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Student Responsibilities in the Advisement Process

Students should take the initiative in planning their own educational experiences. Although academic advisors are available to assist you, the ultimate decisions must be made by each student. You are the one who knows what you want to do the most!

Here’s the list of things you should know:

  • Understanding College requirements
    • Graduation Requirements (example: how many credits in total you need and how many of them should be at the upper division)
    • General Education Requirements
    • Specific Major Requirements
    • Residency Requirements (example: how many semesters you should study at Old Westbury.)

Students can check their academic progress with the CAPP (Curriculum Advising and Program planning) on-line. You can access the CAPP from the Student Information System. (Click here for “How to access the CAPP.)

Many graduating seniors come into our office, crying, “I can’t graduate because I’m missing a College Algebra (or EC II course)!” They all say, “But, no one told me that I needed it.” This is not a valid argument. You are responsible for knowing what requirements you need to fulfill for graduation. Don’t assume you are doing fine. We suggest that the students access to the CAPP each semester and get a General Education Worksheet evaluation during your junior year!

  • Understanding academic policy and procedures
    • Effect of withdrawing from a course
    • How to withdraw from a course
    • Effect of getting poor grades
    • Effect of repeating a course
    • Effect of electing Credit/No Credit grading
    • Probation and dismissal
  • Understanding eligibility for Financial Aid
  • Understanding eligibility for Campus Housing
  • Making an appointment with an academic advisor and maintaining the appointment each semester in a timely manner.
  • Register for courses on time.
  • Pay the tuition bill on time.
  • Following up with the Financial Aid Office to see if your award covers your bill by the due date. (You are responsible for any late fees and/or cancellation of classes due to non-payment, even for a delay in financial aid.)

Before each advisement session, the student should:

  • Look into the College Catalog for course descriptions to explore courses being offered.
  • Know the requirements in your academic (intended major) program.
  • Know what General Education domains you need to fulfill.
  • Check with the Class Schedule (available on the web or in print) and create a tentative plan of classes.
  • Make sure you have satisfied any prerequisite requirements for each class you are considering.
  • Make sure the courses you chose apply to your graduation requirements.
  • Bring your tentative plans to the advisement session.
  • List any questions you want to ask at the advisement session.
  • Bring your transcript(s) from the previous institution(s). (If you are a new-incoming transfer student.)

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Accounting B.S.

Accounting M.S.

Adolescence Education(7-12)- Biology (BA,BS)

Adolescence Education(7-12)- Chemistry (BA,BS)

Adolescence Education(7-12)- Mathematics (BA,BS)

Adolescence Education(7-12)- Social Studies BA

Adolescence Education(7-12)- Spanish BA

American Studies B.A.

Biochemistry B.S.

Biological Sciences B.A., B.S.

Business Administration B.S.

Chemistry B.A., B.S.

Childhood Education (1-6) B.S.

Childhood Education with Bilingual Extension (1-6) B.S.

Comparative Humanities B.A.

Computer Science B.S.

Criminology B.S.

Health & Society B.S.

Industrial & Labor Relations (B.A., B.S.)

Language & Literature: English, B.A.

Management Information Systems B.S.

Mathematics B.S.

Media & Communications B.A.

Middle Childhood Education (5-9) - Biology B.S.

Middle Childhood Education (5-9) - Chemistry B.S.

Middle Childhood Education (5-9) - Mathematics B.S.

MiddleChildhood Education (5-9) - Spanish B.S.

Philosophy & Religion B.A.

Politics, Economics & Law B.A.

Psychology (B.A., B.S.)

Sociology B.A., B.S.

Spanish Language, Hispanic Literature & Culture B.A.

Special Education & Childhood Education (1-6) B.S.

Special Education with Bilingual Extension (1-6) B.S.

Visual Arts B.A., B.S.

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