First Year Students

First Year Advising

A goal of the Center for First Students is to ensure all first year students are aligned with an academic advisor within their major.  This can be accomplished when faculty, academic advisors, and the Center for First Students work together in a coordinated effort to provide students with the best possible information and services.

Academic advising is a significant part of the university’s role in the total process of educating students.  Advising is a process that encompasses development and delivery of accurate, up-to-date information regarding career options, educational programs, and courses of instruction, resources, policies, and procedures to aid students in pursing their academic goals.

The Student’s Role and Responsibility in the Academic Relationship

Students share a significant responsibility for the success of the advising relationship.  Students should take the initiative in seeking advice and developing close relationships with their advisors.  In order to develop an effective advising relationship with their advisors, students should:

  • Learn the name of their advisor, the location of the advisor’s office, the phone extension and the department secretary’s phone extension.
  • Schedule appointments with their advisor early in each pre-registration period.
  • Students should accept responsibility for their academic choices.  They should keep track of progress toward the degree, noting progress met and graduation requirements yet to be met for graduation.
  • Students should maintain a file for themselves with their academic records: transcripts, course schedule (outcomes), relevant correspondence, and copies of petitions for waivers, etc.
  • Students should become familiar with all-college requirements, major and minor requirements, be familiar with the NJIT Honor Code, and engage in personal long-range curriculum planning.
  • Students should consult with their advisor when they add and/or drop courses or otherwise change their approved course schedule.  Student’s who change their course schedules, may fail to complete a pre-requisite or a co-requisite requirement.  Students are ultimately responsible for their own choices, but advisors need to know what is going on in order to be helpful. (In some cases students have failed to graduate because they have changed a required course without telling their advisor.)
  • Students should consult with their advisors before declaring majors (undecided students), changing majors, taking a leave of absence, transferring to another university, or withdrawing from the university.
  • Students should immediately seek out their advisors when they are having difficulties.  If they cannot reach their advisor they should see the Interim Assistant Dean of the Center for First Year Students.
  • When you are no longer a first year student (after you have completed 29 or more credits at NJIT), you'll get an advisor from your academic department.  Here is a list of first year student academic advisors.