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Orientation & Advisement 2020

Orientation & Advisement 2020
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Freshmen FAQs

Freshmen FAQs

Getting Started at New Paltz

+  What do I need to do before I can register for classes?

You must participate in Orientation/Course Registration in order to register for classes. Information will be emailed and posted on this site at a later date about this program and how to register.

You must pay your pre-enrollment deposit (PED) in order to register for Orientation/Course Registration.

+  Why do I have to send a high school transcript?

Your final high school transcript, with your graduation date should be sent to New Paltz by the first day of classes.  It is required by the New York State Education Department to finalize enrollment and financial aid. 

Submit your final official high school transcripts with date of graduation to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
SUNY New Paltz
100 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, New York 12561

email: admissions@newpaltz.edu

+  What about final payment and other fees?

Tuition, housing and other fee billing is only done online through your my.newpaltz.edu account. 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 after orientation.

+  When is the health report and proof of immunization due?

This information should be received at least 30 days prior to your arrival on campus. The Student Health Service strongly recommends that you schedule a physical with your primary care provider as soon as possible, as you may have to wait several weeks to get an appointment. The ‘Demographics,’ ‘Health History,’ ‘Meningitis Vaccination Response Form’ and ‘Tuberculosis Screening form (p. 1-4 of the Health Report) should be completed by the student or parent prior to the appointment. Your provider must complete the Medical Assessment and provide signed documentation of your immunizations (p. 5-6 of the Health Report). Please mail, fax or email the completed Health Report by July 15, 2020. NYS law requires all students to submit proof of proper immunizations for Measles, Mumps and Rubella or proof of immunity by blood titers. Students must also show proof of a meningitis vaccine within the past five years or complete a waiver form. Returning a properly completed Health Report should fulfill these requirements and allow you to register for classes. The Health Report can be downloaded from the SUNY New Paltz website by navigating to the ‘Student Health Service’ and choosing the ‘Forms’ link.

Advising and Registration

+  How will I register for Fall 2020 courses?

You will register online just like all other New Paltz students.  

+  When will I register for fall 2020 classes?

Freshmen will register online August 10-14, 2020.  Prior to registration, you will have your planned schedules reviewed and approved by an advisor.  The advisor will provide registration clearance to allow you to register. In some cases, the advisor may register you for one or more classes prior to registration week.

The Office of Records & Registration will be available to assist you if you have any challenges during the process.  The Office of Academic Advising and the academic departments will also be available to provide support. 

+  How will I know how to plan my schedule?

You will complete learning modules that will help orient you to the Schedule of Classes, My Schedule Planner, the Eight Semester Plan and Degree Works, among other terrific tools New Paltz students use for planning.

Before being cleared to register, advisers will check your registration plans to be sure they meet your needs. Check this site frequently for updated information on student advising and registration information.

+  Will I be able to meet with an advisor or attend a remote session for advisement? How will I be able to ask questions?

The answer will depend on your particular program. Generally, students who are undeclared for a major meet with a general advisor in the Office of Academic Advising and students who are accepted into a major meet with an advisor in the major department. There will be a forum for you to ask questions.

Check this site for updated information on student advising. At this time, we are unsure if there will be any in-person sessions.

+  Who will be my advisor?

Declared students: Freshmen students who have declared a major will be assigned to a faculty member from the department of study. 

Undeclared students: Freshmen students who are undeclared will be assigned to an advisor from the Office of Academic Advising.  

+  How do I receive credit for courses taken in high school?

If you took AP, IB or a college course in high school, you have probably already started earning college credit. It's up to you to ensure SUNY New Paltz receives these official transcripts; your high school does not send these for you. Contact the appropriate institution:

For Advanced Placement (AP) courses, scores of 3, 4, or 5 are accepted for college credit. Contact College Board for official transcripts.

For International Baccalaureate courses, scores of 5 or higher are accepted for college credit. Contact International Baccalaureate for official transcripts.

For college courses taken in high school, grades of C- or higher can be transferred for credit. Contact the college where you took the course for official transcripts.

What you have to do:

Contact the institution that granted the credits and request that official transcripts be sent to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
State University of New York at New Paltz
100 Hawk Drive 
New Paltz, New York 12561-2499

+  What is the Foreign Language Placement Policy?

Special Programs

+  What if I am an EOP student?

In addition to the required online orientation mentioned above, the EOP office will be offering orientation sessions just for EOP students. Check this page and your hawkmail regularly for updates about orientation. If you have questions, please visit the EOP website for more information or to contact someone from the EOP office.

+  Are EOP students required to attend one of the three 4-day interactive Summer Orientation Sessions?

Yes, all EOP First Year students are required to participate in a 4-day remote summer orientation program.

June 29th-July 2nd

July 6th – July 9th

July 13th – July 16th

+  What can I do if I have questions about joining a Living Learning Community?

For any student who is interested in learning more about a Living /Learning Community or would like to apply, visit our website or email Shannon Moysey, Coordinator for Living/Learning Communities at moyseys@newpaltz.edu

Support Services

+  What if I need a disability-related accommodations for orientation, advisement and registration, and my classes?

If you have a documented disability and will be requesting accommodations, complete the Accommodation Request as soon as you select a virtual Orientation session. This will allow us to build your class schedule based on your need for accommodations. See the requirements, procedures and contact information on our web page www.newpaltz.edu/drc/.

School of Business Students

+  What are the admission requirements to be admitted at New Paltz as a Business major?

As a freshman, you need only be admitted to SUNY New Paltz and indicate to the Admissions office prior to coming that you would like declare a Business major.

+  Who will be my business advisor?

Lavoisier Tubman will be the advisor for all new freshman students. Business students will receive all advising from the Center for Business Advising (CBA) – VH 206.

+  What internships are available to me?

The School of Business has a Senior Career Advisor, Christine Daly who assists all Business students with internship prep, notification and availability. 

We also have a password protected database for jobs and internships called HawkHire for our students to access thru my.newpaltz.edu.

School of Education Students

+  What education majors does New Paltz offer?
  • Adolescence Education (grades 7-12) in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Studies – leads to NYS teacher certification
  • Early Childhood & Childhood Education (birth-grade 6) with required academic concentration in Art History, Biology, Black Studies, Earth Science, English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Political Science or Spanish – leads to NYS teacher certification
  • Early Childhood Studies with required academic concentration – not a certification program
+  How do I become an education major?

Students are not admitted automatically to the School of Education, but apply during their first or second year, once they have met entrance requirements. Students considering an education major are encouraged to take EDI233 Education Seminar during their first year.

First-year students who express an interest in education are advised by Joanna Schroer, who has an office in Old Main, the School of Education building.   

+  Can education majors study abroad, join the honors program, or take on a minor?

Yes, with careful planning.  Most education majors are structured and sequenced, without room for many electives.  However, motivated students who begin planning early with their advisors can create space for additional academic opportunities. 

School of Fine and Performing Arts Students

+  What if I am a Music major?