- Summer: Registration for summer will open early in spring term.
- Fall: Registration for fall for currently enrolled students will begin early in the second half of spring term.
- Spring: Scheduled pre-registration for the spring semester for currently enrolled students will begin in early November. Registration priorities will be available on WebAdvisor by mid-October and will indicate the first date and hour of registration based on number of semester hours completed. New freshmen may register on scheduled freshmen registration days or by appointment. Accepted new students will receive information by mail.
Withdrawal from class or school is initiated by you. Faculty members cannot withdraw you from class. Go to the Registrar's Office, DH-103, to process a withdrawal. If you withdraw by census date of the standard term, registration is canceled for that class. If you withdraw at any time after the census date until the end of 70% class length, you'll receive a W grade. Instructor permission is not required. See dates on the class schedule online documents.
An administrative withdrawal can be processed for non-attendance, disciplinary action, or non-payment of financial obligations. You'll be notified by the registrar before an administrative withdrawal is processed. A grade of "W" is assigned for all classes when an administrative withdrawal is processed.
You must apply for graduation in Enrollment Services at the Registrar's Office before the term in which you plan to graduate, after you enroll in all remaining credits for your degree. The application process includes a short application form, a survey, and a review of your remaining requirements.
To graduate, you must:
- Complete at least 128 hours for a bachelor's degree, or at least 64 hours for an associate's degree, with a minimum 2.00 cumulative and institutional GPA. (Some majors require a higher GPA.)
- Complete at least 36 semester hours of credit in upper division (300 and above) coursework
- Earn a minimum of 32 credit hours of institutional credit (credit offered by Northern) for a baccalaureate degree, or 16 for an associate degree. Sixteen of the last 32 hours earned preceding completion of the baccalaureate degree must be earned in institutional credit; 8 of the last 16 hours for an associate degree
- Complete all work as outlined to satisfy requirements of the major and/or minor
- Show satisfactory performance on the proficiency examination--sometimes referred to as the CAAP exam or Rising Junior exam, including the Computer Literacy proficiency exam
- Complete the appropriate exit exam in the major field. Test results will not affect graduation status, but participation is required for graduation
- Fifty percent of coursework required for the major must be taken from Northern
Graduation honors will be determined on cumulative and institutional grade point average. Students who have earned an institutional GPA of 3.5 shall be graduated cum laude (baccalaureate) or with honor (associate). Those who earn 3.70 shall be graduated magna cum laude, (baccalaureate) or with high honors (associate) and those earning a 3.9 shall be graduated summa cum laude (baccalaureate) or with highest honor (associate). Honors are only awarded to students who have completed at least 64 semester hours credit (baccalaureate) or at least 32 semester hours credit (associate) in residence at Northern.
Based on grade point average at the end of the term prior to graduation and anticipated credits, qualified students become candidates for honors and will be recognized in the commencement program. Final graduation honors are determined after all requirements have been met, and will be shown on the diploma.
Commencement is a time for celebrating your degree with family and friends. While attendance is not mandatory, you are encouraged to participate. If you cannot attend, your diploma cover will be mailed to you along with your diploma.
Failure to complete requirements
You must complete all requirements for the degree within 10 days of the end of the semester of graduation or apply for graduation in a subsequent semester.
You are required to sit for an exit exam in each major field of study declared. The degree will not be awarded until scores have been recorded. The exit exams are not given every semester (no exit tests are given during the summer). You must register to take the tests according to instructions and adhere to deadlines that are mailed to students at your campus address.
Diplomas are issued after all grades for the degree have been submitted and an audit has determined that all requirements have been met. Diplomas are usually mailed about 3 weeks after the end of the semester, and are sent to the address provided at the time of application for graduation. Replacement diplomas can be obtained for $10 from Enrollment Services at the Registrar's Office.
Degrees will be posted to transcripts approximately 2 weeks after the end of the term. One official transcript will be mailed with your diploma. For more information and instructions on ordering additional transcripts, see Transcript Information.