GAC ADVISING FAQS
Why do I need an Academic Adviser?Your adviser familiarizes you with the general education requirements, pre-requisites, course sequencing, and support services; strategic information you need to facilitate your timely progress towards the degree.
Who do I see if I need general academic advice?For undeclared students, or those students preparing to meet eligibility requirements for the major, come to the GAC. All other students should see advisers in the Divisional Offices to which their major belongs, such as the Division of Social Science (NA 6/141), the Division of Humanities (NA 5/225) or the Division of Science (MR Plaza).
When should I begin my Pathways Requirements?You will begin work on the Pathways Requirements within the first semester. Refer to the Pathways General Education Checklists for specific course requirements.
How many credits do I need to be a FR, SO, JR, SR?
- Freshman status requires 0 - 29.9 credits
- Sophomore status requires 30 - 59.9 credits
- Junior status requires 60 - 89.9 credits
- Senior status requires 90 - 120+ credits
Can I take a semester off from school and return?Yes. If you are in good academic standing, you may go to the Office of Admission (A 101) and apply for re-entry.
Can I take a term off from school and return if I am on academic probation?If you are on academic probation, you are not automatically guaranteed re-entry. You must file an appeal to the Committee on Course and Standing in the Office of Academic Standards (SH 109E). The appeal will be reviewed and you will be informed of the decision by mail.
Are there any restrictions in taking courses Pass/Fail?The following conditions apply:
- You must have completed 28 credits
- Only one course of pass/fail per semester
- No core course or required class for major may be taken pass/fail
- You may only choose the option for pass/fail BEFORE the beginning of classes
Is "D" an acceptable grade in my Major coursework? It depends on the major. For math, science, technology, economics and business majors, you need a minimum of a "C" in your math/and or science coursework. Check with your major advisers for more specific information.
How many times may I re-take the same course?
You may re-take a course only once, which means you have taken the same course twice.
Students Intending to Apply to the Grove School of Engineering (GSoE) as an internal candidate:
GAC students who intend to apply to the Grove School of Engineering must have completed the following to be eligible to do so:
- Have a GPA of at least 2.75
- Have completed Math 202 (Calculus II) with a "C" or better grade
- Complete 25 credits, including at least both CHEM 103 and PHYS 207
- Show satisfactory academic progress, i.e., few if any W's and/or F's
BE ADVISED: Acceptance to the Grove School of Engineering is determined on a case-by-case basis.
What is a Major Program Sheet?It's a form that lists the required courses for the major.
Where do I get a Major Program Sheet?You may obtain a Major Program sheet in the major department.
How do I declare/ change my Major?Get a Change-of-Major form from the Registrar's Office or online. Fill it out. Bring the form to the appropriate office; i.e., if you have chosen History, go to the History Department. Once the form has been signed by your major office, return it to the Registrar's Office (A102).
How do I calculate my overall Grade Point Average?You may calculate your GPA by hand. Refer to the current Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF). You may use the GPA calculator within DegreeWorks, as well.
How do I find out what classes are being offered each semester?You can find out through the Schedule of Classes.
What is the CUNY PORTAL?The CUNY Portal provides online access to Registration, Grades, Degree Progress and Blackboard.
Where do I get a Class Schedule and a College Bulletin?The Schedule of Classes and the current bulletin are available online.
When do I register for classes?All students are assigned a registration date. You may not register sooner than the date; although, you may do so after. Go to the CUNY Portal.
What is Blackboard?Blackboard is an interactive online tool, which allows you to:
- Access course content
- Take test and quizzes
- Participate in online discussions with your fellow students, and/or instructors
- Submit course material such as assignments
- Review course syllabi
- Check your current grades such as mid-term exams, quizzes, and final exam grades.
How do I use Blackboard?Go to the CUNY Portal. Follow directions.
How do I get an e-mail address?If you are registered and taking classes at CCNY, your e-mail address has already been assigned to you. To activate your e-mail account you may go in person to the Help Desk (NAC 1/505).
How do I get into my e-SIMS account?Go to the CUNY Portal. Follow directions.
General PoliciesWhat is the "F" policy? Under the provisions of the "F policy" an F grade will not be counted in the overall GPA, if you re-take the exact same course and receive a C or better grade. Be advised that the F grade, itself, is not removed from the transcript. Further restrictions apply: the course must have been taken after 1990. There is a 16 credit maximum as to how many courses you can take using the policy.
What does it mean to be on Academic Probation?Students who have a GPA below 2.0 are on academic probation. Students are allowed to be on probation for two consecutive semesters. After this period of time, if there has been no improvement, students may face academic dismissal.
