Why You Should Get Involved on the OCC Campus and How to Do It

We hear all the time from students wondering why they should get involved on-campus? The answer is that it’s going to help you build your future. Students who get involved on-campus have experience to add to a resume and items to add to their transfer application if they choose to go onto four year school.

Getting involved at OCC has never been easier! Browse some options below and fill out the Get Involved Form or visit us on September 4th from 11 am – 1 pm at the Get Involved Fair in the Gordon Hallway.

1. Join a Club or Organization

We’ve got 20+ clubs and organizations on-campus spanning many different interests. Join one to have fun between classes and occasionally go on cool trips. Fill out our interest form to get more information on clubs around campus.

2. Become a Social Media Reporter or Ambassador

Do you love posting to social media? Are you a fan of taking photos and videos? Would you like vlog or blog for the college? If you answered yes to any one of these questions then the social media reporter position could be for you. Fill out the online application to get started with that today!

3. Apply to be a Student Ambassador

Do you feel passionate about being a Lazer? Then maybe becoming a student ambassador is right for you. You’ll get to take groups of prospective students on tours and tell them why it’s great to be a Lazer!

4. Become a Senator-at-Large

The spring 2019 Senators-at-large are (left to right) Michaela Denson, Armando Adrian, Patrick McGuinness, Dawn Penson, Paris Graziano and Alexandra Hoffman.

Interested in getting involved with student government? Get your foot in the door by becoming a Senator-at-Large for Fall! Senators represent the interests of specific groups on-campus!

Fill out the online form and select any of these options for more info!

5. Volunteer for a Service Project

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Students revitalized a resident garden at the Van Duyn Center on Onondaga Day of Service.

OCC has plenty of ways you can volunteer on campus and in the community. We host blood drives, work at nonprofits in the community and dedicate a whole day to volunteering on Onondaga Day of Service in the Fall. Fill out our online form to receive more info about volunteer opportunities.

6. Mentor First-Year Students 

If you’re a returning student, then you could apply to be a first-year peer mentor for incoming students. You’ll be focused on connecting with first-year students by helping them get involved in campus life, reminding them of important dates and making sure they are on track to graduate. Fill out our online form to receive more information on how you can help the next generation of Lazers succeed.

7. Become a Resident Assistant (RA) 

There are lots of reasons why you should become an RA. You’ll get to lead a group of students in the residence halls and get them involved when they come to OCC. You’ll also get free room and board! Fill out our online form to get more info on becoming an RA or getting involved with residence life in general.

To get more info on how to get involved with these opportunities and more, fill out our online Get Involved Form!

All the Fun Things to Do During the First Week of Classes for Fall 2019

Tomorrow is the first full day of classes at OCC! We’re so excited to welcome you to campus. Here are all the fun things to do during the first week of classes at OCC!

Monday, August 26th

Party on the Quad
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Mawhinney Quad
Kick-off the semester right with this annual tradition on the Quad! With games and free swag what else could you want?

Tuesday, August 27th

Welcome Back Breakfast
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Mawhinney Quad
Have free breakfast to start off the semester right!

Welcome Back Evening Students
5 – 7 p.m. at the Mawhinney & Whitney Lobbies
Have a treat and learn about the services available for evening students!

Wednesday, August 28th

Fiesta with the Faculty
12 – 2 p.m. at the SRC Arena
Following the college Convocation from 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m., stay and enjoy a free lunch and meet your professors!

Thursday, August 29th

Part-time Job Fair
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Gordon Great Room
Need some extra cash for the semester? Join Career Services to learn about part-time work opportunities on and off campus and fill out applications.

Lazer Auditions
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Gordon Great Room
Want to be a part of campus photoshoots? Want to be an OCC Social Media Brand Ambassador, Social Media Reporter or play our mascot Blaze? Stop
by to audition!

Paint Night
7 – 9 p.m. at the Gordon Bistro
Come and enjoy the first Paint Night of the year with your friends! Ge there early, space fills up fast!

Friday, August 30th

Drive-in Movie: TBD
9 p.m. between Gordon and Allyn Hall Gym
Enjoy a movie under the stars with your friends!

Saturday, August 31st

Trip to the Zoo
12 – 4 p.m. at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Spend some time with the animals of Syracuse at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo! Vans will be departing from the SRC Arena at 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.

Sunday, September 1st

Miniature Golf & Ice Cream
6 – 10 p.m. at the Fairmount Glen & Carol’s Polar Parlor
Join our friends for a round of mini-golf and an ice cream! Vans will be departing from the SRC Arena at 6/7/8 p.m. and will drop off for miniature golf first and then for ice cream.

Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day)

Women’s Soccer Game
1 p.m. at Lazer Stadium
Come out and watch the Lazers compete against Adirondack Community College!

Men’s Soccer Game
3:30 p.m. at Lazer Stadium
Come out and watch the Lazers compete against Adirondack Community College!

