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GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

All persons wanting to take advantage of the opportunity for higher education at the North Central campus of Purdue University must file an application for admission. Address requests for information and application forms to:

Office of Admissions

Purdue University North Central

1401 S. US 421, Westville, Indiana 46391-9542

Information and application forms also are available on the campus Web site: www.pnc.edu.

Applicants to the University must have a high school diploma or be a G.E.D. recipient (see G.E.D. section on page 13). Prospective students should complete the application according to instructions. Students should make arrangements to have official copies of their high school transcripts sent to PNC.

High school students should apply during the seventh semester of high school, or as soon as possible thereafter. High school graduates should apply the semester before they plan to enroll. Admissions reviews applications on a rolling admissions basis and selects applicants based upon academic qualifications on a first come first serve basis.

In support of the state’s efforts to strengthen Indiana’s high school students’ academic preparation, Purdue University North Central encourages all students to complete the Core 40 requirements and to consider earning the Academic Honors Diploma.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

An admission decision is made after an evaluation of the student’s total record. An individual’s eligibility for consideration will depend upon the following quality requirements and factors:

  • Subject matter requirements for the program to which the student is applying.

  • Grades in academic courses.

  • High school class rank.

  • SAT and/or ACT scores.

  • Previous college work, if any.

QUALITY GUIDELINES

The following quality guidelines for regular admission apply:

  • An Indiana Core 40 or Academic Honors high school diploma, or equivalent

  • Class Rank in the upper 1/2

  • A scholastic aptitude test score of 1400 on the SAT or 20 on the ACT

Limited capacity programs (such as Nursing and Elementary Education) may impose additional subject matter and quality requirements in order to select the strongest applicants in a consistent and equitable manner. These additional requirements would not impact the applicant’s admission to uncapped programs.

Applicants who (1) are undecided or unprepared to select an academic program, (2) plan to transfer to another Purdue campus or another university to complete their degree, or (3) are not offered admission to a particular degree program may be admitted to one college as a conditional admission.

TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS

The SAT or ACT examination is required of all applicants who graduated from high school within three years. The SAT or ACT is recommended but not required of applicants who graduated more than three years ago. For applicants currently attending high school, it is preferred that the SAT or ACT examination be taken in the spring of the junior year.

ALTERNATIVE ACTIONS ON APPLICATIONS

If an applicant’s academic background does not meet the entrance standards, the applicant may be granted the following alternative offer of admission:

  • Conditional Admission (with the stipulation that the conditional status will be re-evaluated once the student has completed 12 college-level credit hours with “C” or better in each course)

The alternative admission offer is granted based on the belief that the student has a reasonable chance of gaining regular admission at a later date. If the applicant’s academic history cannot support this belief, the applicant will be denied admission to the University.

GENERAL EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (G.E.D.)

Prospective students who have earned a G.E.D. diploma should complete the application according to instructions, attach a copy of their G.E.D. test results, and forward the forms to the high school they last attended.

Qualified G.E.D. students are admitted as conditional which is designed to serve as a bridge from the student’s present academic level to a level of competency needed for a successful performance.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Applicants from other countries will be admitted on the basis of credentials certifying the completion of preparatory studies comparable to requirements for United States citizens applying at the same entry level. Applicants also must furnish evidence of adequate financial support for the entire period of their schooling. International applicants may be requested to take the PNC Assessment prior to registration.

Official English translations must accompany transcripts and other credentials. The applicant is required to submit satisfactory evidence of the ability to read, write and speak English, as shown by a score of 550 or greater on the paper-based, 213 or greater on the computer-based, or 79 or greater on the Internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination. A score of 480 or greater on the SAT Verbal or 22 or greater on the ACT Verbal would satisfy the TOEFL requirement.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

An applicant transferring from another college or university must fulfill the following requirements in order to be considered for admission:

  • Submit an application for admission and an official high school transcript. High school transcripts are required of all students who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree.

  • Submit all official transcripts of any college or universities previously attended to the Office of Admissions at the North Central campus.

  • Meet subject matter requirements, have a C average and be in good standing at the most recent school attended.

  • Submit a $30 transcript evaluation fee.

  • In most cases, admission on probation will be applied only to transfer students who were on probation at their previous school, and former Purdue students who left the University on probation.

