Academic Advisement

School of Business Advisement Center

The information contained in the School of Business Advisement Center webpages are for general purposes only.
Please consult with an academic advisor for specific recommendations appropriate to your individual situation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I find the latest information regarding my major requirements and course descriptions for my degree program?
Advisors suggest that you retain a copy of the College Catalog from the academic year that you matriculate in your program. The major requirements listed in that catalog will be the requirements that you must meet for graduation. Current major requirements and course descriptions for all business division programs can be found here.

Am I matriculated?
You are a matriculated student if you have been formally accepted for admission to the college, have registered in a major or designated program, and are pursuing courses toward a degree or certificate. You will lose matriculated status if you do not enroll for more than two terms.
College Catalog Policy on Matriculation/Course Load Status

Do I have to complete my degree within a certain amount of time?
Requirements for degree completion are based on those stated in the catalog for the year you matriculate in a specific program. You will have a maximum of five (5) years from the date of matriculation to complete a degree based on those requirements. After the five (5) year limitation, requirements for all programs convert to those cited in the most current catalog. You may opt for the current catalog requirements at any time.

What is my Advisor Verification Number (AVN)?
An AVN is an individually assigned clearance number given to you to allow you to schedule courses for an upcoming semester through Hudson Valley WIReD. You can obtain your AVN after speaking with your advisor about the courses that you intend to take.

Why do I need to speak with an advisor in order to receive an AVN number for scheduling?
Many students are very diligent in tracking their progress toward their degree and feel very confident that they are ready to schedule their next semester's courses without the assistance of an advisor. Even with very diligent students, an advisor can assist students in clarifying their educational and career goals to insure future success. Also, there often are important, timely program or procedural details that an advisor can relay to you.

Am I assigned an advisor or can I choose one?
While each advisor has sufficient training and knowledge to advise for any business degree program, they also have particular areas of expertise. Our office staff is trained to listen to the questions you may have and put you in contact with the advisor who can best help you. If you prefer a specific advisor for all of your advisement visits and appointments, we will be glad to accommodate you whenever possible.

Why can't my advisor schedule my courses?
While an advisor can give you many different suggestions about how to complete your degree program, only you can decide the course(s) you wish to take in a specific semester. You need to consider the times you are available for class, instructors you wish to have, as well as financial aid eligibility before you actually enroll in the courses you discuss with your advisor. By managing your own schedules, you can ensure that you are putting yourself in the best position possible for your own success.

Why do I have to go to my advisor to change my classes during the first week of classes (Add/Drop Period)?
Once classes begin, any change in credit load or course work could affect your tuition bill, financial aid eligibility, and tuition reimbursement. By asking you to work directly with your advisor, the college can better assist you in these areas.

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