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First Year Programs

SUNY Potsdam is the first school in the SUNY system to merge academics, residential accommodations, and the faculty into one first year program!

  • Transitions/Orientation
    Become familiar with your orientation and introduction process, our First Year Success Seminar and other programs sponsored by this office.
  • First Year Experience Program
    Explore the residential component of the first year program available at SUNY Potsdam.
  • First Year Success Seminar (FYSS)
    Part of being enrolled in First Year Success Seminar is that new first-year students share a common experience that will enhance their learning in and outside the college classroom. This year those enrolled in FYSS will share the common experience of writing their first college essay that the FYSS instructor will collect the first day of class.
If you have any questions about our first year programs, please contact Annette Robbins (Director, Student and Family Transitions) at


"The First Year Success Seminar is a course tailored to meet my needs as a new college student!"