Academic Planning

The Academic Advisement Team is here to help students plan to meet degree requirements, while providing them with the space to participate in experiential learning including internships, study abroad, research opportunities and more!

SUNY Oneonta offers a variety of tools to help students meet their academic and career goals. Review these resources to get started:

Academic Tools

Using the right tools will help students make well-informed decisions when planning their academic journey from now until graduation.

SUNY Oneonta uses DegreeWorks, a degree audit tool, that allows students to easily see their overall degree requirements. This tool is integral to selecting courses and planning for timely degree completion

Quick tips to use the tool:

  • DegreeWorks is accessed in the myOneonta portal.
  • Even if a course does not slot into a specific major requirement, it still applies to overall degree requirements. Completed requirements are indicated by a green check mark. A blue half-circle indicates a requirement is in progress. An open red circle indicates a requirement has not been met.
  • Degree Works has a “What-If” tool to see what requirements would be needed if a student changed their major or program.

Each academic department has created a suggested plan for students to follow to complete their Degree Requirements in a timely manner. These plans provide a general outline of course sequences and pre-requisites in the major.

4-Year Maps

Quick tips to use the tool:

  • These maps are a suggested route. Students should reach out to a Faculty Advisor or the Academic Advisement Team for individual circumstances.
  • Students can click on course names to quickly see a list of pre-requisites for each course.
  • If a required course listed on the map is full, students can review adjacent semesters to see if an additional required course can replace the one that is full.

Take the stress out of planning! College Scheduler is a planning tool that helps students create the perfect schedule based on their needs. Insert intended courses, breaks, practice times, etc., and let this tool generate potential options. College Scheduler will synchronize with the open and closed class list so students will only see schedule options with open courses. Students should review the tutorial video to begin using College Scheduler. Important: Students MUST register for the courses on WebServices once they have selected a schedule that works for them.

Quick tips to use the tool:

  • College Scheduler can be accessed in myOneonta by clicking on the College Scheduler link on the left-hand menu under Student Links.
  • Students can add in breaks to only receive schedule combinations that work for them.
  • Students can create a schedule with back up options in the event their first choice course is closed.
  • The Academic Advisement Team encourages students to take the time to look for schedules that will best suit individual needs. Students may consider night classes, large breaks between classes, or open afternoons for designated study time.

The Academic Catalog describes all current undergraduate programs of SUNY Oneonta. Use this tool to find information on academic policies and standards, course listings, special academic programs, etc. The catalog is updated yearly.

Quick tips to use the tool:

  • Use the “Search Publication” feature to find information quickly using key words.
  • Access course descriptions, attributes, and pre-requisites for courses by clicking on their title.
  • Ensure you are looking at the right catalog term. Note: Students can find their catalog term in DegreeWorks.

Students who are registering for the first time are encouraged to review the tutorial videos offered by the Registrar’s Office to prepare for their registration time ticket.

Quick tips to use the tool:

  • Plan a schedule before receiving a registration ticket.
  • Students should clear all holds on their accounts before their registration date.


There are two types of academic advisors that provide services for students. All students are assigned a faculty advisor in their discipline, who advises on course selection and sequencing within the major. Students also have access to the Academic Advisement Team, who work with all students for overall degree planning. Students are responsible for reaching out to their faculty and academic advisors throughout their time at Oneonta.


Advisor Roles

Faculty Advisor

All students are assigned a faculty advisor in their discipline to answer questions specific to their major, including:

  • Course selection and sequencing
  • Departmental and research opportunities
  • Course substitutions and major specific questions

Academic Advisement Team

Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to help with topics relating to college policy and planning, including:

  • Overall Academic Planning
  • Major/Minor/Concentration/Advisor Changes
  • Taking Courses at Another Institution

Second Year

Student Roles

Just as an advisor has specific responsibilities to uphold for students, students should be prepared to:

  • Understand degree requirements. Students are responsible for monitoring and understanding their own degree requirements.
  • Make the first move. Faculty and academic advisors do not know a student needs help unless they ask. It is crucial for students to reach out to set up an appointment when necessary. We recommend meeting with an advisor at least once per semester.
  • Come to advisement meetings with topics and questions to discuss. For example, if a student is considering a major/career change, doing some initial research can help guide the conversation.
  • Be open to different perspectives, ideas, and suggestions. Advisors are experts in their field and are here to help students succeed.
  • Follow up! Advisors may give students action items. Follow up with the appropriate offices and remember to contact advisors with updated information.
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