Frequently asked Questions and Answers Advising/Advisors
Who is my assigned advisor? A. The College does not automatically
assign students an academic advisor. Generally career program students
are advised by the faculty in their department. Most Liberal Arts students
receive advisement in the Academic Advisement Center.
Will my advisor tell me what courses to take? A. Your advisor will help you to
clarify your educational, career and life goals and assist in selecting
the most appropriate courses to meet your needs. Both students and advisors
have important roles and responsibilities
in the advising process.
Is advisement required? Do I have to see an advisor? A. Academic advisement is available
and recommended for all students. All full-time new/careercenter/readmitted,
currently enrolled career and Liberal Arts and Business students with
less than a 2.00 GPA are required to obtain an advisement key/advisement PIN prior
I'm not sure what I want to do or which
major/program is best for me. What can I do? A. There are a variety of services
available to you through Counseling, International and Veterans' Services including individualized
career counseling appointments, career development
courses and many additional resources available on our web page
Career Planning and Assessment.
I want to change my major/program. How and where do I do that? A. For currently enrolled students,
program changes are processed either in the Academic Advisement Centers,
or DCC Student Services. For more details,
see our Program Change Information page.
When can I register for next
semester? A. Currently enrolled students have
an opportunity for priority registration generally starting in March for
the fall semester and in October for the spring semester. Once the priority
period concludes, new, transfer and readmitted students who have completed
the admission process will be notified regarding advisement and registration
My work schedule changes a lot. Is there any way I can still take classes
or get college credit? A. MCC offers classes and awards
credits in a variety of ways. More information on these options can be
Distance Learning and Experiential
Is dropping a class the same as withdrawing? A. No. Students can drop a class
without the course appearing on the student's academic record through
the 3rd week of a semester and for a specified period of time
for summer session classes. Once the drop period ends, students can submit
a course withdrawal until the date published in the academic calendar.
Although a "W" will appear on the student's record, it does not affect
the grade point average (GPA). Students
are responsible for one-hundred percent of tuition and fees for a withdrawal.
A complete withdrawal from all classes must
be processed through Advisement and Graduation Services.
Why do I have to take a non-credit course? A. As a result of placement
testing some students are required to take prepatory non credit English
or Mathematics courses. The purpose is to help students strengthen skills
in those areas so they will be successful in subsequent credit bearing
Who has access to my academic records? A.
The Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents college personnel
from disclosing confidential information about your academic record to
anyone without your authorization.
Do I have to take a physical education class? Can I use visits to a health
club to fulfill physical education requirements? A. All students must complete
2 credits of health or physical education course(s) in order to graduate.
Generally waivers are not approved for participation in organized sports
or activities outside the College.
If I repeat a course, does the higher grade count? A. Not necessarily. The last
grade received for a course is calculated into a student's grade point
average regardless of whether the grade is higher or lower.
Students should be aware that repeating a
course when a passing grade was received (ex: "D") could affect financial
aid eligibility. Be sure to consult a financial aid counselor or advisor.
Q. How can I find out what
classes I have left to graduate? A. Each semester students
receive a CAPP report of coursework completed and classes left to
complete. Staff in the Academic Advisement Centers can address any
questions you may have regarding graduation requirements.
Q. Will my MCC credits
transfer to other colleges? A. Generally courses
completed with grades of C or better are transferable. However, each
college has specific program requirements and criteria. Review the
Career Center information and be sure to seek advisement each
semester before registering for classes.
Q. I am planning to
transfer to a 4 year SUNY college. Is there anything special I need to
do? A. Yes! Students first
matriculated at MCC Fall 2000 or after must complete the SUNY General
Education Requirements. Be sure to review this information with an academic advisor.