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Northern Illinois University 2012-2013
Office of Admissions
1425 West Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb, IL 60115-2857
http://www.niu.edu
Telephone: (800) 892-3050

 Know the NIU Facts
Annual tuition & fees: $11,497/year     
Annual room & board: $6,000/year  
Total Enrollment: 24,424
Distance from Moraine in miles: 60 West
Minimum GPA for admission: 2.5 Accepts the IAI General Ed. Core? 
Yes, see the section on IAI Acceptance below.
Online application:
www.niu.edu/admissions/onlineapp.shtml
Maximum hours accepted for transfer from community college: 66 semester hours plus 4 semester hours of P.E. activity courses Honors Program Available: Yes, see page 13 of the 2009-10 Undergraduate Catalog or online at www.honors.niu.edu/honors/
Application fee: $40 Junior status with an A.A. or A.S.?  Yes Immunization required? Yes, see page 16 of the 2009-10 catalog.
Dual Admission agreement with Moraine? Yes, see http://www.niu.edu/admissions/transfer Number of hours to be considered a transfer student: 24 Contact: transfercenter@niu.edu  815-753-0446 Arielle Kalvelage
*Note: tuition is locked for 12 trimesters or 4 years at this rate
 Northern Illinois University Programs
Baccalaureate Degrees Offered
B.A.-Bachelor of Arts
B.F.A.-Bachelor of Fine Arts
B.G.S.-Bachelor of General Studies 
B.S.-Bachelor of Science
B.S.Ed.-Bachelor of Science in Education
Majors
For a complete listing of majors offered at NIU see page 12-13 the 2009-10 Undergraduate Catalog or online at                    http://www.niu.edu/academics/undergrad/majors.shtml 
 
 Find Important NIU Information - links
Admissions Information:
www.admissions.niu.edu
admissions-info@niu.edu
Online Course Catalog:
catalog.niu.edu
Financial Aid Information: www.fa.niu.edu
Phone: (800) 892-3050
FAFSA on the web:
www.fafsa.ed.gov
Transfer Center  - click on link
Transfer course equivalents - click on link
Scholarship Information:
www.niu.edu/fa
Open House information:
www.niu.edu/admissions/visit/
Application form available online at:
www.admissions.niu.edu/admissions/onlineapp.shtml
Virtual Campus Tour:
www.admissions.niu.edu/admissions/visit/index.shtml
Housing Information:
www.shds.niu.edu

 

Learn about the NIU Colleges-

Business: http://www.cob.niu.edu
Health and Human Sciences: http://www.chhs.niu.edu
Education: http://www.cedu.niu.edu
Liberal Arts and Sciences: http://www.clas.niu.edu
Engineering: http://www.ceet.niu.edu
Visual and Performing Arts: http://www.vpa.niu.edu

 NIU Transfer Information                                                                                   

In order to be considered for admissions as a transfer student, applicants must:

  1. Have completed an A.A. or A.S. degree or have completed 24 hours with a minimum
    cumulative grade point average of �C� (2.0); students who have less than 24 hours must
    meet the freshman admission requirements found in the NIU Undergraduate Catalog or at http://www.niu.edu/admissions/freshman/index.shtml.

  2. Be in good academic standing at last institution attended; and

  3. Have satisfied any admission criteria specific to the major to which they apply.


NIU Current Competitive Transfer Grade Point Average (GPA)
: 2.5/4.0

Applicants who have earned between 24 and 59 shs of transferable college-level credit at the time
of application must:

  1. Have at least a �C� GPA (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) from all colleges attended (as computed
    by NIU standards).
  2. Be in good standing at the last college attended.
  3. Satisfy NIU's competitive transfer GPA.**

** All transfer applicants to Northern Illinois University who have attempted more than
12 semester hours, but completed fewer than 60 semester hours at the time of application
will be held to the competitive transfer grade point average. (Minimum 2.50/4.00)

 

Applicants who have earned 60 or more shs of transferable college-level credit at the time of
application must:

  1. Have at least a �C� GPA (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) from all colleges attended (as
    computed by NIU standards).
  2. Be in good standing at the last college attended.


Illinois Public Community College Graduates:

A graduate of an Illinois public community college who has not previously attended Northern
will be admitted to NIU.

The student will enter with junior standing and all NIU general education requirements will
be considered complete if the student has the following qualifications prior to enrolling at NIU.
(See "Special English 104 Requirement" for possible exception.)

  1. An associate's degree (A.A., A.S., or approved A.A.T.) in a baccalaureate-oriented
    program. Applied science degrees (A.A.S.) do not meet this requirement.
  2. At least a "C" average (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) as calculated by the community college.
  3. At least 60 semester hours of credit.
  4. Be in good standing at the last college attended.

These benefits do not necessarily satisfy any additional course requirements that may be
needed for a specific major program at NIU.
 

