FirstChoice FAQ

Q: What is FirstChoice?
A: FirstChoice is a program that offers first-year students the opportunity to take a course smaller in size that focuses on the transition to college, and helps students make connections to faculty and peers. These courses are offered in different subject areas and for special interest groups. There is something for everyone!

Q: Who should take a FirstChoice course?
A: All first-year students must take a FirstChoice course.

Q: How do I choose a FirstChoice course?
A: You will make your choice on your Information Sheet and an advisor will pre-register you into an appropriate FirstChoice course.

Gateway Courses

You also may have been invited to join the Honors Program or Student-Athletic Affairs.  You will be pre-registered for the appropriate FirstChoice course.

Preceptor Courses and the Service Learning courses are open to any first-year student, so make your choice based on your interests.

Living and Learning Communities offer a block of courses that a group of 19 students can take together while living in the same residence hall. You should indicate that you want to be part of this program when you make your housing selection.

Q: How is SUNY Oswego's FirstChoice Program different from freshmen seminar courses at other colleges?
A: Instead of a "one-size-fits-all" course, we offer many different options for students to learn about services and resources on campus, get to know a faculty member, and enjoy a small-class setting while exploring other interests. The courses are all small in size but the topics of the classes are as varied as our majors and our students' interest.

Q: How do I sign up for a FirstChoice course?
A: Once you officially enroll at SUNY Oswego, you will make your choice by filling out the Information Sheet. This will help us pre-register you for courses before you come to Orientation.

Q: Is FirstChoice a remedial program?
A: Definitely not. Most FirstChoice courses are open to all college students. FirstChoice promotes transitional support to all students but many courses such as Honors courses offer opportunities for students looking for a challenge.

Q: Is FirstChoice a requirement?
A: All first-year students are required to take a FirstChoice course. A smaller class size allows students to better connect with faculty, an important element to growth and success.

Q: Can students take more than one FirstChoice course?
A: It is possible to take more than one FirstChoice course, but we have a limited number of seats and will make sure everyone gets one before offering additional seats to students. At Orientation if there are still seats available, students may be able to take another with approval.

Q: Can I take a FirstChoice course in the spring semester?
A: FirstChoice courses are only offered in the fall for incoming first-year students.

Q: I took AP courses and/or courses at a community college during high school, should I take the preceptor in that subject?
A: You should avoid picking courses that may already be covered by AP or prior college credit. We have a wonderful variety of other subjects to choose!