I noticed I have a staff advisor and a faculty advisor. What’s the difference?
Staff Advisors are here to help you with degree requirements, registration, SPH policies and procedures, and academic goal setting. We recommend you speak with a staff advisor at least once per semester.
Your Faculty Advisor is a faculty member from your department. You should meet with your faculty advisor to discuss long-term academic and career goals. Faculty advisors should also be consulted for questions regarding elective choices, fieldwork, and your capstone project.
I’m not sure who my advisors are. How do I find this out?
Students can meet with any staff advisor. You can set up an appointment with a staff advisor here or stop by the Advising Office during the posted drop-in hours.
Faculty advisors are assigned during the middle of a student’s first semester at SPH. If you are a current student and unsure who your faculty advisor is, you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m nervous that I’m not on track to graduate. Who should I speak with?
How do I register for classes?
How do I know which classes to register for?
We recommend new students follow the course sequence listed on this document.
Continuing students should consult the recommended course sequences listed at the links below:
We also suggest students speak with a staff or faculty advisor before registering for classes; it is especially useful to consult your faculty advisor regarding electives to ensure your selected coursework aligns with your professional goals.
Will all my required courses be offered every semester?
No, unfortunately, not all required courses are offered every semester. You should consult our schedule of required courses when planning your course load.
Is there a limit on the number of credits I can take in a semester?
Yes, we typically recommend students take no more than 12 credits per semester. However, you can take up to 16 credits in the Fall or Spring semesters, up to 4 during the Winter, and up to 10 during the Summer. If you wish to take additional credits, you will need to submit a Credit Overload Request.
Can I transfer credits from another college?
Transfer credit requests need to be approved by the College’s Curriculum Committee (for core courses) or the appropriate Department (for electives). Visit this page to submit a transfer credit request.
I have questions about Fieldwork. Who should I speak with?
I have questions about my Capstone Project. Who should I speak with?
We recommend you first read over our Capstone handbook. You should also consult with your faculty advisor to discuss a project that aligns with your professional goals. If you don’t know who your faculty advisor is, contact email@example.com.
I seem to be falling behind in class. What can I do to improve my academic standing?
First, we recommend you reach out to your professors. Additionally, the Office of Student Development offers tutoring services in writing and statistics. You may also wish to meet with a staff advisor to discuss study skills and time management techniques.
I’m having trouble with research. How do I navigate the library systems at CUNY SPH?
My classes are starting soon. Where should I buy my textbooks?
All required and optional textbooks are listed on the SPH Online Bookstore. Simply log in with your CUNY First ID to order textbooks from a personalized list (based on your registered coursework). Additionally, course reserve textbooks are available for on-campus use in the 7th floor study lounge.
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