Transfer Student Advising
Upon submission of your Course Preference Form (as instructed through the online enrollment checklist), you will be contacted by the Office of Academic Affairs to schedule an advising appointment.
Note: If you are transferring into the School of Education or as a clinical ready student in the School of Nursing, you will be contacted directly by that program, not OAA.
You will receive the following during your initial advising appointment:
- Review of transfer credit awarded (see Transfer Credit Evaluation below)
- Review of degree and graduation requirements
- Registration into courses
- Printed class schedule for the coming semester
- Contact information for your faculty advisor
- Tentative long range plan projecting your course progression through graduation
- Important information about the academic calendar, transfer orientation, and billing, etc.
Questions about the initial registration appointment should be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs.
Prior to the start of the start of the semester, you will be invited to attend an orientation designed to:
- Welcome you to the College
- Introduce you to the advising process at Fisher
- Make you aware of important resources and activities
- Review parking, dining services, Blackboard and email access
New transfer students are given a Transfer Credit Evaluation identifying how many hours of transfer credit can be expected and how that transfer credit applies to the Fisher degree. View a 5-minute video tutorial that reviews a sample TCE.
As a transfer student, you should be aware of the following policies:
- Up to 66 hours may be transferred from a 2-year school.
- At least 60 hours in transfer credit are awarded for the receipt of an associate degree - an official transcript indicating receipt of degree must be on record with the Registrar. Transcripts must be received from all schools attended.
- Residency Requirement
- A minimum of 30 graded credit hours must be taken at St. John Fisher College in order to earn a bachelor's degree. This requirement usually concerns students who have transferred in large amounts of credit, or students attending Fisher who have earned degrees elsewhere.
- At least 30 of the final 36 credit hours must be earned in residence, unless waived in individual cases by the Committee on Academic Standing. This means that once you've begun the last 36 hours of a particular degree program, only 6 of those hours may be taken in transfer credit.
- At least 1/2 of the coursework required by your major must be completed at Fisher.
How do I register for courses at Fisher?
- Submit your deposit to Transfer Admissions to obtain access to the online enrollment checklist.
- Return a completed Course Preference form as instructed in your enrollment checklist.
- Upon receipt of your Course Preference Form, you'll be contacted within 1-2 business days to schedule a registration appointment.
What happens at my appointment?
See the Initial Course Registration section at left.
The classes that I need appear to be full. How am I going to get what I need?
Depending on your situation, additional seats may be available to you as a new transfer student. Sometimes classes that you want are full, but it's very rare that we can't get you into classes that you need. Your advisor will help plan out all required coursework, paying attention to prerequisites and recommended course progressions. In most cases, you will be contacted ahead of time if an especially challenging issue arises in preparation for the appointment.
Some classes have a negative number of seats. Can I get on a waiting list?
There are no formal waiting lists for courses at Fisher. Negative numbers of seats remaining usually mean seats are reserved for new students or that students in unique situations have been permitted by the instructor and department chair to enroll in a closed course.
Can I make changes to my schedule after my registration appointment?
Yes. An understanding of your Transfer Credit Evaluation, your Tentative Long Range Plan, and access to Fish 'R' Net are all you need to revise your schedule. We do recommend checking in with your advisor prior to making changes.
What are my liberal arts requirements?
These requirements are outlined on the Core Requirements page.
Do I have to attend orientation?
At orientation you will hear from College officials, learn about various academic and student supports, learn how to access your student information using Fish 'R' Net, Blackboard, and your Fisher email account, and take a quick tour of campus, including the library and other campus resources. While not required, the College recommends that you to attend.
When do I meet my academic advisor?
Your initial registration appointment will be with an academic counselor specially trained to work with transfer students. You will be assigned a faculty advisor from your academic department at this appointment. While you need to meet with this faculty academic advisor to schedule future semesters, you should introduce yourself to them early in the semester.
I am a veteran. Who should I contact?
Visit the Veterans Affairs & Benefits page.
Can I be eligible for academic honors as a transfer student?
You must complete at least 60 credit hours at Fisher to be eligible for academic honors. Details are available in the Undergraduate Catalog.
How do I access my Webmail account?
Refer to OIT's Webmail help topic.