Note: GPA�s are subject to change based upon available resources and space limitations.
See limited admission programs below.
 

To Submit an Application:

Transfer applicants must submit the following:

  • A current application for admission
  • An official high school transcript and ACT or SAT score report (NOTE: Applicants with 24 or more completed semester hours of transferable credit are not required to submit a high school transcript.)
  • An official transcript from each college attended (sent by each college to the Office of Admissions).
     

NIU Application Deadlines - (for major-specific deadlines, click on link)
 

Freshman and New Transfer Students

Term

Applications Processing Begins

Application Deadline

Spring 2010

May 1, 2009

Closed for Spring 2010 Semester

Summer 2010

September 1, 2009

May 15, 2010

Fall 2010

September 1, 2009

August 1, 2010

The majors and areas of study offered by the departments and schools listed below have limited admissions:

  • Acting Emphasis (School of Theatre and Dance) (also need an audition and interview)

  • Art Education (School of Art) (min 2.75 GPA)

  • Athletic Training Emphasis (Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education) (Fall semester only & 2.5 GPA)

  • B.G.S. in Health and Human Sciences (College of Health and Human Sciences) (need professional licensure)

  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences Major (School of Allied Health Professions) (min 2.50 GPA in prerequisite courses)

  • Communication Studies Major (Department of Communication) (min 15 semester hours and 2.0 GPA)

  • Computer Science Major (Department of Computer Science) (min 30 hours and 2.5 GPA)

  • Design and Technology Emphasis (School of Theatre and Dance) (portfolio review)

  • Early Childhood Studies Interdisciplinary Major (Department of Teaching and Learning/School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences) (min. 2.75 GPA, Basic Skills Test, NIU background check)

  • Elementary Education Major (Department of Teaching and Learning) (min 3.0 GPA, Basic Skills Test)

  • Family and Child Studies Major (School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences) (min 2.2 GPA)

  • Music Majors (School of Music) (audition and may need to take a music theory & skills diagnostic test)

  • Nuclear Engineering Technology Emphasis (Department of Technology) (see catalog)

  • Nursing Major (School of Nursing) (competitive GPA and prerequisite courses)

  • Sociology Major (Department of Sociology) (see catalog for prerequisite courses)

  • Theatre Studies Major (B.A.) (School of Theatre and Dance) (interview and 3 letters of recommendation)

  • Visual Communication Area of Study (School of Art) (min 2.5 GPA and prerequisite courses)
     

Dual Admission to MVCC and NIU-

Moraine Valley students planning to transfer to NIU are encouraged to take advantage of the Dual Admissions Program offered by NIU and Moraine Valley. Participating in this program will allow you to receive academic advising and transfer planning assistance from both a MVCC advisor and a NIU advisor throughout your enrollment at MVCC.

 NIU advisors schedule appointments to meet with MVCC students who are participating in the Dual Admissions Program on the MVCC campus throughout the academic year. If you would like to make an appointment to meet with a NIU advisor, please contact the MVCC Academic Advising Center, College Center, Second Floor, (708) 974-5721.

 It�s easy to participate once you are admitted to Moraine Valley:

Complete the NIU Application for Undergraduate Admission. Applications are available in the MVCC Academic Advising Center or online at http://www.admissions.niu.edu/

  1. Complete the NIU/MVCC Dual Admissions Program Statement of Intent to Participate. The Intent forms are available in the MVCC Academic Advising Center.

  2. Mail both the NIU application and all copies of the Intent form to the NIU address below. If possible, mail them both together. If you have already submitted your NIU application, you can mail the Intent form separately.

For more information, contact the Moraine Valley Academic Advising Center or the NIU Office of Admissions.

Mail information to: Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 3001, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL 60115-2857

 

Standard Transfer Options to meet NIU General Education Requirements�

  1. Transfer after completing Moraine Valley Community College�s Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree or approved Associate in Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) (note: the AFA and AAS do not meet this requirement). Students desiring to meet general education requirements through satisfactory completion of a Moraine Valley AA, AS, or AAT degree should see the MVCC Educational Planning Guide for Transfer Students.

  2. Transfer after completing IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC). Students desiring to meet general education requirements through satisfactory completion of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) should see the MVCC Educational Planning Guide for Transfer Students

  3. Complete NIU General Education requirements with a grade of �C� or better in each course. For students not planning to complete the IAI general education core requirements or an AA/AS/or approved AAT degree, but want to meet the NIU core requirements, a list of equivalent classes that can be transferred to NIU to meet these requirements is available.  Students transferring without an AA/AS/or approved AAT degree should try to complete as many of NIU�s general education requirements as possible at MVCC.

IAI Acceptance-

         Degree seeking transfer students and students reentering NIU with an AA/AS/ or approved AAT degree from MVCC, will be considered to have completed NIU�s general education requirement. 