How do I get off Academic Probation?The short answer is to improve your grades. You should immediately set up an appointment with your GAC academic adviser to discuss the most effective ways to improve your scholarship.
First Semester/ New Students
Where do I register the first semester?
The Office of Student Affairs will notify you by mail to which advising unit you are assigned. The unit to which you are assigned will guide you in choosing your first semester coursework.
How many courses should I take my first semester?Twelve credits is an adequate course load for the first semester. However, to graduate within 4 years, you must take a minimum load of 15 credits per semester.
What is the maximum number of credits I can take per semester?You may take up to 18 credits, if you are in good academic standing, i.e., if your GPA is at or above 2.5 However, 15 credits is the maximum number recommended in any semester.
Remember: The amount of time you actually sit in a class is about 1/3rd of the time you should be devoting to prepare for it. So, if you are taking a 3 credit course, you should be spending about 9 hours a week studying for it.
How do I enroll in classes?Your first semester you will register in the GAC. However, in subsequent semesters, if you maintain a 2.0 GPA, you will be able to register yourself online. For further information, Go to the CUNY Portal.
When must I declare my major?You should declare your major before you reach 45 credits.
How do I declare my major?Go online and download the Change of Major form. Have the form signed by the appropriate department. Return the form to the Registrar's Office for processing.
How do I know whether the courses I took at another school transferred (and the number of credits transferred)?You may access TIPPS (TRANSFER INFORMATION AND PROGRAM PLANNING SYSTEM). TIPPS allows you to see how courses transfer from one CUNY school to another. The Office of Admissions processes transfer evaluations for credits earned at previous non-CUNY institutions. All questions should b directed to that office concerning the transferability of coursework to The City College.
How do I know what requirements I have fulfilled?Your GAC adviser can help you determine which general education requirements you have already satisfied. You may also refer to the Pathways General Education checklist.
Once you have declared a major, your adviser in the division that houses the major will guide you through your major requirements i.e., if you are a Psychology major, you will see an adviser in the Division of Social Sciences (6/145).
If I am a transfer student, am I eligible to take courses at other schools?Transfer students must complete 60% of their classes at CCNY. In addition, the last 32 consecutive credits must be done at CCNY. If you intend to take a class on permit at another CUNY College you should discuss this with your Academic Adviser and your Major Department; or, if you are still undeclared, your GAC adviser.
How many times can I withdraw from a class?A maximum four withdrawals is permitted within the 120 credit minimum needed to earn a degree.
How does withdrawing from a class affect my GPA?If you withdraw from a class before the published deadline, you will receive a grade of "W." This grade does not affect your GPA. However, if you just stop going to a class, the Faculty member can give you a "WU". This grade calculates in your GPA the same as an "F."
What if I have to withdraw from a class after the deadline?You may request a retroactive withdrawal through the Office of Academic Standards.
What if I have to leave school due to an emergency?You may request a withdrawal through the Registrar's Office, but you have to provide written documentation explaining the emergency to that office.
How many credits do I need to graduate?Students in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences need 120 credits to graduate. Students who intend to pursue majors in the professional schools should consult the college bulletin or the CCNY web site for information on the graduation requirements of those schools.
What is the difference between a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree?The concentration of the B.A. degree is on the humanities and social sciences. The B.S. focuses on science, mathematics and technology.
If I took a foreign language in H.S. or speak one at home do I have to do more in college?This depends on the number of years of foreign language taken in high school and the type of degree you intend to pursue at CCNY. You have to prove your literacy in another language by taking a proficiency test in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature (NA 5223K). See your adviser for more information.
How long do I have to complete an Incomplete?You have approximately until the tenth week into the following semester. To find out the exact date, check the Academic Calendar
How do I appeal a grade?The first thing to do is to discuss the issue with the instructor who gave you the grade. If this does not resolve the issue, make an appointment to discuss the matter with the Chair of the Department. If this is unsatisfactory, make an appointment to see the Dean of the Division. If this, too, fails to provide a remedy, then you may file an appeal with the Office of Academic Standards (SH 109E).
How can I find out what my Math Placement scores are?You may call the office of Evaluation and Testing, (212) 650-6488.
What is a Workshop?A workshop is a non-credit class that helps you to meet minimum college standards in reading, writing and mathematics. It usually meets for seven to eight weeks.
What is a Mandatory Homework Lab?
All workshop participants must also attend an after class session in which homework is prepared for the next class session. These are called Homework Labs. See the Workshops page on the GAC website for further information.