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Student Support Services

SUNY Schenectady's Student Support Services includes ADA Transition Services (i.e., disability resources and services), Student Activities, and the Veterans Resource Office. All of our programs are designed to facilitate personal and academic success. They are founded on a model that regards wellness as an active process which includes the self-awareness and choices one makes when interacting with the world on the quest towards a meaningful and successful life.


The purpose of Student Support Services is to encourage the pursuit of healthy lifestyles that balance academics, leisure, family, and life commitments. We take a holistic approach, viewing wellness as a multidimensional concept.

Student Support Services seeks to fulfill its purpose by partnering with faculty, students, staff, and community members. All our programs embrace diversity, respect, access, and equality, along with a sense of individual and shared responsibility.

  • The IDEAL (Interactional Diversity, Engagement, And Leadership) Program has developed within this context. Its purpose is to provide an immediately accessible student-to-student connection across the diverse SUNY Schenectady student community, promote an inclusive environment in which students with differing backgrounds and characteristics feel welcome and valued, and provide students an opportunity to develop leadership skills. Students involved in the Program assist during new student orientations, serve as informal mentors to new students, and lead various programs throughout the year.

Helpful Community Resources

Housing, Child Care, DSS Assistance

Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP)

Applying for SNAP Benefits

Catholic Charities

Emergency Housing

Safe, Inc.

City Mission (men)
425 Hamilton St., Schenectady 
518-346-2275 Ext. 312

Family Life Center (women/women with children)
311 Clinton St., Schenectady
518-346-2275 Ext. 324

24-hour Domestic Violence Assistance

YWCA of Northeastern NY

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Non-criminal Legal Matters, Eviction/Foreclosure Issues, Problems with DSS or Social Security

Legal Aid Society

Medical Care, Housing, Transportation, Emergency Food

Bethesda House
834 State St., Schenectady
(CDTA Bus 355)