Frequently Asked Questions - Registration/Withdrawal


Registration/Withdrawal

  1. How do I find out what sections of a class are open?
  2. Can first-time students use web registration?
  3. Where can I find information about adding and dropping classes, before and after the deadlines?
  4. MyNIU will not let me drop all of my classes. How do I drop all of my classes?
  5. How can I replace one class with another class without losing the class that is currently on my schedule?
  6. Who do I call for advisement on which classes to take?
  7. How do I get a copy of my schedule?
  8. Where can I go for help concerning my tuition bill?
  9. How can I find out what classes are being offered?
  10. I am having trouble with Blackboard. Where can I get help?
  11. I would like to audit a course. What do I need to do?
  12. How many classes can I sign up for?

1. How do I find out what sections of a class are open?

When you log in to MyNIU and search for classes you can see whether a class is open or closed. For MyNIU training, please refer to MyNIU - Student.

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2. Can first-time students use web registration?

All students use MyNIU to register.

New undergraduate students can register once they have attended an orientation and advising session. Once you have applied and been admitted to NIU, you will receive information about these programs.

New graduate students and students-at-large are eligible to register after being admitted to NIU.

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3. Where can I find information about adding and dropping classes, before and after the deadlines?

Specific add/drop deadlines for each class are listed under the Deadlines heading on the right side of your schedule. Adds or Drops can be completed via MyNIU through the add/drop deadline.

After the established drop deadlines, all course load reductions become withdrawals. This includes last half courses which have their own established add/drop deadlines. All requests to withdrawal from a course after the add/drop deadlines must be initiated and processed through your major college office (undergraduates) or through the Graduate School (graduate students and students-at-large). A course withdrawal will remain on your academic record, but is not used in calculating a student's grade point average.

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4. MyNIU will not let me drop all of my classes. How do I drop all of my classes?

Undergraduate students cannot drop to zero hours using MyNIU after the term has begun. Dropping all of your courses is considered a university withdrawal. You should contact the dean's office of your major college office to withdraw from the university.

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5. How can I replace one class with another class without losing the class that is currently on my schedule?

You can use MyNIU to swap courses.

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6. Who do I call for advisement on which classes to take?

Contact your major college advising office for advisement.

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7. How do I get a copy of my schedule?

Your most up-to-date class schedule is available to you in MyNIU.

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8. Where can I go for help concerning my tuition bill?

Billing questions are handled directly by the Bursar's Office at (815) 753-1885 or via email at bursar@niu.edu (be sure to include your student account number in your email).

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9. How can I find out what classes are being offered?

The online NIU Course Finder allows you to search the most up-to-date course offerings.

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10. I am having trouble with Blackboard. Where can I get help?

Help is available from the ITS Help Desk at (815) 753-8100 or via email at helpdesk@niu.edu. Additional Blackboard assistance for students is available online.

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11. I would like to audit a course. What do I need to do?

Auditing means registering for and attending a class regularly without receiving credit. If you wish to audit a course, you must be admitted to NIU or granted student-at-large status; obtain the permission of the instructor of the course; have the department enroll you in the class and designate the course for audit rather than credit; and pay the regular tuition and fees before the established deadlines.

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12. How many classes can I sign up for?

Undergraduate students may register for a maximum of 18 credit hours, excluding audit hours, for the fall and spring semester. The maximum allowed for the summer session is 9 credit hours, excluding audit hours. Continuing undergraduate students wanting to carry more than 18 credit hours, may request an overload permit from their major college office. New undergraduate students may not carry an overload.

A graduate-level student's course load includes all courses for which the student is registered at both the graduate and undergraduate course levels, whether taken for credit or audit. Approval is necessary when a student in good academic standing wishes to carry more than 12 semester hours in the fall or spring semester or 9 semester hours in the summer session. For a graduate student in a degree program, prior approval must be obtained from the student's major department; for a student-at-large or a graduate student not in a degree program, the prior approval of the office of the dean of the Graduate School is required.

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If you have any questions that were not addressed here in this FAQ, please feel free to contact the NIU Office of Registration and Records by phone (815) 753-0681 or by e-mail at regrec@niu.edu.