Advising at NIU


Advising is an important component of your academic life, and a major resource for your academic success at NIU. There are academic advisors available for each of our over 50 undergraduate majors within 6 undergraduate colleges who can provide specialized advisement according to your chosen academic program. In addition, students who are undecided -- any college receive advising through the Academic Advising Center.

Your advisor can help you:

  • Explore academic interests and determine an appropriate major
  • Design a program of study, meeting your individual interests and needs
  • Assist you in mapping out your schedule and preparing for registration
  • Monitor your academic progress
  • Help you clarify your educational and life goals
  • Find activities and opportunities to enhance your academic experience

As a student, you are responsible for your academic progress at NIU. You must make decisions based on the information, alternatives, limitations, and possible consequences as you explore with your advisor. To develop and maintain a good advising relationship, it is your responsibility to:

  • Read and use NIU’s Undergraduate Catalog
  • Know the requirements of your particular academic program
  • Monitor your academic progress
  • Initiate and maintain regular contact with your advisor
  • Create and maintain an advising file
  • Bring your advising file to every advising meeting
  • Schedule and keep advising appointments
  • Be prepared for advising meetings