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New Student Orientation Spring 2014


Date: Tuesday, January 21st       Time: 10:30am — 3:00pm       Place: Namm Cafeteria  


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Welcome for New StudentsX  

Congratulations on your decision to attend the New York City College of Technology.  Current students, campus family and friends over the years have nicknamed the campus “City Tech.”  We are happy to have you and are pleased that you have decided to join our family to become future alumni.  Connecting with the City Tech campus community will provide you with fulfilling, exciting and fun academic and personal experiences.  In order to make a smooth transition we suggest that you attend the New Student Orientation. 

As a new student at City Tech, you are bound to have questions.  New Student Orientation is designed around you, helping to uncover the answers to questions you have, and providing you with information about campus resources, programs and services.  By the time you leave orientation, you will be on your way to becoming a successful City Tech student.  At Orientation you will have the opportunity to receive assistance in selecting your classes, tour the campus, and get to know other new students.  Orientation is also a time to address any questions you have for campus staff, faculty and administration.

You will discover and learn a lot about City Tech at New Student Orientation.  The program is an opportunity to learn how to navigate the halls of higher learning and introduce you to the campus community.  During the program you will begin to build a network of resources that will help you start your City Tech journey on the right path.  At New Student Orientation you will find more about:
    • Your Major
    • Schedule of Classes
    • Financial Aid and Scholarships
    • Books and Tutoring
    • Clubs and Organizations
    • And many other campus resources!

Additionally, during New Student Orientation you will learn tips from students, faculty and staff who will serve as your guides during your time at City Tech.  The Orientation Leaders will be around throughout your session, and, as current students, they are ready to answer your questions about life on campus.  So come to the orientation prepared with your question on how to connect with City Tech!

Student success, both in and outside of the classroom is our focus at City Tech.  There is nothing better to help you get started on your journey than our New Student Orientation.  You will discover what you need to do to succeed in higher education and the wide variety of City Tech resources and staff available to help you on your way.  The following are frequently asked questions and answers.  Please review, we hope you find them helpful.  Again congratulations on your acceptance to City Tech.  We are thrilled that you will be connecting with our campus community, we wish you much success.

Stay Connected via Facebook and Twitter
A Facebook page is available to all City Tech students. You will find important information as you get ready for the upcoming semester. We will also include tips on being a successful student. Follow us on Facebook.

Welcome Parents of New StudentsX  

Why Attend New Student Orientation?
Your child's decision to attend college is the first step of many that they will take in his or her adult life. Here at City Tech we are committed to the success of our students. Orientation will assist them in making a smooth transition to college life. They will meet lots of people from various backgrounds and areas all over the community and world.

As a parent or family member of a new City Tech student we know that you are also committed to their success. To assist you in supporting the success of your student we offer an orientation program just for parents and families. The Parents Orientation Program will offer you a unique opportunity to visit the College, meet staff members, and mingle with other parents and family. This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions that you may have about City Tech.

Parent Orientation Program Activities
The Parent Orientation Program (POP) is scheduled for the same day your son or daughter attends their Orientation program. At POP you will get the opportunity to hear from many of the service areas of the College, including the Financial Aid Office. You will also be given the opportunity to ask questions of Vice Presidents and department heads.

POP is scheduled from 11:00am through 2:00pm, concluding with campus tours for those who would like them. We look forward to seeing you there!


Q & A: Common QuestionsX  

Do I have to attend the New Student Orientation?
It is highly recommended; however, is not required.  Should you decide to not attend you will miss an opportunity to meet your faculty and other students.  This is a connection that would put you on the right path.  Additionally, you will miss out on information that will help you become a successful student.

Is there a fee for New Student Orientation?
No, there is no cost associated with the New Student Orientation Program.

Do I need to register to attend New Student Orientation?
No, registration is not required.

When is the New Student Orientation and what time does it begin?
Orientation is on Tuesday, January 21st 2014, and will begin with check-in at 10:30 a.m. The day will conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Can I bring my parents and family?
Yes, there is a special program for parents and family on the same morning that you attend orientation. Their session will end at approximately 2:00pm.  Their session is called POP, the Parent Orientation Program and there is no associated cost to attend, nor do they need to register.  Parents are strongly encouraged to attend.

What topics are covered during the Parent Orientation?
We will provide information about City Tech resources to help your parents support you as a student. These resources include the following: Enrollment and Student Affairs, Financial Aid, Health and Wellness, Student Life and Development, New Student Center, and many more.  All of this information will be readily available to the student should a parent be unable to attend.