TRANSFER CREDIT

Transfer credit will be given at Purdue University for courses of equivalent content successfully completed at another accredited college. Advanced standing will be determined on the basis of these credits.

Grades are not transferred; only credit in the course is recorded. Credit earned at other institutions will be evaluated by the faculty of the appropriate department or school in terms of how it fulfills the graduation requirements at Purdue University. Evaluation of credit is completed after a student is admitted to the University.

NON-DEGREE STUDENTS

Admission policies require that any applicant who wishes to pursue undergraduate coursework for college credit must be a high school graduate or G.E.D. recipient prior to entering the University. This includes non-degree applicants who do not wish to be considered as candidates for a degree.

A non-degree student is generally limited to enrolling in a maximum of seven hours per semester during the fall and spring semesters, and is generally limited to enrolling in no more than four hours during the summer session. A student may apply no more than 18 semester hours of work completed as a non-degree student toward an undergraduate degree at Purdue University.

A personal interview with a member of the Office of Admissions staff prior to admission as a non-degree student is encouraged. All course work taken in non-degree status will be reviewed for applicability prior to admission to a degree program.

All students who have been previously enrolled in another institution must be in good scholastic and social standing prior to enrollment at Purdue. Application for admission as a non-degree student should be made directly to the Office of Admissions at the North Central campus.

SUPERIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

A high school student with a superior scholastic record during the first three years of high school may qualify for admission to the North Central campus as a non-degree student without high school graduation.

A high school student who has completed a minimum of four semesters of high school will be considered for admission, provided he or she meets two of the following three criteria.

  • Ranks in the upper one-third of the class.

  • Has an accumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater (on a 4.0 scale).

  • Has a SAT combined score of 1500 or ACT combined score of 21.

Purdue cannot be held responsible for guaranteeing high school diplomas under this arrangement, but it cooperates with whatever arrangement the state or local school system may have for awarding a high school diploma to a successful participant in this plan.

DUAL CREDIT/CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT PROGRAM

A growing number of high schools in surrounding communities offer courses that can be taken for college credit as well as high school credit. The high school courses and teachers have been approved by the corresponding department at Purdue North Central. A high school student who has completed at least four semesters of high school may enroll in these courses if they meet the same criteria as the Superior High School Student Program (two of the following three):

  • Rank in the upper one-third of the class.

  • Accumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater (4.0 scale).

  • SAT combined score of 1500 or ACT combined score of 21.

Tuition for this program has been greatly reduced, and no additional fees are assessed. (Students who qualify for the federal free/reduced lunch program receive 100% tuition assistance.) Book fees are usually included in the high school book rental. Registration, withdrawal and payment deadlines follow the PNC campus deadlines.

Questions regarding transferability of courses should be directed to the university where the student intends to attend upon graduation.

CORE TRANSFER LIBRARY

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education established the Core Transfer Library (CTL) to assist Indiana students who are contemplating transferring from one Indiana public institution to another. It is a list of general education courses and their equivalents at each institution.

To view the current list of approved CTL courses, go to the TransferIN website at www.TransferIn.net. New courses will be added to the list as they are approved. Indiana institutions may identify these courses individually by placing the following designation by the course title: TransferIN. The transferability of these courses is based on the assumption that any and all other transfer requirements are met, i.e., specific grade must be earned, etc.

Students who plan to transfer credit should always work with academic advisors at both institutions to determine the applicability of credit to a specific degree program.

RE-ENTRY STUDENTS

Any person in good standing who has formerly attended Purdue but has not been in attendance for a semester or more must submit an application for re-entry which may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office or the Admissions Office. Each individual situation will determine the status of the person’s eligibility for re-entry.

RE-ADMISSION OF STUDENTS

Any person who has been formally dropped from the University for academic reasons and wishes to re-enter must apply for re-admission to the Scholastic Delinquencies and Readmissions Committee. Forms for initiating this procedure are available in the Registrar’s Office at the North Central campus.

STUDENT ASSESSMENT

Appropriate placement in the proper course level is vital to academic success, especially in the first semester. Therefore, all undergraduate students who are offered conditional admission are required to take the Student Assessment Test, to establish their skill level in English composition, math and reading.

