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Transfer Agreements Pave Way to SUNY Potsdam from SUNY Adirondack

January 26, 2021

SUNY Potsdam Bachelor of Science Degrees in Community Health, Exercise Science More Readily Available to Adirondack Students 

Tanya Hewitt, chair of the SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Public Health and Human Performance, works with a student in her personal training class. New transfer agreements allow SUNY Adirondack associate degree holders to easily transfer to SUNY Potsdam Bachelor of Science degree programs in community health and exercise science.

Two new agreements finalized last week will allow health education and liberal arts, math and science students to easily transfer from SUNY Adirondack to SUNY Potsdam, where they can complete bachelors degrees in community health and exercise science fields. Adirondack graduates holding associate degrees will enter Potsdam as juniors and be able to finish Bachelor of Science degrees with an additional two years of full-time enrollment. 

We’re thrilled to enter into this partnership with SUNY Adirondack. We’re certain this is a wonderful fitallowing their graduates to seamlessly enter degree pathways that lead to high-impact careers,” said Tanya Hewitt, chair of the SUNY Potsdam Department of Public Health and Human Performance. 

With application fees waived, associate degree holders with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher are guaranteed transfer to Potsdam. Scholarships are available for students with a GPA of 3.0 and higher. Students who have earned an associate degree in the liberal arts, math and science with a health education concentration at Adirondack will be on track to enter the undergraduate program for a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from SUNY Potsdam. The degree readies graduates to become leaders in the increasingly vital public health field—preparing them for careers in substance abuse prevention, nutrition education, sex education, disease and injury prevention, therapeutic recreation and environmental health advocacy.  

SUNY Adirondack students of liberal arts, math and science can transfer to the SUNY Potsdam exercise science sports performance track, focusing on the scientific and applied study of the human body with regard to performance and prevention of injury. SUNY Potsdams exercise science program is part of the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Education Recognition program, preparing students to work in fitness and sports training.  

Christopher Torres, an assistant professor and coordinator for the exercise science program at SUNY Potsdam, center, conducts a VO2 max and aerobic threshold test with Adam Smith, right, an instructor in the wilderness education program.

Both our exercise science and community health undergraduate degrees prepare students to enter some of our nation’s most rapidly growing occupational fields,” Hewitt said. “We’re excited to be a part of these students’ academic journeys. 

Those interested in learning more about these and other academic programs offered at SUNY Adirondack and SUNY Potsdam can contact Adirondack’s admissions office at (518) 743-2200, or Potsdam’s office of admissions at (315) 267-2180. 

The SUNY Potsdam Department of Public Health and Human Performance offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in community health, as well as a Bachelor of Science major in exercise science. In addition, the department offers minors in wilderness education, therapeutic recreation, nutrition, sexual health, fitness and community health. To find out more, visit 

About SUNY Adirondack: SUNY Adirondack is a community college with a growing campus of the nation’s largest university, the State University of New York. With locations in Queensbury and Wilton, SUNY Adirondack also offers online courses, on-campus housing at the Queensbury campus and serves students via credit and continuing education programs. Learn more at 

About SUNY Potsdam: Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit 

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