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    Northern Kentucky University
   
 
  Sep 20, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions and Enrollment



General Admissions Information

Office: Undergraduate Admissions
Location: Lucas Administrative Center 400
Telephone: 800-637-9948 – OR – 859-572-5220
Fax: 859-572-6665
Web Address: http://admissions.nku.edu
Director: Melissa Gorbandt
Other Key Personnel:

Assistant Director of Processing: Michele R. Hall

Office: Transfer Service Center
Location: Lucas Administrative Center 301
Telephone: 859-572-5556
Fax: 859-572-6094
Web Address: http://transfer.nku.edu
Director: Ava Nienaber
Other Key Personnel:

Assistant Director of Transfer Services: Kelsey Bevins

Northern Kentucky University invites undergraduate and graduate students to apply for admission to NKU as freshmen, transfer students, readmitted students, postbaccalaureate students, international students, and non-degree students.

This section discusses the application process for all prospective students except international and graduate students. Information for international students is provided in the International Admissions and Enrollment section. Graduate students should refer to the graduate catalog.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Transfer Service Center if they have questions or would like assistance with the application process.

All students shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, color, creed, religion, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, uniform service or veteran status, physical or mental disability or political belief.

Important Admission Deadlines*

Freshman For Fall Semester For Spring Semester
Early Action January 15  
Priority   November 1
Assured Consideration February 15  
Enrollment Confirmation May 1 December 1
Final Deadline July 1 December 1
     
Transfer/Postbaccalaureate/Readmission/Non-Degree    
Priority May 1 November 1
Assured Consideration June 1  
Enrollment Confirmation (does not apply to postbaccalaureate or readmits) May 1 December 1
Final Deadline July 1 December 1

*Check the website for PACE, winter, and summer application deadlines (http://apply.nku.edu).

Deadline Definitions

Early Action

Students interested in NKU freshman scholarship opportunities must apply by this deadline. A separate scholarship application is required for some scholarships and must be submitted by the early action date.

Priority

For freshman applicants applying for spring semester admission: Students meeting this deadline will be invited to participate in a December orientation and advising session.

For transfer/post-bachelor/readmission applicants: This deadline ensures adequate time for full consideration of the application file and allows time to schedule an advising appointment prior to selecting classes.

Assured Consideration

Students applying after this deadline risk not being admitted if NKU reaches capacity for new freshmen or transfer students. Applicants could be placed on a waiting list, deferred to a subsequent semester, or denied admission.

Enrollment Confirmation

This is the deadline by which students must confirm their intention to enroll by submitting the nonrefundable confirmation fee.

Final Deadline

This is the last date a student can submit an application for admission consideration.

Admission Requirements and Procedures

Freshman Applicants

A freshman applicant is a prospective student who has not attempted coursework at a regionally accredited college or university (other than college credit earned while in high school or during the summer immediately following high school graduation). Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to apply for admission early in their senior year. To be considered for admission as a freshman, applicants must submit the following:

  1. An online application form (http://apply.nku.edu).
  2. A $40 nonrefundable application fee.*
  3. Official high school transcripts or GED scores.
  4. ACT or SAT scores.
  5. A pre-college curriculum form completed by the high school guidance counselor.

*See the section on Application and Enrollment Fee Policies for information on fee waivers and fee exclusions.

Home School and Independent Study Applicants

Applicants who are home schooled or completing their high school diploma through an independent study program must submit the following:

  1. An online application form (http://apply.nku.edu).
  2. A $40 nonrefundable application fee.*
  3. ACT or SAT scores.
  4. A notarized statement from the home-school teacher detailing the content of the student’s home-school curriculum, letter grades, and the duration of each course.
  5. A pre-college curriculum form completed by the home-school teacher.

*See the section on Application and Enrollment Fee Policies for information on fee waivers and fee exclusions.

Application Evaluation

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions evaluates the applications of every degree-seeking freshman. Only completed applications are reviewed. The evaluation focuses on:

  1. Completed high school classes and their relation to the Kentucky Pre-College Curriculum.
  2. High school GPA.
  3. High school class rank.
  4. ACT composite and sub-scores in English, mathematics, and reading; or SAT total* and sub-scores in writing, mathematics, and critical reading. Applicants 21 years of age and older may submit a COMPASS score in place of ACT or SAT scores.

*Combined mathematics and critical reading score.

The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the applicant’s preparation for college-level coursework. The evaluation considers whether the applicant meets the minimum requirements for admission set forth by both the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and NKU. NKU’s freshman admission standards are available online (http://standards.nku.edu).

