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Advising at Oswego

Our Academic Advisors help guide students through the process of choosing appropriate courses, but it's the student's responsibility to know and monitor their graduation requirements and progress toward graduation through DegreeWorks. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with their advisor throughout the semester.

Advisors will:

  • Discuss major and career options
  • Assist in course planning, selection, and scheduling
  • Help you navigate college policies, procedures, and requirements
  • Help you stay on track to graduate
  • Provide strategies for time management and studying
  • Connect you with learning services and extra-curricular activities

Advisement Process

Before your First Semester at Oswego

1. Get an Academic Advisor
New Students will be assigned an Academic Advisor through their applicant portal upon committing to Oswego including submitting an admissions deposit where applicable. 

2. Complete Pre-Registration
Upon activating your Lakernet ID, you will be prompted to complete academic pre-registration items in the New Student tab of the Applicant Portal.

  • New Student Academic Information Sheet
  • Math Placement Exam (If necessary, based on major, learn more below)

Math Placement

3. Register for Orientation
You will be prompted to complete steps leading to registration for Orientation in the New Student tab in the Applicant Portal once it becomes available. Note: Orientation registration is contingent upon the completion of your Academic Info Sheet.

You’ll receive an email from your SUNY Oswego Transition Coach. Your Transition Coach is here to help you and can be a great resource for getting an inside look into life as a Laker. All students are expected to set up at least one meeting with their Transition Coach, but you can always reach out to them using their office hours or by setting up a video call using their scheduling link available in the Orientation tab of your Applicant Portal.

Register for Orientation

4. Build Your Schedule
Your advisor will build your schedule prior to Orientation by reviewing all the information and preferences submitted through the New Student Information Sheet, transcripts, and your completed math placement exam (if necessary) to prepare a schedule that best suits each student's needs.

5. Orientation Schedule Adjustment
All students will have the ability to adjust their schedule at orientation during a group advisement session.

Note: First Year students will remain with their Professional Advisor for the first full year. Transfer students will be handed off to a Faculty Advisor from their major during the first week of classes. 

First Year

Students meet with their advisors during the fall and spring semesters to discuss:

  • course selection and registration
  • college success strategies and campus services
  • review mid-term grades
  • discuss Starfish flags and Academic Probation
  • just ask general questions! 

Walk-in hours are also available for students to ask any questions.

Course Registration
For help registering for classes visit the Registrar's site.

End of First Year (May)

At the end of the first year, students will be reassigned to a department or faculty advisor from within their major. The department or faculty advisor will continue to guide students through their major, offer career advice, and help students stay on track for graduation. Click here to watch a quick overview of the process. 

1. Find Your Advisor
There are multiple ways to see who your advisor is:

  • Your student profile in myOswego
  • Your degree audit in myOswego
  • In Starfish on Blackboard
  • Oswego Mobile App

2. Reach out to your Advisor
It’s your responsibility to:

  • Send them a professional email introducing yourself
  • Schedule an appointment with your new academic advisor to discuss your schedule/classes
  • Know the important dates on the academic calendar (add/drop/withdraw/midterm grades)

3. Prepare for a Meeting with your new Advisor
To prepare for your meeting, you should:

  • Look up your advisor’s profile on the Oswego website
  • Find out how to schedule an appointment with your advisor
  • Review your degree audit
  • Come prepared with questions you may have
Second Year and After

After your first year at Oswego, your advisor will be a department faculty advisor who will work with you for the rest of your college career. Their roles and responsibilities will be the same as first year academic advisors.

For more information, contact your department's academic advisor.

Course Registration
For help registering for classes visit the Registrar's site.

Advisement Tools


Degreeworks is an advisement planning tool to help students stay on track for graduation. In addition to reports that check on your academic progress, Degreeworks allows students and advisors to see what degree requirements have been filled and what needs to be completed.

Using Degreeworks


We believe a campus community engaged with our students will lead to their success. We use the Starfish Early Alert System as a collaborative effort between instructors and advisors to identify students who are at-risk of failing and allow faculty and staff to communicate and track interventions with students.


Frequently Asked Questions

Delete or change a major/minor

To declare or request a change of minor:

  1. Fill out the online form at myOswego in the Student records link
  2. Contact the Advisement Coordinator in your new major/minor program
    Advisement Coordinator list

Change of major/minor academic requirements

  • Transfer from a college or school is normally prohibited if the student's cumulative GPA is below 2.0.
  • The undergraduate degree program of any full-time matriculated student is expected to be completed in eight marking periods.
  • A program must be completed within a maximum of 12 marking periods of full-time enrollment.
  • Full-time enrollment is defined as any marking period in which the student registers for 12 or more credit hours.
Degree requirements

All students must complete:

  • 120-126 Total Credits
  • 42 Upper Division Credits
  • 30-33 General Education Credits

More information:
General Education Credit Requirements Breakdown
General Education Approved Courses
Major and Minor Specific Requirements
SUNY-wide Approved General Education Courses

Applying for graduation

Information can be found on the Registrar's site