         Degree-seeking students who enter NIU as first time students with the IAI GECC completed will also be considered to have completed NIU�s general education requirements.  This does not apply to reentering NIU students without an AA/AS degree; such students should consult an admissions representative at NIU.

Transfer Grade Evaluation-

            A, B, C    Accepted and computed in GPA � must earn �C� in COM 101 and COM 102 and core         competency in MTH.
D           Accept hours of �D� work which are balanced by A�s and B�s computed in GPA.
W,F        Not Accepted.
I             Not Accepted, but counted as �F� to calculate GPA.
P            Accepted, not computed in GPA.          
R            For repeated courses with D or F, the second attempt only will be utilized. For repeated courses with C or better in the first attempt, the grades will not be calculated in the GPA, nor will transfer credit be given.

Credit awarded at another institution through credit by examination may transfer to NIU if the student completed at least 12 semester hours of transferable credit through regular classroom work.
MVCC courses that substitute for 300 or 400 (junior or senior) level courses may or may not be awarded upper-division credit. Individual departments make this decision.

Notable NIU Graduation Requirements-

      120 shs are required for graduation for most programs.  A minimum of 40 shs must be in courses numbered 300 and/or 400.  At least 30 shs of credit must be from course work offered by NIU.

      Transfer students may choose the NIU catalog which was in effect when they became freshman at their original school or any later NIU catalog, providing they were enrolled during the catalog year of their choice, but cannot choose a NIU catalog which was in effect more than 3 years before their admission to NIU.

       Foreign Language Requirement-Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree must demonstrate competence in a foreign language, through one of the following:

1.     Four years of one foreign language with no grade lower than a �C� at an accredited high school.

2.     Successful completion of a foreign language equivalent to that attained in two years of college instruction (i.e.: French, Spanish, Japanese, Spanish 101, 102, 201, 202 at MVCC)

3.     Exemption (no credit awarded) through a test (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) administered through the NIU Office of Testing Services or by registration as an international student at NIU, with a native language other than English.

  

FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION, SEE THE NIU WEBSITE AT: http://www.niu.edu/

 

How to use this Transfer Guide:

If you plan to earn an Associate in Arts (AA),  Associate in Science (AS), or Associate in Arts Teaching (AAT) degree in Secondary Math at Moraine Valley Community College:

Students are encouraged to complete an AA, AS, or AAT degree prior to transfer for most majors. This transfer guide is designed to recommend prerequisite, tool or transferable equivalent courses for some of the most popular majors at this transfer institution. It is suggested that as many of these courses as possible be taken as part of the AA, AS or AAT degree.  Individual colleges and universities may have admission, general education or program requirements beyond the associate�s degree requirements.

  • Use the Moraine Valley Community College Educational Planning Guide for Transfer Students as a guide for meeting degree requirements.

  • Meet with a MVCC advisor to confirm the transferability of the AA/AS/AAT degrees at your chosen transfer institution. 

  • Select courses that will meet general education requirements as well as freshman/sophomore level courses recommended for your program of study at the transfer institution.  Consult with a MVCC advisor for assistance in appropriate course selection.

  • Contact the Admissions Office or an advisor in your chosen major department at the transfer institution as soon as possible to verify your educational plan.
     

        If you do not plan to complete an AA, AS, or AAT degree:

       In general, students without an AA, AS, or approved AAT degree will have their courses evaluated on a course-by-course basis. While at MVCC, students can begin to take general education and major courses.

General Education course options:

         1. You may choose to complete the 37-41semester hour Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education    Core (IAI GECC) before transferring:

  • Use the Moraine Valley Community College Educational Planning Guide for Transfer Students as a guide for meeting general education requirements. 

  • Meet with a MVCC advisor to confirm that your chosen transfer institution accepts the IAI GECC and for assistance in appropriate course selection.

  • Select courses that will meet general education requirements for completion of the IAI GECC.  Consult with a MVCC advisor for assistance in appropriate course selection.

  • Contact the Admissions Office or an advisor in your chosen major department at the transfer institution as soon as possible to verify your educational plan.

  2.   You may also choose to take individual courses at MVCC for transfer to your chosen four-year institution.

Note:  If you do not complete the AA, AS, or approved AAT degree or the IAI GECC before transfer, you will be required to meet the general education requirements at your transfer institution. General education requirements vary substantially between institutions:

  • Contact the Admissions Office or an advisor in your chosen major department at the transfer institution as soon as possible to verify your educational plan.

  • See the articulation tables for lists of transferable courses between MVCC and your transfer institution.  Consult with a MVCC advisor for assistance in appropriate course selection.

 Major Course selection:

You can use this transfer guide as an aid to help in selecting courses that apply to your major.  Be sure to consult the transfer college�s academic catalog and an advisor from MVCC and the transfer institution prior to enrolling in classes.