Advising at NIU

Meeting With My Advisor

As a student, you play an essential role in the academic advising process. It is your responsibility to monitor your academic progress and seek advising on a regular basis. Advisors can help you develop educational plans compatible with your career and life goals, and assist you in completing your chosen program quickly and successfully. To make the most of your advising sessions, you need to prepare for the sessions by taking the following steps:

Before Seeing Your Advisor

  • Set up an appointment with your advisor through the Academic Advising Center or your major college or department. It is a good idea to meet with an advisor every semester and to schedule your appointment early in the semester.
  • Review your Degree Progress report. Your Degree Progress report explains your progress toward your degree. If you do not have a current copy of your report, you can access and print out this report through MyNIU. New to MyNIU? Various step by step instructions can be found by clicking on Student Training Tools page. 
  • Write down any questions and concerns that you have about your Degree Progress report, and bring these questions and your report to your advising session.
  • Review your NIU catalog. The catalog from the year you entered NIU explains all of the university and departmental requirements for all degrees.

At Your Advising Session

  • Bring your Degree Progress report, the undergraduate catalog, and your questions.
  • Establish a target graduation date in consultation with your advisor.
  • Work with your advisor to establish a program of study and an outline of the classes that you plan to take in the next 2 or 3 semesters.
  • Ask any and all additional questions that you might have. Your advisor can help you best when you explain your academic/career goals and concerns.
  • Keep notes from your advising meetings to remind you about what was discussed.

Follow Up

  • Call us in the Academic Advising Center with any questions you have.
  • Take charge of your academic progress! Advising is an important tool, but you are ultimately responsible for your success.
  • The Academic Advising Center can help you achieve academic success!