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First-Year Connect Program

All incoming first-year students at SUNY Potsdam will get the opportunity to participate in the First-Year Connect (1YC) program as a core part of Orientation. This innovative new program aims to help incoming students build trust, engagement, and community—before you’ve even stepped foot on campus.

Prepare to join our close-knit campus community by getting to know your classmates on a deeper level. When you arrive for move-in day, you’ll already have connections—and maybe even a few new friends.

New students will connect online, via Soliya’s virtual video-conferencing platform, between July 20 and Aug. 14, 2020. Sessions will be guided by experienced Soliya dialogue facilitators and some of our own SUNY Potsdam faculty and students. First-Year Connect is built on a deep commitment to constructive engagement, while creating a sense of belonging for all.

“Whatever you’re going through… none of that matters. You’re just allowed to be yourself. Your voice matters. What you have to say matters.” --Rama Muhammed ’21