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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

SUNY Potsdam Signs Transfer Agreement with Westchester Community College 

July 30, 2021

SUNY Potsdam & Westchester Community College Sign Transfer Agreement for Students Pursuing Degrees in Environmental Studies or Exercise Science 

Hilary Drake ’19, right, works with Megan Schneider ’23 during a personal training course at SUNY Potsdam, as part of the college’s exercise science program.

SUNY Potsdam and Westchester Community College have signed a new transfer agreement enabling WCC students who have earned either an Associate in Science (AS) degree in environmental studies or in health and human performance, to pursue their Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in environmental studies or their Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in exercise science, respectively, at Potsdam.

WCC students who graduate with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in those associate programs will be guaranteed acceptance to SUNY Potsdam and will transfer with junior status. Students who participate in this program will have up to 64 credits applied toward completion of the articulated SUNY Potsdam bachelor’s degree program. Students will need to complete a minimum of 45 upper-division credits, of which 15 must be in the major, to satisfy SUNY Potsdam’s baccalaureate degree requirements. Transferring students with a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply for transfer scholarship money. 

Dr. Katherine Cleary, left an assistant professor of environmental studies at SUNY Potsdam, works with Riley Nofarthomas '23 during a field trip to the Adirondacks.

“We are thrilled to partner with Westchester Community College to offer new pathways for students to further their studies in two of our most hands-on majors—environmental studies and exercise science. WCC graduates are well prepared to succeed in our baccalaureate programs, and we know they will thrive here at Potsdam and in their future careers,” said Dr. Bette Bergeron, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Potsdam. 

“This articulation agreement is an exciting new pathway for our students to advance their academic career in high-demand fields,” said Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President of Westchester Community College. “SUNY Potsdam provides our graduates with the opportunity to seamlessly transition to an excellent four-year institution where they can prepare for a career that will help themselves, their families, and their communities.” 

Students interested in learning more about this transfer opportunity should visit www.sunywcc.edu/sunypotsdam-transfer

About Westchester Community College: 
Westchester Community College provides over 31,000 full-time and part-time students with an education taught by award-winning faculty at one of the lowest tuition rates in New York State. The college offers over 60 degree and certificate programs, including innovative programs in such high-demand fields as cybersecurity, health information technology, respiratory therapy, and digital filmmaking. The college reflects the rich diversity of its region and was the first SUNY campus to be designated a Hispanic Serving Institution. To learn more, visit www.sunywcc.edu. 

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 www.potsdam.edu

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