All degree-seeking freshmen must submit a final, official high school transcript upon graduation. Final transcripts must be received prior to October 1 to ensure eligibility for continued enrollment and student financial assistance.

Kentucky Pre-College Curriculum

The Kentucky Pre-College Curriculum was established by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. It is a prescribed set of high school courses required for admission to an associate or baccalaureate degree program at a Kentucky public institution. Students admitted to the university not meeting a specific PCC area (or areas) are considered to have one or more academic deficiencies that must be remediated by completing prescribed courses in mathematics, English, social studies, sciences, and/or foreign language areas.

Exception 1: Students who are 21 years of age or older by the first official day of the full semester, or who will be turning 21 years of age during the semester, are exempt from completion of the PCC and admission standards. They are still subject to CPE College Readiness Standards.

Exception 2: A student with a PCC deficiency who achieved an ACT or SAT score that falls within the top 60 percent of all ACT/SAT test takers on a particular test date for English, mathematics, or science will not be considered to have a PCC deficiency in that specific area.

The Kentucky Pre-College Curriculum includes the following:

Area Credits
English Language Arts - English I, II, III, IV, or AP English 4
Mathematics - Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry* 3
Science - Biology I, Chemistry I, Physics I or life science, physical science, and earth/space sciences (at least one lab course) 3
Social Studies - U.S. history, economics, government, world geography, and world civilization 3
Foreign Language - Two credits in the same language or demonstrated competency 2
Health .5
Physical Education .5
History and Appreciation of Visual and Performing Arts - History and appreciation of visual and performing arts or another arts course that incorporates such content 1
Electives - Strongly recommended: one or more courses that develop computer literacy 5
TOTAL CREDITS 22

*A student may substitute an integrated, applied, interdisciplinary, or higher-level course within a program of study if the substituted course offers the same or greater academic rigor and the course covers or exceeds the minimum required content.

Admission Status - Freshmen

All freshman students offered admission to NKU will be placed in one of two categories: regular admission or admission with conditions.

Regular Admission

To be granted regular admission an applicant must meet the following three conditions:

  1. High school or equivalent completion as evidenced by:
    1. A diploma from an accredited high school with a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale (high school rank of top 60 percent will be accepted in lieu of the 2.00 GPA requirement).
      – OR –
    2. A general equivalency diploma (GED).
      – OR –
    3. Documented completion of an approved home school or distance learning high school program.
  2. Satisfactory standardized test performance as evidenced by:
    1. A minimum ACT composite score of 20 and minimum English, mathematics, and reading subject scores of 18.
      – OR –
    2. A minimum SAT composite score of 940 (combined mathematics and critical reading scores) and minimum subject scores of 430 in writing, 430 in mathematics, and 450 in critical reading.
      – OR –
    3. A minimum COMPASS score of English 74 or higher, mathematics 35 or higher, and reading 81 or higher. (For applicants 21 years of age or older)
  3. Completion of the Kentucky Pre-College Curriculum (waived for applicants 21 years of age or older).

Students are required to submit all required credentials to be considered for admission. NKU reserves the right to verify authenticity of all submitted educational credentials.

Admission with Conditions

Admission with conditions may be granted to a limited number of students who do not meet all criteria for regular admission.

  1. Conditionally admitted students are required to take placement test(s) and enroll in any required developmental courses during their first year.
  2. Students who are granted admission with two or more academic deficiencies are assigned to Norse Advising. Norse Advising advises students regarding their academic plan and refers students to appropriate support programs. The students may have a limited course load for their first semester. The limited course load and mandatory academic support may be continued if a student is not in good standing after his or her initial semester.
  3. Students admitted with conditions may not declare/change a major until all conditions are satisfied.
  4. First-time freshmen who are granted admission with two or more academic deficiencies will be admitted to an associate degree program and must participate in the Pathfinders Program.* Through the Pathfinders Program, students must participate in a variety of advising appointments, study sessions and special programs to maintain their enrollment eligibility. Please visit the website for specific details (http://pathfinders.nku.edu).

*Students who are 21 years of age or older are exempt from the Pathfinders Program and should follow the requirements outlined in #2 above.

Some applicants with two or more academic deficiencies could be placed on a waiting list to have their files reviewed by an admissions committee. A limited number of wait-listed students with the strongest academic record may be offered admission if there is space remaining in the freshman class.