Students Moving In

What to Bring & What not to Bring in the Residence Halls (Updated for 2019)

Students Moving In

Move-in Day is less than a month away. If you haven’t gotten some of the things you need for your college dorm, the next couple of weeks would be a good time to get that together. For a full list broken down by dorm, visit our What to Bring vs. What not to bring page. Each building has a little bit different rules so it’s important to check out the full list!

Here are a few major things you should bring:

  • Laptop computer
  • Surge protector
  • Bedding for XL twin bed
  • Dishes & silverware
  • Shower caddy & shoes
  • Laundry detergent & bag/basket
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Towels
  • Bathroom supplies (Toilet paper, 

And here’s what you shouldn’t bring:

  • Animals of any kind (unless an APPROVED Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal through the Office of Accessibility Resources)
  • Alcohol or other drugs and any AOD paraphernalia (including hookas)
  • Hoverboards
  • Dartboards with metal tips
  • Drums or DJ equipment
  • Extension cords or multi-plug outlets
  • Neon signs and any kind of string lights
  • Personal modems
  • Federal, state, college, local or other signs
  • Halogen lamps, lava lamps, torchiere lamps, octopus lamps, or other high-intensity lamps
  • Firearms, weapons or other dangerous instruments (paintball guns, BB guns, paintball guns, airsoft guns, knives, archery equipment, etc.)
  • Curtains, drapes, or tapestries (unless flame resistant with proof on tag)
  • Appliances with exposed coils (George Foreman Grills, Panini Grills, hotplates, etc.)
  • Candles, fireworks, explosives, charcoal/gas grills, oil lamps, incense, any combustible device, electric blankets, etc.
  • Indoor use of any athletic equipment (pull up bars, workout bench, etc.)
  • Air Conditioners and Space Heaters
  • Live-cut Christmas trees and any flammable decorations

Getting Ready for Picasso at Lapin Agile

Our OCC Players are getting ready for the Spring play. This year’s play is Picasso at Lapin Agile, a comedy by Steve Martin set in 1904. It’s a culmination of a year’s work by the OCC Players.

The cast and crew are particularly excited for this year’s production because it’s the first time students and faculty will be performing on stage together! “It’s been great working with both students and teachers in in such a collaborative fashion, ” says first year student Abbii Moen who plays Suzanne in the play.

Students, employees and members of the community are all encouraged to attend for a hilarious rendition of Picasso at Lapin Agile! All showings are in Storer Auditorium.

Show Times

Friday May 3rd

  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 4th

  • 2 p.m.
  • 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices

  • $10 Adults
  • $8 OCC Students
  • $5 Ages 12 and under

Why Everyone Should Fill out the FAFSA (Early)

You’ve just made the decision to come to college! You’re excited and maybe a little bit nervous at the same time. At some point in the process of taking your next steps, someone probably told you about applying for the FAFSA and bam that excitement goes out the window. You’re really confused on what you need to be doing and you decide to do what many of us choose to do in college; procrastinate. I’m here to tell you why procrastinating isn’t your best option for the FAFSA and to clear the air on a few other myths. 

Earlier = Better Options  

The earlier you apply for the FAFSA, the better. Financial Aid is awarded on a rolling basis which means that the earlier you apply, the more likely you are to receive a better aid package. It’s that simple!  

Most Students Qualify  

A lot of times students might not think they will qualify for aid. For most students, this isn’t true. Most students qualify for at least some aid and even if you don’t, filling out the FAFSA makes you eligible for other grants and scholarships.

Decoding Prior-Prior  

You’re going through the process of filling out the FAFSA and notice this confusing term called “prior-prior”. Relax, it’s one of those terms that’s more confusing that it sounds. Prior-prior simply means two years ago! For example, if you’re applying for the 2019-2020 FAFSA you’ll need your prior-prior tax returns from 2017.  

Keep all of these things in mind when you’re going to apply for the FAFSA! And remember to go and apply earlier rather than later.  

Onondaga Community College is here to walk you through the financial aid process if you have questions! You can reach out to us by calling 315-498-2000 and ask for the financial aid service center to get started with your financial aid process.  

Why College Decision Day Isn’t the Final Day to Decide on College

It’s been drilled into your head throughout the college search process. If you’re deciding where to go to college May 1st is the final day to let that college know you’re in.  

If you’ve been on the fence about committing to a school, we’re here to tell you that at OCC and at community colleges across the state, May 1st isn’t the last day to commit to going to college. Community Colleges operate on rolling admission, which means you can apply and enroll at any point leading up the semester.  

Not only does it give you time to consider whether college is right for you, but it also gives you a better option (in our opinion). Here’s why: 

We’re There for You Every Step of the Way  

At OCC, we make it our business to help you at every step of the process. Once you apply, you get assigned a personal contact who will help you through every step of the application and enrollment process including helping you navigate financial aid and paying for college. Once you get here, that same personal contact will help you through your first year at OCC.  

