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REGISTRAR:  General Information


Dates and Times to Register for Summer and Fall
Scheduled pre-registration for the summer and fall semesters for currently enrolled students will begin in early April.

Dates and Times to Register for Spring
Scheduled pre-registration for the spring semester for currently enrolled students will begin in early November. Registration Priorities will be available on WebAdvisor by mid-October and will indicate the first date and hour of registration based on number of semester hours completed. New freshmen may register on scheduled freshmen registration days or by appointment after November 19. Accepted new students will receive informational brochures by mail.


Withdrawal from class or school is initiated by the student. Faculty members cannot withdraw a student from class. Students should process withdrawals in Enrollment Services, DH-101. If a student withdraws by census date of the standard term, registration is canceled for that class. Students who withdraw at any time after the census date until the end of 70% class length will receive a W grade. Instructor permission is not required.

An administrative withdrawal can be processed for non-attendance, disciplinary action, or non-payment of financial obligations. The student will be notified by the Registrar before an administrative withdrawal is processed. A grade of "W" is assigned for all classes when an administrative withdrawal is processed.


Application. Apply for graduation in Enrollment Services in the term prior to the term in which you plan to graduate, after you enroll in all remaining credits for your degree. The application process includes a short application form, a survey, and a review of your remaining requirements.


  1. Complete at least 128 hours for a bachelor's degree, or at least 64 hours for an associate's degree, with a minimum 2.00 cumulative and institutional GPA. (Some majors require a higher GPA.) No more than one-fourth of the total used for graduation may be earned through correspondence and off-campus extension. 
  2. Complete at least 40 semester hours of credit in upper division (300 and above) coursework. 
  3. A minimum of 32 credit hours of institutional credit (credit offered by Northern State University) must be earned for a baccalaureate degree; 16 for an associate degree. Sixteen of the last 32 hours earned preceding completion of the baccalaureate degree must be earned in institutional credit; 8 of the last 16 hours for an associate degree.  
  4. Complete all work as outlined to satisfy requirements of the major and/or minor. 
  5. Show satisfactory performance on the proficiency examination--sometimes referred to as the CAAP exam or Rising Junior exam, including the Computer Literacy proficiency exam.
  6. Complete the appropriate exit exam in the major field. Test results will not affect graduation status but participation is required for graduation. 

Fifty percent of coursework required for the major must be taken at NSU.

Honors. Graduation honors will be determined on cumulative and institutional grade point average. Students who have earned an institutional GPA of 3.5 shall be graduated cum laude (baccalaureate) or with honor (associate). Those who earn 3.70 shall be graduated magna cum laude, (baccalaureate) or with high honors (associate) and those earning a 3.9 shall be graduated summa cum laude (baccalaureate) or with highest honor (associate). Honors are only awarded to students who have completed at least 64 semester hours credit (bacccalalureate) or at least 32 semester hours credit (associate) in residence at Northern State University.

Based on coursework completed at the end of the term prior to graduation, qualified students become "candidates for honors" and will be recognized in the commencement program. Final graduation honors are determined after all requirements have been met and will be shown on the diploma.

Commencement ceremony. Commencement is a time for celebrating your degree with family and friends. While attendance is not mandatory, you are encouraged to participate. If you cannot attend, your diploma cover will be mailed to you along with your diploma.

Failure to complete requirements. Students must complete all requirements for the degree within 10 days of the end of the semester of graduation or apply for graduation in a subsequent semester.

Exit exams. Students are required to sit for an exit exam in each major field of study declared. The degree will not be awarded until scores have been recorded. The exit exams are not given every semester (no exit tests are given during the summer). You must register to take the tests according to instructions and adhering to deadlines that are mailed to students at your campus address.

Diploma. Diplomas are issued after all grades for the degree have been submitted and an audit has determined that all requirements have been met. Diplomas are usually mailed about three weeks after the end of the semester and are sent to the address provided at the time of application for graduation. Replacements of lost diplomas can be requested from Enrollment Services at a cost of $10.00.

Transcripts. Degrees will be posted to transcripts approximately two weeks after the end of the term. One official transcript will be mailed with your diploma. For more information and instructions on ordering additional transcripts, see Transcript Information.

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