Students Denied Admission

Applicants who are denied admission are encouraged to complete 24 semester credits of coursework at a regionally accredited institution or one with which NKU has an articulation agreement, and successfully complete all required developmental academic work prior to applying as a transfer student.

Transfer Admission

Transfer applicants are prospective students who have graduated from high school and have previously attempted coursework for credit (other than college credits taken while in high school) at another regionally accredited college or university. Potential transfer students who have a GPA of at least a 2.00 from a regionally accredited institution and who have 24 or more transferable credit hours must submit the following:

  1. An online application form (http://apply.nku.edu).
  2. A $40 nonrefundable application fee.*
  3. Official transcripts from each college attended.

*See the section on Application and Enrollment Fee Policies for information on fee waivers and fee exclusions.

Potential transfer students with a GPA of at least 2.00 and fewer than 24 transferable credit hours must supply the following credentials; applicants are evaluated based on the freshman admission standards.

  1. An online application form (http://apply.nku.edu).
  2. A $40 nonrefundable application fee.*
  3. Official transcripts from each college attended.
  4. Final and official high school transcript or GED scores.
  5. ACT or SAT or COMPASS test scores.

*See the section on Application and Enrollment Fee Policies for information on fee waivers and fee exclusions.

Potential transfer students with lower than a 2.00 GPA may apply but are not guaranteed admission to NKU. They must adhere to the following deadline dates and submit all required application materials. Their applications are reviewed by a committee, and decisions of the committee are final.

  Applicants for Fall July 1
  Applicants for Spring November 1
  Applicants for Summer April 1
  1. An online application form (http://apply.nku.edu).
  2. A $40 nonrefundable application fee*.
  3. Official transcripts from each college attended.
  4. Final and official high school transcript or GED scores.
  5. ACT or SAT or COMPASS test scores.
  6. A letter of appeal.

*See the section on Application and Enrollment Fee Policies for information on fee waivers and fee exclusions.

Regular Admission - Transfer Students

To be considered for regular admission, transfer applicants must have a 2.00 GPA. Students are required to submit all required credentials to be considered for admission. NKU reserves the right to verify authenticity of all submitted educational credentials.

Admission with Conditions - Transfer Students

Admission with conditions may be granted to a limited number of transfer students who do not meet all criteria for regular admission.

  1. Conditionally admitted students may be ineligible to declare a major.
  2. Students admitted with conditions may not declare/change a major until all conditions are satisfied.
  3. Conditionally admitted students may be limited to a 12-credit course load for their first semester.

Advising and Registration of Transfer Students

Once admitted to NKU, transfer students will receive a full transfer credit evaluation applying NKU’s policies on transfer credit that appear in the University Policies and Procedures section of this catalog. A completed transfer credit evaluation report shows which courses have been accepted and how each course will transfer to NKU. Once the student receives this report, the student is ready to meet with an academic advisor who will answer questions such as what courses are needed for the student’s chosen major and how the transfer work will apply to the student’s general education, major, and minor requirements. Academic advisors also assist students with course selection for registration. Transfer students are eligible to register based on their number of earned credit hours.

Kentucky Postsecondary General Education/Framework Transfer Agreement

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and other Kentucky public institutions developed and approved the Kentucky Transfer Policy to facilitate student progress toward graduation and to ease the transition between state institutions within Kentucky. Under this agreement, students who complete a general education category at a Kentucky public institution from which they are transferring will have that category fulfilled at NKU.

In addition to general education, the Baccalaureate Program Transfer Frameworks identify 12 hours of coursework in specific majors that may be successfully transferred. Each framework has a specific guide to the exact courses that a student must complete. Students should work closely with advisors at their home institutions to ensure they are taking framework courses for transfer to NKU. For more information regarding this policy, students should contact the Office of Transfer Services within the Office of the Registrar at 859-572-5556.

Articulation Agreements

Northern Kentucky University has established formal articulation agreements with a variety of colleges and universities. These agreements facilitate the transfer of credits to NKU and specify how the credits will contribute to satisfying general education or other degree requirements. Students should alert their academic advisor if they have completed a program that is governed by a formal, approved articulation agreement between their prior institution and NKU. For specific information, contact the Office of Transfer Services within the Office of the Registrar at 859-572-5556.

Placement Testing

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has established the following college readiness standards for all incoming freshmen and transfer students. Failure to meet one of the standards constitutes a deficiency.

Students who do not meet the college readiness standards are required to take a placement test in every area in which the standard is not met. Placement tests must be taken prior to orientation and registration in any course at NKU. Each placement test can be taken only once. However, students may opt to re-test once after 30 days have passed from the initial placement test. Students register for placement tests online (http://testing.nku.edu).

