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Advising and First Year Programs (AFYP) functions as a supplement and a complement to our faculty advisors. We are available at a consistent time and location, so that students know when and where to find an advisor if their own is unavailable. To that end, our goals are:

  • Give general explanations about different majors and curriculums and then direct the student back to their faculty advisor for specific degree requirements.
  • Assist students considering changing majors, career goals or schools. 
  • Answer quick questions about where services are located.
  • Explain the intricacies of UCanWeb and how to register for classes, and how to locate the information available on our SUNY Canton website.
  • Coordinate the First Year Experience course (FYEP 101)
  • Reinforce students’ responsibility for their own SUNY Canton experience.


List of Stellar Advisor Award winners


Advisor's Toolkit for working with Online Students


SAMPLE Letter to Advisees for course registration (editable word document)


Helpful links for course scheduling:

Degree checklists for all programs

Canton Advisor’s Resource Packet (PDF) - updated 10/27/2015


Chapter 1: Responsibilities of an Academic Advisor

          Stellar Advisor Award Winners

Academic Advising and Retention At  SUNY Canton

IceBreakers - Making the connection with your new advisees


The Role of the Faculty Advisor

Timetable of Advising Activities

Chapter 2: Student Populations

Advisor’s Guidelines for Working with New Students

Students in Academic Recovery

EOP Students & the Advising Process

International student advising

Study Abroad Guide for Advisors

Collegiate Science & Technology Entrance Program (CSTEP)

TRIO Student Support Services Program

Chapter 3: Advising Processes

Declaring a Major / Change of Major Form

Dropping & Adding Courses: Common Questions

Course Scheduling Process

Registration Reminders

Minimum degree requirements

Summer / Winterterm course registration

Course Leveling and Placement

Faculty Guide to Cross-Registration

General Education Requirements (GER)

Liberal Arts Electives/Designations

Online Courses: An Advisor’s Reference

Rubrics for Selective Admission Programs

Smart Steps Study Skills workshops

List of Writing Intensive courses

Chapter 4: Campus Resources  

Advising & First Year Programs

Career Services

 Alternate Ways to Earn Credit 

Curriculum Codes and Coordinators

Financial Aid Eligibility

Help Wheel

Tutoring Center Information

Web resources related to Advising

Chapter 5: UCanWeb

Entering Moving Towards Success (MTS) warnings

Entering mid-term or final grades

Providing student registration code after advising session

How to look up classes (for faculty and for students)




Advising & First Year Programs
Miller Campus Center 224
Canton, NY 13617

Mon - Fri. 8:00am - 4:30pm
Fax: 315-386-7980