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    Northeastern State University
   
 
  Nov 18, 2017
 
 
    
2012-2013 Northeastern State University Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Admission


 


It is to the student’s advantage to apply for admission as early in the year as possible. All academic advisement, processing of financial aid, scholarship applications, etc., hinge on the early admission of the student. Applications for admission should be received by Northeastern on or before:

August 5 for Fall Semester
December 15 for the Spring Semester
May 10 for the Summer Semester

Credentials: All final official transcripts of credits, both high school and college, MUST BE MAILED directly from each school to the Office of Admissions.

Unless proper transcripts are on file showing eligibility for admission, students will not be permitted to enroll.

A student who has previously attended another accredited college or university must have official transcripts mailed directly from each school previously attended, and is not at liberty to disregard any part of his/her records in order to apply for admission.

Transcripts and credentials filed in the admissions process become the property of the university, are placed on file in the Office of Admissions and cannot be returned or released.

Requirements for Admission

First-Time Entering Freshmen

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All applicants seeking early admission must complete an application for admission, submit a high school transcript (seven semester minimum) containing most current class rank, grade point average and ACT scores.  The final, official transcript must include date of graduation and be mailed directly from the school to the Office of Admissions.  Students must meet the criteria for both the high school curricular requirements and the high school performance criteria as defined in the following sections.  Students meeting both are eligible for admission.

Admission Requirements - Performance

Any individual who (a) is a graduate of a high school accredited by the appropriate regional association or by an appropriate accrediting agency of his/her home state, or has achieved a high school equivalency certificate based on the General Education Development Tests (GED), (b) has met the curricular requirements, (c) has participated in the American College Testing program or a similar acceptable battery of tests, and (d) meets the following performance criteria is eligible for admission:

  1. Maintained a four year high school grade point average of 2.70 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale, and ranked scholastically among the upper 50% of their graduating class, or
  2. Have a 2.7 GPA in the 15 high school courses required for college entry, or
  3. Attained a composite score of 20 or higher on the ACT or a similar acceptable battery of tests.

Performance requirements are subject to annual change by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.  The State Regents policy is to set the admission standards at the top 50% for Fall 1993 and beyond. The exact standardized test scores and GPA will vary over time.  The ACT score equivalent to these percentages will be determined based on the average of the preceding three years ACT scores of graduating seniors if available.  Oklahoma test data will be used.  The concordance table used to set the equivalent SAT score will be updated as necessary.  The State Regents will specify the enhanced test requirements based on the concordance table produced by ACT.  The GPA will be defined annually to correspond to the rank in class.

Class rank–The class rank is one more than the number of students in the high school graduating class who have a grade-point average greater than the student in question.
Grade-Point Average–The grade-point average is the average of all grades (A equating to 4.00 and D equating to 1.00) taken in the 9th through 12th grade. While the State Regents strongly support the initiation of honors courses, honors weighting will not be used in the calculation of the GPA because there is no equitable mechanism to include the honors premium.

Additional weighting (1.0) will be added to GPA of students who take the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) and higher-level International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.  GED recipient’s high school class must have graduated for him/her to be eligible for admission.

Admission Requirements - Curricular

Students must have completed the following fifteen high school units to be eligible for admission:

Units   Course Areas
4   English: grammar, composition, literature
3   Laboratory Science: biology, chemistry, physics or any lab science certified by school district; general science courses don’t qualify 
3   Math: Algebra I, Algebra II, geometry, math analysis, trigonometry, calculus and Advanced Placement statistics
3   History and Citizenship Skills: (must include 1 unit of American history and 2 units from the subjects of history, economics, geography, government, civics and/or non-Western culture
2   Other: from any of the subjects listed above or from computer science or foreign language
15   Required Units 

