Undergraduate Advising


Where to Find Advice

A great deal of information is to be found in the Undergraduate Catalog and in the general page about Academic Advising at NIU. Always refer to it first on matters of departmental, college, or university requirements.

Course schedules are listed on MyNIU.

Environmental Studies majors and minors should call 815-753-6563 to schedule times for an appointment.

Schedule An Appointment

Advising for new NIU students is held during your official orientation. You will not be able to register for courses until you have met with an advisor in your major college during orientation.

Meeting With Your Major Advisor

Meet with your advisor immediately after you decide on your major field of study. Your advisor will help you plan the sequences of classes that will be required to complete your degree within an eight-semester time frame. Subsequently, you should plan to meet with your advisor at least once a semester.

Treat your advising appointment like an interview. Come prepared with knowledge about the classes offered for the upcoming semester, general information about the major, and questions for the advisor.