Students Guide

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Student Responsibilities

It is the student's responsibility to:

  • Be prepared for all scheduled advising sessions. It is your responsibility to let your advisor know what courses you have taken at other institutions, if you have any AP credits or CLEP credits. If you have credits from another institution, have your official transcript sent to the Registrar's office for evaluation.
    • The address is Registrar, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ 07960. If your official transcript has not been evaluated, please bring your unofficial transcript to your advising session.
  • Academic advisors will not make decisions for students. Be responsible for your own academic planning.
  • Act upon academic decisions in a timely manner.
  • Maintain personal records of academic progress, including documentation of approved exceptions to stated program requirements.
  • Discuss factors (such as employment, commuting distance, and other circumstances) that might influence selection of classes, registration processes, and other academic planning.

Advice for "Deciding" Students

  • Take a course in a subject that is a potential major, or at least ask a professor to attend for a class meeting or a course in a subject that is a potential major.
  • Meet with a faculty member in a potential major area.
  • Find out if a meeting or contact can be arranged with an alumna who already completed a degree in a major that is an area of interest.
  • Talk with upper-class students majoring in an area of interest.
  • Learn about what careers different majors lead to through the career exploration courses offered at CSE.
  • Schedule an appointment with the Director of Career Services for assistance with career exploration.
  • It is typically not a problem if students do not declare a major in the first year; however, delaying the beginning of a program may require students to take an additional semester or two to complete graduation requirements, which could have an impact on financial aid eligibility since aid provided by the College is only available for eight semesters.

1. Complete one or more of the following "deciding on a major" strategies:

  • Written Exercises
    Opportunities to reflect upon their interests, values, goals and life expectations are very valuable in helping students clarify their decisions. Writing may also help students understand where they are in the process of deciding.
  • Individualized Interpretation of Formal Assessment
    The Career Services Office offers self-assessment tests to guide students in the decision making process.
  • Backpack to Briefcase Series
    Offers students need accurate, up-to-date, and detailed information on a wide range of career options and career preparation opportunities (eg. mock interviews, resume and interview preparation etc.)
  • Building Support for Choices in One's Social Network
    Students are encouraged to talk about their choices with family and friends.

2. Think about interests, aptitudes, and values:

  • Interests
    curiosity you possess about certain aspects of your environment.
    Examples: What hobbies do you pursue? What activities do you enjoy? What kind of classes do you like? How do you spend your free time?
  • Aptitudes
    Natural inclinations toward or ability to quickly master a particular skill, both physical and mental.
    Examples: What are your talents? What is your academic/work history? In what areas have you received awards and recognition?
  • Values
    Personal standards that you feel to be extremely important.
    Examples: What kind of lifestyle do you desire? What must you achieve in life to be happy (money, prestige, service to others, etc.)?

3. Attend a CSE Career Services Workshop or Majors Fair