Admissions COVID-19 FAQs
Answers to commonly asked admissions questions surrounding COVID-19. We will be updating this page regularly with new information as it becomes available. For additional campus news and updates and COVID-19 information, please visit the college’s main COVID-19 page.
President’s Update for Accepted Students
What is the deadline for submitting my admissions deposit?
The formal deposit deadline for Spring 2021 semester students is December 1 and Fall 2021 semester students is May 1, unless stated differently on your acceptance letter.
If your deposit deadline has passed and you are still interested in attending SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact the admissions office at [email protected] to discuss a deposit extension.
What happens to my admissions deposit if classes are held online this spring?
A $250 admissions deposit is required. The deposit will be applied to your bill for the semester in which you are matriculating, whether that be online or on campus.
Is SUNY Plattsburgh test optional?
SUNY Plattsburgh is going test optional for the 2021–22 year. Submitting standardized test scores for admissions review will now be optional if you plan to enroll in the Spring 2021, Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester.
We will continue to conduct a holistic review of your application for admissions consideration. This includes a review of your grades, program of study, academic and non-academic achievements and activities, as well as exam scores (if submitted).
Can I defer my application to another semester?
Students may decide to defer their application for up to one year from the initial semester they applied. Students must fill out a deferral application to begin the deferral process.
Note: If you are an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) student, you must complete the EOP Summer Institute in order to defer your application to a future semester.
Will I be able to live on campus for the upcoming academic year?
Yes, SUNY Plattsburgh has returned to full campus residential living while preserving vacant rooms for students exposed or who test positive for COVID-19.
Students living on-campus only have access to their assigned residence hall and no off-campus student will have access to our residence halls. Our on-campus plan includes training and awareness for social distancing, guidelines for common areas (e.g., lounges, bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, elevators) and residence hall programming that will continue with a strong virtual/remote component. It also includes wearing face coverings when outside students’ assigned room.
On-campus residential students will be scheduled to return to campus from Sunday, February 7 through Tuesday, February 9. Campus Housing and Community Living will coordinate the move-in process with on-campus students.
On-campus students should log into their Housing Portal where they will find their assigned move-in date and time frame. The dates for our staggered move-in are:
- Sunday, February 7, 2021
- Monday, February 8, 2021
- Tuesday, February 9, 2021
To maintain proper social distancing and move-in density, students must arrive to move-in during their assigned time frame. We ask that students make every effort to keep this assigned date/time, but know that there may be a conflict. If so, students will have the ability to request a change to that date/time. We will make every effort to accommodate the request, but we must maintain our density levels and social distancing.
Students who are enrolled in an Educational Experience (internship, student teaching, etc.) that necessitates an early arrival date, and students with very extreme situations will be considered for an early move-in date. To request an early move-in date, students must send a request, with a detailed justification for review to [email protected]. Each student’s request will be reviewed and a decision will be communicated to the student. Students should not make travel arrangements before receiving permission, as permission to move in early is not guaranteed.
Requirements for Coming to Campus
- Beginning two weeks (14 days) before you return to campus, you must complete the campus’ daily Health Screening form each day.
- Beginning seven (7) days before you return to campus, you are asked to limit your exposure to others. SUNY is directing students to submit an electronic attestation form that they have done so. The form will be online on the college’s COVID-19 Health Screening Form page.
- As you return to campus, you must do or have done one of the following:
- Present evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within three (3) days prior to return, or
- Participate in on-campus COVID-19 testing as soon as possible but no later than five (5) days of returning to campus and have a negative test result prior to attending face-to-face classes, or
- Present documentation of a positive diagnostic result for COVID-19 from the prior three-month period.
Documentation for students residing on campus should be sent to the housing office, [email protected]. Documentation for students residing off campus should be sent to the Student Health and Counseling Center, [email protected].
On-campus pooled surveillance testing for COVID-19 will be conducted Monday, Feb. 8 through Thursday, Feb. 11 for those needing to fulfill the testing requirement.
Will there be triples on campus in the fall semester?
No, students will not be tripled. However, double occupancy rooms will continue to be in place.
Events & Activities
Are all campus events cancelled?
- Large campus events have been cancelled or postponed.
- The Office of Admissions is hosting numerous on-campus presentations, campus tours and appointments with social distancing protocols in place.
Are admissions advisors traveling to meet prospective students at events near me?
Admissions travel is restricted until further notice. In the meantime, we encourage you to register for a virtual one-on-one appointment with an admissions advisor. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about your academic program of study, the admissions and enrollment process and next steps, student life and more.
Will student activities and athletics be available this fall?
Cardinal Athletics teams will not take part in fall or winter sports seasons.
SUNYAC presidents, in consultation with athletic directors at the 10 member institutions, suspended this athletic competition. The SUNYAC conference will continue to explore all options for a safe return to intercollegiate athletics.
However, club training, support meetings, education and other steps to support the full range of student life experiences, both in-person as able and virtually, is important and are being advanced.
I am experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, can I receive a deposit fee
Deposit fee waivers are granted on a case-by-case basis. If you are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, please contact your admissions advisor to explain your situation.
