Student Responsibility

Each student is ultimately responsible for knowledge of, and adherence to, all University requirements and regulations, including all degree and graduation requirements.  All students are strongly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor each semester, and to seek information and assistance from appropriate staff should they have any questions regarding requirements or regulations.

The Academic Year

The academic year consists of a Fall Semester, a Spring Semester, and a Summer program composed of varying term lengths.  Specific dates for Fall 2016 through Summer 2018 can be found in the Academic Calendar section of the Catalog.

Registration Procedures

Currently enrolled students and students admitted or readmitted prior to the beginning of Advance Registration, may be eligible to participate in the Advance Registration process. This allows students to register for upcoming semesters based upon their student classification (master's, senior, junior, etc.) and the number of credit hours completed.  Students register online via NEIUport (http://neiuport.neiu.edu). Detailed information regarding online registration procedures and registration dates can be found in the online Schedule of Classes.

Eligible students who do not advance register may register online for classes during the Open Registration and Add/Drop periods. Students are responsible for viewing and/or printing their student schedule and registration fee assessment (bill) via NEIUport.

Students who fail to complete all admissions requirements, have outstanding tuition/fees or other financial obligations, receive academic or disciplinary notices, or have other holds that prevent registration must resolve the hold(s) before being permitted to register.

Credit Hour Definition

Consistent with the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Program Integrity rules published October 29, 2010, Northeastern defines a credit hour as “an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

(1) One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks for one semester hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or

(2) At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.”

For traditional lecture, seminar, special topics, contract, grant, video conferencing, and temporary courses, a one credit hour class meets a minimum of 50 minutes per week, and includes 100 minutes of out of class student work totaling 150 minutes per week over the course of the semester.  For example, a three credit hour class meets 150 minutes per week and requires 300 minutes out of class student work per week.

Courses such as science laboratories, music ensembles, applied music, and art studios, typically meet a minimum of 100 minutes per credit hour per week.   

Thesis, master’s project, independent study, tutored study, internship, practicum, fieldwork, and other individualized instruction courses must include: a) regularly scheduled contact, evaluation, and/or assessment with faculty, b) appropriate site experience and/or project activities, and c) independent work by the student, the combination of which must be equivalent to the amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of the DOE definition.  

Credit hour criteria for student teaching, clinical, or practicum experience are determined in accordance with recommendations of a program's specific accrediting body or applicable state regulation.  In the event that the specific accrediting body or the applicable state regulation does not meet Northeastern’s credit hour policy minima, the program must obtain approval for an exemption from the University’s credit hour policy from the Faculty Council on Academic Affairs and the Provost.

Northeastern’s credit hour policy applies to all courses that award academic credit, regardless of the location of the course or the mode of delivery (e.g., hybrid, blended, online, etc.). Courses offered over a different period of time (i.e., half-semester courses, summer session courses, etc.) will require the same amount of classroom and out of class student work per credit hour as required of semester-long courses.

Curriculum committees and administration are charged with upholding the credit hour policy in their review and approval of all courses.

Course Numbers

A general guideline to Northeastern's course numbering system is:

  • 000-099: Developmental courses.  Credit does not apply towards graduation.  Effective Fall 2010, grades earned in developmental courses will not be counted in the hours earned nor in the grade point average.
  • 100-199: Lower-division courses usually taken during the freshman year.
  • 200-299: Lower-division courses usually taken by sophomores.
  • 300-399: Upper-division courses which are for advanced undergraduates and, under some conditions, graduate students.
  • 400-499: Graduate-level courses only for graduate students.
  • 500-599: Graduate-level courses only for graduate students.

Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 40 semester hours at the 300-level.

Student Classification

Total Hours Earned:

Freshman00 - 29 hours
Sophomore30 - 59 hours
Junior60 - 89 hours
Senior90+ hours
Graduate admitted to a graduate degree program
Student-at-Large not admitted to a degree program
Student-at-Large Seeking Licensureadmitted to a licensure program.
Second Bachelor’s Degreeadmitted to an undergraduate degree program.