The Student Assessment Test is offered through the Student Success Center at various times and dates throughout
the year.

There is no fee. Contact the Office of Admissions or the Student Success Center secretary for information.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND ADVANCED CREDIT

Advanced placement means that a student is placed in an advanced-level course but no credit toward a degree is awarded for prior courses.

Advanced credit means that college credit is established in one or more subjects and the total credit is recorded on the student’s record. Advanced credit usually involves advanced placement.

The student who has taken a college preparatory program, has achieved at a high level, and has good test results should seriously consider the possibility of establishing advanced credit. Personal factors as well as academic record should be considered. The table on the following page shows credits awarded for Advanced Credit. Advanced credit or advanced placement can be established by any of the following methods:

Advanced Credit Examinations

Any questions about advanced credit should be directed to the Office of Admissions.

College Board Advanced Placement Program

Credit can be established on the basis of test results taken at the completion of the advanced placement course in high school. The score required to establish credit varies according to the test.

COLLEGE-LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)

This program evaluates non-traditional college-level education such as independent study, correspondence work, and credit earned from non-accredited institutions.

Subject-Matter Examinations

Purdue credit may be established by taking the subject-matter examinations listed on page 17.

AUDITING CLASSES (VISITORS)

A person who is not already enrolled as a student in the University and who wishes to attend a course in the University without credit shall obtain a visitor’s permission form from the Registrar’s Office and complete it, stating the visitor’s name, the number of the course, the date of attendance permitted, and the fact that no credit is to be allowed. The Registrar shall issue a visitor’s permit upon written recommendation of the instructor and approval by the head of the department administering the course. No person who is ineligible for readmission by reason of that person having been dropped from the University for scholastic or other reasons shall be eligible to attend classes as a visitor.

A person who has status in the University by reason of admission to and registration in a definite classification may enroll in a course as a visitor. The assignment and enrollment must be completed by the regular procedure for visitor registration. The assessment of fees and determination of allowable load shall be in accordance with the credit value or equivalent of the course(s) involved. A visitor in a course shall be entitled to hear lectures, recitations, and oral quizzes. A visitor shall not participate in classroom exercises except as invited by the instructor. The visitor shall neither submit papers, when tests or examinations are given, nor take part in laboratory work. A visitor shall receive no credit for the course. However, if the visitor has been, is, or shall be registered later as a student in the University, then that person may apply for examination for credit, under the usual rules, in the course which was attended as a visitor.

Advanced Credit (AP)

Subject Area

College Board/Advanced Placement (AP) Score

Purdue Course

Purdue
Credit Granted
(Sem. Hrs.)

Art
Studio Art (drawing only)

3, 4, or 5

A&D 11300

3

Biological Sciences

4
5

BIOL 11000
BIOL 11000
or BIOL 12100, 12200
Refer to Section/Dept. 0

4
8

Chemistry

3
4 or 5

CHM 11100
CHM 11500 & 11600

3
8

Economics
Micro & Macro

3, 4, or 5
(on both tests)

ECON 21000

3

English
Language & comp.

Literature & comp.

3
4 or 5
4 or 5

ENGL 10100
ENGL 10100 & 10200
ENGL 23100

3
6
3

Environmental Science

4 or 5

EAS 11300

3

Government
American govt. and/or
politics
Comparative govt. and/or politics

4 or 5

4 or 5

POL 10100

POL 14100

3

3

History
American
European

4 or 5
4 or 5

HIST 15100 & 15200
HIST 10400

6
3

Mathematics
AB
BC

4 or 5
4 or 5

MA 16100
MA 16100 & 16200

5
10

Modern Languages

3
4
5

10100 & 10200
10100, 10200, & 20100
10100, 10200, 20100, & 20200

6
9
12

Physics
C (Mechanics)
C (Electricity & Magnetism)

B (General Physics)

5
5

5

PHYS 15200
PHYS 24100 & 25200 or PHYS 26100
PHYS 22000 & 22100

4
5

8

Psychology

4 or 5

PSY 12000

3

Statistics

4 or 5

STAT 30100

3

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

HOUSING

Purdue University North Central is primarily a commuter institution. Housing accommodations are available adjacent to the campus.

