The Union academic experience offers an enormous variety of opportunities. We encourage you to take full advantage of our curriculum to construct a balanced program of study. Explore a variety of disciplines to build on the interests you have already developed and discover new areas of study that will inspire you. To assist you in this process, do review this site.
Course Preregistration is your chance to tell us about yourself — your general areas of interest and, if you know, what specific plans you have for a major and course of study while at Union College. It is also how you will register for your first set of classes.
What You Need to Do…
All incoming first-year students will be asked to complete an Advising and Registration form. This form includes sections for language study, areas of interest, and course preferences as well as a few other questions, including your housing preference.
Transfer student registration information can be found here.
Where is the Advising and Registration Form Located?
The Advising and Registration form is available in the Applicant Portal.
Please keep in mind that you have until May 15 to complete the survey. You may change your responses at any point until the deadline.
NOTE: You will want to check your Union College email periodically since we will be communicating with you now and throughout the summer.
What Union Will Do For You …
The completed Advising and Registration form will be our roadmap for assigning you to your academic advisor, your First Year Preceptorial, and your Minerva House. We will also refer to your form responses when we determine what courses to assign you to for your first term on campus. We use your form responses in place of the usual course registration process only once during your time at Union, as you prepare to attend Union College for the first time.
We'll let you know who your academic advisor is in mid- to late-June. Fall course schedule information will follow in early August. You will have an opportunity to request changes to your course schedule after you arrive for orientation, but before classes begin.
Things to Keep In Mind as You Complete Your Advising and Registration Form
You will be taking three courses in the fall. Aside from Preceptorial, the courses for your first term (two or three depending on your Preceptorial assignment) will be assigned based on your ranking on this form, your interests in various areas of study, and the availability of the courses throughout the academic year. Please rank courses in order of preference; we will do our best to accommodate you.
While a few majors require particular courses in your first term, it is generally a good idea to explore a variety of courses. Keep in mind that after you arrive on campus you will be selecting courses twice more for the academic year: once prior to winter term and once prior to spring term. The Academic Catalog includes availability by term with each course listing. The 2020-21 catalog will give you a sense of how course offerings can vary throughout an academic year. The offerings will be somewhat different in 2021-22.
The survey questionnaire also links to our Honor Code tutorial. Be sure to complete the tutorial, as your pre-registration will not be finalized until you have done so.
Transfer students: refer to additional information about registration and transfer credits in your deposit acknowledgement letter from the Office of Admissions, and at our Transfer Student webpage.