New Student Registration

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New Student Registration is held prior to the start of each semester to assist entering students with the registration process. This process includes:

  • Testing to determine proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics skills for proper course placement, and in order to provide academic assistance as needed.

  • An opportunity to talk with an advisor regarding program and course selection.

  • Being cleared to register for courses.

Students will receive specific instructions on how to proceed when accepted for admission.

Academic Advisement

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The goal of the academic advisement system is to assist students in planning academic programs consistent with their degree and/or career objectives. Academic advisors provide specific information and guidance to students; however, the individual student is responsible for decisions related to implementation and for satisfying institutional requirements.

During General and New Student Registration Programs, academic advisement is provided by faculty and professional staff serving as members of academic department/special service teams.

Full-Time Students. Following initial matriculation (admission, assessment, advisement and registration), each full-time student is assigned an academic advisor who is a member of the Faculty. Adviser assignments are made according to the student's program of study and are intended to be continuous throughout the student's college career, unless a program change requires modification. It is expected that each student will arrange to meet with the academic advisor at least once each semester for individual consultation and program planning.

Part-Time and Non-Matriculated Students. General advisement services are provided on a continuous basis throughout the academic year as a service to part-time and non-matriculated students, and as a supplement to individual advisor assignments. These services are provided by professional staff members in the Academic Advisement Center in conjunction with the academic departments and the Office of Academic Services.

Course Selection Approval. All students must have their planned schedules reviewed and signed by an academic advisor prior to registration. Exceptions to this review are granted to non-matriculated students who choose to self-advise.

New Student Registration

Registration is conducted prior to each semester as indicated in the official College calendar.

Students who wish to earn a degree or certificate, or who wish to be eligible for state or federal financial aid, and are matriculating for the first time, register for courses through the new student registration process. Each student will have an individual meeting with an academic advisor so that any concerns and questions regarding the selection of courses can be properly addressed. The sessions give new students an introduction to the registration process, to academic assessment, and to academic advisement.

Continuing and returning students have the opportunity to advance register for classes. Notification of advance registration is sent to all students currently enrolled in classes at the College.

A Program and Courses Directory, which includes a schedule of day and evening course offerings, is published prior to the start of each semester. The course schedule is mailed to Schenectady County residences. Residents of other counties may request copies by calling the Office of Continuing Education. The schedule provides students with a convenient "mail-in" registration form.

Students who wish to take courses, but who have not yet decided to enroll in a program, may register for courses during general registration.


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