• My First Year



  • Whether you're a first-time freshman, transfer or international student, you'll be looking for support during this exciting change. The information below will guide you through your first year at LaGuardia and connect you with opportunities and resources for a smart start to your academic career.

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  • Before the first day of classes, check these items off your to-do list.


    ✓ Submit missing
    documents to the Office of Admissions in the C-Building, Room 102.

    • Immunization - measles, mumps and rubella records
      Note: You will not be able to register for classes without proof of immunization. Submit the 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 $200Note: 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 115, to pick up your Student ID card and officially feel like a LaGuardian!

    ✓ Unlock your My LaGuardia page and student email
    - You'll get a personalized student page and email one week after you register for classes. Access it daily for Degree Audit, ePortfolio, CUNYfirst and Blackboard.

    ✓ 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 LaGuardian, you can access a number of support services, and can get involved in clubs/organizations and events on campus. 

    ✓ Review your class schedule on CUNYfirst – Check your class schedule the night before or the morning of your classes, as the room location could change last-minute.

    ✓ Attend class 
    – One of the keys to success is simply 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 career plan, explore other majors that interest you and learn study skills. 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.


    Here are some frequently asked questions about First Year Seminar:


    What are some of the things I'll do in 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, learning objectives and career opportunities.
    • Develop your own academic ePortfolio.
    • Connect with a faculty member within your major.
    • Work with a Student Success Mentor (SSM).

    I'm a transfer student. Should I take 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.


    What happens in the studio hour?

    The First Year Seminar includes a studio hour facilitated by an SSM. During this hour, each student creates an individual ePortfolio and also gets 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.


    What is the purpose of an ePortfolio?

    An ePortfolio is a digital tool that helps students collect and store their academic work, showcase their best work, reflect on their learning over time and connect with classmates, friends, family and employers. 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 gain an understanding of their own growth and improvement.

    5 Quick Tips to Survive and Thrive in College

    1. 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

    2. Go to class
      Attend all of your classes, show up a few minutes early, participate and ask questions!

    3. 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.

    4. 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

    5. 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 study buddy brunches." -LaGuardia student

  • Count on your advisor to help you map out the best route to graduation, four-year colleges and a career. 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.