Before you can register for classes, you must complete the business of becoming an enrolled student at SUNY Ulster. Here is a list of steps to ensure you are ready for your first advisement and registration session.
Once you’re accepted to SUNY Ulster, you'll receive an email that contains a link for you to schedule an appointment to take the COMPASS test. COMPASS assesses skills in writing, reading and mathematics. With the exception of the writing, it is untimed with most students finishing the test within 2-3 hours. You will receive a printout of your results after completing the reading and/or math test, and you will also be able to view them on the College’s portal.
You will also write or type, in 50 minutes, a 300-400 word essay on a topic of your choice from a provided list. Two English professors will read the essays within a week and make their recommendations on what English class a student will take.
Your student assessment will help your advisor guide you to the right courses for reaching your goals. Make sure to take the exam before meeting with your advisor.
Take the test seriously as it determines your course placement at Ulster County Community College.
While most new SUNY Ulster students must take the test, some students may be exempt because of their previous coursework. College level classes taken at high school may exempt students from some sections of COMPASS.
If you are a student in need of testing accommodations, please call the TRiO Program-Student Support Services Disability Office at 845-687-6054. All accommodations must be approved prior to taking the assessment test.
Note: Please arrive to the testing site on time. We will not allow late arrivals after 15 minutes into the test. It would then be recommended to reschedule to take the test at another date and time. You’ll need to bring a Photo ID. All other testing materials (including dictionaries) will be provided.
If you were born after January 1, 1957 and are planning to take six or more credits, you'll need proof of immunization against measles, mumps and rubella. Ask your physician for your immunization records or have them fill out this Proof of Immunization form.
SUNY Ulster uses a portal as our primary means of communicating official college information to you. This is where you’ll access your online student orientation information, your college email, financial aid, and student accounts. It’s also where you’ll find student resources and campus life events. The portal can be accessed from anywhere you have internet access.
Your acceptance letter contains your login information. If you do not know your user name and password, click ‘Get your Password’ on the login page, and follow the directions. Still having trouble? Call 845-687-5169 for help.
Out of State Residents – Students whose permanent residence is not in New York State or who have not lived in New York State for at least one year must pay double tuition. International students who are here on an F-1 visa must pay double tuition for the entire time it takes to complete a program of study.
- Out of County Residents – If your permanent residence is in New York State but not in Ulster County, you will be charged double tuition unless you provide the Student Accounts Office with this Certificate of Residence. It should be submitted no later than 30 days after the first day of the semester and no earlier than two months prior to the first day of the semester.
All new, transfer and returning students are required to complete both our online and on-campus student orientations.
Online Orientation – Once you’ve received your acceptance letter, log into the My.SUNYUlster portal to complete the required online orientation. This self-guided orientation allows students to navigate through slides and videos designed to inform you about valuable resources, opportunities and the expectations of being at SUNY Ulster. Students are required to complete and submit the quiz at the end of the orientation as proof of completion.
Campus Connect – This is your on campus, in person summer orientation held during the final months leading toward the start of your first semester. There are several sessions offered and you can choose the date that is most convenient for you. Led by student, Campus Connect Leaders, they have been in your shoes and represent the diversity of the students you’ll find on campus.
Financial Aid – Did you know that nearly 70% of SUNY Ulster students graduate debt free? Most students at SUNY Ulster qualify for some form of financial aid, so it is in your best interest to apply. If you and your family have questions or need help, check our calendar for one of our regularly scheduled financial aid workshops. You can also schedule an appointment with one of our financial aid specialists for help. Call 845-687-5058. We can help you fill out the forms.
To be eligible for financial aid:
- You must be a matriculated student enrolled in an ‘eligible program’.
- You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent Resident Alien.
- All males (between 18-25 years of age) must be registered with the Selective Service.
Applying for financial aid:
The financial aid section of our website has more detailed information on eligibility, deadlines and more.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Application or FAFSA.
- Complete the Express Tap Application (ETA) for full-time students.
- Part-time students (less than 12 credits) should complete a SUNY Ulster Aid for Part-Time Study Application.
- If you are a Veteran, you'll want to complete the Veterans Application for Educational Benefits.
Scholarships – Each year, the Ulster Community College foundation, Inc. awards over $220,000 in scholarships to more than 200 incoming, returning and transferring students. Fill out one online application to be considered for over 230 scholarships. The College Scholars program provides full tuition for Ulster County high school students graduating in the top 10% of their class, who meet all other program requirements. Learn more about College Scholars and submit an application.
To be eligible for scholarships:
845-687-5022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You must be a matriculated student enrolled in an ‘eligible program’.
- You must be enrolled at SUNY Ulster either full or part-time.
- You must complete and return the entering scholarship application to the Foundation office by the deadline.
- You must include a typed essay with the entering scholarship application.
- You must be able to write thank you letters to scholarship representatives.
- You must be able to attend the Foundation's scholarship ceremony.
Advisors are valuable because they know the ins and outs of your subject of study, the registration process, and all of the resources and support available to you on campus. Entering students will meet with an academic advisor during the registration process. After your initial registration you will be assigned a permanent advisor from your department of study.To best prepare for your first advisement session:
- Know your major – If you are undecided, you can explore your options prior to advisement by making an appointment with Karen Robinson, Director of Career Services at 845-687-5091 or email@example.com.
- Change of major – If you’d like to change the major you selected on your admissions application, notify the enrollment & Success Center office prior to your advisement session at 845-687-5022 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Understand your long term goals – Are you interested in earning a 2-year or 4-year degree, or beyond? Be sure to share this with your advisor.
- Get familiar with your degree requirements – This is a discussion to have with your advisor, but we encourage you to utilize Degree Works, a web-based advisement tool on our portal. It can be used as a road map toward your graduation. Degree Works matches your academic course history against the degree requirements as defined in the college catalog.
To Access Degree Works:
- Log into My.SUNYUlster.edu/p>
- Go to the Student Resources Tab
- Look for the Registration Tools Channel
- Click on Academic Planner (Degree Works)
- Look for courses & put together a schedule – Use our Schedule of Courses search to find potential classes to discuss at advisement. Think about the best times of day to take classes, considering how work, family and other responsibilities will impact your class and study schedule. M= Monday, T=Tuesday, W=Wednesday, R=Thursday, F=Friday. Online classes are listed as distance learning.
- When is registration? – Registration for each spring semester typical begins in December. Registration for each fall semester begins in May. By registering early, you will have a better selection of courses and a schedule that best fits your needs.
Registration for Matriculated Students New to SUNY Ulster:
- Matriculated students who are new to SUNY Ulster will be sent an email invitation to make an appointment for an advisement and registration session in the Enrollment and Success Center in Vanderlyn Hall 119. This invitation will be sent to accepted students who have either completed their placement testing or were granted a placement testing waiver.
Registration for Current Matriculated Students:
- Schedule an appointment for an Advisement and Registration session with your Advisor to discuss your educational goals and to plan for your next semester at SUNY Ulster.
Registration for Non-Matriculated Students:
- Nonmatriculated students can click here to register
Registration for Continuing Education Students:
- Continuing Education students can register here.
Registration for Visiting Students:
- Visiting students can register here.
Note: Upon registration, both matriculated and nonmatriculated students will have incurred a financial obligation to SUNY Ulster.