Academics

Courses will be taught by Northeastern faculty and will be geared towards the N.U.in Boston cohort. The majority of classes will be conducted on the Boston campus, with the possibility of a small number of course sections being held at nearby locations and/or online. 

All N.U.in participants earn a full semester of transferable credits, provided that you achieve a grade of “C” or better in the U.S. grading system. In accordance with Northeastern’s transfer credit policies, your final grades will not appear on the your Northeastern transcript, but rather as transfer credit. Letter grades will, however, appear on the official transcripts from the N.U.in school of record Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies for Boston, and may be required if you apply to graduate programs and other post-undergraduate opportunities. 

College Compatibility in Boston

Course Logistics

Class Schedule
You will receive your class schedule when you arrive in Boston.

Textbooks

It is recommended that participants wait until arriving on site to purchase the necessary books. It is generally a good idea to review the syllabus for a class prior to buying any materials. Students can generally purchase books at the Northeastern bookstore or other local bookstores.

Grading Scale 

N.U.in Boston will use the American grading system, meaning that grades will look similar to those earned elsewhere in the United States. The rubric is explained clearly at the beginning of the semester in each syllabus to ensure consistency and offer a guide from the beginning of the class.

Course Selection and Registration FAQ’s

Q. How do I know which courses I should select?
A. You should use the location-specific curriculum course maps and the course description guide available on the N.U.in Program website to help guide them. If you are still not sure which class(es) to select after reviewing these documents, you should go ahead and pick the courses that you feel best align with your academic needs and interests. Remember that you will have the chance to consult with your home college advising office to finalize your course selections before your program launches.

Q. Why are some or most of my classes already selected for me?
A. Many first-year programs of study have a fairly prescribed curriculum. The N.U.in Program works closely with the colleges and academic departments at Northeastern to ensure that first year requirements can be met. The classes you see that have been pre-selected for you are based on academic requirements for your major.

Q. What do I do if I have AP, IB, or other advanced or transfer credit for any courses I was pre-selected into?
A. Don’t worry! It is not uncommon for students to come in with advanced credits and pass out of certain academic program requirements. You should review your curriculum course map on our website to start thinking about alternative courses that you will need or want in lieu of those that you placed out of. You do not need to email your home college advising office now. Your home college advising office will be contacting you soon! You will discuss course alternatives and finalize these selections with your home college advising office this summer (mid-June through mid-August).

Q. Once I choose my courses in the system, are my selections final?
A. No. You will have the opportunity to work with your home college academic advising office to make adjustments to your course selections over the summer (mid-June through mid-August). You will be able to discuss your classes with an academic advisor, and any necessary adjustments will be made at that time.

Q. What is NUpath? How do I know which ones to pick in my N.U.in fall semester?
A. Here is more information on the NU Core Curriculum. You should choose an elective course that carries any NUPath attributes that are not otherwise fulfilled by major course requirements in their major. You will speak with your home college advising office this summer to provide guidance on your fall N.U.in courses.

Q. Will I be able to make any changes to my course selections and schedule once I arrive to my N.U.in Program location in Boston?
A. No. You will finalize your course selection process in concert with the N.U.in Program and your advisor before the program launches. Courses cannot be changed once you arrive on location in Boston, unless academically-necessary. Once course selections are reviewed and discussed, any changes made will be shared with Northeastern’s academic departments and Registrar’s office, and are considered final. You will have the opportunity to review your final slate of courses for the Fall 2021 semester in mid-August and can contact the N.U.in Program if you have any questions or concerns. That is the “add/drop” period for the N.U.in. Program. After that point in time (mid-August), no changes can be considered unless academically-necessary.

Q. What’s my schedule going to be? When do I get my schedule? What time will my classes be?
A. You will receive your final schedule— dates, times, locations of classes— once you arrive to your N.U.in Program location in Boston for the fall semester. You can view your final schedules via your myNortheastern student portal or the Student Hub.

Q. When will I get to select my Spring 2022 courses?
A. There will be an Academic Advising Week for all N.U.in students this fall. This typically takes place in late October. You will again have the opportunity to work with your home college advising office to work through the course registration process for spring. There will also be a spring orientation in January where you may have another chance to review your courses with your home college advising office and confirm your classes.

Q. When will I receive my final transcript from my fall N.U.in semester?
A. You will be able to obtain your official transcript from your fall N.U.in semester during your Spring 2022 semester. The N.U.in program office will be reaching out with next steps regarding this process after the winter break in January 2022. As a reminder, you must earn a C grade or better in order for your coursework and credits to transfer to your Northeastern undergraduate record.