Northwest College

Beneficial Services

Academic Advising

Your advisor is your most important connection to your college education. He or she can help you plan your academic career and serve as a resource to connect you to a wide array of services on campus. At Northwest you are assigned a full-time faculty/staff member as your advisor. Your advisor will be carefully chosen based upon the academic interest you have selected. You will receive notice of your advisor assignment and their contact information in the mail or you may pick up contact information for your advisor in the Office of Academic Affairs (ORB126). You may change advisors by submitting a Change of Advisor/Program form to the Office of Academic Affairs.

The Mission of Academic Advising at Northwest College

The goal of Academic Advising at NWC is to make appropriate interpersonal connections so that students are provided with advice, information, and referrals to services that will help them determine and reach their educational and career goals in the most effective way.

The Academic Advisor provides information and advice about:

  • general education and program specific requirements;
  • institutional services and policies of which students should be aware;
  • transfer issues; and
  • career choices.

Northwest College encourages students to be academically informed and self-sufficient. The final responsibility for academic success lies with the student.

Meeting your Advisor

You may meet with your advisor during office hours or by appointment any time during the semester. The college also schedules one day each semester dedicated specifically to advising. Check the college calendar for the scheduled days.

When preparing to meet with an advisor–
  • become familiar with the Northwest College catalog, particularly the “General Education Requirements” section and your program requirements.
  • carefully review the Semester Class Schedule prior to each registration period.
  • prepare a tentative written schedule and a list of questions or concerns.
  • read course descriptions (in the catalog or semester class schedule) to determine prerequisites for courses you plan to take.
  • notify your advisor of degree plan changes.
  • keep copies of all your college records.