Your Guide to Registering for Classes at OCC

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How do I make the best decisions registering for classes? Who can help me with the process? What are the steps I need to take to make sure I get the classes I want?

We get these types of questions all the time. So we created this guide which has everything you really need to know about registering at OCC. We broke it down into two sections: new & current students so you understand the steps you need to take.

Registering for Current Students

Step 1: Meet with Your Advisor

First, plan out the courses that you will need for the next semester using our online tool in Webadvisor. See what classes you’ll need for the next semester and the offerings.

Then, meet with your faculty advisor to determine the courses you should be taking for the next semester. Visit your faculty advisor’s office and schedule your appointment today!

Step 2: Wait for Your Registration Window

Make sure you’re ready to register for classes during your window. The earlier you register for classes the more likely you’ll be to get into all the ones you want.

If you register before November 16th you’ll be entered to win a pair of wireless beats.

Determining your registration window is based on the number of credits you’ve completed towards your degree and/or your status as a member of a priority registration group. Check out the full breakdown below.

When can you Register?

Wednesday, October 18th:

Students enrolled in a degree program with at least 45 completed credits. Students from the following groups:

  • Athletes
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Honors program
  • Students with Disabilities
  • Veterans
  • EOP

Thursday, October 19th:

Students enrolled in a degree program with between 30 – 44.5 completed credits.

Friday, October 20th:

All other students enrolled in a degree program.

Monday, October 23rd:

Students with undeclared majors and all new students.

If you’re not sure how many credits you have, that’s ok! Login to webadvisor to check how many credits you have.

Step 3: Register!

Login to webadvisor and use our planning tool to register for courses. Get your step-by-step instructions on how to register and make sure you finish your registration by selecting the green button.

Registering for New Students

Step 1: Sign up for one of our New Student Registration & Orientation Days

You’ll be able to take your placement test, start and finish the admissions process, meet with your advisor and register for classes, and go on a guided campus tour. Sign-up using our online form.

Step 2: Sit Back and Relax

It’s that easy. Come all in for one of our new student registration & orientation days and you’ll be ready to start at OCC.

Isir and Hamdi Farrah

Sisters Hamdi (left) and Isir Farah (right).
  • Majors: Humanities and Social Sciences
  • High School: Fowler, Class of 2016

Isir and Hamdi Farah are Somali-born sisters whose parents were determined to give them a better life. That’s why a decade ago they walked from Somalia to a refugee camp in Kenya and stayed there until they were allowed to immigrate to the United States in March 2009. Upon arrival one of their first challenges was the English language. “Learning English happened pretty easy,” said Hamdi. “When we came here there weren’t many other Somalians here. We were surrounded by English speaking people. It’s actually taken me longer to learn to write.”

Hamdi is 20 years old, her sister Isir is 19. Both credit Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection with helping them adjust to life on campus. Hillside is a program which helps students overcome the barriers that cause them to drop out and abandon their education. “I made friends through Hillside,” said Isir. “I got to see another side of students who I saw in class. I felt like I grew up because Hillside helped me do activities with other students outside class.”

Both sisters are enjoying their second year on campus. “I really like OCC. It’s the best school for me. It gives me hope for the future. The professors are really awesome and the tutors are great,” said Hamdi. “OCC is very good. I felt coming here was the best choice. Everyone is so diverse here. I feel like we are all the same,” added Isir.

The Farah family includes mom, dad and eleven children ranging in age from 22 to 4. Both sisters are focused on doing well in college and setting a good example for their siblings. “I want my mother to be able to say, ‘your sister did it. You can do it,’” said Hamdi. “I’m going to graduate no matter what happens. We will be the first in our family to do so. I guarantee it,” added Isir.

This year’s Common Read, “God Grew Tired of Us” by former Lost Boy John Dau has caught the attention of both sisters. Dau is a 2005 alumnus of OCC who will be on campus this month to share his story with students. “Even though we never saw the violence he saw we look forward to meeting him,” said Isir. “I am reading his book for two classes and it makes me more grateful for what we went through.”

Dr. Emad Rahim

  • High School: Fowler, Class of 1997

Dr. Emad Rahim’s life story is the subject of a documentary titled, “Against The Odds.” He’s a survivor of genocide in the Killing Fields of Cambodia who took advantage of the opportunities he found in the United States. “My experience at Onondaga Community College not only provided me with the academic foundation I needed to find my footing in higher education, but also helped me develop the skills I needed for career advancement.” Rahim is an Endowed Chair and Director of the Project Center of Excellence at Bellevue University in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2017 he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges.

Please take a moment, visit our Alumni web site and tell us how OCC impacted your life.