CAREER SERVICES AND INTERNSHIPS

The Office of Career Development’s goal is to assist students and alumni in the transition from campus life to career life, through a variety of opportunities and resources such as internships, co-operative learning, mentoring support and job search assistance. Focused on relationship building, counseling and teaching, the Office of Career Development assists students in the process of seeking internships within their chosen field of study. Internships allow students to gain work experience before graduation, and students who meet a certain criteria may also earn academic credit. Additionally, the Office of Career Development provides an on-line job listing where area employers post job openings and students view these openings and apply on-line.

Other services include one-on-one assistance with all areas of job searching, including résumé writing, a mentoring program that pairs students nearing graduation with professional mentors, as well as access to the Center for Career Opportunities at Purdue University’s main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Subject Matter Exam

CLEP Equivalent

Purdue Credit

Score Required

American History I

HIST 15100

3

50+

American History II

HIST 15200

3

50+

Biology, General

BIOL 11000 & 11100

8

48+

Principles of Management

MGMT Undistributed

2

45+

Calculus, with Elementary Functions

MA 16100 & 16200

10

55+

Chemistry, General

CHM 10000

3

55+

CHM 10100 & 10200

7

70+

CHM 11100

3

50+

CHM 11100 & 11200

6

65+

CHM 11500

4

55+

CHM 11500 & 11600

8

70+

Human Growth and Development

CDFS Undistributed

3

45+

Psychology, General

PSY 12000

3

47+

Sociology, Introductory

SOC 10000

3

45+

Western Civilization I

HIST 10200 & 10300

6

50+

Western Civilization II

HIST 10400

3

50+

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid staff works with prospective and current students in finding sources of financial aid for their college educations and completing the application process. Purdue University North Central participates in Title IV federal, state and campus-based financial aid programs. To take advantage of all options available, students should contact a financial aid officer well in advance of the semester in which they plan to register.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE

Financial aid may be gift assistance or self-help. Gift assistance includes Federal Pell Grants, Indiana Higher Education Awards, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants and private scholarships. In addition to private scholarships, there are university awards including the Chancellor’s Leadership Award. Several tuition remission programs, including Child of Disabled Veteran tuition remission and Michigan Resident tuition remission also are available. Self-help includes Federal Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), Perkins Loans and Federal Work Study. Details on both gift assistance and self-help can be obtained from the Financial Aid office or the Financial Aid website at www.pnc.edu/financialaid.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Applying for student financial aid is an annual activity that begins many months before the time the aid will be needed. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – or, for previous filers, a Renewal FAFSA – is the key to determining the kind and amount of assistance a student can receive. Students who submit the FAFSA by March 10 prior to the academic year they will be attending will be considered for all available types of financial aid. Those filing after the March 10 priority date can be considered only for federal financial aid programs. Students must complete the FAFSA; in addition, students and/or families may be required to submit other documentation as requested by the financial aid office.

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY FOR FINANCIAL AID RECIPIENTS

Purdue University North Central will provide financial assistance to students whose academic progress meets certain criteria set forth by the University. To remain eligible for aid, students must make satisfactory progress toward a degree as outlined in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, which is available upon request in the Financial Aid Office or the Financial Aid website at www.pnc.edu/financialaid/.

Credit hours transferred from other institutions will be included in the number of semester credit hours earned when these hours are accepted in a specific degree area. Credit hours are counted regardless of Financial Aid status. Letter grades of E, F, I, W, and N do not count as completed credits for progress.

Students who do not successfully complete courses at the levels set forth by the Financial Aid Office are not making satisfactory academic progress and will be denied federal, state, and university aid (including grants, scholarships, loans, and employment), administered by Purdue University North Central. Financial Aid recipients will have their academic progress reviewed at the end of each semester. Also, students who do not complete at least one course during a semester may be denied aid after their first semester. The students may appeal financial aid denial by following the procedures outlined in the Progress Policy. Academic/Financial Aid suspension from Purdue University North Central will delay consideration for financial aid reinstatement until the student is in compliance with the satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

For a detailed copy of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and the appeal process contact the Financial Aid Office or visit /financialaid/.

Class attendance is mandatory for Title IV financial aid recipients.

