Where can I find an advisor?
The Office of Academic Advisement is located in the Student Services Center (SSC) adjacent to the lower level of the Tower. The office provides a walk-in service based on student type and area of study. Please see options below:
- New degree seeking students may be advised after completing all admission requirements. An email invitation will be sent with instructions on how to proceed. Note: Unless indicated in the instructions, walk-in is not an option.
- New transfer students may seek advisement once their application is completed and preferably after transcripts have been evaluated.
- Currently attending and returning students in the Liberal Arts area with one or no developmental courses may be advised at the office. Students in other majors should contact their academic department for advisement. The office will also meet with students from most other majors during times when advisement in those areas is not available upon discretion of the Advisement Office.
- Non-degree students may seek advisement at the office.
- Evening students may seek advisement at the office. However, some majors must be advised by their academic department.
Students seeking advisement closer to the start of the semester may meet with an advisor based on availability. Schedule and location is posted and updated on the Academic Advisement webpage.
How do I see a Liberal Arts Academic Advisor?
You must be an NCC student in good academic standing. Obtain a ticket at the kiosk for advisement and wait for your ticket number to be called before entering the Office of Academic Advisement. Once you are called into the office, you will need to present your ticket and photo ID.
Will my advisor tell me what courses to take?
Your advisor will help you to clarify your educational, career and life goals and assist in selecting the most appropriate courses to meet your needs. It is important that you come to the advisement session with some ideas about courses that interest you. Advisement is most effective when the student and advisor work together.
If I plan to transfer to a SUNY school, what courses should I take?
You should incorporate at least seven out of the ten SUNY General Education Requirements (GER) into your liberal arts program. You can find GER categories by conducting an advance search under "Attribute Types" when searching for classes.
Is it mandatory to meet with an advisor?
Academic advisement is recommended for all students. However, it is not mandatory to meet with an advisor prior to registration.
Can I be advised via phone or email?
Advisement cannot be conducted via phone or email due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Only general questions can be answered.
I'm not sure what I want to do or which major is right for me. What should I do?
If you are an undecided or Liberal Arts student, an academic advisor may be able to help. Through advisement, you can explore your interests, career and life goals, and try to select a program that is most appropriate to meet your needs. If you are a student enrolled in a degree program and are not sure if it is right for you, speaking to a faculty member in your department might be helpful. If you choose to change your major, the Office of Academic Advisement can provide contact information for your new area of study. If you require further assistance, there are a variety of services available to you at the Career Counseling Center.
How do I change my major?
A Change of Program form must be completed and returned to the Registrar's Office. If you are changing your major to Liberal Arts, a Liberal Arts advisor can sign your Change of Program form. For all other majors, you must contact the appropriate academic department to see if you are eligible to change your program.
How do I apply to the Nursing program at NCC?
Please review the Nursing Department's Routes for Admission to the NCC Nursing Program for information.
How do I calculate my GPA?
Look at your NCC transcript for grades earned and follow the GPA CALCULATION WORKSHEET. See link for further information regarding the Grading System.
How do I know my Academic Standing?
Your Academic Standing is displayed on your transcript. The Academic Standing is calculated using your grades earned and credits attempted.
How do I appeal a grade?
You will need to follow the Grade Grievance Policy within the specified time period allowed.
When can I register for next semester?
Students who are currently enrolled or have attended the prior semester have the opportunity for priority registration. Fall registration generally begins in April and Spring registration generally begins in November. When the priority periods end, new, non-degree, transfer and visiting students will be eligible to register once their admissions process is complete.
Can I add a course once the semester begins?
Yes, you can add a course during the first week of the spring and fall semester based on availability.
Is dropping a course the same as withdrawing from a course?
Students can drop a course through the third week of classes for fall and spring semesters and during the first week of classes for summer and winterim sessions. They can drop online without permission of their instructor and no grade will appear on their transcript. Students can withdraw from a course during the automatic W period, which is from the 4th week through the 9th week of classes. To do so during this timeframe, the instructor MUST sign a Drop/Add form and the student must submit this form to the Registrar's Office. A grade of W will appear on the transcript, but will not affect the grade point average (GPA). After the 9th week of classes, a withdrawal will be permitted if the instructor is willing to sign the Drop/Add form.
Why do I have to take a non-credit or "remedial course"?
As a result of placement testing, some students are required to take preparatory non-credit Mathematics, English and/or Reading courses. The courses are designed to help students strengthen skills in deficient areas so that they will be successful in credit bearing courses. Students are not permitted to enroll in certain credit-level courses until they have successfully completed their remedial coursework in their area(s) of deficiency.
Do I have to take a physical education class? Can I use a health course to fulfill physical education requirements?
If required by their degree program, full-time day students (12 credits or more in the day session) must take physical education activity courses. They must complete 1/2 credit of physical education activities for each full-time day semester of attendance, up to the total credits required by their program. The following groups are exempt from physical education: Veterans, students with a documented medical condition (need letter from a physician and approval from Health Services), students over age 25 at first date of attendance or over age 30 at date of graduation. For some degree programs, completion of a health course is also required. You cannot use a health course to satisfy a physical education requirement. For further information, please refer the College catalog.
How can I find out what classes I have left to graduate?
The staff at the Office of Academic Advisement can assist Liberal Arts students in answering any questions concerning graduation requirements. Students pursuing other majors should contact their academic department to discuss graduation requirements. A degree evaluation is available to students through MyNCC Portal.
How do I apply for graduation?
All students must apply for graduation during the term they are completing their degree requirements. Applications can be submitted through MyNCC Portal or in person at the Registrar's Office. The deadlines to apply for graduation are the last Mondays of February for May; June for August; and October for December.
Do I have to attend the graduation commencement ceremony to get my diploma?
No, you are not required to attend the commencement, which is held once each year in May at the end of the spring semester. Your diploma will be mailed after the Registrar has certified completion of your degree. If you are interested in attending the commencement see link with more information.
Will my NCC credits transfer to other colleges?
Generally, courses completed with grades of C or better are transferable. However, every college has specific admissions criteria and program requirements. Prior to registration, be sure to seek advisement to ensure taking the proper courses. You should also visit the Transfer Office, located in Nassau Hall, Building M, Room 4. The Transfer Office can provide you with information about transfer schools, procedures and any other questions or concerns about transferring.