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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.


Canton Advisor’s Resource Packet (PDF) - updated 10/2016


Chapter 1: Responsibilities of an Academic Advisor

The Role of the Faculty Advisor

Academic Advising and Retention At  SUNY Canton

Ice Breakers


Stellar Advisor Award Winners

Brief Overview of Advising Activites

Timetable of Advising Activities


New student advising

Curriculum meetings


Moving Towards Success for Advisors

Engaged/Not Engaged

Mid-semester Grades

Advising Period & Course Registration

Open Houses and Admitted Student Days

Graduation Requirements

Withdrawing from College

Chapter 2: Student Populations

Advisor’s Guidelines for Working with New Students

Students in Academic Recovery

Accommodative (Disability) Services and the Advising Process

EOP Students & the Advising Process

International student advising

Chapter 3: Advising Processes

Declaring a Major / Change of Major

Dropping & Adding Courses: Common Questions

Process for Student Course registration

Upcoming registration dates

Registration related Reminders

Minimum degree requirements

Graduates planning to continue

Summer course registration

Winterterm registration

Course Leveling and Placement

The Accuplacer Placement Test

Leveling Chart for NEW students

Sequential Flow of Math Classes

Science Leveling Chart

Faculty Guide to Cross-Registration

General Education Requirements (GER)

Liberal Arts Electives/Designations

Online Courses: An Advisor’s Reference Guide  

Advising toolkit for fully online students

Selective Program Admission Rubrics

Dental Hygiene Ranking Form for Admission

Rubric for Practical Nursing Admissions

Rubric for Nursing (RN) Admissions

Rubric for Physical Therapist Assistant Admissions

Rubric for Veterinary Technology Admissions

Smart Steps 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)


Helpful links for course scheduling:

Degree checklists for all programs




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

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