New Student Advisement & Course Registration

Welcome New Students, from the Academic Advising Office!

Congratulations on your admission to SUNY Plattsburgh.

Did You Complete the MANDATORY “Intro to Academic Life” Tutorial?

Before you receive registration assistance, access our online, self-paced tutorial: Introduction to Academic Life @SUNY Plattsburgh,” required of new students. Start by reviewing this very important explanation and instructions letter: (182 KB PDF).

 

As a new student, we know that one of your first questions is “How do I get registered for fall semester courses?”

Our answer: Do your best to attend the SUNY Plattsburgh Summer Orientation program. Summer orientation attendees receive on-site, face-to-face assistance with course selection and registration. Students report feeling more prepared for college — including academic expectations — when they have gone to Summer Orientation. Even if you have attended college somewhere else, it is to your advantage to learn about SUNY Plattsburgh’s academic system.

  • During each freshman orientation session, our office provides a 60-minute workshop: how college academic life takes some adjusting and how to choose and register online for classes.
  • We also facilitate a course advisement session between you and your department just prior to registering for classes — for both transfer and freshman orientations.
  • Gain an edge: From these summer advising activities you’ll leave with a full schedule* for the fall semester!

Whether or not you are able to attend summer orientation, the questions and answers below provide you with basic information you should know as you plan for your first semester here. We encourage you to read all of the information on this page, as it includes the appropriate places to contact with questions about courses.

Courses to Expect | Did Not Attend Orientation: Freshmen | Did Not Attend Orientation: Transfers | Registration FAQs: Major/Courses | Placement Test Info | Contact Us

What Kind of College Courses Should I Expect?

FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES:

  • Many of your first courses will fulfill requirements for your General Education program (especially if you are a new freshman).
  • Other courses may get you a jump start on your chosen major or serve as elective courses that you take just for personal interest.
  • Even though the General Education program is separate from your major, your department may require you to complete specific GE courses that are most relevant to your major.
  • In your high school or community college, you’ve grown accustomed to common subjects. Here you will find more choices, subjects you have never studied before. If you have been preregistered in one or more subjects unfamiliar to you, we encourage you to embrace the unknown. Open yourself to new fields. They might spark or enrich an interest you never knew you had.

TRANSFER STUDENTS (UPPER-LEVEL):

  • You will have some or most of your General Education courses completed; therefore, most of your courses* will fulfill requirements for your major.

*NOTE: Certain courses require a demonstrated level of proficiency before you can enroll in them — such as English composition, Chemistry, and Calculus. Please refer to our Placement Exams and Proficiency webpage for detailed information about each one.

How Do I Get Registered If I Did Not Attend Summer Orientation?

Freshmen:
Advisement & Registration Help

  • Complete our online tutorial “New Student Intro to Academic Life @SUNY Plattsburgh” if you have not already done so. You may wish to first review the following 1-pg. explanation and login instructions. The tutorial is required. Especially without an orientation, this is your only instruction about academic requirements, your Degree Works audit report, and online registration procedures.
  • After our summer orientation program has ended, from late July to early August, advisors in the Academic Advising Office assist freshmen who do not have full-time course schedules.
    • Your academic department has probably already preregistered you in a few classes to get you started in your major.*
    • IF we need to consult with you briefly to discuss your remaining courses, we will attempt phoning you first. If not, we will register you for other appropriate General Education courses. [Because we might need to phone you, it is important that you update your phone number in our system by calling the Admissions Office.]
  • When we have constructed an appropriate fall schedule for you, we will send a letter to you with important instructions.
    • Confirm Your Fall Attendance Now

      The letter includes a date by which you MUST RESPOND with basic enrollment confirmation. As one example, freshmen who did not attend orientation are asked to let us know whether or not you are planning to attend SUNY Plattsburgh; a failure to respond to the Academic Advising Office with your intentions to attend SUNY Plattsburgh means that you will be dropped from your fall courses.
    • A few of our General Education courses, and some of your major courses (if applicable), require you to take placement/proficiency exams before we enroll you in courses (e.g., English Composition, Chemistry, Calculus). If you have missed summer orientation, we will leave certain vacancies in your schedule until we await the results of your placement testing. Some of the exams are offered during summer orientation and again during Opening Weekend before classes start; other exams are available online, such as Chemistry Placement and Calculus Readiness Tests. Please consult our Placement Exams and Proficiency webpage for details.
  • You may make adjustments to your schedule — and/or register for the remainder of your courses — only by attending the New Student Course Advisement & Registration Session on Sunday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. sharp, in the Claude J. Clark Learning Center, Feinberg Library. Deans, Department Chairs, Registrar’s Office and Academic Advising staff will be on hand to personally assist you.
  • Is your question not addressed above? Email New Student Advising for assistance.

