First-Year Course Planning

Planning your first college course schedule is an important and exciting milestone in your academic journey.

Start by following the steps below:

Step 1:

Learn more about majors, courses, and academic planning by reviewing the following:

Step 2: 

Complete the online placement exams for foreign language and math (if required for your intended major) by June 1.

  • Language Placement: Language Placement should be taken by anyone with at least one year or more of high school French or Spanish. For more information and to access the exam, visit the Placement Exams page.
  • Math Placement: Students majoring in Biology, Chemistry,  Environmental Chemistry, Math, Nursing 3YD, Biochemistry, Physics, or Computer Science and/or plan on following the Pre-Med or Pre-Allied Health track, need to take a Math Placement exam prior to being placed in courses. Results of the placement are used to ensure that students are enrolled in courses that will help ensure success in the chosen major. For more information and to access the exam, visit the Placement Exams page.

Step 3:

Complete the online Academic Course Planner (ACP) by June 1.

Step 4:

The information you submit will be used to create your course schedule, which will be released to you via WebAdvisor around July 21 (watch for an email with instructions for accessing your schedule online).

Adjustments to course schedules based on changing preferences, a change in major, placement exam results, etc. can be made in person or via phone or email on “Advising Wednesdays” (each Wednesday from July 26 through August 16). In addition, you can meet with an academic advisor during Welcome Weekend and adjustments can be made then. Times for meeting with academic advisors to make adjustments will be included in the weekend’s schedule of events.


We’re excited to work with you to prepare for your first semester at Hartwick. If you have questions regarding the course registration process, please contact Coordinator of Academic and Pre-Professional Advising Joe Ficano at or 607-431-4564.

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