Frequently Asked Questions - Course Articulation


Course Articulation

  1. How does a course transfer to NIU from another institution?
  2. How will a course transfer from an out-of-state school or a school that is not listed in the Articulation Tables?
  3. Do I need approval to take a course at another college and transfer it to NIU?
  4. What is IAI?
  5. I have earned my Associate’s degree from an Illinois community college. How does that affect my NIU career?
  6. Does the Associate’s degree need to be from an Illinois school in order for it to meet general education requirements?

1. How does a course transfer to NIU from another institution?

The Articulation Tables list the courses from the community college and NIU course equivalencies. 

To see how a course from an Illinois public two-year community college transfers to NIU, please click the link below.

http://www.niu.edu/Admissions/transfer/plan/credits/index.shtml

To find out how a course transfers from many other institutions within the United States, please visit Transferology at http://www.itransfer.org/mycreditstransfer/

You can also email regrec@niu.edu or come into the Office of Registration & Records, Williston Hall 220, to fill out a transferability form.  Once the transfer course has been reviewed, the completed form will be scanned and emailed to your NIU email account.

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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 Tables?

Transfer credit will be considered from any regionally accredited institution of higher education.  See the undergraduate catalog for further provisions.

http://catalog.niu.edu/content.php?catoid=43&navoid=2053&hl=%22transfer%22&returnto=search#tran_cred

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 before you register for the course and the approval must be entered into MyNIU. If you will be concurrently enrolled at NIU and another school, you may need concurrent approval from your major college. Please see your adviser for assistance.

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4. 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. If you do not complete the GECC package, you can still take advantage of IAI on a course by course basis.  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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5. I have earned my Associate’s degree from an Illinois community college. How does that affect my NIU career?

For students earning an A.A. or A.S., or A.A.T. degree in early childhood, secondary math, or special education from an Illinois public community college, Northern Illinois University is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide agreement that allows transfer of the completed Illinois transferable General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) between participating institutions. Successful completion of the GECC at any participating college or university in Illinois assures students that lower-division general education requirements for an associate or baccalaureate degree have been satisfied and allows students to transfer this portion of an associate or baccalaureate degree from one participating IAI institution to another without incurring a loss of credit.

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6. Does the Associate’s degree need to be from an Illinois school in order for it to meet general education requirements? 

Beginning with the 2017/2018 catalog, NIU will be awarding the same benefits as above for students who earn an Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts & Sciences, or Associate in Teaching in Early Childhood, Secondary Math or Special Education at out-of-state, public community college.

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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.