Students must meet all curricular requirements to be admitted for the fall or spring semester.  The only exceptions are noted in Special Admissions, below.  Students meeting performance requirements may take a maximum of two course deficiencies in the summer term prior to the regular semester of desired entry.  If the course(s) is (are) successfully completed with at least a C or equivalent, the student will be admitted.  While these curricular requirements will normally be met by students in grades 9 through 12, advanced students who complete these courses in earlier grades will not be required to take additional courses for purposes of admission.  Students pursuing admission to Baccalaureate degree programs may not count remedial courses used to make up high school curricular deficiencies toward satisfaction of degree program requirements.  Students admitted with one or more curricular deficiencies in the alternative admission category will be provided the means to satisfy those deficiencies and the student must successfully remove course requirements within 24 hours attempted or not be allowed to re-enroll at NSU until successfully removed.  Students must complete zero level courses with a grade of C or better in order to remove the deficiency.  Students lacking curricular requirements are admissible into associate programs in the community colleges but must remove the deficiencies at the earliest possible time within the first 24 hours attempted.  In addition, students must remove curricular deficiencies in a discipline area before taking collegiate level work in that discipline.

Special Admissions

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Summer Provisional Admission Program:
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission to this program:

  1. Graduate from an accredited high school or achieve a high school equivalency certificate based on the GED, and
  2. Meet the curricular requirements, and
  3. Have a minimum ACT of 17 or a minimum high school grade-point-average of 2.5.

Students may take a minimum of two core academic courses (6 hours) in the summer term prior to the regular semester of desired entry. If the courses are successfully completed with at least a C or equivalent, the student will be admitted as a regular university student.

Summer Curricular Deficiency Program: Students meeting performance requirements may take a maximum of two course deficiencies in the summer term prior to the regular semester of desired entry.  If the course(s) is (are) successfully completed with at least a C or equivalent, the student will be admitted.

Unaccredited High Schools or Home Study: An individual who is a graduate of a private, parochial, or other nonpublic high school which is not accredited by a recognized accrediting agency is eligible for admission as follows:

  1. Attained a composite score of 20 or higher on the ACT or similar acceptable battery of tests, and
  2. The student’s high school class of his or her peers must have graduated.
  3. The student must satisfy the high school curricular requirements as certified by the school or for home study, the parent.

Adult Admission: Students who are 21 years of age or older or on active military duty who do not meet the regular admission requirements may be admitted through this special category for adults.  Students must have graduated from high school or completed a GED program before they will be considered.  Factors such as standardized test scores, maturity of the individual, job skills and life experiences, motivation, ability to benefit, and access to educational programs will be considered in determining the probability of academic success.  The ACT or other entry level assessment will be required for placement in classes.  For more information on the adult admission program please contact the Office of Admissions.

Alternative Admission: The university is authorized to admit a number of freshman students not to exceed eight percent* of its first-time entering fall freshman class, provided that the students have been interviewed and determined to meet the criteria set forth below:

  1. The individual must meet all criteria contained in the regular admissions policy with the exception of the prescribed academic criteria and high school curricular requirements.
  2. The individual must demonstrate unusual talent or ability in an area such as art, drama, music, and the like.
  3. The individual must be an educationally or economically handicapped student who shows promise of being able to succeed.

The process for interviewing will begin when the student applies for admission, submits credentials and it is determined by the Office of Admissions that the Alternative Admission category may be used.  The applicant will be personally interviewed by the designated Admissions official. If the decision is made to grant admission, the applicant must complete any deficiencies within the first 24 semester hours.  Students admitted with one or more curricular deficiencies in the alternative admission category will be provided the means to satisfy those deficiencies and the student must successfully remove course requirements within 24 hours attempted or not be allowed to re-enroll at NSU until successfully removed.  *Alternative Admission Percentage: The percentage of the previous year’s first-time freshmen not required in that same year to meet the State Regents curricular or high school performance criteria for admission.  Percentages are subject to annual change. The alternative admission level is 8% in 1995-96 and beyond.