Registration

Approximately midway through a semester, opportunity is provided to register for the next academic session. This registration period normally extends until the week classes begin and may be done via the WEB (if cleared by the student’s advisor) or in the office of the advisor. Drop and adds may also be processed during this period. Payment may be made by web, mail, or in person. The deadline for payment of fees occurs before the first week of classes.

LATE REGISTRATION

The late registration period for the fall and spring semesters ends on Friday of the first week of classes. In the summer session, the late registration period ends on Wednesday of the first week of classes. Registrations during this period will be assessed late registration fees (see Fee section).

SCHEDULE REVISIONS

Schedule revisions may occur following the beginning of a semester or session and are governed by policies intended to be uniformly administered across the various schools of the University. Students may revise their schedules in accordance with the following policy:

Course Additions, Change of Level, Change of Pass/Not-Pass Option

A student may add a course, change course level, or change the pass/not pass option during the first four weeks of a semester or the first two weeks of a summer session by obtaining on the schedule revision form the signatures of the academic advisor and the instructor of the course to be added or changed, if in their judgments the student could satisfactorily fulfill the course objectives. In the case of extenuating circumstances, course changes may be made during weeks five through nine of a semester or during weeks three through four and one-half of a summer session, upon recommendation of the student’s academic advisor, instructor, and head of the department in which the course is listed. Such course changes shall not be made during the last seven weeks of a semester or three and one-half weeks of a summer session.

Week

Restrictions

1

Approval of academic advisor.

2-4

Approval of academic advisor and instructor.

5-9

Extenuating circumstances only. Approval of academic advisor, instructor, and head of the department in which the course is listed.

10-16

Not permitted.

Cancellation of Assignment

Students shall receive a grade for every course in which they are assigned-unless the course assignment has been properly cancelled at the Registrar’s Office upon presentation by the student of a request approved by the academic advisor. If there are extenuating circumstances, these must be stated on the request. When a course assignment is cancelled prior to the end of two weeks of a semester or one week of a summer session, the course will not be recorded on the student’s record. When a course assignment is cancelled after two weeks and prior to the end of four weeks of a semester or after one week and prior to the end of two weeks of a summer session, a grade of W shall be recorded.

After four weeks and prior to the end of the twelve weeks of a semester, or after two weeks and prior to the end of six weeks of a summer session, a course assignment may be cancelled upon the request of the student with the approval of the academic advisor. The instructor shall indicate whether the student is passing or failing, unless the student is classified as a freshman or a non-degree student. If the student is not passing, the case may be referred by either the student or the instructor to the Dean of Students, who, after consultations with the dean or the designee of the student’s school and other appropriate University agencies, shall determine whether there are sufficient extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s reasonable control to justify the cancellation of the course assignment without a failing grade.

No course assignment shall be cancelled within the last four weeks of any semester or two weeks of a summer session.

A student’s enrollment in a course may be cancelled for excessive absences by the Committee on Scholastic Delinquencies and Readmissions upon the recommendation of the instructor with the concurrence of the academic advisor and the approval of the dean of the student’s school. The appropriate directed grade shall be recorded.

Week

Restrictions

1-2

Approval of academic advisor; course will not be recorded.

3-4

Approval of academic advisor, course will be recorded with grade of W.

5-12

Approval of academic advisor. The instructor shall indicate whether the student is passing or failing. A grade of W, WF, or WN will be recorded. In case of a W, WF, or WN exceptions shall be determined by the Dean of Students. Undergraduate students with a semester classification of 0 and fewer than 31 hours of college credit, or with a semester classification of 1 or 2, need not have their instructor’s signature. Grades recorded for these students will be W.

13-16

Course assignments cannot be cancelled during this period unless approval is granted by the Dean of Students

Exceptions

Exceptions to the preceding regulations for registration, schedule revision, and cancellation of assignment may be made for courses that do not span the regular semester or summer session.

CLASS ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to be present for every meeting of the classes in which they are enrolled. All matters relative to attendance, including making up of work missed, are matters for arrangement between the student and instructor involved. It is expected that all instructors will, at the beginning of the semester, make a clear statement to all of their classes regarding their policy for handling absences. Students who fail to meet their class engagements satisfactorily may be denied credit for exercises missed. The instructor will be responsible for counseling with the student whose absences endanger academic performance.