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education College Readiness Standards
ACT Scores
(After October 1989)
College Ready Score
English 18 or higher
Mathematics 19 or higher
Reading 20 or higher
SAT Scores College Ready Score
English 430 or higher on Writing
Mathematics 460 or higher
Reading 470 or higher
COMPASS Scores College Ready Score
English 74 or higher
Mathematics 36 or higher
Reading 85 or higher

Post-traditional students who are admitted based on COMPASS scores are not required to take placement tests.

Students with an academic deficiency are required to enroll in all necessary developmental courses during their first two semesters at NKU. Developmental courses do not contribute to the credits required for graduation and will not be calculated in the GPA. Please refer to Learning Assistance Programs in the Academic Support  section of this catalog, or the Learning Assistance Programs website (http://lap.nku.edu/developmental.html) for more information and a listing of available developmental courses.

Readmission Applicants

Readmission applicants are undergraduate students who have previously attended NKU but have not been enrolled during the previous two years (effective spring 2015). Graduation requirements for readmitted students will change to the current year’s catalog of record. Applicants for readmission should submit the following:

  1. Online application form (http://apply.nku.edu).
  2. $40 nonrefundable application fee.*
  3. Official transcripts from each college attended since leaving NKU.

*See the section on Application and Enrollment Fee Policies for information on fee waivers and fee exclusions.

Postbaccalaureate Applicants

Postbaccalaureate applicants have received a bachelor’s degree and intend to enroll for additional undergraduate credit as degree-seeking students. Applicants should submit the following:

  1. An online application form (http://apply.nku.edu).
  2. A $40 nonrefundable application fee*.
  3. Official transcripts from each college attended other than NKU.

*See the section on Application and Enrollment Fee Policies for information on fee waivers and fee exclusions.

Transfer coursework for postbaccalaureate students is subject to departmental approval and is not evaluated in its entirety. Postbaccalaureate students are considered to have completed general education requirements.

School-Based Scholars Program

This program allows eligible high school students to take up to 8 NKU classes prior to high school graduation at a discounted rate at their respective high schools, the NKU Grant County Center, or the Highland Heights campus. The current tuition rate is available online (http://nkusbs.nku.edu). Students are also responsible for the program application fee, cost of textbooks, and any applicable course fees. Students taking more than the approved number of courses will be charged the full applicable tuition rate. High school students are eligible for the School-Based Scholars Program if they:

  • Have completed the sophomore year of high school at the time classes are taken.
  • Have earned an ACT composite score of 20, or the equivalent SAT/PSAT scores. If a student does not have any of these test scores, they can be admitted with a 3.0 GPA and recommendation from their HS Guidance Counselor*.
  • Have earned a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Maintain a grade of C or higher in each college course completed prior to high school graduation.
  • Have written permission from a parent or guardian (if under age 18).
  • *Meet all prerequisites for the specific NKU courses in which they intend to enroll. For some courses, prerequisites include minimum ACT sub-scores in English, mathematics, or reading.

School-Based scholars must submit the full program application prior to their first semester and proof of continued eligibility in each subsequent semester. For applications and deadlines for each semester, interested students should see their high school guidance counselor or visit the SBS website (http://nkusbs.nku.edu).

Students interested in applying for the School-Based Scholars Program should submit the following documents via email (nkusbs@nku.edu) or fax 859-572-1905:

  • SBS Disclosure Form.
  • Copy of current high school transcripts, including GPA and test scores.

Upon receipt of these items, the student will receive a link to an online application for admission along with instructions about how to complete the application.

The Kentucky Department of Education offers the Mary Jo Young Scholarship for eligible students with financial hardship. Please see your high school guidance counselor for application information and deadlines.

To be eligible to continue in the School-Based Scholars Program, students must achieve a grade of C or higher in each SBS course. Continuing School-Based Scholars must submit an updated official high school transcript with high school GPA and ACT test scores (if taken or retaken since previous submission of credentials) prior to enrollment in subsequent semesters.

School-Based Scholars wishing to apply to NKU as freshmen after high school graduation must submit a new application along with the appropriate credentials for freshman admission. The application fee is waived for School-Based Scholars.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

NKU offers a variety of non-degree options:

  1. General non-degree students are those who do not intend to enter a degree program at the time of application.
  2. Non-degree postbaccalaureate students are those who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree and intend to enroll for additional undergraduate credit as non-degree seeking.
  3. Visiting students are those who attend another college or university but wish to enroll at NKU for one semester. These students are responsible for having coursework approved by the institution to which the work will be transferred. Visiting students, except for ones who enroll through the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities, may not enroll at NKU for more than one consecutive semester. For the purposes of this rule, all summer terms taken together are considered one semester.

