Frequently Asked Questions - Course Articulation


Course Articulation

  1. How does a course from an Illinois public community college transfer to NIU?
  2. How will a course transfer from an out-of-state school or a school that is not listed in the Articulation Handbook?
  3. Do I need approval to take a course at another college and transfer it to NIU?
  4. What is concurrent enrollment, and do I need concurrent enrollment approval?
  5. What is Senior Transfer Credit Approval?
  6. What is IAI?

1. How does a course from an Illinois public community college transfer to NIU?

The Articulation Handbook lists the courses from the community college and NIU course equivalencies.

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2. How will a course transfer from an out-of-state school or a school that is not listed in the Articulation Handbook?

Current NIU students may complete a transferability form in Registration and Records, Williston Hall 220. Prospective students must apply to NIU and confirm attendance in order to receive an evaluation of the transfer coursework. A transfer credit report will be available through MyNIU when the evaluation has been completed.

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3. Do I need approval to take a course at another college and transfer it to NIU?

It depends. If you are a senior (90 hours or more), you will need to request Senior Transfer Credit Approval from your major college, and the approval must be sent to the Evaluations office in Registration and Records. If you will be concurrently enrolled at NIU and another school, you may need concurrent approval from your major college. Please note that a maximum of 66 hours will transfer from a(ny) two-year school(s). Please see your adviser for assistance.

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4. What is concurrent enrollment, and do I need concurrent enrollment approval?

Concurrent enrollment is when you are enrolled at another institution during the same term that you are enrolled at NIU. If you are enrolled in more than two courses at NIU during the fall and spring terms, you will need approval to enroll at another institution to transfer that coursework to NIU. If you are enrolled in more than one course at NIU during the summer term, you will need approval to enroll at another institution to transfer that course work to NIU. You must apply for concurrent enrollment approval at your major college office.

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5. What is Senior Transfer Credit Approval?

Once you reach 90 semester hours of credit, which is senior standing, no additional coursework can be transferred to NIU unless you have this approval. It authorizes you to take a course(s) at another institution and transfer it back to meet graduation requirements. You must request approval at your major college office.

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6. What is IAI?

The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide agreement that allows the transfer of the completed Illinois transferable General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) between participating institutions. If you successfully complete the GECC at any participating college or university in Illinois, upon transfer to NIU, your NIU general education requirements will be met. In addition, there are other courses that may be IAI approved courses that will apply to selected majors at NIU. See the NIU undergraduate catalog for additional information or seek information from your adviser.
(Visit http://www.iTransfer.org for more information.)

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If you have any questions that were not addressed here in this FAQ, please feel free to contact the NIU Office of Registration and Records by phone (815) 753-0681 or by e-mail at regrec@niu.edu.