Academic Advisement
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Liberal Arts Advisement Center

Location: Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 334
Phone:
(518) 629-7191
Email:
LARAdvisement@hvcc.edu
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Please check the Academic Calendar for dates that the college is closed.

The Liberal Arts Advisement Center offers comprehensive professional advisement services to full- and part-time students. We currently serve approximately 1,200 students, and each semester, students meet with a professional advisor to discuss their academic matters, including academic goals, schedules and courses, and transfer or employment plans. With assistance from advisors, students will be able to develop a career plan to complete their degree at Hudson Valley Community College and to set goals for transfer and employment.

Since it is the students' responsibility to make certain that graduation requirements are met, students are urged to take full advantage of the advisement services available to gain knowledge of degree requirements, course selections and transfer matters. Advisors also can help direct students to other services on campus.

The Liberal Arts Advisement Center offers:

  • Individualized Academic Advising
  • Distance Learning Advising
  • Degree Planning
  • Career Planning
  • Assistance using WIReD and Degree Works
  • Academic Improvement Planning
  • Academic Success Strategies

Important Notice: Hudson Valley Community College complies with the federal law, FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). Students calling this office by phone need to comply with this policy before seeking advisement and all visitors must show picture identification.


Who do we advise?

We advise all new students in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences except those in the following programs: Animal Policy Certificate; Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S. and certificate; Criminal Justice A.A.S. and A.S.; Cybersecurity A.S.; Forensic Science Studies A.S.; Individual Studies A.A. and A.S.; and Public Administration Studies A.A.S.

Additionaly, returning students in the following programs are advised through the Liberal Arts Advisement Center:

If you are interested in enrolling in one of our degree or certificate programs, contact the Admissions Office at (518) 629-7309 or via email at admissions@hvcc.edu.


Important Dates and Information


Advisement Staff

Heather J. Chase, Department Chair
Matthew Howe, Advising Specialist
Heather Watroba, Advising Specialist
Joshua Martin, Advising Specialist
Tina Bald, Advising Specialist
Leah Pronovost, Advising Specialist
Oliver Brooks, Advising Specialist


Advisement and Registration

Your advisement appointment is your opportunity to enhance your educational experience at Hudson Valley Community College. During this time, your advisor will document the courses you wish to take in the next semester along with any suggested alternatives that may improve your educational or career progress. Your advisor will pay special attention to how your academic progress and course selection may affect degree completion, future eligibility for financial aid, and transferability, where applicable.

To ensure that you get the most out of your appointment, please consider the following:

  • Arrive to your appointment on time. If you are running late, please call our office at (518) 629-7191.
  • Bring any notices or letters regarding your academic progress to your appointment.

At the end of your appointment, your advisor will complete and sign the Advisement Form containing advised courses, and you will be given your Advisor Verification Number (AVN) for scheduling. Your next step will be to continue the registration process by scheduling courses.

Advisement and Course Registration for New Students

All new students in the programs listed below need to schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor in the Liberal Arts Advisement Center to select their courses for the first semester. Make an appointment online

Biological Sciences A.S.
Biotechnology A.S. and Certificate
Coaching Certificate
Digital Media A.S. and Digital Media Certificate
Early Admission Program
Early Childhood A.A.S.
Early Childhood Administration A.A.S. and Certificate
Engineering Science A.S.
Environmental Science A.S.
Fine Arts A.S.
Fitness Specialist Certificate
Health and Wellness Studies A.S.
Liberal Arts & Sciences - Adolescent Education A.S.
Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Science A.A.
Physical Education Studies A.A.
Physical Sciences A.S.
Special Education Assistant Certificate
Teaching Assistant Certificate
Theatre Arts A.S.
Worksite Health Promotion Certificate

New students also are required to attend New Student Orientation prior to the start of classes, either before or after their academic advisement appointment.

Advisement and Course Registration for Current and Transfer Students

Advisors meet with returning and transfer students for academic advisement and course registration. Appointments are made for the same day, based on advisor availability. Call (518) 629-7191 or stop in FTZ 334 to schedule a time for that day. Online and evening students may obtain phone advisement with a FERPA password on file by calling (518) 629-7191. NOTE: These calls are taken and returned in the order in which they are received, at the opportunity of an available advisor.

All students will need to have a printed copy of your degree audit from DegreeWorks when you meet with an advisor.

Before meeting with your advisor:

  • Review your degree audit from DegreeWorks.
  • Research courses you are interested in taking.
  • Meet with the Center for Careers and Transfer if needed.
  • If you are in the last semester of your program and plan to earn a degree, please be sure to complete a degree application with your advisor and submit it to the Registrar's Office by the due date.

Follow-up on Appointment

You are encouraged to stop by the Liberal Arts Advisement Center at any time with questions about your education.

While advisors are particularly busy during peak registration periods, add/drop week, and the second half of the semester, your questions are important and we will make every effort to give your questions our best attention.

Advisors often have a lighter schedule during the first four weeks of a semester and this can allow for extra time to review questions or concerns without making a formal appointment.


Student and Advisor Relationship

Advisors
Advisors assist you in successfully planning and completing your academic degree or certificate program. As a student, you can expect your advisor to:

  • Assist you in defining and developing your educational and career goals.
  • Suggest courses that are consistent with your degree program and educational goals.
  • Review your academic record and note your progress toward your degree.
  • Evaluate all transcripts from other collegiate institutions to identify transfer credit.
  • Answer your questions regarding academic policies that may affect your attendance at Hudson Valley Community College.
  • Help you resolve academic difficulties.
  • Refer you to other campus support services as necessary.
  • Take an active interest in your educational and career plans.
  • Maintain a record of degree progress and all pertinent issues discussed.
  • Maintain confidentiality in the discussion of any personal matters.

Students
You can make the most of your college experience by becoming actively involved in the advisement process. You are expected to:

  • Schedule and keep your advisement appointments.
  • Be prepared to discuss educational plans, course selections, academic progress and other concerns or questions.
  • Be aware of policies, procedures, requirements, and deadlines in the Student Handbook and College Catalog.
  • Complete paperwork for course withdrawals, curriculum changes and degree applications in a timely manner.
  • Research plans for transfer or employment through the Center for Careers and Transfer.
  • Keep records of your educational progress and plans.
  • Speak with your advisor, as necessary, with questions about your degree program.

Transfer Resources

How will my courses transfer to other SUNY colleges?

How will my courses transfer to other local colleges?