Preparing for Your First Semester at Juniata:  Academic Advising and Class Registration

Welcome to Juniata College! As a new student, you will participate in Orientation prior to your first semester of enrollment. During Orientation, you will have an individual appointment with an academic advisor to discuss and register for your courses for your first term. Before Orientation, there are several things for you to do to get ready:

  • Complete your New Student Advising Questionnaire. We send each new student a short online form so you can tell us more about yourself. We use that information as we work with you to build your class schedule for your first semester and to match you up with academic advisors. Watch your Juniata College email for the form on June 1, 2021. Then submit it as soon as possible, but no later than July 1, 2021.
  • Submit AP, IB, CLEP results. Be sure to submit your official AP or CLEP score reports or IB transcripts to Juniata.
  • Submit transcripts of previous college courses you have taken. Request to have official transcripts of any previous college courses you've completed sent to Transcripts must come directly from the college or university that granted the credit for the courses, even if you took them while you were in high school.
  • Take the world language placement assessment. If you have completed three or more years in high school of a world language offered by Juniata (Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish) or are a heritage speaker of one of these languages, you should take the placement assessment for that language.
    • You will need to set up an account first, but you can skip entering your student ID number if you don’t have it handy.
    • Complete the test to the best of your ability without any outside assistance.
    • If you have any questions about the placement recommendation after you’ve completed the test, contact the appropriate faculty member:
  • Prepare for your conversation with your advisor.   Think about who you are!
    • What subjects or courses have you enjoyed most in the past?
    • What areas of study do you hope to explore? Browse a list of our Programs of Emphasis.
    • What are your academic and career goals?
    • Would you like to study abroad? Do an internship or research? Serve others by doing community-engaged learning?
    • What campus activities do you want to join? Will you be a student-athlete? Are you interested in vocal or instrumental music ensembles?
    • Make a list of classes that interest you. To look up courses, use the Class Scheduling Assistant. You may look at course offerings by using the Department Search drop-down menu or by searching on a variety of other categories.
    • Make a list of questions you would like to ask your advisor.

It is an exciting moment of transition and we look forward to beginning our journey together. If you have questions about advising or registration prior to Orientation, contact Dawn Scialabba, registrar and coordinator of academic advising, at

First-Year Experience Courses

First-year students take part in a course sequence in your first two semesters that is designed to help prepare you for success at Juniata:

  • First-Year Composition - FYC introduces students to different types of reading and writing using varied models and genres in popular/scholarly and digital/print forms to build students’ information literacy skills, rhetorical knowledge, critical thinking, and knowledge of conventions. (3-credit course in your first semester).

  • First-Year Seminar - FYS helps students develop the arts of academic writing and oral communication and the intellectual skill of analyzing evidence and arguments. (3-credit course in your second semester) 

  • First-Year Foundations - FYF provides students with the resources, skills and information that will assist them in succesfully navigating academic and social life at Juniata College. (1-credit course in each of your first two semesters)

Note for Transfer Students: Transfer students coming in with 12-23 credits are not required to take FYC. Transfer students with more than 24 credits are waived out of FYC and FYS. All transfer students take a one-semester FYF class specifically for transfer students instead of the two-semester version.

These courses are the first steps in completing your liberal arts requirements, which start you on the path to becoming a well-rounded lifelong learner that is the hallmark of a Juniata College education.

Learn more about the Juniata College Curriculum