First-Year Course Planning FAQs

Q: What if I don’t like some of my courses (or when they meet)?
A: Schedules have been written taking into account a student’s general education and major requirements, the preferences that students expressed on their Academic Course Planner, athletic schedules and availability of courses. However, it may be possible to change courses, or to change to a different meeting time.

Q: How do I change my schedule?
A: Students may request changes by contacting the Advising Office at or during their required Academic Advising Session during Wick Week.

Q: Why have I been scheduled for a FYS class that was not one of my top three choices.
A: Some FYS choices conflict with particular major required courses and/or athletic team schedules. Every effort was made to accommodate requests, but some choices are not possible.

Q: Why don’t I have any math or science courses?
A: Students were only enrolled in math or science courses in their first term if required by their major. Not all students are required to take math or science courses during their first term. If a student thinks they should be taking math, they should contact the Advising Office at, or make a change during the Wick Week Academic Advising session.

Q: How do I change my major?
A: Students may make changes to their major over the summer by informing the Advising Office in the Center for Student Success. The best way is to email or with your name, current major, which major you wish to change to and a phone number where you can be contacted. Changes can also be made during the Wick Week Academic Advising session, or any time during the Fall Term.

Q: Have my transfer credits been received? What do I do if they haven’t?
A: To view how transfer and/or AP credits have been applied to your record, follow these steps after you have logged in to Self Service:

  • Click the Academics Drop down on the left side of the screen and select ‘Transfer Summary’ from the menu.
  • If you do not see the transfer credits that you expect, made sure that you have requested that your official transcripts have been sent by the Registrar’s Office of the college or university that issued the credit. All transcripts must be sent to Registrar’s Office, Hartwick College, 1 Hartwick Drive, Bresse Hall; Oneonta, NY 13820.

Q: My schedule conflicts with my athletic team practice time. What do I do?
A: Every effort has been made to free up athletes in fall sports by 4 p.m. However, certain majors (especially science and double majors) have no choice but to offer labs and studio time in the early afternoon. Please contact your coach to consult them on your best options and then get back in touch with academic support staff at

Q: Why must I take a writing course (i.e. I already have taken one, I have AP credit, etc.)?
A: All Hartwick students must complete our writing competency program regardless of earned credit in other writing courses or AP. Completion of the Writing Placement (during Wick Week) allows us to make sure we’ve placed you at the right writing level.

Q: Is 12 credits (or 4 courses) enough for my first term? How may credits is a normal load?
A: Yes, 12 credits is a full time load. Some students choose to take more credits, but the recommended credit load for the fall term is 12-14. Remember, that J term is a time to earn another 3 or 4 credits, which when added to a 12-16 credit spring term = at least 30 credits for the first year. 30 credits a year for 4 years = 120 credits for degree completion.

Q: Where do I order my textbooks?
A: Students may use the Hartwick College Bookstore webpage to look up required textbooks, prices and to order textbooks, or they may simply visit the bookstore when on campus to buy their textbooks. Of course students are also permitted to order their textbooks from alternative online retailers. Visit the Hartwick College Bookstore.

Q: Whom do I contact if I still have questions?
A: Questions related to your major, schedule or accessing Self Service should be emailed to or

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