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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates


As a Bridges student, you have direct access to some of the most helpful resources available at SUNY Potsdam. The following services are available to all Bridges participants:

Orientation Program

  • All new Bridges students are assigned to Bridges Adviser who will contact them over the summer to discuss course selection.
  • You will also meet with the Bridges staff during your orientation to review program services, to sign a learning contract which specifies your obligations as a Bridges student.

Counseling Assistance

  • You will be assigned to a Bridges Adviser who will serve as your main contact with our program.
  • Your Bridges Adviser provides assistance with personal, academic, social, financial and career concerns. We can also refer you to the College Counseling Center for additional support.
  • As a new student you will be expected to meet with your Bridges Adviser at least once per month during your first year to review your academic progress and to discuss any concerns.
  • The amount of required contact during your second semester depends upon your academic standing at the conclusion of your first semester.

Course Scheduling

  • All Bridges students are encouraged to consult with their Bridges Adviser regarding their course selections for the second semester.
  • In addition to helping you select and register for appropriate courses, we also ensure that you understand the college's General Education Program and other important academic requirements.

Tutoring Assistance

  • You can receive, upon request, free tutoring assistance in any of your content courses from a variety of sources.
  • Group tutoring is available to you through the Student Success Center in Sisson Hall. The SUNY Potsdam Writer's Block and Math Lab provide individual tutoring for applicable courses. Some students may also be eligible for free one-on-one tutoring through TRIO.

Bridges Group Meetings

  • During each semester you are expected to attend group meetings which are designed to assist in your successful transition to SUNY Potsdam.
  • These meetings will cover a variety of academic issues and other related topics, from course selection to financial aid.
  • The Bridges Program will contact you directly at the beginning of each semester and throughout the year to announce meeting schedules and topics.

Selecting A Major

  • Since over half of our students enter their first year without a major field of study (we call this an "Undeclared/Exploratory" major), a focus of the Bridges program is to assist you in this selection.
  • During the fall semester, you will attend the college's “Major Affair” program designed to introduce you to academic departments and programs at Potsdam. You will continue to explore these options and opportunities with your Bridges Adviser throughout the year.
  • Bridges encourages activities designed to help you clarify your career goals and select the major which best prepares you to meet them. In particular, “Undeclared/Exploratory” students are asked to enroll in a career development course, which is offered for course credit through the college.
  • Once you officially declare a major, you will be assigned a faculty advisor in your chosen department. However, you are still encouraged and expected to meet regularly with your Bridges Adviser.