Freshman Year


First Semester:

  • Purchase a planner, either paper or electronic.  It will prove an indispensable tool in keeping you on track, academically.
  • Be aware of dates and deadlines on the Academic Calendar to keep track of important dates, such as Mondays following a Friday’s schedule, the deadline to withdraw from classes and so on. You will get a syllabus in every class.  Incorporate the dates and deadlines on the course syllabus into your planner.
  • If you are struggling academically, meet with your academic advisor. Explore with your advisor resources such as wellness, tutoring, and other educational support.
  • Be prepared to discuss your academic progress during your advising appointment. Refer to the  Undergraduate Bulletin , your DegreeWorks audit and the class schedule to determine which courses  to take next semester.
  • Check your CUNYFirst record regularly to ensure that you have no holds that might prevent you from registering, receiving financial or other items in your to-do list.
  • All correspondence should be done through your City Email account and must include your full name and EMPLID. Make sure you check your City College e-mail account everyday, so you do not miss out on important announcements and opportunities.
  • Be part of Student life. Explore numerous clubs and athletic activities that you might be interested to join and that are available on campus.

Second Semester:

  • Refer to Degree Works on the CUNY website .This is a useful tool for keeping track of the coursework you have taken and that coursework you have yet to complete.*
  • Review the General Education requirements (Pathways, foreign language, math, sciences.)  How many credits do you need to complete your degree?  Revisit your initial goals.  Does the plan that you’ve chosen still make sense for you?  Set up an appointment with your adviser, if you need to investigate this further.
  • It is never too early to start your career exploration to identify career interests, strengths and values. Please visit the Career Professional Development Institute.


* remember to always check with your advisors to make sure the information is accurate.  Check out the curriculum grids of intended majors.