At National Louis University, your undergraduate academic advisor is your first contact at NLU and will stick with you through degree planning, course selection and registration, and help ensure that you graduate on time. We encourage you to take full advantage of this personal and professional student resource.
Advising Requirement for Undergraduates
Graduation requirements can be confusing, which is why we require all students in a traditional degree program (not the accelerated programs) to get the signature of their academic advisor each quarter before registering for classes. Your advisor will double-check your course selections to ensure that you get your degree on time.
How Advisors Can Help
Think of your academic advisor as your personal guide to college. Here are some of the services that your academic advisor can offer:
- Develop a plan for completing your degree in a set timeframe
- Help you understand graduation requirements
- Ensure that you get credit for all transfer work
- Help you get credit for related professional or life experience
- Connect you with other resources like Learning Support or the Career Center
- Answer all questions and help resolve any issues that stand between you and your degree
Meet the advising staff at your location.
Resources for undergraduate students to find basic information and links to important and commonly visited sites can be found on this page. If you have questions about this information, please call academic advising at 1-800-443-5522, ext. 5900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for students in NLU's accelerated degree programs (ABS, BSM, BSMIS, and HCL)
Students in degree completion programs will usually have credits outside of the program that must be fulfilled to graduate from NLU. Each student should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Degree Plan to serve as a guide to completing the degree. These resources are options for completing degree requirements outside of your program. Please note the NLU Residency Policy requires that the last 12 Quarter Hours of credit be taken at National Louis.
- FOCUS courses at NLU: FOCUS courses are general education and elective courses designed for students in NLU's accelerated program. View the FOCUS schedule at www.nl.edu/course_schedule. You can find FOCUS courses by going to the menu for "Part of Term" and clicking on "FOCUS". You can then search by campus and subject.
- DANTES exams: Exam fact sheets, study guides, and registration/fee information can be found at www.getcollegecredit.com.
- CLEP exams: Exam descriptions, study guides, and registration/fee information can be found at www.collegeboard.com/clep.
- Credit by Portfolio: NLU offers a course where students can write comprehensive essays on topics of life experience. Learn more at Prior Learning Assessment website.
- Math courses: If you plan to take a math course at NLU, you must first take the math assessment. You can find study materials at the Library and Learning Support website.
Registering for Courses
Common Undergraduate Student Forms
- Re-Entry: If you've been away from NLU for more than one calendar year but less than five years, you must complete a Re-entry Form to return. This form can be found online at the Registrar's site.
- Change of Program: If you'd like to change your program, talk to your academic advisor about the process and the impact on your time to degree.
- Registration: Forms for undergraduate student registration can be found on the advising website. Please note that any registration form must be signed by an academic advisor.
- Library: Library resources and information can be found at the Library website.
- Text Books: Order your textbooks online at www.ecampus.com/nlu.
- Student Handbook: All NLU policies can be found at www.nl.edu/StudentServices/studentaffairs/StudentHandbook.
- GPA Calculator: An online GPA calculator can be found at www.back2college.com/gpa.htm.
- The NLU portal: The place to start to view your grades, check your NLU student email, see important university announcements, and schedule an advising appointment is at the NLU portal.
- OIT Help: If you need help with any technology question, call the NLU helpdesk at 1-866-813-1177 or visit the OIT website.
Applying for Graduation
- To view important deadline dates to apply for graduation, visit the Registrar's website.
- Students can apply for their degree online.
Resources for students pursuing an undergraduate degree in education
- Illinois TAP Test: Information on upcoming exam dates, registration information, and preparation materials can be found at www.icts.nesinc.com.
- NLU Workshops for Basic Skills Preparation: Library and Learning Support at NLU provides frequent review sessions and workshops to assist in your preparation for the Illinois TAP Test. Learn about upcoming sessions offered by Library and Learning Support.