Northwest Community College

Academic Advising

Finding success at Northwestern Connecticut Community College starts with the classes you choose to take. Making those important class decisions doesn't have to be overwhelming for you. NCCC offers academic advising for all students to make sure you're getting not only the classes you want, but the ones you need to reach your academic goals. Below is a helpful checklist to help you prepare for academic advising services.


Academic Advising Checklist for NCCC Students 

Gather relevant decision-making information.

  • Consult the current year’s College Catalog.

  • If you plan to transfer, visit websites of potential transfer institutions, consult for information regarding degree requirements.

  • If you have not declared a major, consider some potential choices and define clear goals. Call 860.738.6330 to schedule an appointment with a Student Services advisor.

  • If you have declared a major, please contact your assigned academic advisor.

  • Check with the Financial Aid Office at 860.738.6326 to verify the award of anticipated scholarships, grants, and/or loans.

  • Every financial aid recipient must re-apply for financial aid each new school year!


Familiarize yourself with NCCC policies, procedures and requirements.


Sign up for an advising appointment.

  • Make an appointment with your academic advisor prior to the early advisement period. 


Prepare for the meeting with your advisor.

  • Open/print Course Scheduling Worksheet.

  • Enter desired courses on the Course Scheduling Worksheet. Make sure to choose alternative course selections in case times or courses are not available when you meet with your advisor.

  • Review the list of potential questions to ask your advisor.

  • Take helpful materials to your appointment. (These may include the catalog, Course Scheduling Worksheet, pen or pencil, paper, transcripts from any college you have attended, and/or copies of SAT or ACT scores.)

  • Be on time! If you must cancel and reschedule your appointment, give your advisor ample notice.


During your meeting, you and your advisor will:

  • Discuss the appropriateness of your tentative schedule, taking into account class days, hours, number of credits, potential prerequisites, number of hours you work at a job, and other considerations.

  • Address the questions to ask your advisor.

  • Discuss other requirements (especially the program/matriculation guide during the term prior to graduation.)

  • Make appointments or possible referrals to discuss other advising concerns, as necessary,



  • If you have no financial, academic, or advising holds, you may then register for classes using the registration form which you and your advisor have signed.



  • Be prepared to make at least the minimum payment necessary after registering for classes. See the TUITION & FEES PAYMENT POLICIES page in the Information Brochure for details.

  • Pay any tuition balance or arrange with the cashier for a deferred payment plan. You must do this by the deadline indicated on the TUITION & FEES PAYMENT POLICIES page in the Information Brochure.


If you fail to pay tuition and fees or to make alternative payment arrangements, the Registrar’s Office will drop you from your classes!