Q. Why do I need to attend a Transfer Course Registration and Orientation session?
A. It is critical for all matriculating students to attend a
session as this is the one time the college’s academic requirements are reviewed. In addition, credit review,
advising and course selection takes place on this day.
Q. Where do I park?
Q. How long does the program run?
A. The average program lasts approximately 4-5 hours, depending on your specific advising needs and course registration process.
Q. How is the program structured?
A. The program includes an official welcome to the University, a review of academic degree requirements and the tools necessary to build your course schedule. In
addition to attending a group advising session led by a faculty member in your major, and registering for classes, you will be able to ask questions about financial
aid, payment plans, athletics, student clubs and organizations and many other services.
Q.Will I meet one-on-one with an advisor?
A. No. Generally there is one faculty advisor per major group for this registration. You will work on your own to craft a class schedule under his/her supervision and guidance. At the beginning of your first semester, you will be assigned a specific academic advisor who will work with you on future course schedules.
Q.When will I find out what major requirements I need to meet?
A. Most departments have websites that list their major requirements. A good way to prepare for transfer advising is to look at the departmental Web site and see what courses you may have taken and which ones you will still need. At Orientation the faculty advisor will evaluate your transfer credits with respect to major requirements and tell you what is still required. Major requirements are also in the complete college catalog, which can be only viewed online at the Under Graduate Catalog. Course catalogs can also be viewed through specific Departmental Web sites. [Bring a handwritten list of courses you have most recently completed]
Q.How will I know what courses are being offered?
A. The Schedule of Classes is only available online at www.newpaltz.edu/classes. A few days before your session, you can search for courses by academic department, day/time or general education category. The Schedule of Classes will give you a course description (click CRN) and will also tell you how many seats are still available. The availability may change slightly, but you will have a good sense of what to expect.
Q.Will my transfer coursework meet the University's General Education requirements?
A. Transfer Admission will do a course by course evaluation of your transfer credits toward general education requirements. Students transferring from a SUNY or CUNY school will retain any SUNY-GEs met prior to transfer and will only need to meet the remaining Board mandated areas. All students will receive a Comprehensive Transfer Credit Evaluation in the mail.
Q.Will I get a copy of my final schedule at Orientation?
A. Yes. You will have your schedule before you leave.
Q.How many credits can I expect to transfer to New Paltz?
A. New Paltz accepts up to a maximum of 70 academic credits from two-year schools and a maximum of 90 credits from four-year schools or a combination of two-year and four year schools. Developmental (remedial) coursework and some religious coursework is subject to deduction.
Q.What if I come in as an undeclared major?
A. While Transfer Admission requires students with 45 credits or more to choose a major as part of the admission process, there is some flexibility. If you are transferring to New Paltz with 60 or more credits, you are required to declare a major to be eligible for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program. If you have 75 or more credits, you must declare a major to register for classes. The faculty member you meet with will only be knowledgeable about the requirements of your intended major, therefore, it is important that the major you report to Admissions is accurate. Academic Advising staff will be available at Orientation to advise undeclared students and to answer questions for those students who are choosing between majors, but the only way a student can declare a major is by meeting with a faculty advisor from an academic department.
Q.What if I want to change the major I indicated on my application?
A. It is important that you contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (845) 257-3200 and ask to speak to a transfer advisor if you change your mind prior to Orientation. Changes on the day of Orientation are only allowed with special permission of the Offices of Transfer Admission, and Academic Advising. Specific departmental requirements and enrollment limits apply.
Q.When is the Health Report and Proof of Immunization Form (signed by a physician) due?
A. If you had a physical for another college in the past two years, you are responsible for contacting that school and having them forward the records to our Student Health Service. Otherwise, you must have your physician/ healthcare provider sign and send the paperwork directly from the doctor’ office. The sooner the health report is completed and mailed, the more confident you can be that State and University regulations are met for you to be able to start classes on the first day of the semester, and for securing eligibility to use the Health Service on campus. The absolute deadline for having the report with MMR vaccine information, as well as the Meningitis Response Form you sign yourself, is the end of the month PRIOR to your first month of classes (e.g. December 31st for Spring Admission.)
Q.When will I receive Financial Aid award information?
A. Accepted transfer students who have paid a Pre-Enrollment Deposit (PED) will be sent an aid award e-mail once their completed FAFSA is on file at New Paltz.
Q.When is final payment due for tuition and other fees?
A. Billing is only done online through your my.newpaltz.edu account. Paper bills are not mailed. Payment must be received in the Office of Student Accounts by the stated due date that appears on your bill. You can access your bill, accept your charges, complete the health insurance waiver, and make payment or payment arrangements online at my.newpaltz.edu starting two days after you attend the program.
Q.Do I need a permit or Parking Hang Tag to park on campus during the school year?
A. Yes. All students parking on campus need to purchase a hang tag. Applications will be provided, but can also be found online at www.newpaltz.edu/parking or in HAB 35. A driver’s license and vehicle registration are required.
Q.What else do I need to know about Course Registration and Orientation?
A. Pay your pre-enrollment deposit, register for a session, receive your confirmation card, and bring $20 for your I.D. card. Program refunds for students and guests can only be issued if we are notified in writing 72 hours prior to your session.
Important Phone Numbers and Web Sites
Disability Resource Center
Center for Student Development