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We're an open enrollment college. This means we don't require a specific GPA or ACT/SAT scores to be admitted. We do require accurate paperwork, documentation and proof of residency to complete your admission file.
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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 doesn't transfer, although some courses within the program transfer easily.

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're enrolled in a career/technical program, not all of your credits are intended to transfer.

We're an open enrollment college. This means Northeastern doesn't require a specific GPA or ACT/SAT scores to be admitted. We do require accurate paperwork, documentation and proof of residency to complete your admission file. We're more concerned with what you choose to do after you arrive on our campus than what you did before.

You don't have to take the ACT to attend Northeastern. However, if you have not taken the ACT/SAT test you're 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've taken the ACT but received scores lower than 18 in English, 17 in reading, and lower than 19 in math, you'll need to take that portion of the assessment test. The cost of the test is $15 and a photo ID is required.

Yes. If you've taken courses at an accredited college, there is a good chance you can transfer that credit to Northeastern. Contact the Office of Records for specific information.

Once you've applied for admission, you should receive information for pre-registration dates. You're invited to campus to meet with a temporary advisor and set up you first course schedule.

There are many reasons students choose to attend a two-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 don't know exactly what they want to study. Beginning at Northeastern 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.
  • Degree: Northeastern offers an Associate of Applied Science 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 four-year institution to obtain a bachelor's degree, an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree will allow them to complete their core classes at Northeastern, and then transfer to that institution as a junior.
  • Cost: Typically two-year colleges offer more affordable tuition, especially for those classes that don't pertain to your major. Why would you want to pay twice as much for your basics?
This chart outlines the cost comparison between Northeastern and four-year universities. When compared over two years, Northeastern is estimated to cost $24,756 while University of Northern Colorado costs $43,380; Colorado Mesa costs $47,622; Colorado State University-Fort Collins costs $53,780; University of Colorado-Boulder costs $56,956; and University of Wyoming costs $58,320.

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 visits are offered M-F at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

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Northeastern has over 30 clubs and organizations. From Collegiate Farm Bureau to Video Game Club, we have something for everyone. Visit our clubs and organization page for more information.

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For students who qualify for work study positions (through FAFSA), there are numerous on campus employment opportunities. Sterling also has a number of establishments for college students who seek employment. For more information on work study positions, click the button below.

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Because of the success rate of freshman who live on a residential campus, all freshman (taking 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 Office of Residence Life at 970-521-6608.

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 Office of Student Success.

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.

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.

Yes. However, since our career/technical programs are designed to send our graduates into the work force, you'll have additional general education requirements to fulfill and some of your specific courses won't transfer. Once you decide you want to transfer, it's important to let your advisor know as soon as possible so he/she can change you to a transfer degree program.

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