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Freshman Orientation - Spring 2013

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Know Before You Go! Preparing for New Student Orientation (2013 edition) You are here for YOUR OWN education, make school your priority! Take responsibility for YOUR OWN learning!

We expect you to review and become familiar with Queens College academic policies, especially grading policies and academic probation policies.

You are responsible for yourself now, no one is going to check up on you! Pace yourself and track your class assignment. If you encounter any difficulty or become uncertain of any academic policies, find help as soon as possible.

College is not only about academics! Participate in extracurricular activities.
Join clubs and student associations and explore all the support services and campus resources available to you. Our Expectations of You Know Before You Go! Preparing for New Student Orientation (2013 edition)
There are four sessions in an academic year:
Fall Semester- starts end of August through mid December
Winter Semester- first three weeks of January
Spring Semester- end of January through mid May
Summer Sessions- there are 4 sessions; 2 Short (4 weeks), 2 long (6 weeks)

To graduate in 4 years you need to complete 15 credits a semester (Fall/Spring)
120 credits / 8 semesters = 15 credits (about 5 courses) per semester

2.0 GPA (C average) minimum required to maintain good academic standing. GPA Grade Point Average


Full time status is 12-18 credits a semester/ Part time status is anything below 11 credits. General Academic Information! Know Before You Go! Preparing for New Student Orientation (2013 edition) Major Of or relating to a subject of academic study chosen as a field of specialization

What is your Major going to be?

Undecided? THAT‘S OKAY!
100 % Sure of your major? THAT’S OKAY!
Changing you major during you academic career? THAT’S OKAY!

Things to know about majors.
Everyone has to complete a minimum of one major.
Majors can range from 30 to 81 credits.
Through general education requirements, you will have the opportunity to explore courses that belong to different majors.
Major declaration is done through the major department.
Some majors may have specific admissions criteria.
For a list of majors visit the Academic Advising Center website. http://advising.qc.cuny.edu
Reach out to Academic Departments for more information on choosing a major.
Attend the Major/Minor Fair. What is an Academic Major? Know Before You Go! Preparing for Transfer Workshop (2013 edition)
Writing-Intensive Courses (“W”)

ENGL 110/Composition I is a Prerequisite
All students must complete 2 Writing Units (Minimum one must be done at QC).
Writing course can be identified with a “W” designation (eg. AMST 110W).
Writing about a subject area helps you learn and encourages you to think more deeply about a certain topic.
When you write, you organize your ideas and writing allows you to articulate what you understand about the topic.
Good writing skills help you succeed in your profession and in life.
Whatever your career goal - accountant, technician, engineer, lawyer, police officer - you can be sure that it will involve writing and communication skills.
Sometimes employers ask for a writing sample as part of the interview. What is the QC Core Curriculum? Know Before You Go! Preparing for Transfer Workshop (2013 edition) Queens College Core Curriculum (QC Core)

Required Core (4 Courses)
- Composition I - Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning
- Composition II - Life and Physical Sciences

Flexible Core (6 Courses)
No more than two courses in any academic discipline or interdisciplinary field
- World Cultures and Global Issues - United States Experience in its Diversity
- Individual and Society - Creative Expression
- Scientific World - An Additional Flexible Core Course

College Core* (0-4 Courses)
- Literature - An Additional College Core,
- Language Flexible Core, Life and Physical Sciences,
- Science or Synthesis Course

*The number of College Core courses required is determined based on several factors: degree status, number of credits transferred, which level did you start your college career (i.e. 2-year or 4-year), how many College Option courses you completed at a senior college, etc. Students should consult an academic advisor for clarification.

Visit the Office of General Education website for more information and full explanation on the QC Core Curriculum.
(Refer to the New Student Portal for the Office of General Education Website) What is the QC Core Curriculum? Know Before You Go! Preparing for New Student Orientation (2013 edition)
Know Before You Go!

What is a Baccalaurate Degree?
What is the General Education (QC Core) Curriculum?
What is a major?
General Academic Info
Grading Policies
Your New QC Vocabulary
Orientation Day: What to Expect
Don’t Forget! Pre-Orientation Checklist
Our Expectations of You! Preparation Outline Know Before You Go! Preparing for New Student Orientation 2013 edition) Congrats! Welcome to your first semester at Queens College.

Whether the 1st or the 100th in your family to do so, Going to college is a big deal!


You may feel excited, nervous, proud, unprepared, but these are all normal reactions.

Orientation is designed to bring first-year students together and help them to get acclimated to their new surroundings on campus.