A problem of excessive absences may be referred to the Dean of Students by either the instructor or the student if further information is needed or if either feels that further discussion would resolve the problem. Instructors obtaining information concerning the absence of a student due to personal factors are requested to report such knowledge at once to the Dean of Students. If a student is absent from all the meetings of any regularly scheduled class for a period of two successive weeks, the student may be reported to the Dean of Students for appropriate action. If a student becomes seriously delinquent in attendance, the student may be dropped from the course by the Committee on Scholastic Delinquencies and Readmissions.

Class attendance is mandatory for Title IV financial aid recipients.

COURSE WITHDRAWAL

In order to withdraw from any class, a student must complete a drop card approved by an advisor and submit it to the Registrar’s Office. Discontinuance of class attendance is not the basis for withdrawal, and students who do not notify the Registrar’s Office when they plan to withdraw will be given a failing grade in each course involved.

ALLOWABLE ACADEMIC LOAD

A student’s academic load shall be arranged, so far as possible, in accordance with the following policy:

Credits in excess of 18 hours during a regular session should be carefully monitored by the academic advisor, who may wish to consult with appropriate University personnel concerning the student’s prognosis for success. Unless the student’s curriculum requirement for that session is specified as greater than 18 credits, approval by the department chairperson of the student’s curriculum and by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs must be obtained before the student may be assigned more than 18 credits.

In summer session, no one may be assigned to more than nine credits without approval by the department chairperson of the student’s curriculum and by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

ASSIGNMENT TO INTENSIVE COURSES

An intensive course is one that meets for four weeks or less. No person shall be permitted to register for two intensive courses in the summer session at the same time. In general, no one who is taking an intensive course shall be permitted to take another non-intensive course at the same time, except, in special cases, with the approval of the instructor in the intensive course, the head of the department administering the intensive course, and, for graduate students, the dean of the Graduate School.

ASSIGNMENT TO A DEPENDENT COURSE

A student who received a grade of F or N in any course shall not be admitted to any dependent course (one requiring the failed course as a prerequisite as set forth in this catalog), and any assignment to or enrollment in such dependent course shall be cancelled. Enrollment in a dependent course also may be cancelled if the student has not taken the prerequisite course or otherwise satisfied the stated requirements for enrolling in the course.

A student who received a grade of E, I, or PI in any course may be admitted to a dependent course on trial with the approval of the appropriate department chairperson administering the course. A transfer student deficient in prerequisite courses may also be admitted to a dependent course on trial with the approval of the department chairperson. If any student on trial is reported delinquent, the student’s assignment to the course may be cancelled upon the recommendation of the instructor and with the concurrence of the department chairperson.

If a student on trial in a dependent course completes the course with a passing grade, his achievement may, by prior agreement, be construed as satisfying the requirements for changing an E grade in any prerequisite course in the same department, provided the department chairperson approves and reports the change of grade properly to the Registrar. However, satisfactory work in a dependent course shall not relieve the student of the requirement to complete required work in any prerequisite course in which a grade of I, or PI (incomplete) was received. None of these provisions shall deprive a student of the opportunity to resolve a grade of E, I, or PI in the normal manner.

TRANSFER TO ANOTHER PURDUE CAMPUS

Upon the completion of the semester or summer session, a student may transfer enrollment from the North Central campus to another Purdue University campus, provided all requirements are met. Program requirements vary. To initiate this process the student must complete an appropriate form available through the Registrar’s Office. Following this procedure an Authorization for Enrollment form from the intended campus of registration and instructions for registration will be sent to the student.

Students must be admitted to a degree program of Purdue University before they are eligible to transfer. Students must meet all deficiencies and be academically admissible to a desired program prior to seeking admission to another school.

CORE TRANSFER LIBRARY

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education established the Core Transfer Library (CTL) to assist Indiana students who are contemplating transferring from one Indiana public institution to another. It is a list of general education courses and their equivalents at each institution.

To view the current list of approved CTL courses, go to the TransferIN website at www.TransferIn.net. New courses will be added to the list as they are approved. Indiana institutions may identify these courses individually by placing the following designation by the course title: TransferIN. The transferability of these courses is based on the assumption that any and all other transfer requirements are met, i.e., specific grade must be earned, etc.

