Congratulations on your recent admission to City College!

Your first advising session will cover the following topics:

  • CUNY Pathways general education requirements
  • Your intended major and the application/declaration process
  • Required elective credits and elective credit strategies
  • Transfer credit, including AP scores and College Now courses
  • Discussion of any academic holds on record
  • Course registration, if time permits
  • Any other questions you may have
Minimum Requirements for Graduation

In order to be eligible for graduation, all students must:

• Complete the Pathways general education requirements
• Meet the requirements of at least one major
• Meet the City College Residency Requirement
• Earn a minimum of 120 credits

For Freshman Students

  • All degrees require 120 earned credits—if you plan to graduate in four years, then you will need to take fifteen credits per semester
    • 15 credits X 8 semesters = 120 credits
  • Most students focus on Pathways requirements in their first terms
    • Art and Music majors are usually exceptions to this rule
  • Most students take ENGL 11000 or FIQWS courses to meet their English Composition requirement in their first term
  • Keep in mind that most majors in our division were planned so that they leave you elective credits to explore other disciplines
    • Students may use their elective credits to pursue a minor (or two), a publishing certificate, another major, or the credits can be used to build other necessary skills such as public speaking, writing, foreign language, etc.

A document containing lists of Pathways and elective courses can be found on the H&A Advising webpage.

For Transfer Students

  • All degrees require 120 earned credits—your total number of transfer credits subtracted from 120 will tell you the minimum number of credits required for your graduation
    • Say you transfer in 63 credits: 120 - 63 = 57
    • Keep in mind that some students may need go over the minimum to meet their declared plan requirements
  • At least 60% of your major credits must be taken at CCNY
    • English majors must take at least 27 of the 39 required major credits at CCNY; therefore, students are allowed to use up to 12 transfer credits toward this major
  • You may also need to meet with an advisor in the department of your major before registration—if so, we'll provide you with contact info during the meeting

A document containing lists of Pathways and elective courses can be found on the H&A Advising webpage.

For All New Students

The Benny's Resources page will introduce you to all of the technological and administrative tools that you will need as a City College student

Benny's Resources

 EAB Navigate Appointments for Advising

As a new student, you choose either the 'New Freshman' or the 'New Transfer' advising appointment option for your first meeting. For all future meetings, you'll want to select 'Current Student Academic Advising' when making an appointment.

Advising appointments can always be made on the
Humanities & Arts Advising webpage

Keep in mind that a single question might not need a 20-minute meeting and possibly could be addressed more quickly by email. Advisor email addresses are also available on our advising page.

Appointments are available for in-person meetings but not required—check out the hours for in-person advising on the advising webpage as well.

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Office of Academic Advising

Division of Humanities and the Arts

North Academic Center, Rooms 5/225

160 Convent Avenue

New York NY 10031

Last Updated: 09/19/2022 16:57