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Steve Rasmussen, Director

Spafford Hall 104

1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401

Nancy Heier, Secretary


Dacotah Hall 101
Phone: 605-626-7782
Email: University College

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First-Year and Transfer Academic Advising

At Northern, academic advising is a critical component of the educational experience. Advisors help students create educational plans that support their personal and academic goals.


Advisors help all first-year students as they register for their first semester, and they continue to serve students through their first academic year. Students who are undecided about their major will be advised through the Advising Center, regardless of class standing.
Transfer students with fewer than 24 credits will work with an advisor from the Advising Center. Transfer students with more than 24 credits and a declared major will work with faculty advisors.



Advising Services 

 Advisors can help with the following situations and more:


• Academic requirements and progress


• Available programs (majors and minors) and changing majors


• Educational plans


• Placement and testing


• Career exploration


• Registration, including course selection, and


• Referrals to appropriate campus resources


Northern's Advisors:
  • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements, and university policies and procedures
• Encourage and guide students as they define and develop realistic goals and educational plans
• Inform students  of ways to best use Northern's resources and services
• Help students understand the purposes and goals of higher education and its effects on their lives
• Monitor and accurately document students’ progress
• Can meet with students via telephone, email, or web access
• Help students develop good decision-making skills and assume responsibility for their educational plans and achievements
• Maintain confidentiality
• Help students work closely with their professors