Students who plan to transfer credit should always work with academic advisors at both institutions to determine the applicability of credit to a specific degree program.

University Fees

Fees are set by the Board of Trustees of Purdue University and are subject to change by the Board without notice.

COURSE FEES

As a regional campus, Purdue University North Central has a fee structure different from that at the West Lafayette campus. Fees are based on an established amount per credit hour. In addition, a laboratory fee will be charged if the course includes laboratory work. In general, a student will be considered a resident for tuition purposes if that student has lived in the State of Indiana for at least the 12 months preceding the first day of classes for the semester in which admission is sought. See the Registrar for further information.

Graduate students who have received baccalaureate degrees will pay higher fees than undergraduate students unless they are:

  • Pursuing an additional baccalaureate degree in a discipline different from that of the baccalaureate degree currently held.

  • Enrolling in undergraduate courses clearly for personal enrichment or occupational requirements and no intent exists toward pursuing an advanced degree.

Questions concerning the policy or the classification of an individual student should be addressed to the Registrar. Refer to the latest schedule of classes for the credit hour and laboratory fee schedule or call the Office of the Registrar.

OTHER FEES

Student Service Fee

All students will pay this fee, which is refundable at the same percentage as class fees.

Technology Fee

All students will pay this fee, which is refundable at the same percentage as class fees. The money from this fee is used to purchase computers and other technology equipment for student use.

Late Registration Fee

A late registration fee is assessed per course, with a set maximum total. This fee is assessed if the student registers on or after the first day of classes. The fee is nonrefundable.

Breakage Fees

Course fees include the cost of normal breakage and wear and tear on equipment. However, an additional charge will be levied against individuals for excessive waste, loss, or breakage that may occur. Such special charges must be paid before course credit will be given.

Repair and Rehabilitation Fee

This fee is assessed to all new students that began enrollment at Purdue North Central during the Summer or Fall 2006 semesters and thereafter to address maintenance funding for buildings and infrastructure on campus. The fee will not be billed to those students continuing enrollment on the North Central campus from the Spring 2006 semester, unless they sit out more than one semester, or attain one degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s). However, they will be assessed the fee beginning Fall 2011.

Encumbrance Fee

If a student fails to fulfill any financial obligation to various University departments, that student’s records will be encumbered and a fee will be assessed to the student by the department that issued the encumbrance. Prior to the assessment of the encumbrance fee, the student will be advised in writing of the outstanding financial obligation and will be given a specified time to settle the account.

If a student’s records are encumbered because of outstanding financial obligation, that student will not be allowed to register for an additional semester at Purdue University, nor will a student’s transcript be released until the financial obligation and encumbrance fee are paid.

REFUNDS

If a student withdraws, course fees will be refunded as follows:

Refund Percentage

Period of Withdrawal

Fall & Spring Semesters

Summer Sessions

First week

100

100

Second week

60

40

Third week

40

0

Fourth week

20

0

Fifth week

0

0

Title IV students are subject to Title IV refund policies. See the current semester schedule under “refunds” for details. A copy of the refund schedule also is available in the Bursar’s Office, 127 Schwarz Hall.

To be eligible for a refund, students must complete the necessary withdrawal forms in the Registrar’s Office.

INSURANCE

Low-cost University accident and health insurance is offered annually to all students carrying an academic load of three credits or more. Students may enroll in this program at the beginning of each semester. Information and applications are available in the Bursar’s Office and the Dean of Students Office.

Grading

ASSIGNING OF GRADES

Instructors will assign a grade for each course in which the student is enrolled at the close of a session. The student shall be responsible for the completion of all required work by the time of the last scheduled meeting in the course unless the assignment to the course has been properly cancelled. The grade shall indicate the student’s achievement with respect to the objectives of the course.

Courses for Credit

A

highest passing grade.

 

B

C

D

lowest passing grade; passing minimal objectives of the course.

E

conditional failure; failure to achieve minimal objectives, but only to such limited extent that credit can be obtained by examination or otherwise without repeating the entire course. This grade represents failure in the course unless and until the record is duly changed within one semester. It cannot be changed to a grade higher than a D.

F

failure to achieve minimal objectives of the course. The student must repeat the course satisfactorily in order to establish credit in it.

P

passing grade for the pass/not pass option; equivalent to grade A, B or C.

