The 1​0 Steps t​o Complete Before|After Your Virtual Freshman Advising and Registration Session

1. Spring 2024 Greetings from QC Faculty
2. Your QC Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

As one of the senior liberal arts colleges at CUNY, Queens College offers a rich curriculum in the Schools of Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Mathematics and Natural Science, and Education. All QC students complete degree requirements, which include the Pathways General Education courses and a major area of study. Our students follow a liberal arts curriculum that provides them with the opportunity to study a broad range and variety of subjects.

Please refer to the self-guided Freshman Advising Presentation for more information.

3. Take 15 Credits Each Semester & Stay on Track

At Queens College, we are committed to providing an educational environment that assures student success.

QC in 4 offers you the tools, resources, and support you need to complete your degree in 4 years. Key points include Take 15credits a semester to keep on track to graduate in four years, which will save you time and money! The helpful Academic Program Maps are provided to guide your path to graduation in four years.

4. Submit Your Immunization Records


Before submitting your MMR/MEN Immunization Records login to your CUNYfirst account – Student Service Center and view the holds section. Only students entering Queens College from a high school outside of the NYC DOE must submit their MMR records or one form of Acceptable Proof of Immunity. For a complete list, refer to page one of the Immunization Record form.

All students (regardless of age) must complete the meningitis response form. This information can also be self-managed through your CUNYfirst account.

Please note: You may also obtain your immunization records from your high school or other schools you attended. Upload all documents via a secured method in CUNYfirst. Click here for more information.

For all questions and concerns, please visit the

 Health Services Office or email:

5. QC Technology Accounts & Personal Contact Information


You will need the following accounts as a student at QC.  If you have not already done so, please ensure you activate the following accounts before your virtual Freshman SessionClick Here for a worksheet to help you keep track of your accounts, usernames, and passwords.

  1. CAMS (QC Username)

All students entering Queens College must claim their CAMS – QC Username account. Your QC Username account allows you to access the school’s computers, Wi-Fi on campus, obtain your college ID card and more.

To activate CAMS (College Account Management System) visit

Click here for a CAMS video tutorial.

  1. CUNYfirst

All students must claim their CUNYfirst account in order to register for classes, view and pay their bills, as well as other services.

To login into CUNYfirst you must include your CUNYfirst credentials: firstname.lastname+last2digits of your CUNY ID followed by @login.cuny.eduExample:

Click here for a CUNYfirst video tutorial.

  1. Office365 – QMail (Your QC Student Email)

After claiming your CUNYfirst account, all students will have access to their Office 365 email account which will be used for all official college correspondences.

Office 365 uses the same username and password as CUNYfirst. You must enter “” after your username to login. Example:

Click here for a video tutorial on how to Claim Your Office 365 Account.

  1. QC Navigate

Login using your CUNYfirst credentials: firstname.lastname+last 2 digits of your CUNY ID (Do not include John.Smith00


Once your CUNYfirst account is set up, you must update your personal information, including your cell phone number and email address. Refer to the CUNYfirst Student Center Tutorial and/or the “How To Update Your Contact Information” guide.

Queens College will use this information to communicate with you, so it is critical that it is updated and available. In the event the College’s communications are filtered to Junk and Spam folders, be sure to check those regularly as well.


If you need assistance claiming your accounts, please visit the
ITS Support for Students for virtual or in-person support

6. Prepare for Registration

In preparation for your one-on-one virtual advising session with a professional academic advisor, we encourage you to identify General Education requirements and course choices of interest from the Spring 2024 Registration Toolkit.

Additionally, we ask you to review the First Year Writing Guide that has information and advice about the required first year writing classes. ENGL 110 is the first course in our writing class sequence, but we also have options for students who would like more support. Please be prepared with your writing class preferences.

If you wish, you may even begin the registration process by building a “shopping cart” of your choices in Schedule Builder via CUNYfirst. Please refer to the CUNYfirst 9.2 Student Center tutorial for assistance.

7. Explore Winter Bootcamps

QC Winter Bootcamps 2024

Take advantage of one of the tuition-free bootcamps this winter: Computer Science, EAS Examination, Statistics for Psychology and Experimental Psychology.

This is a great way to get ready for Spring! Get to know the beautiful campus and QC instructors.

For more information on the QC Winter Bootcamps, click here
Email Questions: | Call: 718-997-5670

8. Complete Your File

Having all your completed and official transcripts and score reports in your admissions file is important! Be sure to submit all original and final (non-CUNY) transcripts and score reports (Advanced Placement, etc.) electronically to the Undergraduate Admissions Office (UA) via email to

Please note that UA cannot grant you any college credits unless official transcripts/score reports are on file.

A good rule of thumb: If you were still in classes when you filled out the CUNY or Common application, you should submit your final official transcripts as soon as you can. Chances are the transcript on file used for admissions purposes will not show the final semester’s coursework, credits, and grades.

Submit the following transcripts and score reports to UA:

It is important that you provide academic advisors with this information at your Virtual Freshman Advising Session so that they can help to determine how much and what type of credit you may be awarded by the Admissions Office. Advisors who have this information can advise you against taking duplicative courses and thereby losing credit.

You can check if your transfer credits have been processed by QC by accessing your Transfer Credit Report via CUNYfirst. Click here for more information.

