Advising Mission Statement

Northwest Indian College Advisors offer holistic and student-centered guidance, empowering students with practical knowledge and skills to support cultural identity, academic success, self-determination, and personal growth.

Academic advising is provided to students by advisors in Student Services, by a faculty member in the academic field in which the faculty member teaches, or by Site Managers at our instructional sites. The academic advisor will work with students to enroll for courses and provide the necessary information to ensure adequate course selection for the student’s intended program of study. Advisors offer assistance to students in understanding degree requirements, planning schedules, and monitoring satisfactory academic progress. Students should schedule appointments with their advisor to verify that courses they have selected apply to their degree program prior to quarterly registration. While appointments are not mandatory, they are strongly recommended, especially during busy registration times before the start of each quarter. Drop-in advising is always available to students on a first come, first serve basis.


Testing and Placement

All new students attending NWIC are required to complete the COMPASS (Computer-Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System) test in order to assist in the selection of courses appropriate to the student’s academic ability. The results of the COMPASS test also assist student advisors in the selection of courses appropriate to the student’s academic ability.

Adult Basic Education students working towards their GED diplomas, either at NWIC or from other institutions, can also be tested at the Testing Center. Technological upgrades, changes to the GED fee structure and deadlines are fast approaching. Please contact the Testing Center for the most up to date information. Testing is offered weekly and available by appointment. The Northwest Indian College Testing Service is located in the Student Services building on the Lummi Campus. Call or e-mail: The Testing Center, (360) 392-4303. To learn more about Adult Basic Education and preparing for the GED, contact instructor at 360-390-4262 or stop by the Learning Assistance Center on the Lummi Campus.

For more information about the GED test or if you believe you would benefit from testing accommodations please visit:

Career Services

Career Services Webpage

Career counseling is available for students in the following areas:

  • Explore career interests and opportunities
  • Learn interviewing, cover letter writing, resume writing  and job search skills
  • Networking and preparing for career fairs

State Licensure Requirements for the Associate of Technical Arts in Chemical Dependency
State Licensure for ATA Chemical Dependency Link

Transfer Information

Transfer Advising is available for students in the following areas:

  • Explore and visit major universities
  • Assistance with the application and admissions processes
  • Personal statement writing assistance

Transfer Checklist

This checklist will assist you with finding dates and deadlines, writing a personal statement, and the general transfer process.

WWU and NWIC Transfer Scholarship Application

Academic Resources


Essay Writing 

Writing Under a Deadline

Transitional Words & Phrases





Tips on Test Taking & Test Anxiety


Relaxation Techniques

Time Management



Faculty Advisors

Faculty Advisor Commitment FormLummi Campus ONLY

Students who have earned 45 or more college level credits need to select a faculty advisor for more specific degree mentoring and advising for the remainder of their degree.  Use this form to select a faculty advisor.  Please turn this form in to your current Student Services advisor.

Disability Services

The Student Service department provides information, assistance and counseling for all students with physical and learning disabilities. Student Services coordinates accommodations with State and Tribal Vocational programs. Qualified students with disabilities who believe that assistance is necessary in order for them to participate in academics at NWIC are urged to contact their advisor prior to or immediately upon registration.

The college provides reasonable educational support and other academic services to disabled students. Students in postsecondary education with disabilities have the responsibility of identifying themselves and must request appropriate accommodations. The college is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to visit with the Dean of Student life if they have questions regarding special services.

NWIC encourages individuals with disabilities to undertake and complete a college degree or program. NWIC recognizes that there are a number of disabilities that may make completion of a program more challenging, but that do not compromise ability to meet the outcomes of a respective degree or certificate. The college is therefore committed to providing reasonable academic accommodations and assistance to encourage successful completion of an educational program in ways that provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity for educational development. The Dean of Student Life can coordinate accommodations with enrolled students with documented disabilities. Requests for accommodations or services must be arranged in advance and require documentation of the disability, thereby verifying the need for accommodation or service. Upon documentation and determination of necessary and reasonable accommodations, NWIC will begin coordination of services within two weeks of receiving student information.

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