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Winter Session

Winter Session at SUNY Schenectady

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Earn three credits in three weeks online this winter at SUNY Schenectady. At $201 a credit (NY state residents), SUNY Schenectady is an affordable choice. Stay on track to graduate or get ahead. Visiting students home on vacation welcome!

Please note: At maximum a student may take one course (3 credits) during the 3-week Winter Session.

Winter Session runs December 26, 2023 - January 12, 2024.

Offices Open Virtually at the Start of Winter Session:

The College is closed from December 25-January 1 for Winter Break. Certain offices will have limited virtual hours to assist students starting Winter Session classes.

  • The Office of Academic Advising can be reached by emailing or calling 518-381-1277.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 26 – 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Dec. 27 – 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • The Registrar's Office can be reached by emailing or calling 518-381-1348.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 26 – 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Dec. 27 – 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • The IT Help Desk can be reached by submitting a ticket via Self Service at or calling 518-381-1487 (please leave a message and someone will return your call)
    • Tuesday, Dec. 26 – 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Dec. 27 – 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • The College Store will be open the first day of Winter Session classes for last-minute online order pick-up and in-store purchases: Tuesday, Dec. 26 - 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Important Winter Session dates:

  • Last day to Drop a course IN-PERSON with no financial liability: Fri. Dec. 22 by 4:30 p.m.
  • Last day to Drop a course ONLINE (through email, etc.) with no financial liability: Mon. Dec. 25 by 11:55 p.m.
  • Last day to Add a course: Tues. Dec. 26 (online or through email)
  • Can Drop course with 25% tuition refund: Tues. Dec. 26 by 11:55 p.m. To make this election email Include your student ID in the email.
  • Can Withdraw (grade of W) with 25% refund: begins Wed. Dec. 27 through Tues. Jan. 2 when the College reopens. Withdraw request received by email during this time period will be processed on Jan. 3.
  • Withdraw with no refund (full tuition liability): Wed. Jan. 3 – Tues. Jan. 9.

Purchasing course material through the College Store for Winter Session: 

  • Financial Aid accounts will be open for Winter Session only December 12 through December 26. All other forms of purchase for online ordering are available now through December 26.
  • All online orders for Winter Session must be placed through The College Store by 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 21.
  • All in-store course purchases and online order pick up should be made before 2 p.m. on Friday, December 23.
  • The College store will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 26 and not reopen until 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2.

General registration is going on now.

  • Students enrolled in a degree or certificate program need to meet with their advisor to get a PIN number.
  • Students not enrolled in a program:
    • If you have taken a class at SUNY Schenectady at any time in the past year, you may register online beginning October 10; you do not need a PIN.

General registration is going on now.

Please stop by the Registrar's Office in Elston Hall, 212 to get started. If you can't make it to campus, call 518-381-1348 or e-mail and the Registrar's Office will work with you to get registered.

How to find Winter Session classes:

  1. Select the course you would like.
    1. On the first screen under "Search by Term," select "Spring 2024" and hit the "Submit" button
    2. On the second screen in the "Part of Term" selection box, scroll to select "Winter Term (Late December)"
    3. Hit the "Class Search" button at the bottom of the page to view all the Winter Session courses
  2. Download and complete the Registration Form.
  3. E-mail the Registrar your completed Registration Form.

Important info for visiting students:

      • Certificate of Residence
      • Transcript Information - if you are a visiting student from another college and would like to transfer your SUNY Schenectady credit, you will need to request an official transcript be sent at the completion of the winter session. Always check with your home institution for transferability of the course you are taking.
      • Tuition and Fees

Please call 518-381-1366 or stop by the Admissions Office in the Welcome Center in Elston Hall, or e-mail for more information. If you're ready to enroll, your first step is to apply online.