We are here to help you from start to finish. Whether you’re a first time freshman, transfer or international student, every student can use some support during this exciting change.The information below will guide you through your first year at LaGuardia and connect you with all the opportunities and resources available for a smart start in your academic career. In order to get the most out of your time, be open to new experiences, challenge yourself in new ways, engage with new people, and simply have fun on the adventure.
To celebrate your arrival at LaGuardia, My First Day is your opportunity to enjoy and interact with the LaGuardia community prior to the start of the semester.
During your advisement and registration appointment, be sure to register for your My First Day New Student Orientation session on CUNYfirst.
My First Day Agenda
Your peers are excited for you to attend and have a special message for you. Click here to watch.
Before you hit the first day of classes, here are a few items to tie up.
✓ Submit missing documents to the Office of Admissions in C-Building, Room C-102
✓ Settle your tuition bill - Avoid the risk of your classes being canceled. Review CUNYfirst to make sure your payment balance is less than $200.(If you have already enrolled in a tuition payment plan, then your classes are secured). ✓ Get your LAGCC ID card – stop by the C-Building, Room C-115 to pick up your Student ID card and officially feel like a LaGuardian!✓ Unlock your My LaGuardia page and student email - one week after you register for classes your personalized student page and email will be ready for use. Access it daily to stay in the know on your academic status, info from your professors and your advising team, financial aid status, job and internship opportunities, emergency alerts, student discounts and more. ✓ Purchase your textbooks and supplies – once you know what books are required for your classes you may buy them at our bookstore. Note: You can use the leftover money from your Pell Grant to get a book advance to help pay for books. ✓ Explore campus resources and activities – As a new member of our community, you now have access to a number of support services, activities, and events on campus that will enhance your personal and professional development. ✓ Review your class schedule on CUNYfirst – Check your class schedule the night before or the morning of your classes, there may be last minute changes to the room that your class will be held in. ✓ Attend class– One of the keys to success is “showing up.” Only attend the classes on your schedule and check in with your advising team each semester to make sure you’re on the right track to graduation.
My Campus Events
We’ve planned a series of events to support you as you transition through your first semester of LaGuardia.
It’s never too early to plan your next steps after LaGuardia. Meet with your Transfer and Career Advisors to develop an academic plan that sets you on the right path to meet your future goals.
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First Year Seminar
The First Year Seminar (FYS) is the gateway to adjusting to life at LaGuardia.
This is your opportunity to take a closer look at your chosen major and your career plan, or explore other majors that you may find intriguing and may want to pursue. You’ll cover valuable information on how to evaluate your existing study skills and continue your academic success. Your seminar is taught by faculty in your major and supported by advisors and students who help ensure that you are on the right track to graduation.
Be sure to register for your major’s First Year Seminar course on CUNYfirst.
It’s never too early
to plan your next steps after LaGuardia. We have a series of events that will
help you make progress toward transferring to a 4-year college or the job of
Check out upcoming events
“I found it helpful to read the course material before class, and also review and rewrite my notes after class. It reinforced, clarified and deepened my understanding of the material.” ~LaGuardia student
Attend all of your classes and show up a few minutes early, participate and ask questions!
If you think you may need to withdraw from a class, get ahead of the game—speak with an advisor on your Advising Team about your options, they are here to help you make it to graduation.
“I’m such a procrastinator so I rely on my cell phone calendar to remind me of important academic dates, assignment deadlines, appointments, even when to study.” ~LaGuardia student
Take advantage of the free support services right at your fingertips—tutoring, child care, public benefits screening, food pantry, counseling, swimming, resume review, transfer help, and more.
Log into your My LaGuardia page for single sign-on to your college e-tools — student email, Degree Audit, ePortfolio, CUNYfirst and Blackboard.
During your downtime, check your My LaGuardia page to find out what’s happening on campus; and participate. Join a student club or organization that piques your interest—you’ll meet new people, develop as a leader and have fun while making a difference.
“I try to find balance between school and my personal life. This semester a few of my classmates met once a week for #Studybuddybrunches.” ~LaGuardia student
College Experience and Expectations
Working with your Academic Advisor
Watch the Start Smart at LAGCC Video
Lara Beaty, First Year Seminar for Psychology
I am a developmental psychologist, so I was immediately excited about the First Year Seminar because it is by nature developmental. The course is about helping students grow and decide the direction they want their lives to go. In my mind, the FYS creates the opportunity for students to begin thinking of themselves as college students and allows faculty to help them shape these ideas. I introduce psychology as a way of investigating personal experiences and the experiences of other students. Students can learn basic aspects of the science of psychology by researching college student experiences. I strive to help students see psychology as a method and a way of thinking rather than all the concepts, theories, and research they focus on in traditional courses.
I think the most important part of the FYS is its push to have students look inward—at themselves. They need to learn about what it is to be a student, but it always circles back to what they are doing and want to be doing. I often tell students that the course is partly group therapy, and I see myself as more of a guide than a teacher. I present some history and other “facts,” but the important part is how they relate to these. I try to push students to see what is meaningful and interesting to them. While I’ve always had some of the ideas about how course work should and could help students develop on a personal level, teaching the FYS has given me the chance to focus on that. I think I see my students more for who they are and all they have already overcome to simply walk into the building than I ever did before.
Featured Student Success Mentors
My name is David Brandt and I am a lifelong New Yorker, current CUNY student, and graduate of LaGuardia Community College. Both of my parents are first generation college graduates of both CUNY and SUNY. This not only set the foundation for my own educational goals, but reinforced the value of an affordable, accessible public institution such as The City University, which allows thousands of students every year to also become first generation college graduates. I hold an A.A. from LaGuardia, and am currently finishing my Bachelor’s degree in English-Secondary Education from Hunter College, with a minor in Political Science. I have a passion for helping others, as well as public education, which I eagerly apply in my role as a Student Success Mentor here at LaGuardia. I have written on the use of ePortfolio and the use of instructional technology in the Community College setting. Additionally, some personal research interests and passions of mine include educational and criminal justice policy, and New York City history. Following my graduation from Hunter I intend on pursuing a J.D. or a Master’s in Education..
You can count on your advising team of staff, faculty and peers in your major who will help you map out the best route to graduation, four-year colleges and careers. If you have any questions, please contact a member of your Advising Team. You can also visit your My LaGuardia page and click on the Ask my Advising Team button.
We are glad you’re here! Have a great first year at LaGuardia.