College Core Graduation Requirements

To qualify for a bachelor's degree at NNU, the student must satisfy the eleven (11) requirements described below. Faculty and staff members at the university advise students concerning progress toward graduation. However, the student is responsible for meeting all graduation requirements.

  1. Total Credits: The student must complete a minimum of 124 semester credits.
  2. Upper-Division Credits: The student must complete at least 43 semester credits in courses numbered above 299.
  3. Competency in Communication and Language: All students must demonstrate competency in communication and language skills in the English language.
  4. Quality of Grades: Either grades must average C (2.000) or better; or all grades C (2.000) or better must be earned in 124 semester credits which meet the basic skills, general, and major requirements. A grade of C- (1.700) or better must be earned in all courses which apply toward the Major.
  5. Residence: Each student must spend a minimum of one year, full-time standing, in residence. If only one year is spent at NNU, it must be the senior year and must include a minimum of 8 semester credits in the major.
  6. General Education Program: The student must complete the standard program of General Education as described in the Undergraduate Catalog.
  7. Major Field of Study: In addition to the various areas of scholarship represented in the general education group requirements, a baccalaureate degree requires a more detailed acquaintance with the advanced materials and methods of a particular field. In this field of concentration the student is expected to attain an elementary degree of mastery and a background for further reading and study, formal or informal. In many cases this major study has professional or vocational value.
  8. Math Proficiency: A student with an ACT mathematics score of less than 21 or an SAT mathematics score of less than 550 is required to take the COMPASS placement test. The student must achieve a level of proficiency in mathematics as measured by the COMPASS Mathematics Exam which indicates the student has reached a COMPASS score equivalent to 21 on the ACT. This should be completed by the end of the second year of residence.
  9. Comprehensive Exam: The Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) is an assessment of student knowledge taken during the senior year. The CAAP test scores are compared to the freshman ACT scores.  This comparative study, organized by and administered under the direction of the American College Testing Program, is aimed at assisting colleges and universities in efforts to improve general education and helping students to persist to graduation with the knowledge and skills important to functioning effectively in society.
  10. Application for Graduation: Candidates for a degree must submit an application and have the application approved by the administrator(s) of the program. The application should be placed on file with the registrar the beginning of the semester prior to the semester in which the student plans to graduate.
  11. Favorable Vote of Faculty: The names of students nearing completion of their programs will be presented to the faculty of the university for review. A favorable two-thirds vote of the faculty is required before an NNU degree is granted.