During Orientation you will learn about the academic requirements, be advised and register for your classes, meet current and new students, and meet faculty and staff who will help you during your time at Queens College. “Chance favors the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER
Queens College ∙ CUNY Preparing for Freshman Orientation Know Before You Go! Know Before You Go! Preparing for New Student Orientation (2013 edition)
to be warmly welcomed to Queens College by staff and student leaders

to learn all about the baccalaureate program of study, strategies for academic success, and web-based services

to meet in groups with an academic advisor to plan out your fall schedule and register for fall classes

to connect with current students and ask them any questions you have about college and learn about their experiences at Queens College

to leave feeling more confident, excited, and prepared to start your college career!

Register for your Fall 2013 term schedule. Orientation Day: You can expect… Know Before You Go! Preparing for New Student Orientation (2013 edition)

Our Core Curriculum provides undergraduate students
with a foundation for their studies, both within their
chosen majors and beyond. QC Core consists of a set of required courses that introduce students to the ways in which faculty create and use knowledge in a variety of different disciplines.

This exposure to a diverse set of academic perspectives guides students in selecting their own major course of study, helps students make connections amongst various academic disciplines, and allows students to better understand themselves and the world around them. What is the General Education/
QC Core Curriculum? Know Before You Go! Preparing for New Student Orientation (2013 edition)
General Education provides undergraduate students
with a foundation for their studies, both within their
chosen majors and beyond.

General Education consists of a set of required courses that introduce students to the ways in which faculty create and use knowledge in a variety of different disciplines.

This exposure to a diverse set of academic perspectives guides students in
selecting their own major course of study.

Helps students make connections between the various academic disciplines.

Allows students to better understand themselves and the world around them. What is the General Education Curriculum? Know Before You Go! Preparing for New Student Orientation (2013 edition) A baccalaureate degree is an academic degree awarded to a student by a college, university, or professional school on completion of an undergraduate program of study.

Bachelor of Arts degree focuses on more liberal arts general education courses. Queens College degrees are built upon a liberal arts foundation.

Bachelor of Science degree will generally focus on more science and mathematics courses.

Regardless of major, students take courses in a variety of subjects.

Through this exploration students learn to think broadly, approach problems from different lens, and integrate ideas across disciplines.

Your freshman and sophomore years will emphasize general education and will help you to prepare for higher and major-level coursework in your junior and senior years. What is a Bacculaureate Degree?
This guide is designed to introduce you to a few key points that will be covered in more detail at orientation.

By thinking about orientation now, you will be better prepared for your orientation experience.

Orientation sets the stage for your college career. It’s up to you to get all you can from the experience!

We want you to leave campus that day feeling confident, not overwhelmed! Orientation
Step #1 toward a Successful College Career! Know Before You Go! Preparing for New Student Orientation (2013 edition) Know Before You Go! Preparing for New Student Orientation (2013 edition) Again, welcome to Queens!

You are about to attend a school that offers:

Over 70 departments & programs
Aaron Copland School of Music
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Over 60 majors
A beautiful 77-acre campus

We’ll see you soon to discuss this and more at your Orientation Day! See you soon! Know Before You Go! Preparing for New Student Orientation (2013 edition) Learning the Lingo
When new students arrive to college they are introduced to a completely new vocabulary.
Every college is different, often relying on acronyms to sum up program titles, requirements, etc.
The following slide lists some of the words and acronyms you should become familiar with as a student.
Can you define these words and terms? Permit
Perspective
P/NC
Prerequisite
Semester
Transcript
“W” course
Withdrawal Full Time
FYI
GPA
CUNYfirst
Major
Minor
Part Time
Enrollment Bulletin
CAMS
Corequisite
INC
Credit
Dean’s List
Elective
Free Hour QC/ College Vocabulary Know Before You Go! Preparing for New Student Orientation (2013 edition) Good academic standing requires 2.0 GPA or higher
Academic probation is a GPA lower than 2.0

Grades to Know
W – withdrew, official (does not affect GPA)
WN – never attended, never withdrew (does not affect GPA)
WU – stopped attending, never withdrew (failing grade)
P/NC – pass/no credit (does not affect GPA)
INC – incomplete; is a temporary grade

Grading Policies for Freshman ONLY!

First Semester  All earned grades of F will be converted to NC automatically (and not affect GPA)
Second Semester  P/NC declaration deadline extended to 14th week of semester

Important to Note:
Your major requirements may have specific grade or GPA requirements. It is essential that you touch base with a
faculty advisor in your academic department about your
curriculum and requirements. Grades are permanent, and
always stay on your transcript. LETTER GRADE GPA
A+, A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0
F, FIN, WU 0.0 Grading Policies Know Before You Go! Preparing for New Student Orientation (2013 edition) A degree is the result of completing course that satisfy specific requirements.
Your Queens College degree program requires the completion of the above listed areas. What is your Queens College Bachelor Degree?
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