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The office of Advising and First Year Programs is here to assist you with your transitions - we want to provide you with the information you need to make wise and informed decisions. 
We help with:

  • Planning and coordinating Orientation, including hiring of Orientation Leaders
  • Coordinate the First Year Experience (FYEP 101) class and experience
    • Provide college success tips and study strategies
  • Provide you with information on the academic rules and resources
  • Provide degree worksheets and advice on degree completion
  • Administer and coordinate the Gateway to Success program. 
  • Assist students considering a change by providing information and possible repercussions:
    • Changing majors
    • Adding/dropping/changing your course schedule
    • Total Withdrawal
    • Transfer options
  • Assist students in preparing to meet with their faculty advisors and plan a schedule
    • Supplement and complement your meetings with your faculty advisor
  • Work with students on academic probation to help them get back on track
  • Provide the Smart Steps workshop series each semester. 
  • Explain how UCanWeb works, how to register for your classes, how to locate information on the SUNY Canton website
  • Provide you with the tools to make the best use of your time at SUNY Canton
  • Empower you to make wise decisions because in the end, YOU are responsible

 

Forms/Links for Students

 

How to Prepare for a Meeting with an Advisor
(for new students)

This meeting is your opportunity to find out what is required for your degree and have some input into your first semester schedule.  The advisor you work with will not be your permanent advisor, but is familiar with your degree program.  You can make the most of this appointment by showing up prepared. 

 
  • Make an appointment for a time when you can devote your attention to talking with the advisor. If you come in person, put your phone away.  If you talk with an advisor by phone then turn off other notifications and schedule at a time when you can also be at a computer.  This is an important step in your college success, so you really want to be ready to listen and participate. 
 
  • Let the advisor know of any other commitments that you need to work around (athletic practice, work schedule, day care hours, part-time attendance, etc.)
  • Review the course offerings for Fall semester on UCanWeb (you can also log in to UCanWeb then go to ->Student Registration & Records -> Registration -> Look Up Classes)
  • Make a list of any questions that you have.
 
  • Be open to suggestions for courses, but bring your own ideas. 

 

How to Prepare for a Meeting with an Advisor (for continuing students)

Registration time is often the first time you are required to find your faculty advisor. That person can be a great resource for you as you navigate through your coursework. To make the most of this meeting, show up prepared.

 
  • Make an appointment with your faculty advisor a few days in advance and remember to keep it.
 
  • Review your degree checklist. Use UCanWeb to view your transcript and fill in the courses you have already completed.
  • Identify the courses you are currently taking and be honest about any that will need to be retaken.
  • •Identify some potential courses for next semester and look at the class schedule to see if/when they are offered.
  • Make a list of questions related to scheduling, including course content, pre-requisites and possible career areas.
 
  • Remind your advisor, if necessary, of your own scheduling needs - attending part-time, online or only on certain days.
 
  • Be open to suggestions for courses, and bring your own ideas. Electives can help to enhance your degree by tailoring it to your personal goals.

 

 

 

Advising & First Year Programs
Miller Campus Center 221
Canton, NY 13617

Mon - Fri. 8:00am - 4:00pm
315-379-3954
advising@canton.edu