Concurrent Enrollment of High School Students: A twelfth grade student enrolled in an accredited high school may be admitted as a special student by meeting the requirements set forth below:

  1. The student must have maintained a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale, and ranked scholastically among the upper 50% of the senior class and have participated in the ACT test, or
  2. The student must achieve a composite ACT score at the 50th percentile (20).
  3. Additionally, students must have a signed statement from the high school principal stating that they are eligible to satisfy requirements for graduation from high school (including curricular requirements for college admission) no later than the spring of the senior year.  Students must also provide a letter of recommendation from their counselor and written permission from their parents or legal guardian.

An eleventh grade student enrolled in an accredited high school may be admitted by meeting the requirements set forth below:

  1. The student must have maintained a high school grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale and have participated in the ACT test, or
  2. The student must achieve a composite ACT score at the 72nd percentile (23).
  3. Additionally, students must have a signed statement from the high school principal stating that they are eligible to satisfy requirements for graduation from high school (including curricular requirements for college admission) no later than the spring of the senior year.  Students must also provide a letter of recommendation from their counselor and written permission from their parents or legal guardian.

A student receiving high-school-level instruction at home or from an unaccredited high school may be admitted provisionally by meeting the requirements set forth below:

  1. The student must be 17 years of age or older, and
  2. The student must achieve a composite ACT score at the 50th percentile (20).
  3. The student must be 16 years of age, and
  4. The student must achieve a composite ACT score at the 72nd percentile (23).

A high school student may enroll in a combined number of high school and college courses per semester not to exceed a full-time college work load of 19 semester credit hours.  For purposes of calculating work load, one-half high school credit course shall be equivalent to three semester credit hours of college work. Students wishing to exceed this limit may petition the Director of Admissions.  The collegiate portion of the student’s workload must be taken from regular faculty members of the institution and may be provided off campus if approved by the State Regents, and may use alternative delivery systems if approved by the State Regents.  Concurrent enrollment must include opportunities for high school students to achieve college credit through a collegiate experience.  The collegiate experience is evidenced by the rigor of the course, the qualifications of faculty and the student’s readiness for college.

A student who is otherwise eligible under this policy may enroll in a maximum of nine semester credit hours during a summer session or term, without the necessity of being concurrently enrolled in high school classes during the summer term.  Students wishing to exceed this limit may petition the Director of Admissions.  Institutional officials will evaluate the student’s academic performance and potential for success in determining the student’s load, which may not exceed the number of semester credit hours 50 percent greater than the number of weeks in the applicable semester/term.  The completion of the high school curricular requirements shall not be required of concurrently enrolled high school students for purposes of admission.  However, students may only enroll in curricular areas where the student has met the ACT assessment requirements for college placement:  19 English, 19 Mathematics, 19 Reading, 19 Science Reasoning.  An ACT subject score of 19 in Reading is required for enrollment in any subject area other than English, Mathematics, and Science Reasoning.  Institutional secondary testing may not be used for placement of concurrent students.  Concurrently admitted high school students will not be allowed to enroll in any zero-level courses offered by colleges and universities designed to remove high school deficiencies.  High school students wishing to enroll concurrently in college courses must meet the admission standards and the assessment requirements.  The college will provide appropriate academic advising prior to and continuing throughout the students enrollment.

Following high school graduation, the student may continue enrollment provided they have earned at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and meet the entrance requirements, including high school curricular requirements.

Opportunity Admission Category: Students who have not graduated from high school who’s composite score on the ACT places them in the 99th percentile (32) of all students using Oklahoma norms, may apply for full enrollment. Admissibility will depend on test scores, evaluation of the student’s level of maturity and ability to function in the adult college environment, and whether the experience will be in the best interests of student’s intellectually and socially.

Non-Degree Seeking Students: Students who wish to enroll in courses without intending to pursue a degree may be permitted to enroll in up to nine credit hours without submitting academic credentials or meeting the curricular or performance requirements.  Retention standards will be enforced.  Once a student has successfully completed the designated number of hours, should s/he wish to enroll in additional course work, s/he is required to meet the formal admission or transfer criteria.  (This provision is not intended to be limited to first-time entering students only.)

Guest Students:  Students who are seeking a degree at another institution but wish to enroll in one or two courses for a semester or term are eligible for admission upon receipt of an official transcript showing good standing with the home institution. 

