Dear entering FSAD students,

Welcome to Fiber Science & Apparel Design in the College of Human Ecology. We look forward to meeting you soon.

When you arrive at Cornell, each of you will be assigned an academic advisor, an FSAD faculty member with whom you can discuss topics such as course selection, progress toward graduation, and career plans. The best advice we can offer as you begin your education at Cornell is that you get to know your academic advisor. Stop by your advisor's office and note her or his office hours and contact information. If your advisor is in, introduce yourself. If not, contact your advisor via email and make an appointment to meet. From that meeting on, take the initiative to keep in touch with your academic advisor.

If you ever need help, feel free to contact the FSAD Director of Undergraduate Studies. They can help you with questions about course requirements (Fashion Design, Fashion Design Management, and Fiber Science), and off-campus programs such as Exchange Programs, and Cornell in Washington, filing petitions for course substitutions, or other curriculum-related issues. Wherever they may be unable to answer your questions, they can direct you to other knowledgeable and dedicated people on campus who can help.

Now, on to registering for classes:

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING AS FRESHMEN, I encourage you to focus on required courses during your first and second semesters at Cornell. This will enable you to gain familiarity with the curriculum and plan your use of elective credits. When you access your Student Center, you will find that you have been pre-enrolled in FSAD core requirement courses for the Fall semester. The pre-enrollment is the department's effort to ensure your spot in these courses in order for you to fulfill graduation requirements. You will need the permission from your advisor to drop these courses, however, I would strongly advise you not to drop the pre-enrolled courses. There may not be space for you in these courses next year, as the priority will be given to the next class. In terms of course load, you should take an average of 15 credits per semester, not counting Physical Education. You need to be enrolled in at least 12 credits per semester not counting PE to maintain your status as a student in good standing in the College of Human Ecology.

FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE TRANSFERRING INTO FSAD, your starting place in the process of registering for courses is to study the credit evaluation information that you received from the College of Human Ecology Registrar's Office. This information will tell you how your transfer credits are being counted towards requirements for the FSAD major you chose. With this information in hand, you can use the suggested schedule for FSAD to check off requirements you already have met and to plan your course selection for the upcoming semester. If you have not received this information, please contact the CHE Registrar's Office directly.

In addition to registering for courses over the summer, please be aware that we require your attendance at our orientation session, detailed below:


All new Fiber Science & Apparel Design students must attend the orientation program in Room T01 of Human Ecology Building (HEB) from 9am until 11:30am on August 20.  Refreshments will be provided and you will have a chance to meet the other new Fiber Science & Apparel Design students.  At this meeting you will:

  1. Meet with your academic advisor.
  2. Review your tentative course schedule which can be changed to your particular needs.
  3. Learn the differences between the various courses and options offered so that you can decide what would be best for you.
  4. Learn essential college policies and procedures.
  5. Be able to ask all your questions.

There will be plenty of time during this session to discuss your course plan and make a schedule that is best for you.  In addition, you can add or drop courses within the first few weeks of the semester, should the need arise.

We hope this brief introduction will answer some of your questions. We are eager to meet you in Ithaca.  Have a great summer!


S. Kay Obendorf
Interim Department Chair
Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design