Through meetings with students and data collected through various retention initiatives, the Office of Student Academic Success notices common questions and concerns that students may have throughout the academic year. Check this page often to see what current questions and concerns students are mentioning to our office, as well as resources to help you answer these questions.
1. How do I find out who my academic advisor is?
2. Why can't I register for classes?
3. Where can I go for tutoring on campus?
4. Going to school is really expensive. Are there resources on campus that can help me pay for my education?
5. Are there places on campus that can help me with my test anxiety?
Generally, if you are looking for advising regarding your specific program, visit the faculty advisor for your academic department. If you are looking for advising on general education courses, you can visit the advising office for the college in which your major is located. However, some colleges and majors may have different procedures for academic advising.
If you are an undecided student (have not declared a major), visit the Academic Advising Center for your advising.
For more information on academic advising at NIU and who to contact for your specific program, visit the Who is My Advisor Page. If you are still having difficulties finding your advisor, contact our office and we will assist you.
Initial registration dates are determined based on the number of cumulative credit hours you have earned. For general information on these dates, visit http://www.niu.edu/regrec/registration/reginfo.shtml. Log-in to myNIU to view your specific registration date and time.
If you have passed the date in which you are allowed to register and still cannot register, you may have a hold placed on your account. This means that there is something you must complete before you are allowed to register.
Common holds placed that will not allow you to register include:
You can view any holds that may be placed on your student account through myNIU. If you have any additional questions or concerns or need help determining what to do to lift the hold on your account, feel free to contact the Office of Student Academic Success.
ACCESS provides a variety of tutoring services for students on campus. The cost of these services are included in your tuition, so be sure to take advantage of these opportunities. While many students utilize ACCESS, you should easily be able to meet with a tutor or staff member. There are several types of tutoring and other services offered by ACCESS:
For more information on these services or to sign up for free tutoring, visit http://www.niu.edu/access/index.shtml
There are plenty of resources at NIU to help you plan and pay for your education! Here are a few of them:
Test anxiety is a common concern among many NIU students. According to this year’s Mapworks survey, 1 out of every 3 NIU students struggle with some form of test anxiety. You are not alone!
There are several different offices on campus that provide services and strategies to help students overcome test anxiety, including ACCESS, the Office of Student Academic Success, and the Counseling & Student Development Center.
Need additional help getting resources for these concerns? Have other topics you feel should be covered on this page? Please contact our office and let us know!