• My First Year


  • 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.

  • 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

    • Immunization - Measles, Mumps and Rubella records (You will not be able to register for classes without your immunization, submit form to Room MB-40)
    • High School Diploma 
    • ACT, SAT, regents scores to determine if you need to take a placement test (Freshman students only)
    • College Transcript for testing and credit evaluation (Transfer Students only)
    • Proof of U.S. Citizenship
    • Proof of New York State residency (If necessary)

    ✓ 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.


    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.

    8 Quick Tips to Survive and Thrive in College

    • Be prepared

      “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

    • Go to class

      Attend all of your classes and show up a few minutes early, participate and ask questions!

    • Ask for help before you give up

      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.

    • Manage your time

      “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

    • Use campus resources

      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.

    • Unlock your toolbox

      Log into your My LaGuardia page for single sign-on to your college e-tools — student email, Degree Audit, ePortfolio, CUNYfirst and Blackboard.

    • Get involved

      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. 

    • Work hard, play hard

      “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

    Featured Faculty Member 

    David Bimbi Bio Photo

    David Bimbi, First Year Seminar for Health Science


    I think the most important aspect of the HSF are the modules focused on being a successful student, e.g., time management, habits of mind, study skills, learning styles. These skills will help students succeed regardless of their major. I see myself as an information resource, source of support, and overall “cheerleader” and “advocate” for students.


    My teaching philosophy has been to provide students with clear guidance on course expectations, which includes detailed instructions for written work with rubrics. I also review “learning objectives” for written papers and projects detailing to students “why” they have this assignment and “how” it will build towards other work they may have to do “when” they take higher level courses. The FYS has made me think of curricular scaffolding from start to finish at the college and not just within the 30 credits of a major program. I have already found myself saying to students “you did something similar to this in HSF 90” and this is the “next level” in my Community Health course.



    Featured Student Success Mentors


    Cristian Sanchez Bio Photo

    Cristian Sanchez


    At the age of five, my family and I journeyed to America from Mexico to pursue the famous American dream of success. Without knowing one word in English as a child, I have blossomed into a successful young student. Upon graduating from LaGuardia Community College with an A.A. degree in Psychology, I transferred to Lehman College with the intent to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. By being an SSM, I along with other SSMs are addressing the obstacles and challenges freshmen students from minority groups face when pursuing a higher education. I intend to convey a message of perseverance and determination to students who may have also faced similar challenges as immigrants.


    My Campus Events - Fall 2017

    We’ve planned a series of events to support you as you transition through your first semester of LaGuardia. 

    • Fall Fest - Clubs, Service Learning & Civic Engagement Fair
      Wednesday, September 27
      12 Noon - 5:00 p.m.
      E-Building, Atrium

      Be apart of our dynamic campus community. Join a student club or organization (i.e. Chess, Economics, Chinese club; PTK Honor Society, President Society, etc.)  You'll have an opportunity to make new friends, develop leadership skills and add something cool and interesting to your resume. Attend to also learn about resources to help you throughout your college journey.

    • Advising Fair
      Thursday, September 28
      2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      E-Building, Atrium

      Come meet members of your advising team and participate in fun activities to enrich your academic experience and put you on the path to graduation. 

    • First Year Seminar Student Networking Event
      Wednesday, October 11
      3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      E-Building, Poolside Cafe


    • Health & Wellness Fair
      Thursday, October 12
      12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
      E-Building, Atrium
      College life isn’t always the easiest. You have a support system right here, #LaGuardiaCares. Attend to participate in medical screenings and learn how to lead a healthier and well-balanced lifestyle. 

    • Financial Literacy Workshops
      Learn how to stay on budget, improve your credit, and pay off student loan debt so that you have more money in your pocket for the things that are most important to you.
      3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the C-Building, Room 103
       October 4, 2017 and December 6, 2017 Budgeting & Banking
       October 18, 2017 and January 24, 2018 Credit & Student Loan Repayment
       November 1, 2017 and February 7, 2018 Investment Basics


    • Career and Transfer 101

      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. 

       Monday, October 16    4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  E-Building, Little Theatre

       Tuesday, October 31   10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  E-Building, Little Theatre

       Wednesday, November 15  6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  E-Building, Little Theatre

       Thursday, November 30  10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  E-Building, Little Theatre



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    1. What are some of the things I'll do in the First Year Seminar?
    • Acquire study skills like time management, note taking, journal keeping, etc
    • Learn about course offerings at LaGuardia and create a graduation plan
    • Learn about transfer options and start to work toward specific transfer goals (after graduating)
    • Learn about your respective major, its learning objectives, and career opportunities
    • Develop your own academic ePortfolio
    • Work with a Student Success Mentor
    2. I'm a transfer student. Should I take the First Year Seminar?
    • Yes. The seminar will prove to be extremely useful as it will introduce you to LaGuardia’s courses, policies, and further transfer options
    3. Who teaches the First Year Seminar?
    • The First Year Seminar is taught by faculty members in the discipline. This gives students a chance to make a strong connection to a professor in their major. The studio hour is facilitated by a Student Success Mentor, usually an advanced LaGuardia student or a LaGuardia graduate.
    4. What happens in the studio hour?
    • The First-Year Seminar includes a studio hour facilitated by a Student Success Mentor. During this hour, each student creates an individual ePortfolio, a digital tool that enables students to collect and store their academic work; to select their best work to showcase; to reflect on their learning over time; and to connect with classmates, friends, family and employers. The studio hour also gives students a chance to consult with a peer rather than a professor. SSMs have gone through very similar experiences in their educational careers and can share a lot of useful tips and resources. 
    5. What is the purpose of an ePortfolio?
    • ePortfolios serve as an important component of the overall curriculum at LaGuardia Community College. Students begin the staged process of building their ePortfolios during their first semesters at the College and continuously reflect and refine their presentation as they progress. At each stage, students add more work and connect their learning to understand the process of their own growth and improvement.  

  • You can count on your advisor to help you map out the best route to graduation, four-year colleges and careers. If you have any questions, log into 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.