To apply as a non-degree student, applicants should submit the following:

  1. An online application form (http://apply.nku.edu).
  2. A $40 nonrefundable application fee.

Application materials should be submitted by the following dates:

  Applicants for Fall August 1
  Applicants for Winter or Spring December 1
  Applicants for Summer May 1

Non-Degree Policy

To apply for non-degree admission, an applicant must have a high school diploma or GED. A maximum of 36 semester credit hours earned as a non-degree student may be applied to a degree at NKU. Non-degree students are NOT eligible to receive federal financial aid. To facilitate the admission process, prospective non-degree students are strongly encouraged to apply and supply all required credentials by the deadline given above. Requests for exceptions to admission deadlines will be reviewed by the admissions director. Non-degree students are required to meet the prerequisites for all courses they wish to take. Students who choose to become degree-seeking at a later date must submit a new application for admission, pay the application fee, submit all required credentials, and meet the appropriate admission deadline.

Permanent Resident Applicants

Permanent residents should file the standard domestic application for admission. Permanent residents must submit application materials as listed in the appropriate admission category: freshman, transfer, postbaccalaureate, readmission, and non-degree. Applicants must submit a copy of their Permanent Resident Card. Permanent residents will be evaluated based on the standards used with domestic applicants. If a student is unable to supply a Permanent Resident Card, please contact the Office of Admissions at 859- 572-5220 for alternate document types that may be submitted.

Permanent residents may also be required to take placement tests to determine placement in English and mathematics courses at NKU. The transfer evaluation of foreign documents requires an evaluation by a foreign evaluation service. NKU only accepts evaluations from companies which hold active membership in the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. You can find a list of members on the web (http://www.naces.org). Students must submit certified English translations (if applicable) along with original foreign language transcripts for all university and/or postsecondary coursework completed overseas. Students must submit detailed course descriptions and/or syllabi of all completed coursework in order to be considered for specific transfer credit.

Adult Student Programs

Office: Distance and Online Learning
Location: Campbell Hall 270
Telephone: 859-392-2400
Fax: 859-392-2416
Email address: adultlearner@nku.edu
Web address: http://adultlearner.nku.edu
Executive Director: Vicki Berling
Other key personnel:

Associate Director of PACE and Cohort Learning: Debbie Poweleit
Associate Director of Online Learning: Meredith Singleton
Academic Specialist: Sherry Cucchiara

These programs are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of working adult students. Interested parties should contact the office listed under each program description for detailed information about application procedures and admission criteria.

The Program for Adult Centered Education (PACE)

Highly structured yet amazingly flexible, PACE operates on year-round eight-week sessions that enable adult learners to complete their degrees in a timely manner while continuing their work, family, and community obligations. Instruction is web enhanced with many workplace applications. A variety of degree options (http://pace.nku.edu/undergradmajors.html) are available through PACE including associate degrees in pre-business studies and integrative studies, and bachelor’s degrees in business administration, business informatics, computer information technology, integrative studies, and organizational leadership.

In addition to meeting university admission standards, PACE applicants must meet requirements regarding work experience. PACE applications are accepted year-round and are available online (http://apply.nku.edu). Applicants should select the “PACE Student” application and “PACE” as the academic area of interest. Please note that the online application will display PACE as a non-degree program. This is for admission purposes only. All PACE students are degree seeking and, therefore, may apply for financial assistance.

Students interested in learning more about PACE should schedule an information session by calling 859-392-2400 or sending an email (pace@nku.edu).

Project Graduate

For adults who started their bachelor’s degrees years ago but left college before finishing, Project Graduate provides an opportunity to complete a degree. This statewide initiative assists adult learners who have accumulated 70 credit hours to return to finish their first bachelor’s degree. NKU Project Graduate benefits include personalized advising and limited scholarship opportunities for both prior and new transfer students. Project Graduate is housed in Norse Advising in the University Center. Prospective students can find out if they qualify for Project Graduate by calling Norse Advising at 859-572-6900, or by visiting the website (https://advising.nku.edu/projectgraduate.html). They can receive additional information and contact from an advisor by submitting a form on the website.

