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Transfer Admission

If you’re considering transferring to SUNY Potsdam, you are in good company.

We welcome students from all backgrounds. Transfer your prior credit and complete your degree, and we’ll do whatever it takes to help you achieve a seamless transition to SUNY Potsdam.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Admissions Office with any questions or concerns involving your transfer process. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to assist!

Prospective transfer students may complete either the SUNY Application or the Common Application.

SUNY Application Common Application

Application Process

Students who apply will need to do the following:

  • Complete the SUNY Application or Common Application.
  • Pay the $50.00 application fee. The fee will be waived if you submit the SUNY Application, and you are transferring directly to SUNY Potsdam, having earned an Associate degree at a 2-year SUNY or CUNY college. This fee waiver is not available with the Common Application.
  • Official college transcripts. Contact the Registrar of all prior college credit-granting institutions for official transcript submission procedures.
  • Official high school transcripts, or GED/TASC, if applicable.

Some applicants to SUNY Potsdam’s undergraduate programs require additional application materials in order to gain admission.

Additional Information

Get more information about additional materials required in the following special cases:

Transfer Student FAQs

What are the academic requirements for transfer students?

The average grade point average (GPA) for students transferring to SUNY Potsdam is 3.0 (on a 4.0 grading scale). Consideration for transfer admission to SUNY Potsdam is given to students who have earned a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA at all previously attended colleges. A minimum GPA of 2.25 is recommended for admission to the majority of majors at Potsdam; a 3.0 is required to declare an education major.

What is the procedure for credit evaluations?

You automatically receive an official transfer credit evaluation upon acceptance to SUNY Potsdam. Your evaluation will include course work documented on each official college transcript we have received. It will also indicate degree requirements you still need to complete. As new transcripts arrive, your evaluation will be updated and sent to you. Be sure to have official transcripts sent from each college you attended. When you receive your evaluation, please look it over carefully. If you feel that one of your courses satisfies a particular requirement and is not so designated, please provide additional information (a course syllabus can be very helpful) so that we can give further consideration to course content. We want to grant as much transfer credit as we can toward your Potsdam baccalaureate degree.

If you have questions prior to your acceptance, we would be happy to evaluate your transfer credit on an informal basis. Simply check with us and we'll let you know how your courses will transfer and apply toward SUNY Potsdam's degree requirements.

Specific transfer credit questions can be addressed by calling the Office of Admissions at (315) 267-2180 or emailing transfer@potsdam.edu.

Potsdam's course equivalency tables are also a great resource!

What is the appeals process for transfer credits?

Requirements and appeals for transferring credits are detailed in the SUNY Potsdam Academic Policy and Procedures guide.

I’m attending a school that has an articulation agreement with SUNY Potsdam. Where can my current academic advisor find documentation on it?

Articulation agreements and advising guides are available on the SUNY Potsdam Articulation Agreements & Advising Guides page.

How can I see campus?

We offer a variety of campus visit options. Find visit information, including event registration forms, on our Visiting SUNY Potsdam page.

Campus visit events of special interest to transfer students include:

  • Transfer Visit Days - offered in November, March and April
  • Transfer Overnight Visit - offered in February
  • Open House – offered on multiple Saturdays during Fall and Spring semesters
  • Individual Visits - offered Monday to Friday throughout the year
  • Virtual Tour

How do I know if I'm a transfer student?

If you were a matriculated student at an accredited college or university following high school completion, you are considered a transfer student.

How many transfer students enroll each year?

350+ students transfer to Potsdam annually.

What grade point average should I have for admission

SUNY Potsdam recommends a 2.25 cumulative college GPA for admission. A 3.0 GPA is required to officially declare a teacher education major.

When should I apply?

SUNY Potsdam has rolling admission so we review applications as they are completed. While we typically enroll new transfer students up to the beginning of each spring/fall semester, we recommend applying for the spring term by December 1 and the fall term by March 1.

How do I apply as a transfer student?

You can apply using either the SUNY Application or the Common Application.

We will need official transcripts from all colleges you have attended and proof of high school completion (Final HS transcript/TASC/GED results). Please have transcripts/score reports sent to the Office of Admissions.

How do I apply as an international transfer student?

Detailed information for international transfer students interested in applying to SUNY Potsdam is available here.

It is also important to connect with the International Education Office.

Where do I send my transcript and other transfer materials?

Official high school and college transcripts should be sent to:

SUNY Potsdam Office of Admissions
44 Pierrepont Ave.

Potsdam, NY 13676

Official Electronic Transcripts are accepted by SUNY Potsdam.

