"Good advising may be the single most underestimated characteristic of a successful college experience." --R. J. Light, Harvard University
As a new student, it is in your best interest to take full advantage of Northampton's academic advising services. Your academic advisor can help you understand the general education core curriculum, plan a manageable course schedule, and create a long-term plan that leads to graduation or transfer to a four-year college or university. He or she will also help you tap into the other advising services available on campus, including career services, counseling and disability services. In short, your academic advisor will be a critical link between you and a satisfying academic experience at NCC.
If you are a new full-time student who will be taking classes on campus, you are required to meet with an advisor to plan your first semester of classes and discuss your educational goals. If you start in the fall, you will do this at New Student Orientation in the summer. If you start in the spring, you will need to meet with an advisor on a walk-in basis. Re-entry students need to meet with an advisor, either on a walk-in basis or by appointment.
Once you have met with an advisor and registered for your classes, you will be assigned a permanent academic advisor. This takes place early in the semester. It is then up to you to make an appointment to meet with your advisor before planning your schedule for the next semester.
If you are a part-time student, you will not be automatically assigned an advisor, however you are encouraged to request one. In particular, if you are working toward a degree or eventual transfer, we recommend that you work with an advisor. Doing so will help you plan your studies in a way that can save you time and money.
To request an advisor contact the Academic Advising office.
Online Learning Students
Students enrolled in distance education courses are assigned an advisor using the same process as on-campus students. Full-time students are assigned an advisor. Part-time students are not assigned an advisor but are encouraged to request one. Students who are taking courses entirely through distance can contact their advisor via email or phone.
Live advising information sessions are also available on-line via Elluminate Live. Find out about upcoming sessions by clicking here. More information about Online Learning can be found on their web page.