Online Learning

Distance and Online Learning provides administrative and student-support services for 16 fully online degree programs and 9 certificates at the undergraduate and graduate levels plus hundreds of online courses. Through online learning, students can complete their educational goals at a time and place convenient to their schedule. The current list of fully online degree programs (http://nkuonline.nku.edu) and a list of courses offered in the fully online format can both be found online (http://nkuonline.nku.edu/courseofferings.html). Admission criteria and application procedures for fully online programs can be obtained by calling 859-392-2400 or sending an email (nkuonline@nku.edu).

State Authorization

NKU recognizes that states have the authority to regulate colleges and universities offering education within that state’s boundaries, which includes regulation of distance learning and online education. NKU is making good faith efforts to comply with the regulations in states where it serves students. Out-of-state students are advised to check with their postsecondary governing board with specific questions about NKU’s authority to provide specific degree programs. Out-of-state students considering programs that require subsequent licensure by the state of residence (i.e. nursing or education) may also check with the state licensure office. State-specific information is available online from SHEEO (Directory of State Authorization Agencies and Lead Contacts).

State Authorization Statements (as required by the states below)

  • This institution is authorized by The Indiana Commission for Higher Education/The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education; 101 West Ohio St., Suite 670; Indianapolis, Ind.; 46204-1984; 317-464-4400 Ext. 138 or 141.

Online Learning Student Complaint Information

NKU is required to provide all current and prospective out-of-state students with the contact information of the state agency that handles complaints against institutions of higher education within that state. Enrolled students are encouraged to utilize NKU’s internal complaint and review policies. State-specific information is available on the web (Complaint Process Links).

Educational Partnerships with Employers

In partnership with local corporations and organizations, NKU provides certificate and degree programs via onsite and/or online delivery. Employees of the partnering organizations attend classes together in cohort groups and receive special assistance from the application process all the way through to graduation. More information can be obtained about these partnerships by calling 859-392-2400 or by sending an email (adultlearner@nku.edu).

Onsite Educational Partnerships (Cohorts)

In partnership with local corporations and organizations, NKU provides certificate and degree programs via onsite and/or online delivery. Employees of the partnering organizations attend classes together in cohort groups and receive special assistance from the application process all the way through to graduation. More information can be obtained about these partnerships by calling 859-392-2400 or by sending an email (adultlearner@nku.edu).

Professional Development and Personal Enrichment Courses

Office: Community Connections
Location: Steely Library 250
Telephone: 859-572-5600
Fax: 859-572-5174
Email address: connect@nku.edu
Web address: http://communityconnections.nku.edu/
Director: Melinda Spong
Other key personnel:

Associate Director: Amanda Peters
Coordinator: Melanie Hartzel
Assistant: Christine Smith

Community Connections advances the university’s commitment to public engagement through non-credit professional and personal development programs, elementary and secondary educational outreach, and event support services for university-sponsored activities, thus facilitating faculty, staff and student involvement in outreach and community engagement.

Professional Continuing Education

NKU provides continuing education programs covering a wide range of topics in a variety of delivery styles. Courses are available in NKU classroom settings, onsite at area businesses, and in various online formats. The instructors and training facilitators are successful business professionals and respected industry educators who use their experience to provide practical, cutting-edge training.  The current list of noncredit, professional education programs offered in conjunction with Community Connections can be found online (http://communityconnections.nku.edu/). More information can be obtained by sending an email (connect@nku.edu) or calling 859-572-5600.

Application and Enrollment Fee Policies

Application Fee Waivers

An applicant may request a fee waiver based on financial hardship. The request will be considered by the admissions director provided that it is accompanied by a letter from one of the following:

  1. A high school counselor or principal.
  2. A Talent Search counselor, Upward Bound official or Student Support Services representative.
  3. A state of Kentucky representative issuing a Certification of Financial Assistance.
  4. ACT/SAT application fee waiver request.

Application Fee Exemptions

  1. Students from the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities and the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education are not charged the application fee if they apply as a non-degree visiting/consortium student. If applying as degree-seeking student, the application fee is required.
  2. Students applying to transfer to NKU from a college or university that is not a member of GCCCU are charged the application fee.
  3. Students whose last attendance was at an institution within the Kentucky Community and Technical College system are not charged an application fee.
  4. Alumni who have earned a bachelor’s degree from NKU will have the application fee waived for future undergraduate applications for admission.
  5. The application fee is waived for faculty and staff, as well as for spouses or dependents of NKU faculty or staff who are eligible for the tuition waiver. NKU faculty or staff must supply a current NKU ID to the appropriate admissions office.
  6. Students who participated in NKU’s School-Based Scholars program are not charged an application fee.
  7. All veterans are not charged an application fee.
  8. Qualified employees of EdAssist partners may request the application fee be waived at time of application. Paid application fees may not be refunded.

