New Student Course Registration and Advisement

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The Academic Advisement team works closely with Admissions and the Office of Student Experience to create your course schedule before you arrive on campus. As a new first-year or transfer student, your pre-set schedule guarantees you will begin your journey at SUNY Oneonta with courses you need to start on the right track to timely degree completion.

Pre-set schedules are determined by a variety of factors including your:

  • major;
  • General Education requirements;
  • earned credit (AP/IB test scores, college credit, etc.); and
  • topics of interest indicated on the Online Course Pre-Registration Survey.

Important Dates and Deadlines

The Office of Admissions has outlined important dates for you to review before your arrival at SUNY Oneonta. Review the available resources to stay on track:

First-Year Students

Fall Admits Spring Admits

Transfer Students

Fall Admits Spring Admits

New Student Course Registration Checklist

Are you eager to get started on your Red Dragon journey? Check out the New Student Course Registration Checklist below to get a head start!

  • Log into your myOneonta account daily to check for email updates from SUNY Oneonta. Tip: Updates on your schedule, orientation, and move-in will only be sent to your Oneonta email address.
  • Complete the Online Course Pre-Registration Survey to guide us in creating a pre-set schedule with courses and topics that interest you! Your schedule will include a mix of major courses, general education courses, and electives.
  • Review your schedule in advance. Check your email for notifications about when your schedule is ready for viewing. You can check your schedule by logging into your myOneonta.
  • Send updated transcripts and test scores, if necessary. If you think you may have earned AP, IB, or college credit, you must have official scores and transcripts sent to Admissions.
  • Adjust your schedule. You’ll have the opportunity to make changes to your schedule and learn about the academic planning tools offered at Oneonta before you start your first semester! Information will be sent to your Oneonta email over the summer.

Support for New Students

As a new student, you will be assigned a dedicated professional advisor to work with during your first year. After that, and once you declare a major, you will be assigned a Faculty Advisor (Primary Advisor) in your department. The Advisement Team will always remain available for general assistance throughout your academic journey.

You are responsible for reaching out to your faculty and academic advisors throughout your time at Oneonta. We encourage you to contact your faculty advisor after you have started classes and make an appointment to meet with your advisor at least once a semester.

Advisor Roles

Faculty Advisor
Faculty advisors are available to answer questions specific to your major, including:

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

Academic Advisement Team
Academic advisors are available to help with:

  • Overall Academic Planning
  • Course selection
  • Major/Minor/Concentration exploration
  • Taking Courses at another institution

Student Roles

Just as an advisor has specific responsibilities, you should be prepared to:

  • Learn about your degree requirements as you are responsible for monitoring your own requirements.
  • Be connected. Faculty and academic advisors do not know if you need help unless you ask. It is important you respond to outreach and contact an advisor for help when needed. We recommend you meet with an advisor at least once a semester.
  • Come to advisement meetings with topics and questions to discuss. For example, if you are 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 you succeed.
  • Follow up! Advisors may give you action items. Follow up with the appropriate offices and remember to contact advisors with updated information.
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