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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.

Degree checklists for all programs

SAMPLE Letter to Advisees for course registration (docx)

Helpful links for course scheduling:


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 221
Canton, NY 13617

Mon - Fri. 8:00am - 4:30pm