N

not passing for the pass/not pass option. Issued when the student’s grade would be a D or F under the letter grade option.

Pass/Not Pass Option

The pass/not pass option provides students with the opportunity to broaden their educational foundations with minimal concern for grades earned. The option is open to all students in the University subject to the regulations of the school in which the student is enrolled. Subject to the regulations of each curriculum, this option may be elected in any course which does not already appear on the student’s academic record and in which the student is otherwise eligible to enroll for credit with letter grade. A student may not elect this option for more than 20 percent of the total credits required for graduation.

A student who is enrolled in a course under this option has the same obligations as those who are enrolled in the course for credit with letter grade. In reporting final grades in the course, the instructor will report that any such student who would have earned a grade of A, B, or C has passed the course, and that any other such student has not passed.

For Incomplete Work, either credit or noncredit

I

incomplete; no grade; a temporary record of work which was interrupted by unavoidable absence or other causes beyond a student’s control, and which work was passing at the time it was interrupted. An instructor may require the student to secure the recommendation of the Dean of Students that the circumstances warrant a grade of incomplete. The student must achieve a permanent grade in the course no later than the 12th week of the second subsequent semester of enrollment, or the I grade will revert to a failing grade. If the student is not enrolled for a period of three years following the semester in which the incomplete is given, then the incomplete grade will be permanent. The grade will not revert to a failing grade, nor will the student be able to earn credit for the course by completing the work.

 

PI

incomplete, for pass/not pass option. Has the same provisions as the I for letter grade option.

Directed Grades

The Registrar is directed to record the following grades and symbols under special circumstances:

W

withdrew; a record of the fact that a student was enrolled in a course and withdrew or cancelled the course after the second week of the regular semester.

WF

withdrew failing; a record of the fact that a student with a classification of 3 or higher was enrolled in a credit course and withdrew from the course after the fourth week at which time, according to a statement from the instructor, the student was not passing in his/her work. This grade does not affect index computations. A grade of WF may be directed by the readmissions committee.

WN

withdrew not passing; the same as WF for a credit course taken under the pass/not pass option. It does not affect index computations.

IF

unremoved incomplete failing; for a credit course in which a student received an I grade, a directed record of the student’s failure to achieve a permanent grade by the 12th week of the second subsequent semester of enrollment. This grade counts in all respects as a failing grade.

IN

unremoved incomplete; not passing for a credit course taken under the pass/not pass option under which the student received a PI grade. The same as an IF grade except that it does not affect index computations.

IX

unremoved incomplete because the student did not enroll for a period of 3 years following the semester in which the incomplete is given.

GOOD STANDING

For purposes of reports and communications to other institutions and agencies and in the absence of any further qualification of the term, a student shall be considered in good standing unless he or she has been dismissed, suspended, or dropped from the University and has not been readmitted.

SCHOLARSHIP INDEXES

The scholarship standing of all regular students enrolled in programs leading to an undergraduate degree shall be determined by two scholarship indexes, the semester index and the graduation index.

  • The semester index is an average determined by weighting each grade received during a given semester by the number of semester hours of credit in the course.

  • The graduation index is a weighted average of all grades received by a student while enrolled in the curriculum plus all other grades received in courses taken in other curricula offered by the University and properly accepted for satisfying the requirements of the curriculum of the school in which the student is enrolled. With the consent of the appropriate academic advisor, a student may repeat a course. In the case of courses which have been repeated, or in which conditional grades have been removed by examination, or for which a substantially equivalent course has been substituted, the most recent grade received shall be used.

  • For the purpose of averaging, each grade shall be weighted in the following manner:

 

A

4 x semester hours = index points

B

3 x semester hours = index points

C

2 x semester hours = index points

D

1 x semester hours = index points

E,F,IF

0 x semester hours = index points

P,N,I,PI,W,WF,WN,IN not included

Requirements for Degrees

ASSOCIATE DEGREE

To earn an associate degree, a student shall satisfy the following:

  • The completion, either by Purdue course work, as directed credit, or by credit accepted from another institution, of the plan of study underlying the degree. Deans of colleges may refuse to accept as credit toward graduation any course which was completed 10 or more years previously. Former students shall be notified immediately of all such decisions upon re-entering. