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
✓ 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.
“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
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
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.
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.
Check out upcoming events
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.