Applicants entering Northwestern College may qualify for advanced standing on the basis of transfer of credit from another institution and/or credit for life experience through proficiency examinations.
Northwestern College may accept credit for classes taken at an accredited college or university if the grade earned is C or higher, the class is college level and credit-bearing, and is equivalent to a course taught at NC in the student's major.
Students must complete 50 percent of the entire program and 67 percent of the major at NC. If the student changes majors, his/her transferred credit will be reevaluated at the student's request.
College credit earned in foreign countries will be considered for transfer after a student has successfully completed 12 credit hours or more at NC with at least a 2.0 GPA. If the transcript is not in English, it is the student's obligation to have an official translation and evaluation performed by an education credential evaluator.
Unless permission is received in advance, a student may not transfer credits taken after he/she begins classes at Northwestern College.
The College will evaluate life experience credits through written examination. The student may elect to take either of the two proficiency examinations offered by the College.
Northwestern College does not give college credit for high school classes. However, students who feel they have attained college-level competency in a given class are encouraged to take the Credit By Examination.
Northwestern College offers two types of proficiency examinations to determine a student's prior knowledge of a subject. Students should see the Student Services Department for the list of classes for which proficiency examinations may be taken.
These tests are given to determine class placement, but do not award college credit. There is no charge for this exam. Students may elect to take the Advanced Status Examination for any of the following reasons:
Students who take and pass the CBE will receive credit for the course. Students are charged 25 percent of the cost of the tuition of the class for the test. If, however, students do not pass the CBE, the fee (minus a 25 percent administrative charge) is applied to the tuition for the class. Students may not earn CBE for a course they are currently taking or for a course they have failed in a previous quarter at NC.