Sophomore Year

Lower Sophomores 30-44.9 Credits | Upper Sophomores 50-59.9 Credits


Visit SSSP Counselor / Program Advisor

Review your academic program plan, re-affirm your professional plan and problem solve study / academic issues of the previous semester. Adapt to your next college level by capitalizing on your strengths and aptitudes. Focus on boosting your GPA. Ensure that you have completed the Gen. Ed. Curriculum requirements for your program. Discuss your options for a major/minor or double –major/minor.

Speak with your Major Advisor

You must declare a major at your 60th credit. Visit your major advisor to sign off on your major sheet, confirm that you have, or will, meet all requirements for your major by your last semester. Adjust your academic program plan with updates that may affect your time track. Check the CCNY Advising link for more information related to sophomores.

Work with Your Schedule

Plan a manageable schedule. Be realistic about what you can accomplish in a given semester. Set smaller weekly study goals and larger goals. Don’t leave homework for the last minute. Make more time for school but reward yourself for academic efforts. Invest in your academics for the next four years with a strong foundation of mind and body.

Independent Check

Monitor your academic progress with Degree Works. Use CCNY’s academic Bulletin guide to major and minor elective courses. Visit the financial aid counselor to ensure loans, aid or FWS awards. Meet with your professor and your SSSP counselor for a midterm check on your academic progress. Deal with any academic distress so you can make timely decisions. It is important to safeguard your GPA. If you are struggling with classwork, speak to a counselor immediately.

ARC’S Tutoring & Online Services

Meet with your SSSP counselor for a tutoring referral. Plan weekly visits to your tutor and set challenges each week to widen your learning curve. Get proactive about school. Take advantage of SSSP’s 24/7 draft review service. Submit a paper to e-tutoring: a study/discussion group and use ARC or the library as a meeting place.

Stay Engaged

Secure your leadership profile with job experience, internship, and scholarship opportunities. Increase your activities with student clubs and participate in campus events. Be part of SSSP’s March Scholar Showcase or December Cultural festival. Commit to a Study Abroad Program and review the application process. Become part of a research group, study group or cultural group. Commit to new opportunities that widen your activities and roles on campus. Attend SSSP workshops or start your own workshop. Stay proactive.

Career Development Professional Institute NA 1/116 (CPDI)

Make time to meet with CPDI on internship and job opportunities. Attend their workshops, major jamboree and receive personal professional counseling. Register online at Once you register, you will also take their online training sessions. CPDI works with various companies to provide you with internship opportunities.

CUNY Opportunities / Seek Employment

Visit CUNY’s Job and Internship website at jobs/ for information on CUNY’s Service Corps, CUNY 311, CUNY / NYCHA Call Center Project, Poll Worker Initiative, CUNY Job postings. Visit CCNY’s Service Corps to access due dates and info.

Scholarship Goals

A strong GPA means you can take advantage of CCNY’s scholarship opportunities. Go to Performing well in school is a top priority. A strong GPA opens academic doors to scholarships, program major of your choice, internships and college employment, and future professional studies. Communicate your goals to your counselor and tutor. Seek advice on how to prioritize and plan for a strong GPA. Every course will assess a different strength, skill or ability so never assume results, work for them every step of the way.


Commit to applying for scholarships. Go to awards.cfm. Perform additional research for scholarships outside of the CCNY. Secure an internship with CPDI or apply for the CCNY Service Corps.

Study Abroad Program

Save money to travel overseas. Visit CCNY’s Study abroad office in NA 5/216 or visit Work or study abroad opportunities with support funding are available to students. Commit to a new challenge in your life

End-of-Term, Next Steps

Plan your academic program plan for the next  semester.  Discuss the options of a major /  second major and possible minors with your SSSP counselor. Perform an academic and professional self-assessment. Speak to your counselors and lay out fresh plans for new commitments in the coming semester.

Attend Capstone Events

Soak in the energy and the inspiration of SSSP awards and recognition events in the spring. Attend SSSP’s cultural festival program in the fall. Be inspired by peer scholars. This is a path that you could follow in the years to come.