Laurie Halse Anderson, ’81

  • Major at OCC: Humanities
  • High School: Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Class of 1979

Laurie is a novelist whose books have become required reading for young adults, providing them with an outlet as they undergo transformations in their lives. She underwent her own transformation as a college student. “OCC is where I found my mind. I needed to grow up and get disciplined. The quality of the professors made a huge difference in my life. There was something about the attention I got from them that has never left me. It meant a great deal toward guiding me on the path to more education and more self-discovery.” Laurie is one of OCC’s distinguished Alumni Faces honorees and a recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges.

Please take a moment, visit our Alumni web site and tell us how OCC impacted your life.

John Dau, ’05


  • Major at OCC: Humanities
  • Home country: South Sudan

John is a “Lost Boy,” one of tens of thousands of refugees displaced or orphaned by war in the Sudan. He came to the United States in 2001 and began taking classes at OCC along with approximately 80 refugees. “OCC was like a family to us. The teachers helped with school work and life lessons. It created a strong bond with me and all of the refugees.” Today he is President of the John Dau Foundation which provides healthcare and nutrition programs to the citizens of South Sudan. John is one of OCC’s distinguished Alumni Faces honorees. In 2014 he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges.

Please take a moment, visit our Alumni web site and tell us how OCC impacted your life.

Carolyn Carbone, ’93 and Sarah Hassett, ’13

Syracuse Police Department Officer Carolyn Carbone, ’93 (left) and her daughter Officer Sarah Hassett, ’13 (right).
  • High School: Carbone – Fowler High School, Hassett – Solvay High School
  • Major at OCC: Criminal Justice

Carolyn Carbone and Sarah Hassett are the first mother and daughter duo in the history of the Syracuse Police Department. Before they became police officers, they earned Criminal Justice degrees from OCC. Carbone gave birth to Hassett while a student at OCC and utilized the on-campus day care, the Children’s Learning Center while she went to class. “I appreciate my mom more and more each day for working as hard as she did to get through school and provide for my brothers and me so we could have a better life,” Hassett said. Carbone shares a similar sentiment about her only daughter. “She makes me proud every day. I’m grateful we went to OCC and can share this experience of being police officers. It’s a bond that will be with us forever.”

Please take a moment, visit our Alumni web site and tell us how OCC impacted your life.

Bill Bonnell, ’83

  • Major at OCC: Radio & TV (now Electronic Media Communications)
  • High School: North Syracuse, Class of 1981

Bill is an Emmy Award winning television sports producer with ESPN who has coordinated coverage of Olympic games, Super Bowls and several other high-profile sports events. He built the foundation for his success at OCC. “Going to OCC was a great experience. The classes were small. It was very intimate and personal.” Bill’s wife, mother and one of his brothers also graduated from OCC. “I loved my time there. OCC has been a big part of my life and always will be.”

Please take a moment, visit our Alumni web site and tell us how OCC impacted your life.

Marthe Ngwashi, ’03

  • Major at OCC: Business Management
  • High School: Nottingham, class of 1994

Marthe is living the American dream. She’s the child of African immigrants, has her own law firm in Buffalo and is a proud mother who balanced her career and life challenges so she could give her son the stability and support he needed. She says she came into her own during her time at OCC. “I was in EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) and I got help at the Tutoring Center. My counselors and the faculty saw something in me I didn’t see. They really made a difference.”

Please take a moment, visit our Alumni web site and tell us how OCC impacted your life.

Dinyar Vania, ’99

  • Major at OCC: Music with a specialization in Voice
  • High School: Marcellus

Dinyar came to OCC with the dream of being a percussionist. OCC’s Music faculty discovered he had enormous potential as a vocalist and worked with him to enhance those skills. “Everyone was extremely supportive. There were many positive influences and that really went a long way in my development and growth. I received the best education of my life at OCC.” Vania is now an opera tenor and one of the most sought after talents throughout the United States and Europe. In 2015 he was named one of the College’s distinguished Alumni Faces. During the induction ceremony he joined Student Vocalist Brittany Montpetit, ’16 (Cicero-North Syracuse High School), the OCC Concert Choir and Pianist Katharine Ciarelli under the direction of Conductor David J. Rudari, D.M.A. in a performance of Brindisi from LA TRAVIATA. You can view the performance here.

Please take a moment, visit our Alumni web site and tell us how OCC impacted your life.

Cpl. Jeff Cleland, ’13, USMC, Retired

  • Major at OCC: General Studies
  • High School: West Genesee, class of 2005

The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 set Jeff on a path of service to his country. He joined the United States Marine Corps and served in Iraq before becoming wounded and medically retiring. Jeff came to OCC, earned his degree and today works at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas where he helps veterans find resources within their communities. OCC named Jeff a distinguished Alumni Faces honoree in 2016. “I hope to be an example to nontraditional students, especially veterans that it is never too late to learn. Don’t be afraid to ask or receive help in getting where you want to go.”

Please take a moment, visit our Alumni web site and tell us how OCC impacted your life.