REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2020 COURSES (and summer) starts on March 31st and the days following, seniors first.  CUNYfirst will show you your exact starting date and time.


Before you can register, you must do the following:

  • Print a Cp.E. curriculum sheet (8-semester grid), showing the requirements of the major, or pick one up from the CSc or EE department.  It also shows the pre- and corequisites of most courses, and has a flowchart on the back.  (You can also consult the curriculum and liberal arts webpages.)


  • Fill out a Cp.E. advising form, available by clicking the link or from the CSc and EE departments.  Note that the PDF is fillable on your computer by clicking on the blanks.

    • Put your name and I.D. number on the front.

    • On the back, check off your completed courses, your current courses, and the courses you intend to enroll in next.

    • You will find your GPA on CUNYfirst, and the form has instructions for calculating your QPA.  Write these in.  They indicate if you meet the Grove School's minimum academic standards.


  • Print your unofficial transcript (CUNYfirst;  or DegreeWorks > Class History link).

  • Bring these papers to your advisor.  Do it before your CUNYfirst registration time!  Plan ahead:  Your advisor might only have office hours once or twice a week.  Find out who your advisor is:

    • If you have completed fewer than 45 credits toward the Cp.E. degree, you are advised by Cp.E. associate director Sam Fenster in Steinman 617, 212-650-6594.

    • Otherwise, you are advised by a professor.  Click to look up your advisor >>.  You may see last semester's faculty advisor, if the advisor is willing.  Their office hours are posted in their departments, or click to see office hours in C.Sc. or E.E.

    • To make an appointment with your advisor:  If it is a C.Sc. professor, go during their office hours.  If it is Mr. Fenster or an E.E. professor, click this link.  If they, or you, are not available during scheduled hours, arrange another time with them by email.


  • Once your advisor signs the form, return it to Sam Fenster.  You may leave it under his door.  If you are in good academic standing (see the bottom of the back of the advising form), you will then be able to register on the date & time indicated for you in CUNYfirst.



See here.



Advising is your opportunity to have a discussion with someone knowledgeable about your curriculum and your plans, in and outside of school.

It is your responsibility to understand your graduation requirements, course pre- and corequisites, and your current status (GPA, QPA, incompletes, courses you must retake, the limit on course withdrawals, registration stops, probation, deadlines to appeal to continue if you're in bad standing or to apply for reentry, etc.).

Your advisor will be able to explain course requirements, recommend courses based on your interests and abilities, and discuss extracurricular projects and work. He/she will write remarks on your form and sign it.

Upper-division students, or their advisors, should deliver the CpE advising form to my office (under my door if I'm not there) or have office staff put it in my mailbox. If you have not been officially advised this semester, you will not be able to register (you will have an "Engineering Advising" hold). For all other academic consultation, you may see me.

Sam Fenster
administrative director, computer engineering
Steinman 617, x6594


  • Take the time to think about your academic and career goals;

  • Prepare questions before your advising session;

  • Initiate contact with a faculty or staff advisor for the required once-per-semester advising session, and other sessions throughout the academic year;

  • Make appointments for advising sessions during posted office hours. Notify the advisor or someone in the advisor's office if it is impossible to keep appointments;

  • Ask questions. If you do not understand, ask, ask, ask!!

  • Familiarize yourself with College's academic calendar to understand important deadlines (drop/add deadlines, for example);

  • Schedule courses that meet your degree requirements and educational and career interests;

  • Accept responsibility for making final decisions related to your coursework;

  • Do the proper follow-up after an advising session.


  • Provide accurate and current information about School of Engineering and College rules, regulations, policies, requirements, etc.

  • Assist students with creating an appropriate course schedule;

  • Provide students with current career information and career opportunities within major and specialization areas;

  • Encourage students to use School of Engineering and College-wide support services and initiate contact with these offices, if necessary.

  • Monitor students' academic performance and recommend appropriate interventions, as necessary.