The Advising and Registration Center houses the Academic Advising Office and the Registrar’s Office. The Center is invaluable in helping your student map out their path to graduation.
New Student Registration
The Academic advisors in the center are responsible for assisting your student in getting the best first semester class schedule possible.
First-Year Students (students with fewer than 15 earned college credits)
First-year students complete a Class Selection Survey as part of the New Student Checklist process. This survey provides academic advisors with the information needed to create a class schedule. When a schedule is created, an advisor and the student work together to ensure the schedule is a good fit for all aspects of the student’s life, making adjustments as needed.
Transfer Students (students with 15 or more earned college credits)
To get registered for classes for the first semester, transfer students work individually with one of the transfer advisors in the Advising and Registration Center. During this meeting, which may happen in-person or over the phone, the advisor reviews all transfer credits and explains how the credits will be applied to the student’s NVU-Johnson program.
Early College Students
Students completing their senior year of high school at NVU-Johnson through the Early College Program work directly with the Early College Advisor in the Advising and Registration Center. This advisor works closely with NVU-Johnson Admissions, the student, and the student’s high school representative to ensure classes taken at NVU-Johnson will fulfill the student’s high school requirements.
The mission of academic advising at NVU-Johnson is to assist students in the identification of academic and life goals and the development of a meaningful educational plan to achieve those goals. Through active engagement in a collaborative process, students are encouraged to become self-directed and responsible life-long learners and decision makers.
NVU-Johnson provides proactive and intensive advising for first year. First-year students are advised by academic advisors in the Advising and Registration Center. These advisors focus on making their advisees transition to NVU-Johnson a successful one. Throughout the first year, advisors work with students to connect them with the resources available to them and assist them in registration and academic planning processes. By the end of the first year, students are well-grounded and have a clear understanding of how to navigate their academics.
Students transferring 15 or more credits to NVU-Johnson are assigned a faculty academic advisor in their major. If a major has not been selected yet, the student is advised by an academic advisor in the Advising and Registration Center.
Early College Advising
Students at NVU-Johnson through the Early College Program are advised by the Early College advisor in the Advising and Registration Center.
The Role of the Academic Advisor
Academic advisors assist students in navigating college, from course selection and planning to internship and career exploration. We hope students will get to know their advisor well, and meet as often as needed. At the very least, students will meet once per semester to discuss course scheduling for the following semester. Advising is about so much more than class registration, though, and we encourage students to utilize their advisor for all academic-related questions and needs.
New students are assigned an academic advisor and this is coordinated out of the Advising and Registration Center. Advisor information is provided to students in the packet they receive at Orientation. It is also available electronically in the student’s portal. If your student is unclear about their advisor assignment, please refer them to the Advising and Registration Center for help.
Adding, Dropping, and Withdrawing from Classes
The first two weeks of the semester offer students the opportunity to make schedule adjustments. (We call this the Add/Drop Period). If a student would like to add or drop a course during the first two weeks we encourage them to speak with their academic advisor before doing so, to ensure the decision is an educated one.
Adding a Class
Once the semester has started, students are required to obtain the instructor’s permission to be added to a class. The student should attend the desired course and bring a Registration Adjustment Form to the class. If the instructor signs the form, the student should then submit the form to the Advising and Registration Center to be processed.
Dropping a Class
In the first semester at NVU-Johnson, students wishing to drop a class must complete a Registration Adjustment Form indicating the drop, and submit it to the Advising and Registration Center. Instructor signature is NOT required to drop a class. When a student drops a class, the class is removed from the semester schedule and the transcript.
NOTE: If dropping a class brings the student’s semester credit total below 12 credit hours, this may affect the student’s financial aid, NCAA eligibility, and residential status. If students wish to remain at full-time status, they must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits.
After the Add/Drop Period had ended, a student may still withdraw from a course through the end of the ninth week of the semester. When a student withdraws from a course, the course remains on their transcript and indicates a letter grade of “W.” This does not impact the student’s GPA or their full-time status, and students are still responsible for the course tuition costs. Students wishing to withdraw from a class must complete a Registration Adjustment Form indicating a request for withdrawal, and submit it to the Advising and Registration Center. Instructor signature is NOT required to withdraw from a class during the first nine weeks of the semester.
Things to Consider Before Dropping a Class
How bad is it? If there is a chance the student can succeed in the class, we encourage them to try. Students should ask the instructor of the course in question for feedback about their progress and likelihood of success. Academic coaching is often helpful.
For financial aid purposes, students are required to earn 67% of the credits they attempt to earn. Students should consider this and be sure withdrawing isn’t going to jeopardize their Satisfactory Academic Progress (and ultimately their financial aid award).
While it is not required, we strongly recommend that a student consult with their academic advisor prior to making the decision to withdraw.
The Advising and Registration Center is where student records are housed. If you ever need a transcript, have a question about your plan of study, or when you are ready to apply for your degree, this is the office where a student’s academic information is collected and verified.
Again, much of the information can also be found on the portal, but the staff in ARC are very knowledgeable, and ready to assist you when needed.
Students eligible to receive Veterans’ Education Benefits must contact the Advising and Registration Center and arrange to have their enrollment certified with the Veterans Administration. Please contact Tammy Carter with any questions: Tammy.Carter@NorthernVermont.edu
Study Abroad Experiences
There are several ways NVU-Johnson supports students in gaining a global education. Many of the colleges and universities who participate in National Student Exchange open their study abroad programs to NVU-Johnson students. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad through one of our approved study abroad programs. We also offer faculty-led trips abroad each year.
Over the past several years we have had students study in Jordan, Morocco, Spain, Italy, India, Germany, England, Prague, Costa Rica, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and the Semester at Sea.
Study Abroad experiences are coordinated in the Advising and Registration Center in Dewey Hall. Your son or daughter can make an appointment to meet with our Study Abroad advisor by calling 802.635.1257 or emailing JohnsonAdvising@NorthernVermont.edu
Most of the time, financial aid can be applied to the study abroad experience. It is important that all students who want to study abroad set it up with our study abroad advisor. Study abroad experiences set up independently may not be eligible for financial aid through NVU-Johnson.
National Student Exchange
NSE is a consortium of nearly 200 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada which has provided tuition-reciprocal, exchange opportunities to more than 90,000 undergraduate students since its founding in 1968. NVU-Johnson is the only campus in Vermont that participates in the NSE, giving our students the unique opportunity to attend one of these colleges and universities for a semester or a year. In most cases, students pay NVU-Johnson tuition and fees and the room and board costs of the host university.
On average, about 20 NVU-Johnson students participate in NSE each year. We’ve had students exchange to schools as close as New Hampshire and as far as Alaska.
For more information or to view a complete and up-to-date listing of participants visit: www.nse.org. You may also contact us by phone at 802.635.1257 or by email at JohnsonAdvising@NorthernVermont.edu