Planning for Course Registration and Academic Advising during Orientation - Fall 2020 Entrants

New students attending Juniata College participate in one of our Orientation programs prior to their first semester of enrollment. During Orientation students will meet with an academic advisor to review and finalize their courses for their first term. You will get your specific appointment time and location when you arrive on campus for Orientation.

Prepare for Your Advising Appointment

Before you arrive on campus for Orientation, there are several things for you to do to get ready:

  • Complete your Advising & Course Registration form. Later this spring, we will be sending you a short questionnaire so you can provide us with some information that will help us work with you to build your class schedule for your first semester. Watch your email for the form, which will be sent to you no later than May 1, 2020, and will be due by June 15, 2020.
  • Submit transcripts of previous college courses you’ve taken. Request to have official transcripts of any previous college courses you’ve completed sent to the Registrar's Office. The transcripts must come directly from the college or university that granted the credit for the courses, even if you took the courses while you were still in high school.
  • Submit AP score reports. If you took or are taking Advanced Placement courses in high school, have your AP test score report sent to us by the College Board. 
  • 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 corresponding WebCAPE placement test. You will need to set up an account first, but you can skip entering a student ID number if you don’t know what your Juniata ID number is. Complete the appropriate 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. Consider the following questions and suggestions to help get you started:
    • 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 POEs (Programs of Emphasis).
    • Do you have specific academic and/or career goals?
    • Would you like to study abroad? Do an internship or research? Do community service or community-engaged learning?
    • What campus activities do you plan to get involved in?
    • Make a list of courses 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. (Fall Semester 2020 class schedules will be available to view starting in mid-March 2020.)


Final Thoughts

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into the Juniata community! It is an exciting moment of transition and we look forward to beginning our journey together. As you prepare to join us, develop a list of questions you would like to have answered. If you have any questions prior to Orientation, please contact Dawn Scialabba, coordinator of academic advising, at or 814-641-3405.