HandshakeCurrent and Returning Students

Current Students

During your second semester, if you have completed any required Reading and Writing developmental courses and are ready to proceed with the core courses in your program, you will be assigned to a Faculty Advisor within your degree program. Your Advisor and other Advisors in the department can provide expert guidance concerning your academic and career goals.

Returning Students

If you are returning to SUNY Orange after a break of two or more consecutive semesters (excluding summer), you will need to apply for readmission before you will be able to register for courses. If your GPA falls below a 2.0, you must attend a ReSTART workshop. At the conclusion of the workshop, you will have the opportunity to meet with an Advisor and register for your courses.

Who to See:

  • You can find the name of your assigned Advisor in your MySUNYOrange account
    • Click on the Student Academics tab
    • In the My Academic Profile box, select the current term
    • Your advisor’s name will be listed on the bottom under “Advisors”
  • You can also find the name of your assigned Advisor in your Degree Works
  • See an Advisor in the Academic Advising Office for policy/ procedure/ process questions, Add/ Drop, and if your assigned Advisor is unavailable when you need immediate assistance

How to See Your Advisor:

  • For information on how to prepare for your meeting, please check your MySUNYOrange account/Student Services and Resources tab/Academic Advising and Career Planning.
  • View your Advisor’s office hours to see when they might be available to meet with you.
    • Click on the Student Services and Resources tab
    • In the Academic Advising and Career Planning box, click on "Find My Advisor’s Office Hours"
    • Select your Advisor’s name from the drop down menu and click Submit
  • If there are no hours posted, you can contact your Advisor directly to see when he or she is available. 
    • Click on the “Home” tab
    • In the “Phone and Email Lookup (Faculty/Staff)” box on the top right of the page, enter in your Advisor’s first and last name and select Search

When to See Your Advisor:

  • To discuss and select courses for the next semester:
    • In the Fall semester: October - early November
    • In the Spring semester: March - early April
  • Longer, "big-picture" planning discussions should be held toward the beginning of the semester (September-October; February-March) to avoid the registration rush when Advisors will be very busy


Why to See Your Advisor:

  • To develop education/career goals, plans and strategies
  • To discuss academic problems and progress
  • To select courses before registration opens and to get your Alternate PIN for online registration
  • To Add/Drop courses after registering
  • To ask questions about programs, procedures and policies
  • To get referrals for appropriate services, resources, information, and opportunities