Transfer Admission Standards

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An undergraduate transfer student has more than six attempted credit hours, excluding remedial (zero-level) or pre-college work and excluding credit hours accumulated by concurrently enrolled high school students. Students transferring from State System institutions must meet the following requirements:

0- 29 hours 1.7 GPA plus satisfy all freshman admission requirements
30+ hours 2.0 GPA  
 
  

Students who have not met the required high school curricular requirements for college admission must complete the curricular requirements before transferring.  Additionally, students who do not meet the criteria above and have not been suspended from an institution may be admitted as transfer probation students based on institutionally-developed policies.  Students transferring from an out-of-state college or university must be in good standing at the sending institution and meet the receiving institutions admission standards or have an average grade of C or better (whichever is higher).  If transferring from an unaccredited institution, the student must validate the transferred credit by making satisfactory progress (an average of C or better) for at least one semester at the receiving institution.

Readmission of Former Students

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Students who have attended NSU, but did not enroll in the immediate past semester (summer sessions are not included), must complete an application for admission. Students who have enrolled in another college since attending NSU must also submit official transcripts of all work attempted. If the student’s grade point average meets retention standards and his disciplinary record is satisfactory, he will be admitted.

Non-Academic Criteria

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  1. In addition to academic requirements for admission, students must be in good standing and eligible to re-enroll at any college attended and,
    1. not expelled, suspended, denied admission or readmission,
    2. not convicted of a felony or lesser crime or moral turpitude,
    3. not acted in a manner that would be grounds for expulsion, suspension, dismissal or denial of readmission.

And, if the institution finds than an applicant falls into a category above, then the institution shall deny admission if it decides that any of the events described in a, b, or c indicates unfitness.

If an applicant is denied admission on any of the foregoing grounds, there must be substantial evidence supporting the basis for denial.  In addition, the applicant must be afforded adequate procedural safeguards, including the following:

1. be advised of the grounds of the denial;
2. be informed of the facts which form a basis of the denial, and
3. be afforded an opportunity to be heard.

  1. Physical, emotional and mental status of the student must be such that no danger is presented to himself or others while attending the university.  If there is any question of the status of the student, the university may require a diagnostic examination.

International Students

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International students should access the Office of International Programs website for applications and detailed information. http://offices.nsuok.edu/international/InternationalHome.aspx
 

In-State/Out-of-State Status of Enrolled Students

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The In-State/Out-of-State Status of Enrolled Students policy establishes principles, definitions, criteria, and guidelines to assist institutional officials in the classification of students as in-state or out-of-state for fee and tuition payment purposes.  Also, the policy statement should be helpful to prospective students in the determination of their own in-state/out-of-state status prior to enrollment or for those out-of-state students seeking to be reclassified as in-state after having been classified originally as out-of-state.  Determination of in-state status for purposes of attendance at an institution in the state is based primarily on the issue of domiciliary intent.  Students are urged to contact the Office of Admissions for forms, assistance, and clarification of policy.

Since 1890, it has been public policy in Oklahoma to provide comprehensive, public higher education opportunities for citizens.  Therefore, residents of Oklahoma are afforded subsidies covering a portion of their educational costs at state colleges and universities.  Out-of-state students are also provided educational subsidies, although at lower levels than those provided for permanent in-state students.

Out-of-state tuition waivers provide the ability to attract and graduate out-of-state students with academic abilities and talents who contribute to the economic development, vitality, and diversity of the state.  Out-of-state tuition waivers allow institutions to serve the community and surrounding area without detriment to Oklahoma residents.

Definitions

The following words and terms shall have the following meaning, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

“Dependent person” is one who is under the care, custody and support of a parent  or legal guardian.

“Domicile” is a person’s true, fixed, permanent home or habitation.  It is the place where he or she intends to remain and to which he or she expects to return.  A person can have more than one residence, but only one domicile.  Domicile has two components–residence and the intent to remain.  When these two occur, there is domicile.

