Are you ready to meet with your advisor?

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Choosing classes can be stressful for students but it doesn’t have to be!

block-1512119_960_720.jpgThere are several steps you can take to make your transition from first semester, to second semester more fluid, stress free and exciting!

1) Surf the UAlbany Site for Intel
Whether you have a direction or not, it is helpful it look at the major descriptions and check out their requirements. Click Here for a list of our majors and if you want more information, just type the major into the search box on the page. You could look at the schedule of classes to find classes that you find interesting and check out their course descriptions. The link to the schedule of classes is located under the academic’s tab of your MyUAlbany student account, specifically under Enrollment Tools. This can help give you an idea of classes that you would potentially like to take. Bring your findings to your advisement appointment. They will help to give your advisor a better idea of your interests.

2) Meet Your MAP
The second path you can take to become more aware of your pathway through a potential major, is to take a look at a “MAP“, or Major Academic Pathway. The MAPs can be extremely helpful in seeing what a semester by semester schedule would look like in each major.

3) Self-assess and Reflect
The third way any you can help prepare yourself for your appointment is to reflect on the classes that you are either taking this semester, or have taken before. Think about the classes that you truly enjoyed, or ones that were not for you! This can help narrow interests to what you enjoy, and in turn, can help you and your advisor pick classes that will suit your specific needs and academic interests.

Being prepared for your Advisement appointment will help both you and your advisor in narrowing your interests, and will give you more options and opportunities to go forward with in the future! Be open and honest about your likes and dislikes, for this will make your next semester even more productive than the last!

Written by Elizabeth Petroski


P.S. from Rachel Moody, Academic Advisor:

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Withdrawing and the S/U Option: Questions Answered

question cubeRe-posted from ASC Advisor, Rachel Moody’s Blog: www.dreamclimbthrive.com.

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY S/U GRADING AND/OR TO WITHDRAW FROM A SPRING 2016, SEMESTER LENGTH CLASS IS TODAY, APRIL 5, 2016.

Facts about using the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade mode option:

  • We do not have a pass/fail option. A “D-” is passing, but it will not earn you an “S”.
  • You need to earn a “C” or higher to earn an “S”; a “C-” is not high enough.
  • Some majors do not allow S/U grading for their courses.
  • You cannot S/U upper-level courses (300 Level and Higher)
  • Neither the “S” or the “U” will affect your GPA but you can only earn credit if you earn an “S”.
  • Click here to read the UAlbany official policy on the S/U grading option.

Facts about withdrawing:

Before you S/U or W ask yourself:

  • What have I done to succeed in this class?
  • Am I aware of the resources available to help me?
  • Am I using those resources to the best of my ability? 

Before you S/U or W, you should speak to an advisor. If your advisor is not available, see the advisor-on-duty in our office. The Advisor-on-Duty is available to students of all majors, Monday-Friday, 1 pm – 5 pm. 

If you have a general question about anything above, ask us in the comments below!

AVNs: They are Here!

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Your Advisement Verification Numbers (AVNs) that allow you to register are available. In order to receive your Summer and Fall 2016 AVNs, you must first meet with your academic advisor to discuss your goals and outline your course plan.

When Can You Register?

You may view your Enrollment Date by clicking on “When Can I Enroll?” under the Academics tab in your MYUAlbany account. The earliest date and time is what you are looking for!

DO NOT WAIT until your enrollment date to look for an appointment. Make an appointment to meet with your advisor TODAY!


How to Prepare for Your Advisement Meeting?

  • Think about what else you would like to learn aside from your major, minor,  and general education requirements. You will likely have a lot of room to take electives. Use this space to increase your understanding of the world!
  • Are you undecided about your major and your potential career? You are not alone! For many students, the first 1-2 years of college is spent sampling different pathways to determine what makes the most sense for them. Please make use of your Academic Advisor and our Career and Professional Development Office to help you to strategically explore your options.

Resources to Check Out While You Are Waiting for Your Appointment with Your Advisor: