Academic Advisement

A full range of advisement services are provided to students to ensure the successful completion of the School’s graduate and undergraduate programs. SPA's advisement offices are located on the 4th floor of 135 E. 22nd Street. Advisors may be contacted at or by phone at 646.660.6757.

The School's advisors are members of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). They have years of experience in counseling students and have in-depth knowledge of the entire public affairs curriculum. Many advisement questions can be answered by reviewing student policies and procedures.

Orientations for New Students

Newly admitted students are provided with academic information at orientation sessions held prior to the semester in which they are first enrolled.  An orientation RSVP is sent to newly admitted students. Advisors are available to discuss degree program plans.  Information is also provided about college facilities, student life, academic policies, financial assistance, and the process for obtaining the student ID card. 

Special orientations are held for students in the Executive MPA, National Urban Fellows-MPA, MS in Nursing Administration-MPA, and K-12 educational leadership programs.  The date and time for the orientations are provided to students prior to the beginning of their first semester. 

The College's advisement office holds undergraduate orientations for entering freshman and transfer students.

Course Registration

Registration for classes is through CUNYfirst. The system contains the schedule of classes with the instructor’s name and required books. 

Each class has a seat limit that is determined by the size of the room and the City of New York Fire Code.  Overtallys of classes are not possible.  Faculty and advisors cannot add a student to a closed class.  For closed classes, recheck CUNYfirst frequently because a seat may open up.

Classes may be cancelled when there are insufficient enrollments.  Every effort will be to cancel classes well before the start of the semester and to notify students.


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