“Documented foreign national” is a person who was born outside the jurisdiction of the United States, is a citizen of a foreign country, and has not become a naturalized citizen, but has entered the US by way of legal documentation such as a visa.

“Full-time active duty military personnel” are members of the armed forces who are on active duty for a period of more than 30 days.  Personnel and their spouses and dependent children may be classified upon admission as in-state as long as they are continuously enrolled.  The Armed forces means Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  Such term does not include full-time National Guard duty.

“Full-time professional practitioner or worker” is a US citizen or lawful permanent resident who has come to Oklahoma to practice a profession on a full-time basis, conduct a business full-time or work on a full-time basis.

“Full-time student” is an undergraduate student enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester or a minimum of six credit hours in a summer session.  A full-time graduate student is one enrolled in a minimum of nine credit hours per semester or six hours in summer.

“Independent person” is one who is responsible for his own care, custody, and support.

“In-state” status is a classification for a student who has lived continuously in Oklahoma for at least 12 months not primarily as a student, has established domicile and meets requirements associated with in-state status. 

“Lawful permanent resident” is an alien who has been granted official immigration status as evidenced by a permanent resident card (also called a “green card”).

“Out-of-state” status means an individual does not meet in-state requirements as defined in this policy unless otherwise allowed by exceptions or provisions in policy.

“Out-of-state tuition waiver” is the portion of tuition that is waived in excess of that paid by students classified as in-state (also referred to as nonresident tuition waiver).

“Undocumented student” is a person who was born outside the US, is a citizen of a foreign country, has not become a naturalized citizen and has entered the US without documentation.

“US citizen” is a person born in the United States, a US territory or former US territory or who has been granted citizenship by the US government.

Principles

As part of the admissions process, institutions are responsible for determining students’ in-state/out-of-state status consistent with this policy.  Administrators interview students, review documentation and are in the best position to determine whether the student may be classified as in-state.  Each institution must designate an appropriate administrative official as responsible for administration of this policy.

The burden of proof to establish in-state status shall be upon the student.  Since residence or domicile is a matter of intent, each case will be judged on its own merit by the appropriate administrative officials consistent with this policy.  Mere assertion by a student such as checking “In-State” on the application for admission is insufficient. The appropriate administrative official must review relevant documents, consider the policy principles and procedures, circumstances, and documentation to determine in-state status.  While no set criteria, documentation, or set of circumstances can be used for this purpose, the principles outlined below guide the process.

A. Attendance at a postsecondary educational institution, albeit a continuous and long-term experience, does not establish in-state status. Therefore, a student neither gains nor loses in-state status solely by such attendance.

B. Students attending an Oklahoma college or university may perform many objective acts, some of which are required by law (i.e. payment of taxes), and all of which are customarily done by some out-of-state students who do not intend to remain in Oklahoma after graduation, but are situational and necessary and/or voluntary (i.e. registering to vote, obtaining a driver’s license).  Such acts and/or declarations alone are insufficient evidence of intent to remain in Oklahoma beyond the college experience.

C. An out-of-state student attending an Oklahoma college or university on more than a half-time basis is presumed to be in the state primarily for educational purposes.

D. An individual is not deemed to have acquired in-state status until he or she has been in the state for at least a year primarily as a permanent resident and not primarily as a student. Likewise, an individual classified as in-state shall not be reclassified as out-of-state until 12 months after leaving Oklahoma to live in another state.

E. Unless residency has been established in another state, an individual who resided in Oklahoma at the time of graduation from an Oklahoma high school and has resided in the state with a parent or legal guardian for two years prior to graduation from high school will be eligible for in-state status.

F. Each spouse in a family shall establish his or her own status on a separate basis. Exceptions include the following: when an out-of-state status individual marries a person with in-state status, the out-of-state individual may be considered in-state after documentation of the marriage and proof of domicile are satisfied without the 12 month domiciliary waiting period.

