College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Advising - Zulauf Hall 201 - 815-753-0114

Graduation Check

We strongly recommend that you schedule a round of advising appointments with your College of Liberal Arts & Sciences advisor, your major advisor(s) and minor advisor(s) ONE or TWO semesters PRIOR to your graduation term so you can ensure that your final registrations include the correct combination of courses to complete your degree. (To obtain the best and most thorough advising, you should be consulting regularly with your advisors throughout your time at NIU, but these final advising sessions are especially crucial.) Ultimately, it is your responsibility to verify that all your degree requirements have been met.

Degree Requirements:

Start by checking your Academic Requirements Report in MyNIU. Any deficiencies (labeled "not satisfied" in bold or appearing in red type in the pdf version) must be resolved in order to graduate.  

  • If deficiencies appear in your major, go to the department office for your major for clarification.
  • If deficiencies appear in your minor, go to the department office for your minor for clarification.
  • If deficiencies appear in your foundational studies (formerly known as core competencies), knowledge domains (formerly known as distributive studies), or BA/BS requirements, make an appointment to see an advisor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences office for clarification. You can set an appointment at Zulauf Hall 201 or call 815-753-0114.

Be aware that all NIU students must earn at least 120 credit hours to graduate. Of those, at least 40 credit hours must be in upper-division courses (300- and 400-level).

To meet residency requirements, after earning 80 credit hours, at least 30 credit hours must be taken through NIU. If you transferred to NIU, your total hours earned must include at least 54 hours taken at four-year institutions such as NIU.

Your cumulative grade point average, major and minor GPA at NIU must be 2.0 or higher. Any incompletes (“I”) must be resolved. Also, if your minor or teacher licensure appears incomplete on your Academic Requirements Report and is not required for your specific program/major, it will be deleted from your record so you will clear for graduation. (This is not a complete list of requirements; please consult your Undergraduate Catalog for additional rules and regulations that may pertain to you.)

Applying for Graduation:

You will apply for graduation during the semester in which you register for your final term. You apply for graduation through MyNIU. Log in with your Z-Id and password, then navigate to Self-Service > Degree Progress/Graduation > Apply for Graduation.

There is a one-time fee per degree. After completing the graduation application process in MyNIU, this fee will automatically be charged to your student account. The fee is $29 for undergraduate students.

If you find it necessary to postpone your graduation date, you must notify Registration & Records (Williston Hall 220 or of your revised graduation term. As long as you are on a graduation list, you cannot register for subsequent semester(s) at NIU. You should change your graduation date as soon as possible.


If you have questions regarding the commencement ceremony, please check Attending the commencement ceremony does not guarantee that you have graduated.