Advisement Checklist

Conduct and maintain a self-audit of what courses and requirements you have completed:

  • Ensure that MyNMU has listed your correct degree, major, minor and concentration.
  • Use MyNMU to look at your transcript.
  • Ensure that you are following the correct Undergraduate Bulletin (you “keep” the bulletin under which you started at NMU, or the one under which you’ll graduate).
  • Ensure that you are aware of program requirements, as well as those for liberal studies and your majors and minors.
  • Compare your completed self-audit with your adviser’s notes. Some advisers will ask you to do this electronically before they meet with you.
  • When your formal degree audit is made available, make sure it matches your self-audit.
  • Ensure that any substitutions you and your advising department agree upon have been communicated to the Records Office (you need to visit with your adviser).
  • Make an appointment with your adviser regardless of whether or not you have an adviser hold.
  • Take care of any holds (adviser, financial, medical, etc.) as soon as you can. You will not be allowed to register until the holds are lifted.

Registration "Do's"

  • Pay attention to information coming via e-mail from the registrar, ACAC, your adviser and other NMU offices.
  • Prepare to meet with your adviser. You should do so early and often every semester.
  • Go online to look at courses being offered. Remember to write down CRNs in case you need them.
  • Go to your adviser with a tentative course schedule. He or she may advise you to take different courses.
  • Make sure you have some alternative courses chosen so that if something is closed, you can easily substitute.
  • Ask for help if you need it. Don't leave your adviser's office confused.

Registration "Don'ts"

  • Don’t wait until the last minute to see your academic adviser.
  • Don’t go to your adviser un- or under-prepared.
  • Don’t depend on your adviser to select your courses for you.
  • Don’t rely on your roommate, a friend down the hall or your landlord to serve as your adviser or to definitively provide answers to policy questions.
  • Don’t select courses based on other student’s opinions of the instructor. They may dislike an instructor that you’ll truly enjoy.  Students who earn a poor grade in a course often say they dislike the instructor.
  • Don’t accept “I don’t know” as a definitive answer. Go to other advisers in your department, the department head or ACAC advisers for additional assistance.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Go online and register during the time you’ve been allotted (if you’re uncomfortable with MyNMU, or get stuck, seek help with the Registrar’s Office, Student Services Center, ACAC, etc.)

Be aware of “drop and add” procedures in case you’re not able to enroll in all the courses that you need or want.