G. Initial classification as out-of-state shall not prejudice the right of a person to be reclassified for following terms provided that he or she establish domicile as defined in this policy.  Institutions must establish procedures for students to appeal out-of-state status classification.

H. Institutions may, but are not required, to waive out-of-state tuition (also known as Nonresident Tuition Waiver) in accordance with current State Regents’ Tuition and Fees policy 4.18.5.B that allows any institution in the State System to waive a portion of the out-of-state tuition which amount shall not exceed the difference between out-of-state tuition and the amount paid by in-state students. 

I.  When a student transfers from one institution to another, the institution to which the student transfers is not bound by the in-state/out-of-state classification previously determined and may request documentation to determine the student’s status.

Dependent and Independent Persons   

A. The legal residence of a dependent person is the student’s parents or the residence of the parent who has legal custody or the parent with whom the student habitually resides. If the student is under the care of those other than the parents, the legal residence is that of the student’s legal guardian.

B. In-state/out-of-state classifications of students with extenuating circumstances (e.g., divorced parents with joint custody when one parent or legal guardian lives out-of-state and/or claimed as a dependent on a tax return, etc.) may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

C. A dependent person may establish independent status through circumstances including, marriage, formal court action, abandonment by parents, etc.  To qualify, a dependent person must have completely separated from the parental or guardian domicile and prove that such separation is complete and permanent.  Additionally, the individual must provide evidence that they are responsible for their housing and living expenses.  Mere absence from the parental or guardian domicile is not proof of its complete abandonment.  If an applicant can provide adequate and satisfactory evidence of independent status and domicile, they may be granted in-state status.

If an independent person can provide evidence of coming to Oklahoma to establish domicile, the applicant may be granted in-state status at the next enrollment after expiration of 12 months following establishment of domicile.

Documented Foreign Nationals 

Documented foreign nationals may attend if they have appropriate educational visas.  These individuals are eligible for in-state classification if they become lawful permanent residents, have resided in Oklahoma for at least 12 consecutive months, and meet domicile requirements.

Documented foreign nationals (and dependents) who are present in the US with visas that allow full-time employment are eligible for out-of-state tuition waivers as long as they remain in full-time working status. 

Undocumented Students

An individual who cannot present valid documentation of US nationality or an immigration status permitting study but who:

  • Graduated from a public or private Oklahoma high school;
  • Resided in this state with a parent or legal guardian at least two years prior to graduation; and
  • Satisfied admission standards for the institution.  

Individuals who meet the above requirements are eligible for enrollment and/or out-of-state tuition waivers if that individual:

1)  Provides a copy of a true and correct application or petition to legalize the student’s immigration status, or

2)   Files an affidavit stating that the student will file an application to legalize his status at the earliest opportunity he is eligible to do so, but in no case later than:  A)  one year after the date on which the student enrolls for study, or B)  If there is no formal process to permit children of parents without lawful immigration status to apply without risk of deportation, one year after the date the USCIS provides such a process. 

Military Personnel

Members of the armed forces who provide evidence that they are full-time active duty shall be immediately classified upon admission as in-state status along with their spouses and dependent children.  Further, when members of the armed services are transferred out-of-state, the member, their spouses and dependent children shall continue to be classified as in-state as long as they remain continuously enrolled.

Former full-time active military personnel who remain in Oklahoma after their service may retain their in-state status without the 12 month requirement if they establish domicile.

Full-Time Professional Practitioner or Worker

A US citizen or lawful permanent resident who provide evidence of having come to Oklahoma to practice a profession on a full-time basis, conduct a business full time, or work on a full-time basis shall be immediately classified as in-state along with the individual’s spouse and dependents without the 12 month domiciliary requirement so long as they continue in such full-time employment capacity.

A full-time professional practitioner or worker who is temporarily assigned to another location but maintains domicile in Oklahoma shall be considered to have in-state status along with the practitioner’s spouse and dependent children.

  

Auditing Classes

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Students who wish to audit classes must contact the Office of the Registrar.  Regular enrollment fees are paid for courses that are audited. An auditor may not petition later for academic credit.  A student may not change enrollment from credit to audit after the regular drop and add period.

