Onondaga and SUNY Potsdam Announce 2+2 Partnership Agreement


Onondaga Community College and SUNY Potsdam today announced a “2+2 partnership agreement.” It allows students who earn their associate degree at Onondaga to transfer to SUNY Potsdam with junior status where they can complete their baccalaureate degree.

Onondaga President Dr. Casey Crabill and SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dr. Dennis L. Hefner formally signed the agreement at Onondaga this morning.

Effective immediately students can register for the new 2+2 program, which will require them to complete two years of prescribed coursework at Onondaga for an associate degree, and continue on with coursework to earn a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Potsdam in just 2 years.

The agreement covers 7 degree programs at Onondaga including Computer Science, Childhood Education, Criminal Justice, and Music. A total of 53 degree programs at SUNY Potsdam are part of the agreement including Biology, Business, Mathematics, and Physics.

Students enrolled in the 2+2 program will receive academic advising from both Onondaga and SUNY Potsdam advisors throughout the program. With today’s signing Onondaga now has 2+2 agreements with 6 colleges and universities: University at Buffalo, St. John Fisher, 

Le Moyne College, SUNY Alfred, and Syracuse University. SUNY Potsdam has similar transfer agreements with North Country Community College and Clinton Community College. It is working on transfer agreements with Jefferson Community College and SUNY Canton.

“SUNY Potsdam is proud to enter into this new partnership with Onondaga Community College. This agreement makes it even easier for OCC associate graduates to continue their education at Potsdam. Through the years, OCC students attending Potsdam have excelled in their chosen academic disciplines. For example, Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has long enjoyed a great relationship with the excellent Onondaga music program, which every year transfers a number of talented students,” said SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dr. Dennis L. Hefner.

“This partnership with SUNY Potsdam presents our students with wonderful opportunities. Students pursuing a 4-year degree now have the ability to continue their education at SUNY Potsdam after getting a great start here at Onondaga. It is especially significant for students in our signature Music program who will now have a seamless pathway to SUNY Potsdam’s prestigious Crane School of Music. SUNY Potsdam is a tremendous institution and we are thrilled to be collaborating with them,” said Onondaga President Dr. Casey Crabill.