9. Major Declaration

The following majors are declared through the CUNY Admissions application:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Comparative Literature
  • English
  • Family Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (FNES) – Physical Education only
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • School of Earth & Environmental Sciences (SEES)
  • Urban Studies

If you did not indicate one of the above-mentioned majors on the CUNY application, or you would like to change the major you indicated, here is the virtual declaration process for most majors:


  1. Students who would like to declare or change a major or minor, can fill out the fillable Declaration of Major/Minor form  and email it to the respective academic department for “signature.”
  2. Submit the completed form to the QC Hub via one of these two methods:
    1. Via department: Academic departments can send the completed forms to the QC Hub.
    2. Self-submit: Students may self-submit the signed form to the QC HUB via Fresh Service.

The following majors require an application and/or have special entrance criteria, which means that they cannot be declared in this manner. Please see the respective department’s website for further information:

  • Business Administration (Actuarial Studies, Corporate Finance, and International Business)
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders (i.e., Speech Pathology)
  • Dance; Drama/Theatre
  • Dietetics
  • Elementary & Secondary Education
  • Music (all programs)
  • Neuroscience
  • Studio Art BFA
10. Stay Connected

Have questions or need assistance?

Email the Academic Advising Center at and indicate Freshman Advising in the subject line. Call the New Student phone line at (718) 997-5573 and we will promptly return your call. 

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The 1​0 Steps t​o Complete Before|After Your Virtual Freshman Advising and Registration Session

1. As the Semester Nears, Connect with a Peer!

The Spring 2024 semester begins on Thursday, January 25, 2024. Now that you are enrolled, it’s time to prepare for your first day.

The Academic Advising Center (AAC) Peer Leaders are hosting a series of New Student Q&A Workshops that will cover the key points to a successful first semester.

Do you need help accessing your schedule in CUNYfirst, claiming your technology accounts, obtaining your QC Student ID Card and more? If so, virtually drop-in to any of our workshops listed below to connect with your peers, ask questions and ensure you are ready for the spring!

Spring 2024 New Student Q&A
“As the semester nears, connect with a peer”


We look forward to connecting with you soon!

2. Complete the Freshman Survey

Your voice is important to us! Please complete the Freshman Survey to best assist us in determining if we are effectively meeting your needs as an incoming freshman. Our goal is to ensure we provide you with the support and resources needed to begin your new academic journey as a member of the Queens College community.

3. Finalize Your Online Accounts

Be sure to finalize all your QC accounts (CUNYfirst; Office 365/QMail and CAMS) as noted in the BEFORE section above, Step #5.

If you need assistance, please visit
ITS Support for Students for virtual or in-person support.

4. Get Your QC Student ID (QCard) & Campus Access

The QCard is the official ID of Queens College. To obtain your QCard, you must have a CAMS (QC Username) and photos must be submitted online. Visit the QCard webpage to log in and submit your photo.

Refer to the following additional resources to best navigate campus:

5. Submit Outstanding Immunization Records


Be sure to submit any outstanding MMR/MEN records if applicable.

For all questions and concerns, please visit the
Health Services Office or email:

6. Paying for Your Classes

View your tuition bill and applicable Financial Aid via your CUNYfirst account – Student Center. Please note, your tuition bill will not be mailed to your home.

Payment Information

Once registered, an email will be sent to student’s QC email account informing them of the due date of their bill, based on their initial date of registration. This notice will direct the student to CUNYfirst to view the semester’s bill.

To view payment due dates, refer to the Bursar Newsletter. Be sure to refer to the Bursars webpage for Payment Options.

Financial Aid

Have a question about your financial aid? Please refer to the Financial Aid Services website for more information. You can also create a support ticket through our Fresh Service Portal. Be sure to include your CUNY ID number, if available. Click here for instructions on how to submit a ticket. Your inquiry will automatically be directed to the appropriate staff so that we can resolve your ticket as quickly as possible. Financial Aid counseling is also available via Navigate appointments with a Financial Aid representative.

For a full listing of New York State Grants and Scholarships, click here!


In preparation for the beginning of the semester, order your textbooks online

Be prepared for the first day of classes and order your textbooks online. Visit Queens College online bookstore.

7. Familiarize Yourself with Important Dates

Organization is KEY! Stay informed of important dates throughout the semester. Download the QC Navigate app and login to check your class schedule before the first day of classes — specially to ensure class locations in the event any have changed. Look up key information such as your class geolocations and important “to-dos,” dates, and deadlines.

8. Access Your "eAdvising Portfolio" and Session Notes in QC Navigate

Utilize the resources and tools available to you to help you succeed in college and stay on track for graduation and beyond. Access your eAdvising Portfolio  via QC Navigate at any time to view your advising session notes and documents.

In preparation for the beginning of the semester, order your textbooks online.

Be prepared for the first day of classes and order your textbooks online. Visit Queens College online bookstore.

10. Have questions or need assistance?

Email the Academic Advising Center at and indicate Freshman Advising in the subject line. Call the New Student phone line at (718) 997-5573 and we will promptly return your call. 

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Office Information

Director: Laura Silverman
Office: Kiely Hall, Room 217
Continuing Student Phone: 718.997.5599, New Student Phone: 718.997.5573, Fax: 718.997.5643

If you are a new or continuing student and have not met your CUNY Reading and Writing Proficiency Requirements, please fill out the Accuplacer ESL Exam Intake Form.