With support from the Title III grant, Farmingdale State College established an Academic Advisement and Information Center (AAIC) in the lower level of Greenley Library. The AAIC is staffed by a director, four academic counselors, an administrative assistant, and a technology support specialist. The Center is open to students five days a week, twelve months a year, including evening hours.
(Monday, August 31st - Monday, December 21st)
Monday - Thursday ~ 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday ~ 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
The AAIC will be closed:
Monday, Sept. 7th - Labor Day
Thursday, Nov. 26th and Friday, Nov. 27th - Thanksgiving
Benefits of Advising
1. The AAIC is a one-stop resource for all of your academic-related questions and concerns.
The AAIC is a one-stop advising center where all FSC students can go to have questions answered and receive referrals on matters such as:
How do I register for classes? Who is my assigned academic advisor? Is there a pre-health advisor? How do I register for classes? What are the majors available and how do I declare one? What's the typical first-year curriculum in the various majors? Tell me about double majors, second major, and minors and how (through double-counting etc.) they might fit into my academic plan. How can I get credit for previous life/career experience? How can I get transfer credit for college work done elsewhere? What are College policies on dropping or withdrawing from a course, arranging for an incomplete grade, probation, withdrawal from the college, seeking re-admission after academic dismissal, etc? Where can I get information on study abroad opportunities & requirements? What is the academic calendar? Where can I find a calendar of lectures and cultural events on campus? How do I get an internship – both credit bearing and not for credit? What is my assigned classroom and where is it located? How do I appeal a low grade that I received? Where can I go for tutoring help in mathematics, writing, or other disciplines? What are the general education requirements and will this course meet a Gen Ed requirement? How can I take courses at another SUNY campus? Who do I see about my financial aid package? Where can I go to receive accommodation for a disability? Where can I find career guidance? Who can help me select and apply of graduate or professional school? Where can I get information about student activities – clubs, government, cultural events, etc? Please tell me about athletics – teams, club sports, intramurals, facilities – and direct me to the right people who can provide details. Are there honor societies at FSC? Am I eligible for admission to them? Are their summer research opportunities available on campus or at other universities/ labs? Where can I find information? How can I apply to participate?
2. The AAIC is an information center for academic forms and procedures.
Change of major/curriculum Double degree Minor Drop/Add Exceeding maximum credits Permission to attend another school Withdrawal from a course Withdrawal from the college Waiver/Substitution of a general education requirement
3. Meeting with an AAIC Academic Counselor can help you succeed at FSC.
All FSC students are welcome to meet for private, one-on-one appointments with any of our five Academic Counselors.
The AAIC counselors are well-acquainted with Farmingdale State College and can help you to become more comfortable in your surroundings. They are there to listen and suggest to you the "next step in the process". Don't let a question or issue overwhelm you. Instead, turn to the AAIC for answers and guidance. The AAIC counselors can answers your questions, help you make the task manageable, refer you to appropriate support services or other offices, and get you back on track. Appointments with the Academic Counselors can be made in advance or on a drop in basis.
What to Expect
An appointment with an advisor will vary on time. If you have a basic question that can easily be answered, the visit will take a few minutes. If you are coming in for advisement with your degree program, an appointment will run 20 minutes, on average.
Typical questions a counselor may ask you are: how is the semester is going, if you are handling the study load well, and if there are scheduling conflicts you have coming up for the following semester. You might also want to discuss career plans or special opportunities available such as study abroad and internships.
If your meeting is focused on academic advisement and course selection, once the counselor has a better sense of your interests and schedule, he or she will ask you to look at the classes you have or are currently taking, what it is you still need to take, and are there prerequisites that need to be taken before you can proceed with the program.
You should bring a notebook, a pen, and a copy of your current schedule. As a learner, it is your job to take an active role in your course selection process and overall degree program. If you are meeting to prepare for course registration, be sure to have looked at the course offerings and times so that you can begin to plan a schedule for yourself. This will help both you and the counselor.