Academic Advising FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I visit Academic Advising on either campus?
A: Yes, Academic Advising as well as various other offices are located on both the Lawrence and Haverhill Campuses for the convenience of the local communities.
Q: When do I need to declare my major and matriculate into a program?
A: Read about information for unclassified, evening & Saturday Students.
Q: How do I change my major?
A: Change of major requires a visit to the Career Planning & Advising Center.
Q: Where can I get help and/or tutoring for my classes?
A: Depending upon the class you are taking, the Tutoring Center provides individual tutoring for students.
Q: What will happen if I drop a course?
A: There are many issues to be aware of when considering whether to drop a course. If the student drops a course and it brings them below 12 credits (which is considered full-time), they should be aware of the following :
- Financial aid eligibility – It may jeopardize financial aid eligibility. Check with the Financial Aid Office for clarification of policy.
- Veteran’s benefits – It may effect Veterans’ benefits. Check with the Veteran’s office regarding their policy.
- Athletes – For student athletes, it may effect this status and make them ineligible to play on the team. They should check with their coach.
- Medical benefits – It may make the student ineligible for medical insurance benefits if they are being carried under parent’s insurance plan as a dependent child. They should check with parent or insurance company.
The date when a student drops a class, determines the grade that shows up on their transcript.
- If dropped during the official drop/add period it does not show up on transcript.
- If dropped after the drop/add period may get one of the following grades depending on when the student drops it:
If dropped after drop/add and before the day listed on the Academic calendar as the “last day to drop with a W”. This is usually the 10th week of class. This Fall Semester it is November 17, 2010. (The grade is not averaged into GPA).
Grade given to the student if the faculty drops the student for non-participation during this 10 week period mentioned above. (The grade is not averaged into GPA).
Grade assigned if student drops or if faculty assigns NP on final grade roster.
Q: What happens if I am unable to attend class due to emergency or illness?
A: You may be able to have these absences excused if you have a valid reason. If you have an extenuating circumstance such as a medical emergency, the student is expected to contact their instructors in writing themselves.
Q: What classes would fulfill an elective?
A: Depending upon your major, there are various courses which could satisfy an elective requirement. Electives are courses not specifically prescribed in a curriculum. The definitions listed below are meant to help students make elective choices for their respective programs. Students should consult their Academic Advisor before registering for elective courses.
Any course offered by the Business Administration Department with associated prefixes:
- Business Administration: ACC, BNK, BUS, ECO, FIN, HST, MGT, MKT
- Business Information Technology: BIT, TLT
- Health Information Technology: HES, MRT
Liberal Arts Elective:
Any college level course offered by the following departments with associated prefixes:
- Behavioral Sciences: ANT, PSY, SOC
- English: COM, ENG – (except for English Composition I & II and HUM)
- Foreign Languages: ASL, FRN, GER, ITN, SPN
- Fine & Performing Arts/Philosophy/Religion: ART, DAN, MUS, PHI, REL, and THE
- Graphic Design/Computer Graphics: GRA
- History and Government: GEO, GIV, HIS
- Math: MAT
- Natural Science: BIO, CHM, ERS, PHS, SCI
Any college level course which falls within the areas of communications, humanities, literature, foreign language, philosophy/religion and fine and performing arts as defined below:
- Communications: Any course beginning with COM, JRN
- Fine and Performing Arts:
- Art: Any art course beginning with ART
- Dance: Any dance course beginning with DAN
- Music: Any course beginning with MUS
- Theatre: Any course beginning with THE
- Foreign Language: Any course beginning with ASL, FRN, GER, ITN, or SPN
- Graphic Design/Computer Graphics: GRA
- Humanities: Any course beginning with HUM
- Literature: Any course beginning with LIT
- Philosophy/Religion: Any course beginning with PHI or REL
Social Science Elective:
Any course offered by the following departments with associated prefixes:
- Behavioral Science: Any course with the prefix of ANT, PSY, or SOC
- History and Government: Any course with the prefix of GEO, GOV, or HIS
Natural Science Elective:
Any course offered by the Department of Natural Sciences or any course with the prefix of BIO, CHM, ERS, PHS, or SCI
Note: Students need to be aware that there are 3 and 4 credit sciences. The elective/s chosen must meet the number of credits specified in the curriculum.
A math elective is satisfied by any math course with a course number higher than MAT 022 unless otherwise stated in a program description.
