The City College of New York has a large student population and it can be difficult to navigate your way through the inner workings of the administrative side of the campus. The OAS works along with your advisors to make sure that you meet all academic standards and requirements. Your advisor is a valuable resource and can be consulted on a number of academic concerns; take advantage of the one-on-one attention he or she can offer.
If you have not decided on a particular area of interest/major (undeclared students), you will meet with advisors at the Gateway Center (NAC 1/220), who can help you explore areas of strength and interest before you choose your major. They can also give guidance on appropriate course loads, and discuss general education and other degree requirements.
After you have declared an area of interest or major, you will be assigned an advisor through that Division/department. Departmental advisors will largely guide you through their major requirements (other degree requirements should be discussed with the school or divisional advisor). Each school within City College will have specific degree requirements in addition to major requirements; you should check the current Undergraduate Bulletin for a list of your School's specific requirements. You should also discuss you course load with your advisor to schedule when required courses should be taken and to make sure that your course loads are fulfilling requirements.
Ultimately, it is your responsibility to seek out your advisors for assistance, to become familiar with the resources available on campus, and to make sure you have fulfilled all degree requirements – your advisors will help you every step of the way when you ask. You are also responsible to review the CUNY/CCNY academic rules and regulations explained on pages 288-303 of the 2009-2011 Undergraduate Bulletin.
Remember, it is essential that you meet with your advisors if you have any questions or concerns regarding your academic situation or school policies. They offer the personal attention you might not be able to receive from teachers or administrators, including help with recommended course load and clarifications of academic policies. Please consult your advisor before deciding to appeal to any academic committee. Click here for a list of undergraduate advising offices.