Academic FAQs

Day 2 of Summer Orientation. Advisement and registration begins at 10 a.m. For the full schedule click here.


After the College Meeting from 9 to 10 a.m. on Day 2, you will attend your college’s advisement and registration session. At this time, you will meet with faculty or staff in your department who will advise you for fall classes, learn how to register for classes via our online registration system WebAdvisor, and leave with a class schedule in hand.

First semester freshmen typically take 15 credits (5 classes X 3 credits each) plus the one-credit Niagara University Beginnings, or NUB102 . However, this can vary by major and you will receive more detailed information from your advisor. To see a sample schedule click here.

Remember to bring your username, password and student ID number so you can log into our WebAdvisor registration system. You should also have a list of any college credits, such as Advanced Placement, CLEP, etc. if applicable. Work and practice schedules for student athletes are also helpful.


Be sure to send an official transcript to the Admissions Office as soon as possible. This includes AP scores, community colleges, IB credit, CLEP and military transcripts. For more information on transfer credit placement, go to

NUB102 is a one-credit seminar course required of all first-year students, introducing them to the academic culture of Niagara University. In this class, students learn about how their academic course of study is integrated with the mission, the general education curriculum, and student life.

And, yes, all incoming freshmen are required to pass the course to graduate. Even if you completed a similar class at another institution, you are still required to take this course.

Yes! However, please contact your advisor or the Dean’s office via email or phone prior to doing so to ensure you are taking appropriate coursework for your major.

You can change your major by completing the form on the New Student Portal or by contacting the Office of Admissions by calling 716.286.8700.

Yes. Please have any courses pre-approved by your dean’s office or AEP to be sure they apply toward your degree. You may be also take courses through our Summer Academy.

For some majors yes, others no. You can view your major’s requirements through what we call the “curriculum card” or ask your advisor.

For a complete list of majors click here.

If you are planning to take French or Spanish above the introduction or 101 level, you are required to complete the Proficiency Placement Test. Results will be emailed to you and approval will be provided.

Yes! A minimum of one math course is required for ALL majors, additional courses may be required for some majors. However, it is not necessary to take this course during your first semester in college, and may be recommended for a later semester by your advisor.

No. Placement into these courses is determined by your high school grades and scores on standardized exams. You will be told your placement recommendations during your advisement session on Day 2.

Some students may be required to take Critical Literacy (CRL101) and/or Basic Math (LSK095) before taking the writing and math courses required for graduation. 

To learn more go to

The first day of classes for the fall semester is Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016.

To see the schedule for the entire academic year, go to

However, you are required to attend New Student Orientation Sept. 3-5, and sessions you attend during this weekend will be required for your first NUB class.

Yes. Students can apply for a peer tutor in most 100-level courses and some 200-level courses by coming to the Office of Academic Support on the first floor of Seton Hall, or by applying online at

Yes. Students can make an appointment with a study skills specialist in the Office of Academic Support. They can also access online resources at

You’ll learn more on Day One of Summer Orientation.

Yes. Students can make an appointment with the Writing Center, which opens the third week of every semester. See

Please contact Kelly Engert, coordinator of disability services, at 716.286.8541 or

More information can also be found at

Participation in the Divisional Support Program (DSP) during your first semester at Niagara means that you will have an assigned academic mentor to help you monitor your academic progress. Basically, you will meet on a weekly basis with your advisor to discuss your academic progress. 

Your advisor will also introduce you to important college policies and procedures, and, with you, will review a number of academic and self-management skills that are vital to your college success.

More information can be found at

Most textbooks for your courses have already been selected by your professors. Once you have a schedule, you can look up the required books via the Niagara University Bookstore website.

Look for more information in your Niagara email account in the summer.

For more information, please go to

Students who have achieved a 3.50 overall GPA in their first year at Niagara University will be invited to apply to the Honors Program during the summer after their first year.

Please speak to your advisor about declaring a double major. This will be handled when you arrive in the fall.

After consultation with your major advisor, you can declare a minor in myNU.

Typically, minors are 5-6 courses and you’ll work with your advisor to find space within your major and general education curriculum to fit these courses in.

For a list of minors go to and click on the ‘Minors’ tab at the top.

Minors are not required for graduation, but are a nice addition to your resume!