In addition to your personalized contact, you’ll have access to many other resources we have that will help you through your education. You’ll be able to purchase books at an affordable flat rate, get free tutoring at our Learning Center and be able to go to our Community Care Hub when life gets in the way of school.  

We also have smaller class sizes to ensure that you’re getting more support from your professor.  

It’s a More Affordable Alternative  

College can be expensive. But at OCC, we try and make it as affordable as possible. Our annual tuition is $4,900 (excluding room and board) and there’s plenty of ways to make it more affordable. See our blog “How to Pay for Your Education at OCC” to see how you can apply for your education at OCC.  

We Get It, Life Happens  

One of our big advantages over a four-year school is that we understand you! We understand that you’re working while going to school. We understand you have a family and might need to support them. And we understand that things come up in your life. We get it. Life Happens. We’re here to help you get through it. Because your education is worth it. Because you’re worth it.  

To find out who your personalized onboarding contact is, contact Student Central at 315-498-2000 or 315-400-4057.  

How to Pay for your Education at OCC

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Paying for college can seem like an overwhelming process at times. That’s why OCC is committed to providing affordable quality education. Our annual tuition is $4,900 and there are lots of ways to make it even more affordable. Here are the steps we’d recommend to pay for your education at OCC.

Pro Tip: OCC’s financial aid office will help you fill out the financial aid application. Call 315-498-2000 or email occinfo@sunyocc.edu to set up an appointment.

1. Apply for Financial Aid 

Everyone attending college should apply for financial aid. Walk through the steps to see if you qualify on our financial aid website. If you do, create your FSA ID and fill out the FAFSA. Our office of financial aid is available to help guide you through the process if you need assistance.

2. Apply for TAP (New York State Residents Only) 

Full-time students in New York State could be eligible for TAP. See if you’re eligible by walking through the steps on our financial aid website. If you qualify, gather your information and apply for TAP.

3. Apply for OCC Scholarships 

OCC awards scholarships year-round. Complete our scholarship intake form to begin the process of getting a scholarship that matches you. And don’t forget to apply for scholarships outside of OCC too.

4. Apply for the Excelsior Scholarship (New York State Residents Only) 

If you’re a New York State resident attending college for the first time and make $125,000 or less than you could qualify for the Excelsior Scholarship. See if you meet the other requirements and apply for the Excelsior Scholarship today!

5. See if you Qualify for Financial Planning Assistance 

Our Community Care Hub at OCC offers a financial planning program to students who qualify for assistance in this area. If you think you could use some help managing your money, call 315-498-2801.

Got questions in general about financial aid? Reach out to us by calling 315-498-2000 , texting 315-400-4057, or stopping into our financial aid service center Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Gordon Student Center.


Everything You Need to Know to Register for a Full Year of Classes

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Spring is coming and that means it’s time to register for classes at OCC! This year brings an exciting change to the way students can register.

Now, students can register for a full year of classes at once! This means you can register for all your classes all the way up to Summer 2020 starting on your registration date. Follow the steps below to get ready for your next year of classes!

Important Note: All OCC students with an outstanding balance of greater than $200 will not be able to register for classes. Students can sign up for a payment plan or pay their bill on Webadvisor. 

Step 1: Meet with Your Advisor

First, plan the courses that you will need for the next semester using our online tool in Webadvisor. If you need help with this, you can always stop into the advising center in Gordon.

Then, meet with your faculty advisor to determine the courses you should be taking for the next semester. To determine who your advisor is and schedule and an appointment, login to Lazer Success. 

Step 2: Wait for Your Registration Window

The earlier you register for classes the more likely you’ll be to get into all the ones you want. Determining your registration window is based on the number of credits you’ve completed towards your degree. Check out the full breakdown below.

Note: Summer 2019 Registration is already open so there’s no need to wait to register for classes!

When can you Register?

Wednesday, March 27th 

  • Students enrolled in a degree program with at least 30+ completed credits.

Thursday, March 28th 

  • Students enrolled in a degree program with 18+ completed credits.

Friday, March 29th 

  • Students enrolled in a degree program with less than 18 completed credits.

Monday, April 1st 

  • All 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.

If you have any questions while you’re registering or need assistance we encourage you to reach out to us by calling 315-498-2000, emailing advisingcenter@sunyocc.edu or texting 315-400-4057.

Experience OCC at Open House

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Taking the next step in your journey can be a hard decision!

At OCC Open House, we’ll be there to help you see if college fits into the next step in your journey, whether it’s getting a job or starting college.

On April 13th at 9 a.m. in the SRC Arena you’ll be able to:

  • Talk to the Professors
  • Tour the Campus
  • Find programs from 9 weeks to 2 years
  • Explore the Financial Aid Process
  • Get Free Swag
  • Win Prizes in our Instagram Contest
  • Have Free Lunch
  • Learn about the next steps to apply!

Are you ready to believe in your success?

RSVP to OCC Open House today