Q: Can I take courses out of sequence?
A: For courses that are developed on a time-based sequence, such as American Literature I and American Literature II, it is acceptable to take them out of sequence since knowledge gained in the first course is not necessary for the second course and vice versa. For courses that are developed on a knowledge based sequence, such as Calculus I and Calculus II, it is not acceptable to take them out of sequence since what is learned in the first course is absolutely necessary for success in the second course.
Q: Can I repeat a course?
A: Yes. Students are allowed to take any credit bearing course a maximum of two times. Under special circumstances, students may request to take a course a third time. In order to take a course a third time, students would need to meet with their faculty advisor or academic advisor to develop a plan designed to assist them in successfully completing the course. Taking a course a fourth time would need the approval of the Dean of the Academic Area responsible for the course. All grades will appear on the student’s transcript, but only the highest grade will be used in calculating the quality point average (QPA).
Exceptions: Program or department requirements that are guided by more restrictive regulations will override this Policy. Students receiving Financial Aid will also need to meet with the Director of Financial Aid to review their eligibility to continue to receive aid for the course.
Q: What is Online Learning?
A: Online Learning can be fully explained on the NECC website.
Q: Can I take courses at any other college and use them towards my degree at NECC?
A: Yes, depending on the course and with approval from the academic division and enrollment services area.
Q: How do I get assigned an advisor?
A: Most matriculated students (those enrolled in a major) are assigned a faculty advisor by Academic Advising. Generally students are assigned a faculty advisor who teaches within the department of the students’ major. All other students are assigned to Academic Advising and may come in on a walk-in basis to see any one of the available academic advisors who work there.
Q: Do I have to contact my Advisor if one is assigned to me?
A: Yes, you need to contact your advisor.
Q: What is academic probation/suspension?
A: When your GPA falls below a certain point, based on the total credits you have earned, you may be placed on probation/suspension.
Q: I think I am ready to graduate, what do I need to do?
A: You first need to see your advisor and do a graduation audit to see what classes you may still need. Second, you must fill out a petition to graduate form in Enrollment Services office.
Unclassified, Evening & Saturday Students
Q: Are you formally enrolled in an Academic Program?
Even though you are taking courses at the college, you are NOT formally considered to be a student at NECC who is eligible for a degree until you matriculate.
Q: What is matriculation?
A: No, there is no application fee.
Q: When should I matriculate?
A: You should matriculate by the time you have taken 15 college credits.
Q: What do I have to do to matriculate?
A: Visit the Admissions Office, and fill out an Application for Admission. On this application you will be asked to declare your program of study.
Q: What if I am not sure about which degree program I want?
A: By the time you have completed 15 credits you usually have a good idea of a direction. You can always visit one of the Academic Advising Centers.
Q: Why bother? Isn’t just signing up for evening or Saturday classes enough?
A: Many students who don’t ever matriculate find that it can cause problems if they then want to graduate.
Q: What are the benefits of matriculation?
- On the date that you matriculate, your program requirements are given. If requirements change, you will not have to take extra courses.
- You will graduate on time.
- You will get proper updated advice and information regarding program changes.
- You won’t waste time or money.
- You are eligible for Financial Aid (students who are unclassified cannot receive Financial Aid).
Q: Have you changed your mind about your program of study since first applying to the college?
If you have decided that you would like to change your program of study; please stop by one of the academic advising centers.
Q: Have you taken your Assessment Tests?
If the answer is “NO”, you need visit the Assessment Center.
Q: Why do I need to take assessment tests?
A: All students must be assessed in the areas of Reading, Writing and Math, after taking 6 credits at the college. The scores are necessary to ensure that you are placed in the appropriate courses when taking English, Math and other college courses which require college level reading. There is no charge for the tests.
Q: Where do I find the Assessment Center?
A: The Assessment Center has two locations:
Haverhill, Spurk Building, TC-128, 978-556-3872
Lawrence, L-135, 978-738-7426
Call for the times and dates of assessment testing and to make an appointment.
Have you ever met with an advisor?
If the answer is “NO”, you may want to visit Academic Advising. Academic Advising exists to provide academic advising to those students (unclassified or evening) who are not assigned a faculty advisor.
Academic Advising provides:
- Information about Academic Programs
- Information about course requirements and electives
- Help with course selection, registration, and tracking academic progress
- Transfer information
- Referral to College Support Services
- Information about alternative ways to earn credit