Will I be able to view and/or pay the tuition bill during the orientation?
You will be able to make payments and attend to other financial issues without any hindrance; however we recommend that you do so at the conclusion of the orientation program.

I have questions about Financial Aid, Testing, Class Schedules, etc. Will I be able to get answers during orientation?
Yes. You will have the opportunity to speak with various departments at the college. This is what the orientation exhibition is for.  Our Orientation Student Leaders will be able to guide you to any areas of concern.  Or you can simple ask them, they are current students and could provide tips and suggestions.

(For Parents) Will I be able to view student grades or financial information?
If you are over the age of 18 your grades and registration information are not legally available to parents or others without your written permission. To allow this access, you will need to complete a FERPA form and submit it to Enrollment and Student Affairs in N300. The form can be found at: www.citytech.cuny.edu/files/students/registrar/pubinfo/rights/ferpa.pdf

Do you have any information on financial assistance or avoiding debt?
Yes, members from our Financial Aid department will be on hand for any questions. To assist you we have collected some tips for minimizing your debt as a college student. See the tab 'Managing Your Finances During Your College Career' below for more information.

What day does the semester start?
The spring semester begins Monday, January 27th 2014; we suggest that you familiarize yourself with the college calendar, as there are several days during the early part of the semester where classes are not in session. You can find the college calendar at calendar.citytech.cuny.edu/ or Spring 2014 Academic Calendar.

When do I buy books for my classes?
Most instructors will hand out a syllabus the first day of class. This will indicate what books are required for your class. The City Tech bookstore will be opened extended hours during the first two weeks of school.

Do I need to come to campus every day?
Unlike high school, college classes are often only two or three days per week. Truthfully, it depends how you schedule your course load and how you plan your daily activities.  Work and family are leading factors on how you plan your schedule and the obvious is course availability.  We recommend registering early and accurately.  Staff will be on hand to assist you with scheduling classes; however, keep in mind your personal needs.  You only need to be on campus on the days and times that you have class or to participate in student activities.

How do I change my major?
To discuss changing your major we suggest that you make an appointment with one of the counselors in the Counseling Center, N-108 or 718-260-5030.

I have a class in the morning and then one later in the afternoon What do I do between the two classes?
This is your free time; we recommend utilizing the time to study, checking out the Library, visiting the Learning Center, or getting involved in campus activities such as: Student Life & Development, Clubs, the Student Government Association, and/or City Tech Times (the official campus newspaper).

How can I get involved at City Tech?
A good place to start is the Office of Student Life and Development (OSLD) in room G-516 or 718-260-5391. OSLD staff will talk with you about various ways a student can get involved on campus.  Students who are involved on campus are more likely to succeed academically.

How safe is the campus? Is there sufficient security?
Our campus is located in Downtown Brooklyn. We have sworn Campus Peace Officers with the powers of arrest and they are not just security but members of the Public Safety Department.  From bike officers to general patrol officers, they are located in each of our campus building entrance ways.  Each campus location requires identification and is scrutinized for entry into each of our buildings. For further information regarding safety and crime statistics please feel free to visit the Public Safety site at: www.citytech.cuny.edu/adminfinance/publicSafety/ps_index.shtml

Will I be able to get a Student ID at Orientation?
No. It is customary to show a copy of your current tuition bill the first week of classes. The Public Safety Office will be issuing City Tech IDs during the first few weeks of school. They will post the times that the ID Station will be open.  Until you have your ID; please carry a copy of your class schedule to show to Public Safety personnel at the entrance of each City Tech building.

I am unclear about my status as a new student, what do I do?
    • unsure of being accepted to City Tech:
      contact the Office of Admissions in NG-17 or 718-260-5500
    • not registered for classes:
      contact the New Student Center in N-104 or 718-260-5013
    • questions about financial aid:
      contact the Financial Aid Office in NG-13 or 718-260-5700

If you have a question and it was not answered, ask in our Facebook page or call 718-260-5391

Managing Finances During Your College CareerX  

To assist you we have collected some tips for minimizing your debt as a college student.  Some of them may not be fun to hear; however you might want to consider it an investment in your future.

» Avoiding Debt in College (pdf)

City Tech also offers a variety of scholarships to entering freshmen students. Many of these scholarships are based on academic merit and/or financial need. Additionally, there are a number of scholarships available to undocumented students.

Students who wish to be considered for need based scholarships must file the current year's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov. Receipt of a scholarship may affect the amount of state or federal aid for which you may be eligible.

» Learn more about scholarships

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