College of Engineering and Engineering Technology Central Advising Office

If you're interested in engineering or engineering technology, we'll help you get started on your academic journey. We can help you understand course and degree requirements, explore majors and minors, and connect with academic and career resources. 

We also offer tutoring services to engineering and engineering technology students, especially those new to NIU. We can help ease your transition to campus.   

You'll meet with one of our professional advisors each semester before registering for classes. Once you declare a major and meet the following math requirement, you'll meet with a faculty advisor instead:  

  • Engineering department majors: earn a C or better in MATH 230 (Calculus II). 
  • Engineering Technology department majors: earn a C or better in MATH 155 (Trigonometry). 

For more information, contact us at 815-753-8024 or 


We're currently holding virtual advising appointments on Microsoft Teams. For the best experience, we recommend downloading the Teams app to your laptop or desktop computer.    

Each semester, we'll send information to your NIU email account about scheduling your advising appointment. You can also contact us at any time to set up an appointment. You must attend this appointment before you can register for classes. 

Before your appointment, check your Academics Requirement Report in MyNIU to see your degree progress. Think of questions to ask your advisor on topics such as degree requirements, potential minors, summer classes and internships.  

Course Withdrawal 

If you're assigned to one of our professional advisors, you can make an appointment to request a course withdrawal: 

  1. Visit and click Navigate Login. 
  2. Enter your Z-ID and password. The screen should say Student Home at the top. If it says Staff Home, click the dropdown to select Student Home.   
  3. Click Schedule an Appointment. Select appointment type (NIU Advising), reason for appointment, location (Engineering Building 130, Central Advising Office), and your advisor's name.   
  4. Choose appointment date and time. 
  5. Enter comments under Additional Details on the confirmation screen, then click Confirm Appointment.  

If you have a faculty advisor, contact us at about requesting a course withdrawal.  

Please note: Seeking a course withdrawal could impact your degree progress, current schedule, full-time status and/or financial aid.  

Advising Staff

First and second-year students are assigned to advisors by the first letter of their last name unless they are undecided in engineering:

Name Title Phone Email Office
Carolyn Canon Office Manager 815-753-8024 EB 130
Rachel Lower Academic Advisor (last names Ro-Z) 815-753-2905 EB 140
Mark Pietrowski, Ed.D. Director (undecided in engineering) 815-753-2903 EB 134
Megan Pitner Academic Advisor (last names: L-Ri) 815-753-1442 EB 142
Erica McFarland Academic Advisor (last names A-G) 815-753-3130 EB 136

Contact Us

College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
Engineering Building
590 Garden Rd, DeKalb, IL
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