Extra-Institutional Credit

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Extra-institutional credit (formerly Advanced Standing Credit) is credit granted through means other than the completion of formal college-level courses. Extra-institutional credit may be earned at Northeastern State University through institutionally prepared departmental examinations, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, Advanced Placement Program (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and credit for Military Training schools and Basic Military Training.  Tests covering many course subjects are available to students who acquired a knowledge or skill outside of the classroom.

The amount of extra-institutional credit (including correspondence and extension classes) which may be awarded shall not exceed one-fourth of the total semester hours required for graduation or a maximum of 30 hours.

Extra-institutional credit will be placed on the permanent record only after it is validated by the successful completion of twelve (12) or more semester hours of academic work at Northeastern State University. Credit earned is designated on the transcript by a P for passing followed by a code which indicates the source of the credit.  Extra-institutional credit is not considered residence work nor will it count toward financial aid eligibility.

Extra-institutional credit, once recorded and validated at an institution in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, is usually transferable on the same basis as if the credit had been earned through regular study at the awarding institution and subject to the same conditions as other credit from these campuses.

For more information on extra-institutional credit, write or call the Office of the Registrar, Northeastern State University, 701 North Grand Avenue, Tahlequah, OK 74464-2399, (918) 456-5511, ext. 2200.

Transferring from Community Colleges

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Articulation agreements exist between Northeastern and the community colleges in Oklahoma, as well as four out-of-state community colleges.  Acceptance of credits for comparable courses completed in the community colleges toward degree requirements at this university have been previously determined and mutually established in the articulation agreements.  Credit for acceptable work completed in two-year community colleges is applicable up to the first sixty-four hours of degree programs at Northeastern.  Students transferring from a community college must complete at least sixty hours from a four-year college or university to meet graduation requirements.

Transfer of Credit from Other Colleges and Universities

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Undergraduate semester hour credits earned at another college or university are accepted for credit and advanced standing toward an undergraduate degree program offered at Northeastern State University under the following provisions:

  1. The credit hours must have been earned in courses offered at a college or university that has been fully accredited by an accrediting agency within the association of the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.
  2. A grade must be designated to each course completed and the grade must be measurable and comparable in terms of the grading system used at Northeastern State University. Only courses completed in which semester hour credit has been designated with grades assigned can be considered for transfer.
  3. The course completed must be measurable and comparable in terms of credit hours, subject, content, level of instruction and study, clock hours of required class participation, meeting times and attendance, instructor clock hours, examinations required, and grading system to the same criteria for a course offered at Northeastern State University.
  4. Prerequisites for the course completed must be comparable to the prerequisites for a course offered at Northeastern State University.
  5. Courses completed must be designated at the previous institution on the same level of instruction within the catalog as that offered at Northeastern State University in terms of first year, second year, third year, or fourth year to be accepted as comparable to a course offered at Northeastern State University.  Course equivalencies are determined by the appropriate departments.  NSU awards credit based on the level at which the course is taught at the transferring institution. Lower division (1000-2000) coursework cannot be used to satisfy upper division (3000-4000) credit hour requirements for graduation. However, the content is transferable so a 2000 level course, for example, may be used to meet a 3000 level course requirement in the major. 
  6. The student must have status at the previous college or university in good standing, i.e., not on academic or disciplinary suspension when accepted for admission to Northeastern State University, and must have been a candidate for an associate or a baccalaureate degree in the previous college or university at the time of transfer.
  7. The student must be pursuing only one baccalaureate degree at any college or university at the time of transfer and during study for a degree from Northeastern State University, and the same courses completed for a degree previously earned cannot be applied toward the same degree program or type of degree at Northeastern State University.
  8. The Dean of each College at Northeastern State University in which a course is offered shall make the initial determination of the comparability of any course to be accepted for transfer to Northeastern State University, designate the limit of credit hours to be accepted and the degree program or programs toward which the credit may apply designated in such terms as prerequisite, tentative (pending satisfactory completion of 30 hours in residence at Northeastern State University), or elective, and specify the course name and number of the course offered at Northeastern State University to which the transferred course and credit is comparable.
  9. Final determination on credits accepted for transfer to Northeastern State University shall be made by the Registrar of the University under the authority of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  10. Credit for acceptable and comparable courses completed in two-year community colleges is applicable up to the first sixty-four hours of degree programs at Northeastern State University.  None may apply toward the last sixty hours of a bachelor’s degree.  One year of community college credit in comparable courses is applicable to the first thirty-two semester hours of a bachelor’s degree.
  11. The amount of extra-institutional credit (advanced standing) which may be awarded shall not exceed one-fourth of the total semester hours required or a maximum of 30 hours.  In the computation of the total amount of credit h may be earned, hours taken through correspondence and extension methods, whether taken at NSU or another institution, shall be considered as having been earned through the extra-institutional credit mechanism.
  12. Students transferring from universities which are not fully accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association are eligible to enroll at Northeastern State University provided they meet the undergraduate and/or graduate admission requirements as listed in the current Northeastern State University catalog. It is the responsibility of Northeastern State University to determine which courses transferring from these universities will apply toward a particular degree program. Validation tests are administered for courses which are considered to be comparable. Credit is granted if satisfactory scores are made on the validation tests.
  13. Graduates from universities which are not fully accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association will be admitted to graduate study in academic areas in which all undergraduate prerequisites have been met through validation of credit or through the earning of credit at a fully accredited institution. In addition, applicants must submit scores on the Miller Analogy Test or the aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination. The test results must place the student in the upper three-fourths of college graduates according to national norms.
  14. A student who is a graduate of a fully accredited institution which does not indicate grade points on transcripts must submit scores on the Miller Analogy Test or the aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination before being considered for admission to the Graduate College.  The scores must place the student in the upper three-fourths of college graduates according to national norms.