Enrollment Confirmation Fee

All first-time, degree-seeking, new undergraduate students who will enroll in six or more semester credit hours must confirm their intention to enroll by submitting the confirmation fee form with a nonrefundable $75 confirmation fee payment. The deadline to submit the confirmation form and fee is May 1 for the summer and fall semesters and December 1 for the spring semester. Students admitted after these deadlines will have two weeks from their date of acceptance to submit the Enrollment Confirmation Fee. International students and PACE students will be charged at the time they enroll for their first semester at NKU.

Residency

Residency affects a student’s classification for tuition purposes. Students are notified of their residency status when they are admitted to the university. Residency status is determined in accordance with the state of Kentucky (CPE) classifications. Relevant portions of the policy are given in the appendix of this catalog.

Students who wish to appeal their initial residency classification or request a change of residency must complete a residency affidavit packet. Packets may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar, Lucas Administrative Center 301. Residency packet deadlines and residency FAQs are available online (http://inside.nku.edu/registrar/forms-records/residency.html).

Selective Admissions Programs

Admission to NKU does not guarantee acceptance to all academic programs. The following academic programs have requirements above those listed for regular admission: biological sciences, chemistry, criminal justice, data science, health science, honors, international studies, nursing, organizational leadership, political science, radiologic technology, and respiratory care. Additionally, music requires an audition. Please review program admission requirements listed in the appropriate section of this catalog.

Northern Exposure: Registration and Orientation

As students begin to prepare for the transition to college, NKU has developed a comprehensive orientation program to assist all incoming students in cultivating their own individual support network at the university. Northern Exposure: Registration and Orientation is designed to foster an enduring connection between the students, their families and the NKU community. Through interactive experiences, students will become informed and skilled consumers of the academic programs, comprehensive services and engagement opportunities offered at NKU. While Northern Exposure is mandatory for all incoming students, we do have separate orientations for new first-time freshmen, post-traditional students, veterans and transfers. Students enrolled in the PACE program or an online degree program are not required to attend Northern Exposure.

Traditional Undergraduate First-Time Students

For new traditional-age first-time freshmen, Northern Exposure is required and consists of a two-part process known as Registration and Orientation. Registration consists of a one-day advising and registration program (dates in June and July) AND Orientation consists of three days of orientation (in August). Northern Exposure allows students to become familiar with academic departments, register for classes, and learn about the variety of services and leadership opportunities available to them as NKU students. All traditional-age first-time freshmen are required to attend BOTH Registration and Orientation to fulfill their mandatory orientation requirement. Students are encouraged to bring their parent(s)/guardian(s) to the one-day registration program as there will be a parent/guest program schedule running concurrently with the student schedule.

Transfer, Veteran and Post-Traditional Students

Orientation for transfer* students is held in concurrence with the new, first-time, post-traditional student orientation. This is a one-day program offered in a conference-style format, that will educate students on the many services that NKU has to offer, answer questions they may have about college life and help them begin to build a strong success network at NKU. During each orientation experience, students will have the chance to meet with faculty and staff from their respective college or school, new classmates, and current students. Students will also learn about the campus resources available to enhance their success from their first semester to graduation.

For transfer students, the orientation program depends on how many earned hours they are transferring to NKU. They may be eligible to participate in SCOOP: Student Centered Online Orientation Program versus attending the one-day, on campus program.

Students who are veterans (defined as being a member of a branch of the U.S. military), may choose to attend the veteran track available during one or more of the one-day transfer/post-traditional orientation programs. The veteran track will provide more specific information about our nationally-recognized student veteran organization, the veteran education benefit process, how benefits impact financial aid eligibility, and the full range of campus resources available to veterans attending NKU.

Advising and course registration is not included in the one-day orientation program for transfer, post-traditional and veteran students. Students should contact their advising centers directly to make an advising appointment prior (if possible) to their orientation.

*Transfer students are eligible for priority registration based on the number of earned hours they are transferring to NKU.

For more detailed information, students should consult the orientation website (http://orientation.nku.edu) or contact the Office of New Student Orientation and Parent Programs at (859) 572-1967.

