Northeastern Junior College

FAQ

Instructor Mike Vair leads students on a field trip in Utah.How much does it cost to apply at Northeastern?
What is the difference between a career/technical program and a transfer program?
Will all my credits transfer?
What kind of GPA do I have to have to get into NJC?
Do I have to take the ACT test to attend Northeastern?

Can I transfer credits to NJC that I have already taken?
How do I register for classes?
Why would I want to start at a 2-year school and transfer rather than just completing all 4 years at the same school?
What is Northeastern's graduation rate?
When can I set up a visit?
Where can I get information about Northeastern's clubs and organizations?
What job opportunities are there while I am at Northeastern?
Do I have to live in a residence hall my first year?
How do I know what classes I need to take?
Do I have to have a major to come to college?
Will I fit in at Northeastern?
If I start in a two-year vocational program, then decide that I want to go on to a university and get a bachelor's degree, can I do so?
How can I get started?

 

Q. How much does it cost to apply at Northeastern?
A. NJC does not charge an application fee. We want you to apply.

Q. What is the difference between a career/technical program and a transfer program?
A. Transfer programs are designed for students to take general education courses (math, science, English, humanities, etc.) plus courses in the area of their major totaling approximately 60 credit hours. Students work toward an Associates of Arts (AA), Associates of Science (AS) or an Associates of General Studies (AGS) degree, then transfer that degree or those courses to a four-year college or university to complete the remainder of their Bachelor's degree. Career/Technical programs are designed for students to take courses specific to their interests and work toward an Associates of Applied Science degree (AAS, applies directly to the field). This degree is very specific and the program in its entirety does not transfer,although some courses within the program transfer easily.

Q. Will all my credits transfer?
A. Courses in our transfer programs transfer easily to most colleges and universities. A close relationship with your advisor and research of the college you wish to transfer is highly encouraged for ease of transferring. However, if you are enrolled in a career/technical program, not all of your credits are intended to transfer.

Q. What kind of GPA do I have to have to get into NJC?
A. We are an open enrollment college. This means Northeastern does not require a specific GPA or ACT/SAT scores to be admitted. We do require accurate paperwork, documentation and proof of residency to complete your file. We are more concerned with what you choose to do after you arrive on our campus than what you did before.

Q. Do I have to take the ACT test to attend Northeastern?
A. You do not have to take the ACT to attend NJC. However, if you have not taken the ACT/SAT test you are required to take an assessment test (Accuplacer, Compass or Asset) prior to enrolling in classes as part of our placement for success program. If you have taken the ACT but received scores lower than 18 in English, 17 in reading, and lower than 19 in math, you will need to take that portion of the assessment test. The cost of the test is $15 and a photo ID is required.

Q. Can I transfer credits to NJC that I have already taken?
A. Yes. If you have taken courses at an accredited college, there is a good chance you can transfer that credit to NJC. Contact the records office for specific information.

Q. How do I register for classes?
A. Once you have applied for admission, you should receive information on pre-registration dates. You are invited to campus to meet with a temporary advisor and set up you first course schedule.

Q. Why would I want to start at a 2-year school and transfer rather than just completing all 4 years at the same school?
A. There are many reasons students choose to attend a 2-year college first, then transfer to another college or university.

Size: Many people would rather be in an algebra class with 23 people as opposed to 200.

Major: Many students do not know exactly what they want to study. Beginning at NJC allows you to explore different programs and careers and take most or all of your general education requirements then transfer on to a college that specializes in your major.

Cost: Typically 2-year colleges offer more affordable tuition, especially for those classes that do not pertain to your major. Why would you want to pay twice as much for your basics?

Degree: Northeastern offers an AAS degree which can give you very specialized training and prepare you for a specific career in just two-years. For students wanting to transfer to a 4-year institution to obtain a bachelor's degree, an AA or AS degree will allow you to complete your core classes at NJC, and then transfer to that institution as a junior.

Q. What is Northeastern's graduation rate?
A. Typically Northeastern's graduation rate is twice the national average and is one of the highest in Colorado among both 2-year and 4-year colleges.

Q. When can I set up a visit?
A. We encourage prospective students, their families and friends to visit on one of our Discovery Days. These visitation days provide an array of information and allows you to meet many influential people on campus. Individual visitation arrangements can be made through the admissions office Monday-Friday 9:00-3:00 at andy.long@njc.edu

Q. Where can I get information about Northeastern's clubs and organizations?
A. Northeastern has over 30 clubs and organizations to be part of. The best place to find information about clubs and activities is the Residence Life page on our website or contact the Associate Dean of Student Life at 1-800-626-4637 ext. 6655.

Q. What job opportunities are there while I am at Northeastern?
A. For students who qualify for work-study positions (through FAFSA), there are numerous on campus employment opportunities. For more information about work-study positions contact NJCFinAid@njc.edu. Sterling also has a number of establishments for college students who seek employment.

Q. Do I have to live in a residence hall my first year?
A. Because of the success rate of freshman who live on a residential campus, all freshman (taken less than 30 college credit hours) under the age of 23 are required to live on campus. However, if the student's parents or legal guardian live within a 60 mile radius and the student plans to reside with them, the student is exempt. For students with exceptional circumstances, contact the Housing Office

Q. How do I know what classes I need to take?
A. Every new student meets with an assigned advisor who will help them choose the best classes for their program of study. To make an initial advising appointment, contact the Counseling Office.

Q. Do I have to have a major to come to college?
A. No. Many students, regardless of age, have no idea what they want to study. Northeastern provides you all the tools to explore career goals and to be successful academically.

Q. Will I fit in at Northeastern?
A. There is not "one type" of student on Northeastern's campus. We have students from all over Colorado, the United States and from many foreign countries. Our total enrollment is about 4,100 learners (part-time and full-time) with approximately 1,000 of those learners being of traditional age and attending full time.

Q. If I start in a two-year vocational program, then decide that I want to go on to a university and get a bachelor's degree, can I do so?
A. Yes. However, since NJC's career/technical programs are designed to send our graduates into the work force, you will have additional general education requirement to fulfill and some of your specific courses will not transfer. Once you decide you want to transfer, it is important to let your advisor know as soon as possible so he/she can change you to a transfer degree program.

Q. How can I get started?
A. Contact Terry Ruch, Director of New Student Enrollment / Admissions, at Terry.Ruch@njc.edu


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