When students enter LaGuardia as freshmen, or with less than 30 credits, they are advised in First Year Academies or at New Student Advisement Registration (NSAR). Once admitted, students receive an invitation letter to appear for advisement, and they can then register for classes. Although counselors have the latest revised version of the engineering curriculum and are free to contact any of the engineering advisors whenever they are in doubt about curricular issues, advising students with fewer than 30 credits can be challenging. If students do not follow the appropriate course sequence, they can easily spend more than two years completing the AS. We have recommended that the counselors encourage all engineering students to register for their math courses early, especially if these students require courses below the calculus level. Aside from humanities and social science electives, all courses in the engineering curriculum have Calculus I as a pre-requisite; so that if students do not complete the math courses in a timely manner, they will face difficulties in registering for upper level courses in the program. It also frequently happens that engineering students must sign up for courses outside their majors in order to maintain fulltime status; this almost invariably results in increased time to graduation and more cumulative credits earned for the A.S. degree.
Students with 30 credits or more are advised by engineering faculty members.
All engineering students must consult their advisors before registration. Advisors are generally faculty members from the Engineering program (involved in the engineering freshman seminar as well) and can answer questions not only about what courses to take, but also about transfer and career opportunities. To improve the advisement process, a permanent staff member (Dr. George McCormack) has been assigned to work with the counselors and the Program Director. Dr. McCormack will also be able to assist freshmen students.