Undergraduate Advising

Every semester, you need to choose your courses in consultation with your assigned advisor in order to remove the advising hold on your account.  You can find out your advisor in MyNIU . You can see your advisor during their office hours or email them to set up an appointment.  Choosing classes will be a joint decision between you and your advisor.  Make sure your advisor is aware of all your academic plans -- double majors, minors, athletic participation, etc.  If you need to change your schedule after advisement, please contact your advisor for approval.

Prepare for your advising session

When you prepare for an advising session, the following forms will be helpful (copies are also located in our main office-EB 230):

Rules of advising

You must be familiar with the NIU and ISYE requirements described in your undergraduate catalog. Both you and the university are bound by the rules and requirements in the catalog.

Take very seriously the following statement in your catalog:
"It is the responsibility of the students to know and observe all regulations and procedures relating to the program they are pursuing. In no case will a regulation be waived or an exception granted because students plead ignorance or contend they were not informed of the regulations and procedures."

Advising will help you graduate

Formal academic advising is a valuable resource that will enhance your university experience, for the following reasons:

  • You will get the most benefit from your courses if you take them in the proper order, even if there are not formal prerequisites.
  • You need to be alerted to long sequences of courses that contain courses only taught once a year. If you miss an early course in one of these sequences you will delay your graduation by a whole year. An example is ISYE 371 and ISYE 480 which must be taken sequentially.
  • If you are a transfer student, an ISYE advisor can help you identify transfer courses that can be used to satisfy our requirements, such as
    • Courses that might be acceptable as humanities, arts, social science, or interdisciplinary courses, but were not flagged as such by Registration and Records.
    • Courses that can be substituted for our required industrial and systems engineering courses
    • Math and science courses may be transferred at the wrong level or they may be used as technical electives in our program.
  • If you plan to take courses at a community college while enrolled at NIU please consult the Articulation Handbook to know the proper correspondence between community college courses and NIU courses.  In order to receive credit at NIU you will be required to fill out the required paperwork.
  • Advisers can help you develop meaningful educational plans compatible with your career and life goals.
  • Without advising, you may take courses that do not contribute to your program of study, and delay your graduation.