Transfers Students:
Advisement & Registration Help

  • Complete our online tutorial “New Student Intro to Academic Life @SUNY Plattsburgh” if you have not already done so. You may wish to first review the following 1-pg. explanation and login instructions. The tutorial is required. Especially without an orientation, this is your only instruction about academic requirements, your Degree Works audit report, and online registration procedures.
  • Transfer students who are entering SUNY Plattsburgh this fall may register for courses online starting June 23. To register, do the following:
    • Read carefully the new student information sent to you by the Admissions Office. You received a 2-page “Fall 2017 Course Registration Options” and a 2-page “Fall 2017 Chairpersons & Department Contacts List,” along with your “Degree Works audit” and a guide to understanding your Degree Works report. These documents are also available on our New Transfer Student Advisement and Registration Admissions web page.
    • On or after May 26, contact the chairperson of your department for advisement and to get your registration PIN code (required to register on Banner).
    • If you have a question about a course or your overall schedule, first contact the department chairperson of your major.
    • If your department chairperson is unable to assist you within a reasonable amount of time, you may phone our Academic Advising Office, (518) 564-2080, or email NewStudentAdv@plattsburgh.edu.
    • If you are an undeclared major, phone the Academic Advising Office, which serves as the academic home for students who have not yet declared a major.
  • If you did not register using the above procedures by late July or early August, the Academic Advising Office -- in collaboration with you and/or your academic department -- will register you into appropriate courses (unless you need to take placement tests first) and send a letter to you related to your fall schedule.
    • Follow the instructions on the letter. We might have asked to you to RESPOND by a certain date to let us know whether or not you are planning to attend SUNY Plattsburgh. If this is the case, you must respond to our Academic Advising Office or you will be removed from your fall courses.
    • If, for any reason, you miss out on the opportunity to register for courses this summer, or if you need to adjust or add to your schedule, come to the New Student Advisement & Registration Session on Sun., Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. sharp, in the Claude J. Clark Learning Center (in Feinberg Library). Deans, Department Chairs, Registrar’s Office and Academic Advising staff will be on hand to personally assist you.

What Do I Do If I Want to Change My Major?

  • You should immediately inform the Admissions Office of your desire to change majors (assuming you have not yet started school at SUNY Plattsburgh). Once you change your major, you should also contact the chairperson of your new department in order to ensure you are dropped from introductory courses in your old major and registered for those in your new major.
  • Note: Certain majors are “closed,” meaning that they are full and no longer admitting new majors. Other majors have certain entrance requirements. Consult with the Admissions Office for up-to-date information about open and closed majors.

It's August. I Am Examining My Schedule. There are Some Things I’d Like to Change. Is That Possible?

  • Please do not request schedule changes by phone after you receive your fall schedule.
    • You may alter your schedule when attending our New Student Advisement & Registration Session on Sun. Aug. 27, 10 a.m. sharp, in the Learning Center, Feinberg Library.
    • If it is absolutely necessary to drop or add a course, you may use Banner online registration on your own to drop and/or register for another available course.
      • However, it is not advisable to disturb your schedule by modifying unless absolutely necessary, especially if your department has pre-registered courses that help to keep you in sequence for your major.
      • When you register for courses without guidance, you might end up in a class that does not fulfill an important requirement while forever losing your seat in the class that did. You might also register for a course that sounds absolutely perfect but is unknowingly not the best choice for a new student.

Contacts & Resources

  • Registrar’s Office webpages dedicated to new student registration for more information about registration dates, onlne registration instructions, registration error messages (definitions), and registration PIN codes. For questions, contact the Registrar’s Office at (518) 564-2100 or email registrar@plattsburgh.edu
  • ACADEMIC ADVISING: For assistance with new student advisement and registration, (518) 564 2080, or NewStudentAdv@plattsburgh.edu.

Placement Tests

  • Plattsburgh's Placement Exams & Proficiency webpage describes each test and the contact information for each so that you can decide which placements are relevant to you. It is extremely helpful to take placement exams before you seek help with building your course schedule for the fall.

Contact Information

Academic Advising
Email: NewStudentAdv@plattsburgh.edu
Office Location: Feinberg 101-103
Phone: (518) 564-2080
Fax: (518) 564-2079