We encourage you to stay with the same faculty advisor once you have declared a major. Sometimes, however, advisor-advisee relationships do not work out. Here is what to do if this is the case:
Based on your academic interests in your admissions application, you were admitted to Siena College as a member of the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Business, or the School of Science. If you want to declare a major in a new School, you may not do so during your first year, although you make take any course for which you have the required prerequisites.
If you are a student with sophomore or higher academic standing, you may transfer to a different School if you have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. If you have a cumulative GPA of less than 2.5 you must earn a C- or higher in any of the following courses in the new School:
Students changing Schools will be assigned an advisor in the new School and need to complete the form entitled: Change of School Request . While students are between schools, they may contact the Academic Support and Advising Center for assistance.
If you wish to declare or change a major that also involves a change of School, you must begin the process by going to the School office where you are currently enrolled. You will need to complete the form entitled: Student Academic Record Change Form.
Complete the Student Academic Record Change Form indicating your change of major. The staff in your School's office (Business, Liberal Arts, or Science) will assign you a new advisor in the department of your new major. If you wish to declare a major in another School, you must go to that School's office to complete the process. NOTE that you are not allowed to transfer to another School during your first year, and that transfer to another School may be delayed if you have a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 (see previous question).
You can graduate from Siena with a major in two disciplines when you complete the requirements for both. You must officially register as a major with the primary department (the major you want listed as primary at Commencement), and file a form at the Registrar's office for recognition of the second major. Bear in mind that declaring a double major will reduce your options for taking elective courses.
There are several rules governing the completion of a double major. See the college catalog statement on double majors for details. You are strongly encouraged to discuss any questions about a double major with your academic advisor.
You can earn a double degree, that is, earn a second bachelor's degree, if you complete 30 additional credit hours beyond the 120 required for the first degree (that is, 150 credits). You can earn the second degree either simultaneously with your first degree, or after it. See the college catalog statement on double degrees for more information.
Remember that the major difference between a double major and a double degree is that the latter entails earning a total of 150 credit hours.
Minors require 18 credits. Be sure that you have enough elective credits available and are able to fulfill all the requirements of the minor. You can do this by running a 'What If' Analysis in the CAPP report and selecting the minor or your choice. Some minors have specific course requirements, others are less structured. If your advisor cannot answer specific questions about a particular minor, she/he will refer you to someone who can from the minor department.
Note that there are several rules governing minors at Siena:
How do I find out my advisor's phone number and office hours?
Most advisors will get in touch with you at the beginning of each semester and give you their office hours, phone number, and e-mail address. This is often done via email. If you do not know who your advisor is, check here: Locate Your Advisor's Name.
You will see a listing of your advisor's name, location, phone number, and (usually) office hours. If you do not see office hours listed on the page, go to the Faculty Office Hours page and look under your School.
If you have trouble contacting your advisor, contact the Academic Support and Advising Center.
Depending on the department, requirements for a major range between 30 and 39 credit hours, except for certain programs in Teacher Education. NOTE that no more than 48 credit hours in any one subject field may be applied toward the degree requirement of 120 hours.
For more information on a specific major, go to the Academic Programs at Siena home page.
Your School office will decide if you need to take First Year Seminar, based upon the transcripts sent from your previous college(s). In most cases, if a student transfers in with 24 or more credits, he or she will not be placed in First Year Seminar, but will substitute two other core courses (3 credits each from two different areas). If you entered Siena prior to the 2011-2012 catalog year, you are under different requirements. See your School office for more detail.
Each of the three Schools: Business, Liberal Arts, and Science, contact new transfer students individually. Students in the Schools of Business and Liberal Arts meet individually with an Assistant Dean and review transfer credits and develop a schedule for the first semester. Students in the School of Science meet with their faculty advisor and register for classes with this individual. Ideally, all transfer students are registered prior to Transfer Student Orientation which is the day before classes begin.
Typically, new students can begin to access their Siena email accounts in mid-June. Later accepted studnets have access 24 hours after they are registered.
Prior to registering for a course at another institution, students must provide their School's Assistant Dean with a description of the desired course, a CAPP report and complete a transfer credit permission form. Courses consistent with the mission of the college will be approved. Any course that is 300 or above must be taken at a four-year institution. Keep in mind that the maximum number of credits that can be accepted from a 2-year college is 66 credits and a maximum of 75 from a 4-year college. A grade of C or better is required to transfer a course into Siena. Students in the School of Business follow additional rules. Contact the School of Business for details. Credits are processed upon receipt of an official transcript from the transfer college. Students must request this be sent to Siena's Registrar's Office.
After the official transcript is received by the Registrar's Office, the credits are recorded on the student record. Students can run a new CAPP report which should include these credits. If the credits do not appear on the CAPP report, you should follow up with your School Office.
Only courses that are consistent with the mission of Siena College will be accepted toward your degree. Courses such as physical education, nursing, engineering, etc. are not similar enough in nature to our courses and typically do not transfer. If students have questions about the content of courses and their transferability, they should speak to the Assistant Dean in their School Office.
The answer is: a lot! Go to the Career Center to find out more.
CAPP stands for "Curriculum, Advising, and Program Planning." This report provides both you and your advisor with a complete academic history of courses you have taken and core, major, minor, certificate, and graduation requirements that have NOT been met.
It is important to obtain and to know how to read the CAPP report because you, the student, are responsible for knowing and fulfilling all of your graduation requirements. To ignore the CAPP report is to run the risk of coming up to what you think is your last semester, only to find out that you are missing a required course that is not being offered that semester. This is less likely to happen if you see your advisor every semester and go over the latest CAPP report with him or her.
Your CAPP report is the only authoritative listing of what you have taken and what part of the CORE each course satisfies. If your CAPP report does not reflect what you think it should, see your advisor immediately.
CAPP reports can be accessed through Web for Students, the college-wide web based program. Training is offered early in every semester. You will be able to access your CAPP report at any time via Web for Students. If you experience a problem, contact the Registrar's Office or your School Office. You may also request "What if" CAPP reports ("What if I want to switch to an English Education major? What would my requirements be?")
The first thing you should always do is see your professor! The thing you should never do is just stop going to classes and hope that the problem will go away. In most cases, the professor will give you suggestions about how you can improve your performance. The professor may recommend that you get a tutor for the class.
You can also visit your advisor and talk over your difficulties. This is especially recommended if you are having trouble in more than one class. Seeing your advisor should not be a substitute for seeing your professors, though. If you are having serious problems in one or more classes, your advisor will be informed and will let you know this when you come in for consultation.
If for any reason you decide to drop a course, continue reading.
Although it is not required, we recommend that you consult your advisor before dropping a course. If you decide to drop, you can do so via Web for Student. Remember that deadlines exist for Withdrawal. Check the college calendar for dates.
If you have been accepted into the Washington Semester program, here is what you need to do:
To start, check out Siena's International Programs web page. For further information, go to the Study Abroad office in Foy Hall 215. The director of the program is Br. Brian Belanger. His phone number is 786-5047.
Send e-mail to Camille Girardi-Levy, who maintains this website.