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Frequently Asked Questions

When do I register for classes?

  • New students must complete the New START workshop and meet with an advisor prior to registration.
  • Continuing students
    • Summer registration begins in March
    • Fall registration begins in April
    • Winter Interim & Spring registration begins in November.
  • Continuing students are required to prepare to meet with their assigned advisor and receive an alternate PIN each semester in order to register online.
  • To prepare for meeting with your Advisor, login to your mySUNYOrange account, select the Student Services/Resources menu and click on "Prepare to Meet with Your Advisor".
  • There is a tutorial video for registration in your Student Academics menu.

The Registrar's office can provide more information.

Why is there a hold on my registration?

If a balance is owed, you will need to pay that in full before the hold is removed. If any immunization records are required, you will need to have those submitted before the hold is removed. Students can view holds from their Student Academics menu. Student Services Central can assist with additional information.

What is an "alternate PIN"?

The alternate PIN, sometimes referred to as a registration PIN, is a 6-digit code provided to students by their advisor each semester. It is required for registration.

How do I create a draft schedule?

  • Use Degree Works and a copy of your degree program from the college catalog to determine which classes are required for your degree.
  • Login to your mySUNYOrange account, in the Student Academics menu click on Class Schedule Search. An alternate PIN is not needed to look up classes.
  • Write down the CRN number, section, time and day of the classes you would like to register for.
  • Bring your draft schedule with you to your advising meeting to get an alternate PIN from an advisor.
  • Students who are eligible to register online receive an alternate PIN from their academic advisor and may register from any computer on campus or home.

Some things to consider:

  • Start with a weekly planner and block out days and times you cannot take classes
  • Schedule the classes you need most and those there are fewer sections of 
  • Note that some classes are only offered in Fall or Spring; check the college catalog or course description 
  • Note that some classes begin later into the semester; be aware of the start date of your selected class
  • Fill in time gaps with classes that have many sections or that are available during another semester
  • When searching the online schedule, click on a class CRN number (course resource number) for any important details and be sure to note whether the class is on campus or remote.

Is my class on campus or remote?

Beginning Fall 2022, refer to the search options: Campus (under Cmp column in the class search) and Instructional Method (under Location column in the class search) to view class delivery options.

Campus and type of Instructional Method:

M = Middletown campus: Options include

  • Traditional: in-person instruction, on-campus, weekly on designated days and time.
  • Hybrid: mix of in-person, on-campus and online learning that integrates some on-campus synchronous (real-time) instruction at the designated days/times indicated on the schedule and some asynchronous (ASYNCH or on your own time) instruction.

N = Newburgh campus: Options include

  • Traditional: in-person instruction, on-campus, weekly on designated days and time.
  • Hybrid: mix of in-person, on-campus and online learning that integrates some on-campus synchronous (real-time) instruction at the designated days/times indicated on the schedule and some asynchronous (ASYNCH or on your own time) instruction.

V = Virtual Campus Online: Options include

  • Distance Learning Asynchronous: fully remote/online learning with asynchronous instruction (VIR WWW or on your own time). There are no designated days/times for real-time instruction; while you work with your instructor to learn, you do not see your instructor.
  • Distance Learning Synchronous: remote synchronous (RS)/online learning with real-time instruction (synchronous). You meet with the instructor, weekly, at the designated days/times indicated on the schedule.
  • Distance Learning Synchronous & Asynchronous: remote/online learning that integrates remote synchronous (RS or real-time) instruction at the designated days/times (that’s when you see your instructor) indicated on the schedule and asynchronous (ASYNCH or on your own time) instruction.

O = Off-Campus: In-person component will be held at a location other than our Middletown or Newburgh campuses.

How do I change my schedule or Add / Drop a class?

  • Students should discuss schedule changes with an advisor to be sure the desired changes do not negatively impact academic progress or financial aid.
  • Students can use their alternate PIN to make changes to their schedules until the end of the Add/Drop period, check the current registration calendar for the deadline. After the Add/Drop period, advisor approval is required to drop a class, Instructor and Department Chair permission is required to add a class. Visit the Academic Advising office for assistance.

Please note:

  • What date you drop a class determines whether you receive a refund. Please see Student Accounts Refund Policies page for further information.
  • Changes made to your schedule after the semester begins may incur additional charges.

Is there a specific Advisor that I must see?

The name of your assigned Advisor is found in Degree Works.

After your first semester you will be assigned an advisor from the faculty. If you changed your degree or have not been assigned an Advisor, please visit the the Academic Advising Office for assistance.

All students are required to consult with an advisor in order to receive an alternate PIN to register for classes.

Where should I go for advising when the Fall and Spring semesters have ended?

When Faculty Advisors are not readily available (typically summer and winter breaks), students may contact the Academic Advising Office. Advisors will have limited availability to assist continuing students during these times. Use the Virtual Advising Office (Zoom) link in the Student Services/Resources tab to speak with any available academic advisor. Please refer to the schedule of walk-in hours.

How do I access the Zoom link for the Academic Advising Office?

Currently registered students should sign into their mySUNYOrange account, go to the Student Services/Resources menu, and click on the Virtual Advising Office (Zoom) link to speak with an advisor during walk-in hours.

How do I make sure that the courses I am taking are part of my degree?

Degree Works is your degree auditing application. Use it alongside a copy of your degree planning sheet from the college catalog.

To access Degree Works, login to your MySUNYOrange account then click on the link for Degree Works. Please review the "Navigating your Degree Works" video posted on the Student Services/Resources tab. Students should meet with their assigned Advisor to discuss proper course sequencing.

Where do I find textbook information for my classes?

The SUNY Orange campus bookstore has a search feature that you can use along with your course schedule to locate the books required for each course. Be sure to have the course section available during your search, the required materials may differ by section.

When do I pay for the courses I am registered for?

Payment is due before classes begin. Deadlines and payment options can be found on the Student Accounts page. Also, you must submit a certificate of residence annually in order to pay in-state tuition rates.

How do I apply for financial aid?

The Financial Aid Office, has an assortment of material online to help students and their families understand their FAFSA forms and loan information.

I am interested in applying for a scholarship.

The SUNY Orange scholarship process is managed by the SUNY Orange Foundation, an independent non-profit organization dedicated to generating funds and building resources to enhance learning opportunities for students and the community. Through the efforts of the Foundation and the generosity of many private donors, SUNY Orange awards approximately 250 scholarships each academic year.

I am not sure what I want to do after college, where can I go to find career information?

Students can visit the webpage for Office of Career and Internship Services to perform a career interest inventory to identify a preferred career field based on personal values and interests.

Representatives can provide valuable information about job opportunities and career trends and conduct several workshops on different topics throughout the semester. Take advantage of this great resource!

How do I apply for graduation?

Fill out the Application for Graduation and submit it to registrar@sunyorange.edu.