Prepare to Meet Your Advisor

There are two main types of conversations a student should have with an Advisor during the semester:

1. Academic Advising with your Advisor to discuss program requirements, academic planning, goal setting, academic skills, referrals to support services or opportunities on campus, etc. This conversation should occur early in the semester (September-October; February-March).

To prepare for Academic Advising follow these steps:

  1. Review degree requirements in the online College catalog
  2. Consider how your degree program fits into your academic, career and life goals
  3. Think about your academic experience so far: What has been most rewarding? What has been most challenging? What things might improve or enhance your experience?
  4. Prepare a list of questions and concerns

2. Registration Advising with your Advisor to discuss courses to take next semester, program requirements, pre-requisites, academic progress, etc. This conversation must occur by the end of the semester (March-May; November-December).

To prepare for Registration Advising follow these steps:

  1. Log into Banner and check Holds. Take steps to clear any that will prevent registration
  2. Review your Academic Transcript in Banner
    • Check off any current, completed and/or transfer courses on your Program Sheet available at the Academic Advising Office- or look up your degree requirements in the online College catalog
    • Run a Degree Evaluation in Banner
  3. Understand Developmental courses and Permitted Lists (if applicable)
  4. Choose classes for next semester
  5. Look up the online schedule of classes
  6. Create a tentative schedule; refer to "tips" below
  7. Use any of these Scheduling Worksheets to create your draft schedule and note the class CRN number, section, time and day; bring with you to your advising session
    • Use the Advanced Search option ton arrow your selection, for example:
      • Session-campus location, distance learning, etc.
      • Attribute Type-specific degree requirements (e.g., GE 8- SUNY Arts), RDG/WRT Permitted List, etc.
  8. Bring your draft schedule to your advising meeting to get a PIN or a signed registration form. Signed registration forms must be submitted to Records & Registration in Middletown or Student Services Central in Newburgh. Students who are eligible to register online may register from any computer on campus or home.

TIPS for Creating a Tentative Class Schedule

  • Start with a weekly planner and block out days and times you cannot take classes
  • Start by scheduling the classes you need most and those there are fewer sections of
    • Note that some classes are only offered in Fall or Spring. Check the online catalog
    • Note that some classes begin half way in the semester (e.g.: PES classes)
  • Then fill in gaps with classes that there are many sections of or that can be taken in another semester
  • When searching the online schedule, click on a class CRN number (course resource number) for any important details and be sure to note which campus the class is on!
    • M=Middletown; N=Newburgh; O=Other (Warwick, Port Jervis, Monroe Woodbury High Schools)