First-Year Preregistration

FAQs

Many incoming first year students have questions about AP Credits, Placement Exams, whom to contact, etc.  We want to make sure you have the information you need.  If you have questions, please take a look at the following list.

If you still have questions after checking out the FAQs, please contact the Dean of Studies Office at deanofstudies@union.edu.

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: How many AP Credits can I transfer in to Union? Whom do I contact about AP Credits?

    Students may use one AP credit to fulfill one of the College’s Common Curriculum (General Education) requirements. If you have more than one AP credit, you will need to decide which one to use. This decision can be made in consultation with your advisor at a later date.  Other AP credits may count as electives or may be eligible to fulfill major/minor requirements.

    At most 4 AP credits can be accepted as course credits.

    A comprehensive list of AP examinations and credits is here.

    If you have questions about AP credits that are not answered below, or if you have questions about IB credit, direct them to

    History:  If you receive a 4 or 5 on the AP exam in American (or European) History, you will receive one course credit.

    Mathematics: If you receive a 5 on either the AB exam or a 4 or 5 on the BC exam, you will receive 2 course credits. If you wish to continue Calculus, you will be placed in Calculus III. If you receive a 3 or 4 on the AB exam or a 3 on the BC exam, you will receive one course credit. If you wish to continue Calculus, you will be placed in Math 113.

    Biology:  Incoming students interested in majoring in Biology should register for BIO 110 regardless of whether or not you have scored a 4 or 5 on the AP test.  If you are not planning to major in biology and you receive a 4 or 5 on the AP test, you will receive college credit as a non-major course.

    Chemistry:  If you wish to continue to study Chemistry at Union, you should sign up for Chemistry 110.  Please note that CHM 110 is only offered in the Fall.  Confirm your placement with your academic advisor when you meet in the fall, before classes begin.

    Economics: In order to receive credit for Economics 101, our introductory Economics courses, you must receive a 4 or 5 on BOTH the Macroeconomics and the Microeconomics AP exams.

    Statistics: If you receive a 4 or 5 on the exam, your AP credit is eligible to satisfy the Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning (QMR) requirement.

    Physics: The College will only consider AP credit for the Calculus-based AP Physics exams.

    Other AP Exams: The college offers AP credit for many (but not all) AP exams if the student receives a 4 or 5 on the exam. However, these should not affect your placement in courses the first term and can be addressed upon your arrival on campus.  Again, a comprehensive list of AP examinations and credits is here.

  • Email Account Login

    I can’t seem to log in to my Union College email account.  [NOTE:  Various offices on campus will use your Union College email account to communicate with you from now on.  So you will need to log in to your Union College email account periodically from now on as you prepare to arrive at Union College in the fall.]

    The paperwork needed to set up your Union College email account can be found in the Applicant Portal.  A Union College email account and temporary password will be generated for you within one week of the time that you have paid your deposit and completed this paperwork.  Make sure you write down your email account and temporary password information for future reference.

    To Access Your Union College Email Account

    We use the Google mailer system.  To access your email follow these steps:

    • Go to www.gmail.com.

    • Enter your new Union College email address (username@union.edu) and temporary password.

    • Once you are into your email, a pop up window will appear that asks you to change your temporary password to your own unique password.  You will need to do this before you can get to your email account.  NOTE:  Make sure you remember your password for the future.  And, for privacy reasons, do not give it out to others.

    Now you should be able to read your emails.  However, if you are having trouble getting into your email account, please read on.

    Email Account:  Login Troubleshooting

    If you follow the above steps to access your Union College email account and still can not get into it, you can reset your password here.

    If you continue to have trouble with access, please contact our Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk directly at (518) 388-6400.

    NOTE:  If you have been in your Union College email account, have already set up your unique password, and now forget what that password is, please contact ITS.  ITS can also reset your password to a temporary password under these circumstances.

  • Financial Aid and Webadvising: Where do I find financial aid and billing information?

    Enrolled students can go to Webadvising to accept or reject their loans.  Before orientation Webadvising is used solely to access financial aid and billing information.  After orientation in the Fall, Webadvising is also used for course registration, and looking up information like grades, class schedules and academic audit reports.

    Log in to Webadvising using the same username and password that you do for your Union College email account.  If you have problems logging in to Webadvising, please contact Information Technologies Services (ITS) at (518) 388-6400 for help.

  • Health Services/Health Portal Questions: Who can help me with my Health forms?

    All incoming students must complete all health forms by August 5.  To complete the forms, please visit union.studenthealthportal.com.

    To log in to the Student Health Portal, students should use the same username & password that they use to log in to their Union College email account. If you are having trouble with your password, please click here.

    Health Services can be contacted at (518) 388-6120 or by email.  Although the Health Center is closed during the month of July, the Health Services staff do check email and phone messages frequently.

  • Placement Exams: What exams do I need to take?

    Details on placement exams can be found on the home page of the First Year Preregistration website.

  • Registration and Pre-registration Survey: When will I register for my classes? What is the Preregistration Survey? How do I find it?

    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, 2019 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 First Year Preceptorial, your academic advisor, 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.

    When you come for Orientation this Fall, you will be provided with a packet of information that will include your fall course schedule and your assigned academic advisor. Once you have this information, you will have an opportunity to request changes to your schedule 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 2018-2019 register will give you a sense of how course offerings can vary throughout an academic year.  The offerings will be somewhat different in 2019-2020.

    If you have questions, please consult the advising pages (http://muse.union.edu/advising), check the “key contacts page” (http://muse.union.edu/advising/key­-contacts-list/), or email deanofstudies@union.edu.

  • Room Assignments: Who do I give my rooming preferences to? How do I find out about my room assignment?

    Your room assignment will be determined by your Housing Profile.  The Housing Profile can be found at union.edu/myhousing, and must be completed by May 15.

    To log in to MyHousing, you will use the same username and password as you do for your  Union College email.  That means that you will need to have already set up your Union College email account through the Applicant Portal in order to be able to complete your Housing Profile.  If you have set up your Union College email account and are still having trouble with your MyHousing login, please contact Information Technology Services (ITS) at (518) 388-6400 for assistance.

    For all housing related questions please contact Residential Life by email or at (518) 388-6117.