Other documents can be emailed to transfer@potsdam.edu or faxed to (315)267-2163.

How will my credits transfer, and how will I get them evaluated?

You can use our course equivalency tables to see how your courses will transfer to SUNY Potsdam. For courses not listed in the course equivalency tables, please contact us at transfer@potsdam.edu.

An official transfer credit evaluation is mailed with the offer of admission. An unofficial transfer credit review can be requested at any time.

Does SUNY Potsdam accept Advanced Placement, IB, CLEP, and Military credits? If I earned college credits in high school, will they transfer?

Yes, to both questions! In order to grant transfer credit, we will need official documentation from the source where the credit was earned.

For example: You can submit: official AP, IB, or CLEP score reports; Joint Services Transcript (JST) or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) reports for most military credits; or official transcript(s) for credit earned at another college; click here to view undergraduate transfer credit policies including AP and CLEP transfer equivalents.

When will I receive my admissions decision?

October 1st is the date we begin sending admission decision letters to students that have completed their application. Admission decisions are processed once we receive all required application materials. An official transfer credit evaluation is mailed with the acceptance letter.

How do I declare a major when I apply?

Transfer students can apply as undeclared/exploratory students. For financial aid purposes, students transferring with junior standing (at least 57 credits) will need to declare a major when it comes time to register for first-semester Potsdam classes.

Can I apply for EOP as a transfer student?

You can be considered for EOP if you were previously enrolled in an EOP, HEOP, SEEK, or College Discovery program.

If your previous college did not have EOP or a similar program, you may be considered for transfer eligibility and should notify the Office of Admissions of your interest in EOP.

There are a limited number of spaces available in EOP so applying and submitting all application materials in a timely manner is very important.

What should I do if I am a veteran?

If you are a Veteran or a Dependent, you should connect with Potsdam’s Military & Veterans Student Services Coordinator, Jeff Gerrish, at gerrisja@potsdam.edu or (315) 267-3398.

Am I a transfer student if I was previously enrolled as a Potsdam student, left the college, and now want to return with transfer credit?

No. Any undergraduate student that previously attended Potsdam and wants to return goes through the process of undergraduate readmission through the Registrar’s Office.

Potsdam will need official college transcripts showing any coursework completed while you were away.

As a new transfer student, when do I register for classes?

Admitted transfer students that choose Potsdam and decide to pay the enrollment deposit are mailed a packet with access to a Potsdam Campus Computer Account (CCA) and a web link to detailed instructions explaining how to proceed.

These packets begin being mailed at the following times:

  • Spring semester transfer students: mid-November
  • Fall semester transfer students: mid-March

You will use your CCA information to log into BearPaws and sign-up for an Orientation session. Then, you will be able to schedule a class advising/registration appointment to do over the phone or in person.

When do I meet with my academic advisor?

First-semester transfer students are advised by specially trained transfer advisors. You can do your advising appointment over the phone or in person. Specific advising and class registration information is provided at the time of enrollment.

Where do I find my graduation requirements?

You can use the Undergraduate Catalog to see the required courses for each academic program, as well as the general education requirements.

A transfer credit evaluation is provided with the acceptance letter. A transfer professional in the Admissions Office will be happy to discuss your path to baccalaureate degree completion. Contact us at transfer@potsdam.edu.

 

Are scholarships offered to transfer students?

Yes! If you have a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher, you are encouraged to apply for transfer scholarship funding.

Visit our Scholarships page for more information, including the scholarship application.

Can I receive financial aid?

Yes. Over 80% of SUNY Potsdam students receive Financial Aid. Please be sure to submit the FAFSA (if applicable) in a timely manner.

How do I access my semester bill?

Students receive an email (to their Potsdam email account) from the Student Accounts Office when the semester bill is available.

The bill can’t be generated until a student registers for classes.

The E-bill is located in the Student Services & Financial Aid section of BearPAWS.

Are there health services on campus?

Student Health Services and the Counseling Center are located on the first floor of Van Housen Hall.

Both areas provide a ton of support for Potsdam students.

What types of housing options are available for transfer students?

Transfer students can make all the same housing requests as any new Potsdam student. Residence Hall information is available here.

Additionally, the Transfer House in Lehman Hall is special campus housing just for transfer students!

How do I meet people and get involved on campus?

It is very easy to get involved on campus and meet new people. There are almost 100 clubs and organizations on campus, and if there is not a club that sounds interesting to you, you can create your own!

There are also lots of athletic events, music/dance/theatre performances, outdoor activities, three other local colleges, and much more.