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FTES Guide 2019

Course Selection Guide for First Year Students

Advising and Career Services has designed a step-by-step guide to assist you in using the College's online course selection system, the First Term Enrollment Selections (FTES.) We strongly recommend that you read this document before making course selections on FTES, and keep it handy while completing the form.

FTES is available beginning May 20, 2019 under Student Services on MySlice (myslice.syr.edu.) Selecting your first-term courses will consist of the following steps:

  • Review this guide and related materials
  • Complete each page of FTES and save all entries
  • Submit your finalized FTES selections by the June 14 deadline

Helpful Resources

To assist you in your course selection process, we highly recommend you refer to the following helpful resources.

To ensure a smooth and easy FTES process, have these steps completed prior to starting your FTES form.

  1. Confirm your browser is compatible with MySlice. For information on which browsers are fully supported, visit MySlice Supported Browsers.
  2. Activate your Syracuse University NETID and password. Activation instructions are found here: NETID Instructions.

 

FTES PAGE 1 – REQUIRED COURSES AND STUDENT DATA

When filling out this form, it is important that you complete your selections based on your own goals and interests.

Confirm that all of the information directly below your name is correct. 

On the right side of the page, confirm that the major listed under “Intended Major” is correct.

  • If you are intending a different major within the college, please contact your assigned advisor right away.

 

Under the blue bar labeled “Please provide the following information”:

  • Verify if English is your first language.
  • Check any of the following you will be participating in:
  • Syracuse University Marching Band (SUMB) “The Pride of the Orange”: If you are interested in participating in “The Pride of the Orange,” Syracuse University Bands offer a variety of opportunities for you to continue your music studies and performance while at SU. You are welcome visit the University Bands website at vpa.syr.edu or contact the office at 315.443.2194. All members are required to attend band camp the week before classes begin.Rehearsals averaging six hours per week (three evenings, two hours each) occur during the fall semester with additional rehearsals during game week. You are required to register for Marching Band (ENI 510) for one credit. If you are at maximum credit load, your college will contact the band office for consent to register for band for zero credits.

    Find the Special Categories area on the Course Selection Sheet. Under SUMB, mark an in the appropriate box.

  • Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC): The Army ROTC meets for two academic hours, two leadership lab hours, and three physical fitness hours each week, and the Air Force meets for three academic and three physical fitness hours each week. Army ROTC program consists of a combination of credit and non-credit courses. Air Force ROTC courses can be taken for credit or non-credit. Army ROTC offers merit-based scholarships that pay for full tuition and fees at Syracuse, as well as monthly stipends. Air Force ROTC also offers merit-based scholarships that pay for full tuition or partial tuition and fees and gives each recipient a monthly stipend. In addition, all Army and Air Force scholarship winners receive an annual $9,500 Leadership Award from the University that can be applied to their room and board fees.

    Find the Special Categories area on the Course Selection Sheet. Under ROTC, mark an x in the appropriate box, either Air Force or Army. For information: Special Categories ROTC General Information: 1.800.295.7456.

    Air Force: 315.443.2461
    Email: afdet535@syr.edu
    Website: afrotc.syr.edu

    Army: 315.443.2462
    Email: armyrotc@syr.edu
    Website: armyrotc.syr.edu
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  • Verify Division 1 athletic participation: If you are playing a Division 1 sport (even as a walk-on) during your first year at Syracuse University, indicate your intention here. A box will appear for you to specify the sport in which you intend to compete.

  • Summer phone number: Enter the phone number that you can be reached at this summer in the box provided, in case your advisor has any questions.


Next, find three important tools under the “Resources” heading:

  • Instructions: How to Complete This Form – this link is another way to get to the information you are reading now.
  • Courses Available to First Year Students – this is the link to the list of academic and studio elective courses that are available for you to take during your first semester. Please use this list ONLY when selecting your electives. Do NOT select courses from the Fall Schedule of Classes found on MySlice, as those courses are not open to first year students and may delay your registration if included in your selections.
  • Telephone Assistance – 1.800.295.0994 is the toll free number that you should use to contact the College of Arts & Sciences and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Office of Academic and Career Advising between the dates of May 20–June 14, 2019. If you need to reach us during another time, our permanent telephone number is 315.443.3150.

On the right side of the page, under the blue bar labeled “Additional Program Information”: if you have been accepted into a Learning Community, or the Renee Crown University Honors Program, you will see information listed here.

  • Learning Communities: find more information at lc.syr.edu/
  • Renee Crown University Honors Program: if you have been admitted, please refer to the special “Supplemental Instructions for Honors Students” link found here. Please wait to make your final selection of courses until you have read this material. If you have questions about selecting Honors courses, call 1.800.295.2537.