Will my financial aid package change due to COVID-19?
There have been no changes to financial aid packages at this time, and we do not anticipate any changes. However, if you are experiencing financial hardship, FAFSA adjustments can be made for those who qualify. To be considered, please fill out the appropriate financial aid special circumstances consideration form.
Campus Health & Safety
Will I need to take a COVID test before coming to campus?
All students, faculty and staff must pre-screen daily for travel history, COVID-19 history and COVID-19 symptoms for two weeks before returning to campus.
Any student who plans to live on campus, take at least one on campus class, utilize campus services (e.g., library, gym, dining) or work on campus will:
- Be required to quarantine for seven days before returning to campus and submit an electronic attestation for that they have done so.
- Present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three (3) days prior to return OR participate in on-campus COVID-19 testing as soon as possible, but no later than five days of returning to campus OR present documentation of a positive diagnostic result for COVID-19 from the prior 3-month period.
- Inform the campus of any known contacts with COVID-19 positive individuals, any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or a positive test result for COVID-19.
What health/safety precautions is the college taking to reduce the spread of COVID-19?
Daily health screens have been implemented through paper and online forms that comply with state requirements.
Students, faculty and staff self screen daily. If the answer to any of the screening questions is “yes,” a message will appear stating that the individual must not report to class or any other activity outside of their residence and must notify the Student Health and Counseling Center immediately.
Pooled Surveillance Testing
SUNY Plattsburgh is using pooled surveillance testing for COVID-19, an innovative method where numerous samples can be run as part of one test. SUNY’s pooled testing approach was developed and validated by Upstate Medical’s laboratory and Quadrant Biosciences using saliva samples.
Is counseling provided for students struggling with the COVID-19 impact?
The health and safety of our students is our first priority. We offer mental health and counseling services to currently enrolled students. Although we may not be able to meet in-person, we are prepared to virtually support you for as long as COVID-19 distances us.
Students may set up counseling appointments via Zoom or via telephone. Visit the mental health and counseling services page for more details and contact information. As a reminder, you have 24/7 access to the NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline by calling 1-844-863-9314.
What if I can’t get into the doctor’s office or a clinic prior to the start of the
semester to complete my health forms?
If students cannot get to meet with their doctor the student health center will be offering appointments and will fill out the health history at the time of your visit. You must submit your immunization records and a signed meningitis response form before you come to campus.
What cleaning protocols are taking place across campus?
We are following safe and proper cleaning practices across campus. Bathrooms and common areas are cleaned daily. Routine cleaning for infrequently touched areas and areas unoccupied for seven or more days will continue.
Our cleaning and disinfection methods are well managed. Procedures have been implemented to avoid duplicative cleaning of spaces across campus. Self-cleaning supplies are available across campus.
Orientation & Classes
Will orientation be held on campus this spring?
Yes, there will be a live Spring 2021 virtual orientation on January 14 from 6 – 9:45 p.m.
Will classes be held online this spring?
Currently, the college is offering a blended academic delivery model, focused on on-campus instruction, research and scholarship activities as far as possible while keeping faculty, students and staff safe. A significant component of remote learning will be included.
Social distancing is integrated into academic life, as well. Classes that are face-to-face, along with labs, are offered in ways that allow the students and faculty to maintain safety. Masks are required in face-to-face classes.
Classroom capacities based on social distancing requirements have been calculated. Face-to-face courses are assigned to classrooms using these capacities. Instructional spaces for which there are no right-sized classes will not be used.
Spring 2021 Semester
The spring semester start for all-remote classes is Monday, Feb. 1. The shift to on-campus formats begins Monday, Feb. 15.
This new schedule simply shifts everything forward a week from the plan previously outlined. We made the change due to local health and safety guidance and to scale up robust pooled surveillance testing for the full semester.
Details on move-in requirements, support services and other matters will be shared soon. Ahead of those aspects, here are key points:
The first two weeks of the semester will be delivered remotely as planned — fully online — to all students.
- Returning residential students will be given scheduled times soon for their return to campus.
- Non-essential staff will be permitted to extend current remote work during the first two weeks of the semester, returning to campus Monday, Feb. 15.
- Following public health guidelines, there will continue to be no spring break.
- Final exam week will run May 8-14.
- Spring Commencement is tentatively scheduled for May 15. Details on the format will be developed over the coming weeks.
Can I take classes online if the campus reopens for in-person classes?
We do offer online programs and courses as an alternative to classroom learning. Students may enroll in online courses, but please note courses may be limited and some majors are not eligible to complete 100% online.
How are hands-on learning opportunities in my major going to change with COVID-19?
Students are still able to participate in clinical practicums, research, and applied learning experiences with proper social distancing measures in place.
Will SUNY Plattsburgh accept pass/fail coursework from other colleges?
Yes, SUNY Plattsburgh will accept pass (P) grades for all courses taken during the Spring 2020 semester. This includes general education courses and courses required for the student’s major.
Will SUNY Plattsburgh accept my AP credit if I took the exam online?
Credit is generally awarded for Advanced Placement (AP) examination scores of ‘3’ or better. This policy is the same for students taking the AP exam online.