The primary purpose of Academic Advising is to ensure that you are on track towards graduation, but academic advising is about more than just choosing classes. Your academic advisor is a professional within the college who is knowledgeable about degree requirements, campus resources, and opportunities to get involved in the NJIT community. Throughout your career at NJIT, you will need to meet with your advisor every semester to approve your courses for the upcoming semester, but beyond that, you may also opt to meet with your advisor more often to check in about academic success strategies, campus resources, study abroad programs, or other points of interest throughout your career as a college student.
Roles of Students and Advisors
As a student in the College of Architecture and Design (CoAD), you are expected to take an active role in your education and to work with your advisor to plan and implement a path for academic success. Resources are available to help you understand your requirements as a CoAD student and it is recommended that you take advantage of these. Links to these resources are at the right hand side of this page. Students are expected to come prepared to advisement meetings and to make advisors aware of any concerns which may interfere with their academic progress.
In return, advisors will work with you to determine an academic plan which best meets your needs and priorities. Advisors can also serve as resources to students who are struggling academically or students who are interested in opportunities to get more out of their NJIT education.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a number of programs within the College of Architecture and Design and each program is outlined in a Program of Study. Links to the Programs of Study for each major are at the bottom of the page. Every semester, before meeting with your advisor, you are expected to update your program of study with the courses you have completed, the courses that you are currently taking, and the courses you plan to take for the following semester. This form serves as a guide when you meet with your advisor who will give you feedback on your proposed schedule.
Your program of study is a checklist of all the requirements you need to complete before graduation, and if taken in sequence (every class at the time listed on the Program of Study) will be completed in 8-10 semesters (depending on your major). There may be times when you fall “out of sequence” because of transfer credits, summer/winter courses, or retaking a class. In addition to marking courses on a program of study, many students also find it helpful to have a chronological list of when they plan to take courses so that they can get a better sense of their expected graduation date. The five year plan is a great resource for this type of planning.
Your academic standing is based on your Term GPA, Cumulative GPA, and your past academic performance at NJIT. The Academic Standing Policy is set by the Office of the Provost. Students can fall under one of the following five categories: Good Standing, Warning, Probation, Pre-Suspension, or Suspension. Your academic standing is calculated after the end of the Fall and Spring semesters only and is reflected on your transcript under the last semester graded. The full details regarding each category and the policy as a whole can be found in the online university catalog here.
General University Requirements can usually be taken at a community college over the summer and the credits transferred to NJIT provided that you earned at least a C in the course. Check with your advisor if you plan to take a course elsewhere to make sure that it is a requirement which can be met elsewhere. Any courses taken elsewhere will need to be pre-approved by the department which offers the equivalent course at NJIT. To get approval, fill out the “Approval for Undergraduate Courses at Another School” available on the Registrar’s website, in the Forms section, and bring this form and the course description from the school where you will be taking the course to the appropriate department at NJIT. Once it is signed, bring the form to the Registrar’s office. After completing the course, have your official transcript sent to the NJIT Registrar’s office reflecting the grade you received.
If you are getting an error message when you try to register for a course in the College of Architecture & Design (those with AD, ARCH, DD, ID, INT, MARC, or USYS prefixes), you must follow the instructions in the CoAD Permit Request guide. This will enable your advisor to determine if it is possible to issue a permit that will enable you to take the course and to issue the necessary permit. If the course is offered in another College or Department, you will need to follow the policies and procedures of that department in order to gain access to the class.
Yes! Students are encouraged to look at General University requirements that are offered at Rutgers-Newark during the Fall and Spring semesters. The campus is right across the street from NJIT and courses taken there during the regular semester are included in your NJIT flat tuition. You can register for these courses by completing the “Rutgers Cross-registration” form (again, available on the Registrar’s website, under “Forms”) and submit it at a designated window in the Student Mall. The Rutgers courses will appear in your NJIT schedule, so you will not need to have the courses pre-approved or official transcripts sent over. However, if you plan to take a course at Rutgers during the summer or winter sessions, you will have to follow the same pre-approval process as taking a course at a community college.