On the right side of the page, under the blue bar labeled “Placement Exams”: this link is for students planning to take a mathematics, or language (other than English) course at any time during their academic career. For the fall semester, you are required to take the placement exam available on this link before selecting a math or language course on page 3. This area is also where you will be able to view your score, test date, and the math or language course(s) that you tested into. Be aware that all students in the college are required to complete either a language to the 202 level, or a math or statistics sequence (qualitative and quantitative skills.)

Now, let's start going over the courses you will be registered for:

“Required Courses (You will be automatically enrolled in the following)”:

These are the courses that are required for your major, and you will be automatically enrolled in these. We will ask you if you intend to bring any external credits to cover for these courses. If you are interested in viewing the descriptions of your required courses, visit the Course Catalog and click on “Courses” on the left side. 

Note: Including your required courses, you will be registered for a minimum of 16 credits for the Fall semester.

Additional information regarding your required courses is needed (for example, if you are expecting AP, IB, or external credits to transfer.) In order to let us know that, please complete the next region on Page 1:

 

Writing Course Requirements:

“WRITING: Choose one of the following writing options”: WRT 105 Studio I – Academic Writing is required for all students in all majors. Read the options carefully and select the one that applies to you.

  • I will be taking the required writing class (3 credits) – if your primary language is English, and you have never taken a college level writing course. You will be automatically registered for WRT 105 if you select this option.
  • I expect to receive AP, IB or transfer credit for writing and will not be taking this class – if any of the below is true for you, you should select this box:
  1. I took the AP English Language and Composition exam and received or expect to receive at least a minimum score of 4. Enter this information on page 2 of FTES.
  2. I took the Higher Level (HL) IB English Language and Literature, or the English Literature exam and received or expect to receive at least a minimum score of 5. Enter this information on page 2 of the FTES.
  3. I took the SU Project Advance WRT 105 class and received or expect to receive the grade of D or above. Enter this information on page 2 of FTES.
  4. I took a writing class from an accredited university; I expect to receive at least a C and will forward a transcript to:

Syracuse University
College of Arts & Sciences
329 Hall of Languages
Syracuse, NY 13244
Or send via email to: casadvising@syr.edu

 Enter this information on page 2 of FTES.

  • I have been admitted to the Renee Crown University Honors Program and will be taking an alternative Honors writing class (Enter choices on page 3) - you will need to read the Supplemental Instructions for Honors Students under the blue “Additional Program Information” bar for assistance with selecting an alternative. You will enter your choices for this alternative on page 3 under “Writing Alternative.”

  • ENL 201 – Intermediate English for Non-Native Speakers (3 credits) – English is NOT my primary language. I will take the English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE) when I arrive on campus. – you must choose this option if English is not your primary language. You will be automatically registered for ENL 201 until you take the ELA exam during Syracuse Welcome (refer to the Syracuse Welcome schedule for times and locations).

The next section of page 1 could go two different ways, depending on the following:

  1. If you have an intended major
  2. If your intended major is an ILM (integrated learning major)
  3. If you do not have an intended major, and are coming in as undeclared

1) IF YOU HAVE AN “INTENDED MAJOR”

If you indicated an interest in studying a particular major while at Syracuse, you will see introductory courses listed below for you intended major. You must choose at least one of the listed areas, so we can better select courses in which you will most likely be successful.

Please select one of the course options, or select “I expect to receive AP, IB or transfer credit for certain courses and will not be taking this class.”

 OR

2) IF YOUR INTENDED MAJOR IS AN ILM (integrated learning major)

If you indicated an interest in an Integrated Learning Major (ILM), you will also be required to indicate an interest in the anchoring major. You can discuss and any questions you may have with your Advisor.

 OR

3) IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN INTENDED MAJOR, AND ARE COMING IN AS UNDECLARED

If you are keeping all of your options open and will be exploring different areas, please indicate your AREAS of STRENGTH.  This way, your advisor can take that information into consideration to balance your schedule and guide you on your exploration.

Helpful tips:

  1. Please go through these step-by-step instructions carefully. The information you provide will be used to help us build your schedule.
  2. Do not use the ‘back’ button on your browser while completing FTES, please use the page numbers at the top of the screen, or the “previous” and “next” buttons at the bottom of the screen.

 

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FTES PAGE 2 – COLLEGE-LEVEL CREDIT

“Enter AP/IB/CLEP full examination title and score (if you know it) for any of the following tests you have taken or will take this summer”:

You can use the “+” symbol to add a row if you have taken more than one exam or course, and the “-” symbol to delete a row.

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

If you have test credits from AP, IB or CLEP, fill in the box AND have your official scores sent to Syracuse University. Not sure if you can get credit based on your score? Information on minimum scores and awarded credit can be found by clicking here.

