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SUNY Potsdam Welcomes New & Returning Students with Carnival & Activities

August 11, 2023

SUNY Potsdam Celebrates the Incoming Class of 2027 & Greets Returning Students for Fall Semester 

SUNY Potsdam welcomes new students with its First-Year Funnel every fall, with faculty and staff gathering to cheer on freshmen as they arrive on campus. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 5 p.m.

SUNY Potsdam is preparing to welcome its 207th class of new students, as the Class of 2027 is set to settle in on campus and hundreds of students get ready to return for the fall semester. 

As we open the doors to a new academic year at SUNY Potsdam, I extend a warm welcome to both our returning students and the Class of 2027. I just know that your energy and enthusiasm will infuse our campus with renewed life and purpose this fall. We can’t wait to greet you and your families, as we look forward to a new semester and a successful start to the academic year,” said President Dr. Suzanne Smith.   

Welcome Weekend will take place from Thursday, Aug. 24 to Sunday, Aug. 27. SUNY Potsdam is projected to welcome approximately 800 new students this fall, including undergraduate first-time and transfer students, as well as new graduate students. This marks the second consecutive year of increasing numbers of new students. 

The incoming Class of 2027 will arrive on Thursday, Aug. 24. First-year students and their families will be buzzing around campus and the village on move-in day. New students will be greeted by faculty, staff and upperclassmen during the First-Year Funnel at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Campus community members will cheer on the long line of new students, as they walk to their New Student Convocation. 

President Smith has begun a new tradition for all new students. At Convocation, each student will be presented with a special silver challenge coin. The coins are meant for each student to keep throughout their journey at SUNY Potsdam, as a reminder of the importance of finding a support system and considering the important role that others play in our personal success. As students approach Commencement, they will be invited to share their coin with someone who made a difference in their education and in their life—whether it be a professor, a staff mentor, a family member or friend. In return, all new graduates will receive a special maroon challenge coin of their own to keep at Commencement. 

The Welcome Weekend celebrations will continue through Sunday, with orientation, a carnival, a Student Union takeover, outdoor games and a karaoke/glow party at the Marshall Park Bandshell, among many other activities. Returning students will arrive throughout the weekend.  

The Fall 2023 semester kicks off on Monday, Aug. 28, with classes commencing in the morning. 

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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 2,500 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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