Enrolling and Registering for Classes

Building a Good Schedule

NKU offers the following tips to help students build a good schedule:

  1. Know yourself. NKU classes are offered at a variety of times throughout the week: morning, afternoon, evening, and weekends. There are classes offered in a traditional face-to-face classroom on the main campus, classes offered online, and classes at the Grant County Center. What works best for you? Are you a morning person? What kind of outside obligations do you have? Will family or work responsibilities impact the time you can take classes? Do you like the idea of online classes that require more self-directed learning?
  2. Create a balanced schedule.
    1. Balance the types of courses you choose. In a single semester, do not take five heavy reading classes, or three mathematics courses, or several heavy writing classes. Seek variety in the kinds of courses you will be taking.
    2. Balance the times of courses you have in your schedule. Most courses meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 50 minutes or Tuesdays and Thursdays for 75 minutes. Avoid taking all classes on the same few days. If you cannot avoid it, then be sure to schedule some breaks during the day so you have time to get up, walk around, and get something to eat.
  3. If you need to take developmental classes, take them as soon as possible. These classes are essential to academic success in college-level courses, and they must be taken within the first two semesters of enrollment.
  4. Meet with your advisor early in the semester to review your educational plan and choose your courses for the upcoming semester. Review any developmental courses that you might need. Be sure you are meeting the general education requirements as well as requirements for your major and minor.

Registering for Classes

Academic advising is required for many students and strongly recommended for all students prior to registering for classes. Students who are in good standing may register through myNKU. myNKU is the secure Internet-based portal from which students can access registration (including adding, dropping, and withdrawing from courses), course offerings and class descriptions, grades, official and unofficial transcripts, student accounts (tuition, student fees, and payments), and financial aid. Upon admission, students are issued user names and directed to create a password to access their myNKU account. For myNKU tutorials, students should visit the website (http://mynkuhelp.nku.edu/stuvideos.html).

Registration Holds

Registration holds prevent students from registering for courses. They are most often established because the student has not submitted final official transcripts, is required to meet with his or her advisor prior to registering, or owes money to the university. Registration holds must be cleared (resolved) before a student can register online via myNKU. The student can still search for courses and place them in the registration cart, but the student must contact the office or department that placed the hold before being able to register. For advising holds, the student should contact his or her academic advisor to make arrangements for clearing the advising hold. If a hold is related to a fee, the fee must be paid before the hold will be released. To release a credential hold, students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Generally, holds can be released Monday-Friday between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information about holds, students should consult the web (http://inside.nku.edu/registrar/registration/registration-holds.html).

Housing

Location: Norse Commons 101
Telephone: 859-572-5676
Fax: 859-572-6099
Email Address: housing@nku.edu
Web Address: http://housing.nku.edu
Director: Arnie Slaughter
Other Key Personnel:

Associate Director of Residence Life: Victoria Suttmiller
Associate Director of Housing Operations: Cathy Carson

University Housing provides housing services for single students who live on campus during the school year. Unless qualifying for an exemption, new first-year students are required to live on campus. Please visit the website for exemption categories (http://housing.nku.edu).

Campus housing includes traditional residence hall rooms as well as apartment-style living and suite-style living. Lounge areas, information desks, computer labs, laundry rooms, vending areas, loft/study areas, and space for student recreation are available to students who live in the residential village. NKU can accommodate 2,000 students in on-campus housing. The Association of Campus Residents represents residential students to the Office of University Housing and to the Student Government Association. ACR serves as a sponsor of residential village events and reviews and recommends university policy changes.

Housing costs and a virtual tour of all housing room types are posted online (http://housing.nku.edu). One bill covers rent, utilities (electricity, water, and sewage), local phone service (Callahan Hall residents only), cable TV, and internet access. Students have the option to reside on campus for the academic year (fall and spring semesters), spring semester only, or during summer sessions.

Meal Plans

NKU Dining Services offers more than 15 dining locations and several meal plans to residential and commuter students. Residential students - except those living in Woodcrest Apartments and Northern Terrace rooms with full kitchens - are required to purchase a meal plan. Meal plans for residential students are purchased through the housing application process. Commuter students may purchase meal plans online (http://dineoncampus.com/nku). All students paying for food with “flex dollars” on their All Card will receive a dining discount. These flex dollars can be used in any dining facility on campus and receive the dining discount. Flex dollars will roll over from fall to spring semester and expire the end of the spring semester. Students can purchase additional flex dollars on the food service website (http://dineoncampus.com/nku). AllCard dollars can be added on the AllCard web site (http://allcard.nku.edu/). See AllCard for additional information.