“Enter SUPA/SU course titles that you have taken or will take this summer”:

  • Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA)
  • Other Syracuse University Credits (SU)

If you have taken courses through Syracuse University, put the course name(s) in this box. You will not need to submit a transcript for any course that you completed at SU.

“Enter course title and college name for courses taken at other colleges”:

If you have earned college credit from an institution other than Syracuse University, include the course title(s) and the college name(s) in this box. IMPORTANT: You must request an official transcript to be submitted to Syracuse in order to receive credit. Official transcripts should be mailed to:

Syracuse University
College of Arts & Sciences
329 Hall of Languages
Syracuse, NY 13244-1170
Or send via email to: casadvising@syr.edu

 

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Page 3 – ADDITIONAL COURSES & NOTES

“Additional Courses to be selected”: this is the area where you will choose any additional elective courses that may be required by your department for your first semester, as well as courses you are interested in taking. To see the options, find the list of Courses Available to First Year Students here. You can also find this list under Resources on the page 1 of the FTES form.

The next section of page 3 could go three different ways, depending on the following:

  1. If you have an intended major
  2. If your intended major is an ILM (integrated learning major)
  3. If you do not have an intended major, and are coming in as undeclared

1) IF YOU HAVE AN “INTENDED MAJOR”

If you have an intended major, you can find the list of required courses for your major by accessing the link above, Recommended Courses for Majors, so you can enter the proper course on Box A, Major Required Course. The instructions for your major will refer to this list, so it is important to locate it and have it open when you’re reading through the following information.

In order to have a balanced schedule, please complete the boxes on this page that are marked *Required.

2) IF YOUR INTENDED MAJOR IS AN ILM (integrated learning major)

In order to have a balanced schedule, please complete all boxes on this page that are marked *Required.

3) IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN INTENDED MAJOR, AND ARE COMING IN AS UNDECLARED

If you are still undecided regarding your major, you must complete all required sections appropriately, and your advisor will work to build you a schedule that incorporates your current interests while working towards completing the Arts and Sciences core requirements.

Please complete all boxes on this page that are marked *Required (A, B,C,and D)

IMPORTANT: The information you provide will assist advisors in building your fall schedule. Every effort will be made to place you in your choice of electives, as long as there are available seats and no scheduling conflicts with required courses.

Remember if you are interested in viewing the descriptions of courses, visit the Course Catalog and click on “Courses” on the left side.

FOR ALL STUDENTS:

  • LANGUAGE/MATH COURSES: is a REQUIRED section. You must take a Placement Exam prior to entering a choice in this section. Your results for the suggested course(s) you should select will appear in the Placement Exam Results box.
  • WRITING ALTERNATIVE: Leave this section blank if you checked WRT 105 or ENL on page 1. Otherwise please complete the sections accordingly.

    NOTE: If the course you are attempting to select requires an Extension ID, click on the magnifying glass next to the box. Click on "Look Up," and then choose the appropriate section. There will be one option with the label HNR, which is an option for Honors students. If you are not in the Renee Crown Honors Program, please select the other section.

 

ADDITIONAL FIELDS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE:

  1. Estimated First Term Credits Total: this section must equal between 15 and 17 credits. If an error appears because it is less than 15 or more than 19, please make sure you delete the courses entered in one of the non-required boxes above.

  2. “Enter Notes Here”: the very last box on page 3 is a place for you to communicate anything you think our office should know. DO NOT pose questions here; if you have specific inquiries, call the office at 315.443.3150.

  3. CAREER PATH: some students are interested in a career in the medical or law fields. If that if your intention, please select the appropriate box below (otherwise, please leave it blank.) PLEASE INDICATE BELOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE FOLLOWING PATHS:
  • Please check the appropriate box if you have an interest in a Pre-Health or Pre-law path. Pre-Health and Pre-Law are not official majors but are tracks at Syracuse University. While at SU, you will have the opportunity to connect with a Pre-Health or Pre-Law advisor who will work with you to determine a starting academic plan

    Click here for information regarding Pre-Health, and here for information regarding Pre-Law.

 

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FTES PAGE 4 – CONFIRM SELECTIONS

This page offers you a summary of your selections. Please review all of the information that you have entered into the FTES.

If you are satisfied with your selections, click the “Submit Final Course Selections” button in the top right corner of the screen.

If you decide you aren’t yet ready to submit your form, click the “Save to Submit Later” button in the top right corner of the screen. Remember, your form MUST be submitted by June 14, 2019. Once you submit your form, we suggest you keep a copy for your records – to print the form, click the button that says “Click to Print This Page for Your Records” on the top left of the page.

Congratulations! You have finished filling out your FTES form! Your schedule will be available to view on MySlice beginning August 1.