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Office of Academic Advising

Tips for an Easy Registration Process

Prior to your registration day:

  1. Review your Progress Report in my.newpaltz.edu. This document keeps track of degree requirements that are completed and remaining.
  2. Look at the relevant Schedule of Classes.
  3. Make a draft schedule based on what courses you need and what is being offered.
  4. Make an appointment with your academic advisor. Take your draft schedule and Progress Report with you when you meet with your advisor. Your advisor will review your selections and clear you for registration. You will then receive an email that you have been cleared for registration. (You will then be able to register on or after your time assignment.)
  5. Check for holds on your account. Look in your my.newpaltz.edu account to find out if any holds have been placed on your account. Resolve the hold by contacting the office that placed it.

Course Selections

When selecting courses, consider the type of schedule that will lead to academic success.

  • Which courses have been interesting thus far?
  • At what types of courses do you excel?
  • What teaching styles help you learn effectively?
  • How do your choices fulfill general education courses as well as major courses?
  • Are you exploring a minor?
  • Is your proposed workload balanced with other commitments?

When you are building your schedule, keep in mind that courses which meet General Education requirements may also fulfill major requirements. In fact, many of the courses in the General Education program are also introductory courses in the disciplines in which students may major. Check with your academic advisor, the Undergraduate Catalog, departmental websites or the Office of Academic Advising if you have questions about whether a course you are considering applies to both GE and major requirements.

Course Load

Full-time status is defined as between 12 and 18 credits hours. A course load in excess of 18 hours is usually not advisable. Generally, one credit represents the equivalent of one hour of lecture or recitation or at least two hours of laboratory work each week for one term. Students are expected to spend approximately two hours outside of class preparing for each hour they spend in class. Remember that while an average load of 15 credits per semester helps keep students on track to graduate in four years, individual circumstances dictate a student's course load.

Excess Credit

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS MAY NOT REGISTER FOR MORE THAN 19 CREDITS. In certain circumstances, permission may be granted by the appropriate dean and chair of the student's major. An Excess Credit Form is required. Students with undeclared majors obtain permission by going to the Office of Academic Advising. If your cumulative GPA is 3.0 or greater, your credit limit is 20 credits; however, you must contact Records & Registration to have your credit limit increased to 20.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

It is important to determine if there are any prerequisites or corequisites for a course you want to take. A prerequisite is when another course is required and must be completed before a student can take the course. A corequisite is a course that must be taken simultaneously with a course. Because the completion of prerequisites and corequisites is deemed essential to success in the course, a student who registers for a course without having met these requirements can be de-registered at the discretion of the instructor or department chair. Instructors or department chairs may, however, waive prerequisites or corequisites in individual cases when such a waiver is consistent with the policy of their department. An instructor may also permit a freshman to take a course at the 300 level. Otherwise, freshmen are restricted to 100 and 200 level courses.


The College reserves the right to require that courses taken beyond the number required for a degree (120 credits for all but a few specific majors such as engineering) be those required for a student to graduate. Withdrawals from courses at this point will not be allowed.