Advising FAQs

Who is my advisor?

Your advisor will be a staff person from Student Services, the TRIO Office or a faculty member in your program area. All new students are assigned an advisor during the third to fourth week of the fall and spring semesters, so watch your NICC Gmail for notifications. Registration dates are posted in MyCampus.

Why is meeting with my advisor important?

Establishing a collaborative relationship between you and your advisor helps you make connections with the College and offers you support and guidance as you pursue your academic and life goals. Seek out your advisor anytime you have questions, as your advisor wants you to succeed!

Am I required to meet with my advisor?

Yes, you are required to meet with your advisor as least once each semester prior to registration for the next semester. Registration will take place in April for fall semester and late October for spring and summer semesters, so plan to meet with your advisor a few weeks prior to those dates. You are encouraged to contact your advisor anytime you have questions or concerns about your academic progress.

How and when do I register in the future?

After your first semester, you are able to register yourself online in MyCampus. However, you must meet with your advisor before you are released to register. Prior to registration, you will want to check registration dates and schedule an advising appointment. You will also need to review your degree requirements in MyCampus to determine which courses you want to take.

Can I change my schedule once I register for classes?

Yes, prior to the start of the semester you are able to adjust your schedule in MyCampus or with your advisor. Any course withdrawals, after the semester begins, must be submitted in writing to your advisor and are subject to the Refund Policy found in MyCampus. Course withdrawals are permitted through ¾ of the course.

Where can I take classes and in what format?

NICC offers classes at the Calmar and Peosta campuses, as well as its many service locations. NICC courses are delivered in a variety of formats including traditional face-to-face classroom, online, ICN, hybrid (face-to-face meetings with online classroom) or web enhanced (traditional face-to-face with some online classroom). All students who enroll in an online or hybrid course are required to complete the TRN-100 online tutorial which is listed as the TRN-100 in MyCampus.

I want to transfer. Who can help me and how do I get my NICC transcript sent to my transfer school?

Your advisor is equipped to help you in the transfer process. Discuss with your advisor your educational and career goals early and view transfer checklist and planning timeline. Most area transfer schools visit our campus throughout the fall and spring semesters. Check your MyCampus calendar or email for dates and locations to meet with a transfer school representative. To have your NICC transcript sent to your transfer school, you must complete the transcript request form online or in the Student Services Office.

How should I prepare for an advising appointment?

  • Check your NICC email for correspondence from your advisor that includes important updates and registration dates.
  • Contact your advisor by phone, email or schedule regular appointments each semester when required or when you need assistance. Be sure to schedule your appointment in advance as advisors’ schedules fill up quickly especially close to registration.
  • Show up early for your advising appointment. If you need to reschedule, be sure to contact the Student Services Office.
  • Know course placement requirements and how assessment scores relate to your readiness for college level courses. The ALEKS® assesses your math readiness, while the ACCUPLACER® assesses your readiness in reading and writing. Assessment is available at both campuses and all center locations.
  • Talk with your advisor about personal values, interests and goals for academics and life.
  • Make sure you prepare a list of questions or topics that you would like to discuss when meeting with your advisor.
  • Know your student ID and be sure to bring all documents from previous advising appointments to your next meeting.
  • Review your education plan and become familiar with degree requirements. Make a list of courses you would like to take each semester. Review course schedules to see what days and times work best for you.
  • Discuss factors that might influence selection of classes, registration processes and other academic planning (i.e. job, family obligations, commuting distance, transfer institution, etc.).
  • Explore the online classroom if you are interested in online courses. Review the tips for online students and make sure it is a good fit for you.
  • Seek out your advisor for information on campus resources such as the learning center, Disability Services Office, TRIO-SSS, student life and counseling.
  • Become knowledgeable and adhere to institutional policies and procedures.
  • Identify transfer credit equivalencies if necessary.
  • Send official transcripts from all previously attended schools to your campus Admissions Office. The Registrar will evaluate the transcript to determine which credits will satisfy degree requirements.
  • Be aware of deadlines!

What can I expect during my advising meeting?

  • Assess your career objectives.
  • Discuss success strategies.
  • Examine your current course load and answer any questions you may have.
  • Evaluate your academic progress toward completing your program.