The Academic Advisement Center works closely with the Office of New Student Services to help you understand your degree requirements and course registration for your first semester at Oneonta. As part of the Orientation process, you will be asked to fill out an Online Advisement Form which we use to assist us with your pre-set schedule.
What is a pre-set schedule?
At most schools, new students are the last to register for classes, thus, making the entry to college a potentially frustrating process. We reserve over 4,000 spaces in courses for incoming students before even our seniors are able to register. We take these courses and create 4-course schedules, or presets, for you. Each pre-set has been designed by a department chairperson with a particular major or program in mind. For incoming freshman students, the pre-sets contain General Education (basic distribution) classes and one course in your major (often this course is a General Education course as well). If you change your major after your freshman year, the courses from the preset still count toward graduation. If you are unsure about your choice of major, the preset will contain four General Education courses. For transfer students, you will be preset into more coursework in the major so that you can be on track to complete in a timely manner. In addition, we use the information you provide us on your Online Academic Advisement Form to tweak your pre-set just for you. You will receive copies of your pre-set schedule during Orientation. You will then work with a faculty advisor to make changes to or complete your schedule. The pre-set schedule guarantees that whether you are a first-semester freshman or an incoming transfer student, you will begin with the courses that you need, providing the best opportunity to start your Oneonta career on track to timely degree completion.
Advisement by faculty in your major
During Orientation, you will work with a faculty advisor to complete your schedule. This faculty member is typically from your major area and will give advisement about classes that enhance your schedule. After you complete registration, you will receive your permanent advisor's name and phone number. This advisor is a valuable resource for you as you plot your way through your time at Oneonta. Our advisors provide their advisees with a wealth of information about the major, internship opportunities, and career opportunities. If you are undecided about your major you will be assigned to a faculty member from an area in which you have an interest. We encourage you to see your advisor several times a semester to plan, to talk, and to learn.