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Advisement FAQs

Frequently asked questions covering advisement and registration, adding and dropping classes, graduation and degree requirements, and career and transfer questions.
Show or Hide answer Is advisement required? Do I have to see an advisor before I register?

At RCC, full-time students MUST meet with an academic advisor each semester before registering for classes.

  • Liberal Arts students are assigned to the Academic Advisement Center, and may meet with an advisor during our hours of operation on a walk-in basis.  No appointment is necessary.
  • Students in other programs of study are assigned to faculty within their discipline and must meet with their assigned advisor.
Show or Hide answer Who is my assigned advisor?

Don't know who your advisor is?

  • Log in to WebAdvisor, and click on "MY PROFILE." Your assigned advisor's name and contact information will appear here.

OR

  • Stop by the Records Office or the Academic Advisement Center to find out.
Show or Hide answer When can I get advised and register for next semester?

Academic Advisement begins in November for the Spring semester and in April for the Fall semester. All currently enrolled students will receive a notification each semester with instructions on where to seek academic advisement and when to begin registration.

Students are assigned a time permit for registration. Your time permit tells you when you will be able to register for the upcoming semester. To find your time permit for registration log on to WebAdvisor and click "Am I Ready to Register."

Show or Hide answer How can I prepare for advisement?

Before meeting with your advisor, be sure to review your degree requirements, review the Academic Advisement Syllabus, develop a tentative schedule, and prepare a list of questions or concerns.

Show or Hide answer Am I eligible to register online?

Most currently registered students are eligible to register online for the upcoming semester. Exceptions include students who are taking English Skills or ESL courses and students on Academic Probation. Also, if you are not currently registered, you must register in person.

To find out if you are eligible to register online log on to WebAdvisor and click "Am I Ready to Register."

Show or Hide answer How do I register online using WebAdvisor?

Click HERE for instructions on how to register using WebAdvisor.

Show or Hide answer I need to add or drop a class (or classes). How and where can I do this?

Students wishing to withdraw from a class (or classes) MUST submit a completed DROP/ADD form to the Records Office. The forms are available in the Academic Advisement Center or the Records Office. Eligible students can also add or drop courses online using WebAdvisor.  Check the current Schedule of Classes for current withdrawal deadlines.

Show or Hide answer If I withdraw from a class (or classes) am I entitled to a refund?

Refunds are granted on a sliding scale based on the date of withdrawal. Click HERE for the refund policy and schedule.

Show or Hide answer I would like to take more than 18 credits this semester. Can I do so?

Students may take more than 18 credits per semester with the permission of a counselor in the Student Development Center.

Show or Hide answer How can I find out what I need to graduate?

Your advisor can help you determine this. Also, you can meet with a counselor in the Student Development Center during their published drop-in hours (or by appointment) and review your degree sheet.

Show or Hide answer I want to change my curriculum (area of study). How can I do this?

Students wishing to change their major must fill out a Curriculum Change Request and submit it to the Records Office. The forms are available in the Academic Advisement Center or the Records Office.

Show or Hide answer Why do I have to take a remedial/non-credit course?

All matriculated students MUST take the Math and English Assessment Tests. Based on those scores, a student may place into remedial, non-credit, math or English courses. The goal of these courses is to assist students in developing their English or math skills so they may successfully complete college-level coursework. Although these credits do not fulfill degree requirements, they do count toward a student's full-time status.

Show or Hide answer What happens when I repeat a course?

When a student repeats a course, only the higher grade is used to calculate the cumulative grade point average (GPA). If the same grade is earned both times, it is counted only once in the student’s average. Although only the higher grade is used to calculate the cumulative GPA, both grades appear on the official transcript.

Show or Hide answer Can I earn more than one degree from RCC?

Yes, but there are certain restrictions. Please see our Dual Degree Policy for details.

Show or Hide answer I have graduated from RCC and would like to take additional courses prior to transfer. May I do so?

Yes you may; however, there are a few things you need to be aware of:

  • First, students should be sure to check with their transfer institution to verify that the courses for which they plan to register are acceptable.
  • Second, if you are planning on receiving financial aid, you MUST have a declared curriculum that is allowed as per our Dual Degree Policy and be taking only courses that are required for that curriculum. Otherwise, you WILL NOT be eligible for financial aid.
Show or Hide answer I don't know what career I want to pursue. Who can help me?

The Career Services Center can help. Attend one of our "Choosing a Career" workshops, do research in our Career Resource Library, or meet one on one with a counselor.  Get more information on the Career Services Center Web Page.

Show or Hide answer I need help deciding what college or university to transfer to. Who can help me?

The Student Development Center has services available for students planning to transfer after attending RCC.  You can make an individual appointment, drop-in or attend a transfer event. Check out the Transfer Services Web Page for more information.

Show or Hide answer What are the SUNY General Education Requirements?

Students wishing to transfer to a four-year SUNY college or university should familiarize themselves with the SUNY General Education Requirements.

Show or Hide answer Will my credits transfer?

Click HERE for an answer to this important question.

Show or Hide answer Have a question that is not answered here?

Send an email to the Academic Advisement Center Staff at advise@sunyrockland.edu.