Your first schedule usually begins with General Education (GE) courses. GE courses are a good way to explore the range of academic programs on campus, as well as develop skills in writing, researching, and critical inquiry. For those in majors with very structured curricula (for example, engineering, natural sciences, art), your schedule will also include your major's required introductory or foundation courses. All first-year students are assigned a course placement level for English Composition, math, and foreign language.

If you took AP/IB/or college courses while in high school, be sure to send official transcripts to SUNY New Paltz Admissions as soon as possible.

A few weeks into the semester, you will be assigned an academic adviser. Meet with your adviser early, specifically to seek help if you have questions or concern about a course or an issue affecting your academic performance. Your advisor can point you to other important academic support resources.

The Academic Advising Center is here to help you academically transition to college. You can check in with any advisor in the Advising Center to discuss your courses, academic performance, schedule, interests, and goals. Advisors also help you plan for the next semester following the college's advance registration process.

The college has over 120 student organizations, as well as lectures, plays, musical performances, exhibits, and community service opportunities available on a regular basis. Take advantage of all SUNY New Paltz has to offer!