Transcripts

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Students may obtain an official copy (transcript) of their NSU academic record stamped “issued to student” or request that an official copy be mailed to another college or other places by submitting a signed Transcript Request form to the Office of the Registrar or online via goNSU. Students are charged a one-time twenty-five dollar record fee during their first semester of attendance and; thereafter, transcript copies are free.  A maximum of five (5) copies per day are available when picking them up in person or ten (10) copies per day when they are sent through the mail.  Official transcripts reflecting most recent grades earned will be available one week following the conclusion of the term.  Non-NSU transcripts will be retained for two years beyond a student’s last NSU enrollment.

Military Credit

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Veterans who have honorably served in the armed forces of the United States for a minimum of one year continuous full-time active duty military service may be given credit for basic military training of up to six semester hours of lower division credit which will be recorded as 3 hours of H ED 1113, Personal Health, and 3 hours of Physical Education. Extra-institutional credit for courses completed in military training schools may be granted as recommended by the American Council on Education in the Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services upon approval of the Academic Department Chair and Dean of the college.  To obtain credit, veterans must provide official copies of their DD-214 separation papers and official documents attesting to satisfactory completion of all armed forces special training schools.  Military credit will be placed on the permanent record only after it is validated by the successful completion of twelve (12) or more semester hours of academic work at Northeastern State University.

Enrollment

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Students  register for classes online via goNSU during the times listed in the schedule of classes each semester.  All fees for enrollment must be paid before the first day of classes.

Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who will assist the student with planning a class schedule each semester.  The student is responsible for the correctness of classes selected to meet degree program requirements.  Academic advisement and enrollment for entering freshmen and new transfer students are provided during Campus Connections enrollment sessions.

The university reserves the right to discontinue class in a section for which there is insufficient enrollment, to create new sections to which students may be transferred, and to reassign instructors for scheduled sections whenever the necessity of the university requires.

Late Enrollment

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Late registration is permitted for one week after classes begin in the regular semester and for three days in the summer session.  A fee of $10.00 for late enrollment is charged.  The academic advisor will determine when the semester-hour load should be reduced due to a late enrollment.

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