyone. To learn more about all our safety measures, visit