Admissions Policy

The College will admit all applicants who are high school graduates (from a regionally-accredited or state Department of Education recognized school), General Educational Development (GED) recipients, or home schooled students who have completed senior level curriculum.

In addition, adults who are not high school graduates will be admitted if they are 18 years of age or older or if they give evidence of being able to benefit from courses offered by the College.  Students not meeting any of the previous criteria may be considered for admission on an individual basis.

Acceptance to the College does not ensure admission into all academic programs.  Students who do not meet the College's academic standards or those who do not meet special admissions requirements will not be accepted into selective programs.  Satisfying minimum special program requirements for selective admission programs does not guarantee admission into special programs.

Note:   State and federal regulations prohibit students who have not earned a high school diploma (from a regionally-accredited or state Department of Education recognized school) or GED from receiving any form of federal or state financial aid.

How to start . . .

Below are the items that must be completed if you intend to earn a degree, certificate or specialized diploma on a full- or part-time basis.

1. Submit a completed application form or apply online at
www.northampton.edu and include a $25 non-refundable application fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to NCC; or VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card.

2. Official high school, GED, home school record, and college transcripts (if applicable) are required if you are applying for a selective program and/or if you are applying for financial aid.

3. To receive transfer credits, an official college transcript must be submitted. Credits for which a student received a grade of C or better, and which apply to a student's program, will be accepted as transfer credits. Only credits from institutions that have regional accreditation or are recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE) are acceptable. Starting in Spring 2015, NCC will review transfer credits from non-regionally accredited colleges on a case-by-case basis per student request.

4. Special requirements for certain programs are listed within this catalog, or under "Selective Admissions Programs" on the Admissions page of the NCC Web site.

5. Students who wish to audit a course must submit a completed application form.

New Student College Success Policy

All new students who have never attended college are required to enroll in COLS101-College Success. This course must be taken in the first semester of enrollment. Students who are required to, or have taken, COLS150-Skills for Academic Success, are exempt from taking COLS101. Transfer students are exempt.

Mandatory Orientation (beginning Spring 2015)

New Student Orientation
All students new to college who wish to enroll in degree, certificate, or specialized diploma programs must complete an orientation program prior to registration

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