How to Register for Classes

All new, degree-seeking students must first apply for admission

You'll be scheduled for New Student Orientation & Registration, where you'll meet with your Academic Advisor, plan your schedule, and register for your classes.  Head on over to How to Apply for Admission to get started.

If you've already applied, but need some assistance, reach out to your ONE Team Rep or Student Central at 315.498.2000 during business hours or email us and we'll help you out.

Step 1: Meet with your Advisor

It's really important to meet with your Advisor before registration. 

They can help make sure you're taking the right classes for your degree, help set you up to achieve your academic goals, let you know about support services you can take advantage of, and in general keep you on your right path.  They're here to help you and can help streamline your time at OCC.

Step 2: Wait for your Registration Window

'19 - '20 Academic year (starts 8/26/19)  

Registration is open for all students

'20 - '21 Academic year

April 1, 2020 - Current students

April 6, 2020 - New students

Step 3: Register for Classes in WebAdvisor

You can now register for an entire year at a time!  This is the easiest way to make sure you get the classes you need.

Login to WebAdvisor

WebAdvisor provides students with secured access to register for classes, check your schedule, check your financial aid, view your grades, and more.  You'll need your OCC Username and Password.

Login to WebAdvisor Browse the Schedule of Classes

Need help? Call Student Central at 315.498.2000 during business hours or email us

Build your Schedule

You can download Step-by-Step Instructions (pdf) or watch these walkthrough videos.
The first week of classes is when you can switch your classes. Refer to the Academic Calendar for the specific date that is the last day to “Add a Class.”
  1. To add or switch a course, go to Register or Drop Sections.
  2. Select the course you want to add by searching in the Course Catalog or from your Progress.
  3. Go to Plan and Schedule and View Other Sections to see if the course is offered at a time that works for your schedule.
  4. When you find the course you want, click on the specific section and select Add Section.
  5. If you're dropping a course and adding a new course, click Drop under the course you wish to drop and then click the checkbox for the course you wish to add and click Submit.
  6. If you're adding a course without dropping, simply click Register Now on the right hand side and follow the Financial Responsibility prompts.

Withdrawing from Courses

There is a difference between dropping and withdrawing from a course.

  • Dropping a course is only during a specified time during the beginning of the course (see Academic Calendar for specific dates) and after the drop occurs, the course will not appear on your transcript.
  • Withdrawing from a course is when you remove yourself from a course after the first three weeks of classes (less time for half semester courses, see Academic Calendar for specific dates). A W will appear next to the course on your transcript and does not affect your GPA.
The timing of the drop or withdrawal can impact your financial aid and/or financial responsibility to the college.

All students wishing to withdraw from a course or drop a course after the first week of classes need to meet with a representative to discuss academic and possible financial implications. To withdraw from a course, see Student Central or the Advising Center and they will assist you. 

Because it's been awhile since you were a student here, you'll need to fill out the Returning Student form.  That will help us determine if you need to re-apply, or if we can just re-activate your account.  If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Student Central at 315.498.2000 during business hours or email us.

This registration process is only for students not in a degree program, students visiting from another college, or senior citizens auditing a class.

Pre-requisites & Visiting Students

Visiting Students are Non-Degree-Seeking Students taking college courses at OCC to transfer back to their institution. In most cases, visiting students do not need to prove pre-requisites prior to registration. However, you will need to fill out a Visiting Student Form prior to registration for any classes that have pre-requisites. You will receive an email response within 48 business hours indicating when you may register for the courses that have pre-requisites.

If you are not a visiting student, you may need to take Placement Exams for English, Math, or Reading prior to taking certain courses. Please refer to the course description for pre-requisite information. If you have any questions as to whether you need to take placement exams prior to enrolling in a course, please contact the Advising Center at  advisingcenter@sunyocc.edu or call 315-498-2904. 

Non-Degree-Seeking Student Registration

Login to WebAdvisor

WebAdvisor provides students with secured access to register for classes, check your schedule, check your financial aid, view your grades, and more.  You'll need to create an a OCC Username and Password if you don't already have one.

Login to WebAdvisor Browse the Schedule of Classes

Need help? Call Student Central at 315.498.2000 during business hours or email us

After you have logged in...

  1. Click on Students > Non-Degree Seeking Registrants under Registration on the right hand side of the menu. 
  2. Click OK to move to the next screen. This screen verifies that you have no registration blocks. If for any reason you cannot register, there will be instructions on this page. 
  3. On the Agree to Pay screen, carefully read the financial responsibility statement. Click on Yes, I Agree if you agree to the terms of the financial agreement. 

    Please note: Non-Degree-Seeking Students are not eligible for financial aid. If you are a non-degree-seeking student you will be paying out of pocket for the classes you are registering for. Payment plans are available. To enroll in a payment plan, click on NelNet Payment Plan on the WebAdvisor menu under Financial Information after registration. Payment is not due at the time of registration if registering prior to the payment deadline. See billing due dates and information.
  4. Click on Search and Register for Sections

    You can search for classes on this screen. Be sure to fill in three fields. One of the fields must be the term. You can search by location, days of the week, or times of day. Once you have your three fields, click Submit

    Search results will show with the following information:
    1. Status = Open or Closed
    2. Meeting Information = Days, Times, and Room Location of the class
    3. Faculty = Instructor of the course
    4. Available/Capacity = Available means how many seats are left in the class. Capacity is the total number of students allowed in the class. If the Available/Capacity is 23/25, there are 2 students registered for the class.
    5. Credits = # of credits the class is worth.
    6. Comments = Important information regarding that section of the course 
    If you want to see the course description, click on the class itself and a new tab will open. Course descriptions will indicate pre-requisites needed to take the course.
  5. Once you have chosen the class you wish to take, click the checkbox on the far left and click Submit
  6. The next page is your Shopping Cart. Either select Register from the drop down menu on the top OR select Register for each course you wish to register for on the drop down menu on the left and click Submit.  
  7. If you have successfully registered your Total Balance and Additional Information will appear on the next screen and an email will be sent to you. If there was a problem with your registration, a message will appear with further instructions.  

Withdrawing from Courses

There is a difference between dropping and withdrawing from a course.

  • Dropping a course is only during a specified time during the beginning of the course (see Academic Calendar for specific dates) and after the drop occurs, the course will not appear on your transcript.
  • Withdrawing from a course is when you remove yourself from a course after the first three weeks of classes (less time for half semester courses, see Academic Calendar for specific dates). A W will appear next to the course on your transcript and does not affect your GPA.
The timing of the drop or withdrawal can impact your financial aid and/or financial responsibility to the college.

All students wishing to withdraw from a course or drop a course after the first week of classes need to meet with a representative to discuss academic and possible financial implications. To withdraw from a course, see Student Central or the Advising Center and they will assist you.