First-Year Student Experience

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First-Year Student Experience at SUNY Plattsburgh

Stand Out From the Start

We'd like to welcome you to your first year at college. This will be an exciting and challenging time in your life - full of growth and rewards.

Photo of SUNY Plattsburgh student sitting in class Your first year can be confusing, overwhelming, exciting, and fun. We are here to help you in any way we can. SUNY Plattsburgh is committed to the quality of life of each and every first- year student.

When you successfully complete your degree here, you will have accomplished many goals and grow in all aspects of your life: intellectually, socially, philosophically, and more.

Opportunities abound for cultural events, social activities, athletic and intramural sports, and discussion forums, among many areas. Take advantage by learning about what's available on campus.

First-Year Housing Option

Whiteface and Wilson residence halls are dedicated to first-year students. Many special services are provided in these residence halls including: specially selected and trained Resident Assistants, Community Advocates, and Resident Directors.  During the fall semester there will be discussion and interaction in floor meetings and through other programming activities on the topics of college transition issues.

Make Friends/Get Involved/Activities

Whether you come from a large city or a small town, we have activities, events, clubs, and special weekends that will keep you busy, keep you laughing, and enrich your life in many ways.

Academic Struggles? Feeling Stressed?

There are many offices and people that want to assist you during your first year on campus.  Contact Dean Steve Matthews with any concerns - academic or otherwise.  Don't forget your faculty advisor is available to assist you.  Check out the Learning Center with their wonderful  resources and Academic Personal Trainers.  We're all here to help you. 


Contact Information

For more information about the First-Year Student Experience at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Michael Cashman, Assistant Director of Campus Activities
Office: Center for Student Involvement
Location: Angell College Center 110
Phone: (518) 564-4830
Email: [email protected]
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Email: [email protected]