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Advice for Students by Year

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Advice for First-Year Students

  • Prior to orientation, set up an appointment with testing services to take any required placement tests.
  • Attend orientation to meet with a college advisor and register for classes.
  • Consider registering for our Themed Learning Communities, sets of courses designed specifically for first-year students.
  • Consider registering for UNIV 101, a 1-credit hour course to help students adjust to life at NIU.
  • Attend the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Welcome Days event.
  • Review a four-year plan for your intended major.
  • Beginning the first week of October, meet with a college advisor to plan your spring schedule.
  • Beginning the first week of March, meet with a college advisor to plan your summer and/or fall schedule.
  • Prior to registration, complete AlcoholEDU and Haven training online. You MUST complete this training in order to register for next semester.
  • Register for courses on your enrollment date (found in MyNIU Student Center each semester).

Advice for Second-Year Students

  • Attend the Academic Career Expo to find out more about majors, minors and other academic opportunities.
  • Visit your major department to make a formal declaration of your major and meet with a major advisor.
  • Beginning the first week of October, meet with a college advisor to plan your spring schedule.
  • Beginning the first week of March, meet with a college advisor to plan your summer and/or fall schedule.
  • Register for courses on your enrollment date (found in MyNIU Student Center each semester).

Advice for Third-Year Students


Advice for Fourth-Year Students

  • Apply for graduation via MyNIU by September 1 (for December graduates) or by February 1 (for May graduates). For August graduates who wish to attend the May ceremony, apply by February 1. If you do not wish to attend the May ceremony, apply by June 15.
  • Meet with your major advisor AND a college advisor for a graduation check before the semester you intend to graduate.
  • RSVP for your graduation ceremony.
  • If you plan on taking courses at another institution as a senior, you must fill out a senior transfer request form in the college advising office.
  • Attend a graduate school fair, an internship fair and/or a full-time job fair.