1. Total Credits: A minimum of 120 semester hours must be earned by every undergraduate student to be eligible to graduate from Northeastern. Students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours at the 300 level and 18 semester hours at the 200 or 300 level.
2. Academic Major and Minor: Undergraduate students must complete a major. Some majors require a minor or set of cognate courses. Students should refer to the section of the Catalog which details the requirements for each major to determine if a minor or a set of cognate courses is required. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses counted toward the major, the minor, cognate, and professional sequences. No "P" grades will count toward a major, minor or approved area of study.
3. Residency: The last 30 consecutive credit hours must be taken at Northeastern, unless permission is received from the Office of Enrollment Services.
4. General Education Program: All undergraduate students must complete the General Education Program requirements.
5. English Composition Requirement: All students must successfully complete English 101 or its equivalent, with a grade of "C" or better. This requirement should be completed in the freshman year in order to ensure that students have the necessary writing skills to complete their studies.
6. Writing Intensive Requirement: Effective Fall 2008 and thereafter, all newly admitted students must successfully complete a writing intensive course within their discipline. See www.neiu.edu/~wip for a current list of writing intensive courses that satisfy the writing intensive requirement.
Students admitted prior to Fall 2008 must successfully complete a writing intensive course in the discipline or pass the English Language Competency exam.
7. Academic College: All undergraduates must also satisfy the requirements of the individual college (College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Management, College of Education).
8. Grade Point Average: To be eligible to graduate, a student must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA (overall "C" average). Some academic programs and departments have other specific grade requirements. Check with your academic advisor.
9. Constitution Requirement: All undergraduate students enrolled in state universities must meet the requirements of Senate Bill 195 which requires knowledge of the U.S. and Illinois State Constitutions. This requirement can be met by:
• passing an examination given through the Political Science Department, OR
• passing PSCI-216
No academic credit is given for passing the exam.
Please note: Effective Fall 2010 new and continuing students are no longer required to meet the Constitution requirement.
10. Improving Human Relations Requirement: House Bill Number 0094 of the 87th General Assembly of the State of Illinois requires "each public institution of higher education to include, in the general education requirements for obtaining a degree, course work on improving human relations to include race, ethnicity, gender and other issues related to improving human relations to address racism and sexual harassment on their campuses, through existing courses."
The General Education Program includes course work on improving race and ethnic relations. The current Schedule of Classes will identify the list from which the students will choose HB0094 courses. Students who complete one of the following programs of study have met the HB0094 requirement:
Anthropology (major or minor)
Bilingual/Bicultural Education (major)
Inner City Studies (major)
Justice Studies (major or minor)
Latino and Latin American Studies (minor)
Political Science (major or minor)
Social Work (major or minor)
Sociology (major or minor)
Women's Studies (minor)
SECOND BACHELOR STUDENTS
Students who wish to earn a second bachelor’s degree must submit to the Admissions Office a completed Northeastern undergraduate application form, a non refundable $25 application fee and an official college transcript from a regionally accredited institution which awarded the first baccalaureate degree.
Coursework used to fulfill requirements for a previous undergraduate major, minor or master's degree may not be used to fulfill requirements for the second bachelor's degree.
A minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned at Northeastern Illinois University.
Students may not be enrolled in two programs simultaneously.
Applicants for the second bachelor’s degree who were awarded a degree from an accredited college or university in the United States have met NEIU’s General Education program, ENGL 101, English Competency, and the 24 hours at the 300 level and 18 hours at the 200 or 300 level requirement. If the degree was awarded from an institution in Illinois, the Constitution requirement has been met.
Second bachelor’s degree candidates will be required to fulfill the Improving Human Relations requirement.
Baccalaureate degree students who graduate with at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) will be awarded Honors recognition:
Cum laude (with distinction) 3.5-3.74 GPA
Magna cum laude (with great distinction) 3.75-3.89 GPA
Summa cum laude (with highest distinction) 3.9-4.0 GPA
All students including those in the nontraditional degree programs, must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Northeastern Illinois University to be eligible for Honors recognition.
If you have any questions regarding degree requirements please contact the Graduation Evaluations Office at 773-442-4203.
FILING FOR GRADUATION
Students must submit an Application for Graduation and completed Academic Course Records forms for major and minor (if applicable) to the Enrollment Services Center or mail to Northeastern Illinois University, Office of Graduation Evaluations, 5500 N. St. Louis, Chicago, IL 60625 when the following have been completed:
||A minimum of 85 hours of credit has been earned.|
||Student has been formally accepted by his/her major department and minor department (if applicable).|
Click here for the Undergraduate Graduation Application.
DEADLINE FOR FILING THE APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION
|Month of Anticipated Completion of Degree Requirements
||August 1 until September 15|
November 1 until January 15
April 1 until May 15
Each student anticipating graduation is responsible for filing the appropriate forms by the above deadlines. A student who files the required forms but fails to complete all graduation requirements by the appropriate date will be dropped from the graduation list and must reapply for a later graduation date by completing a Change of Graduation Date form available at the Enrollment Services Center.
Students who apply for December graduation are eligible to participate in the December commencement ceremony.
Students who apply for May graduation are eligible to participate in the May Commencement ceremony.
Students who apply for August graduation are eligible to participate in the May Commencement ceremony or the following December Commencement ceremony. August graduates who wish to participate in the May ceremony should contact the Office of Graduation Evaluations for further information.
Diplomas and final transcripts are not released to graduates until they have paid the graduation fee and all holds and/or indebtedness to the university have been resolved.
You can download a copy of the Change of Graduation Date Form. This form can be printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
After completing the form, you must mail the form to: ATTN: Graduation Evaluations, Office of Enrollment Services, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625 or submit it at the Enrollment Services Center.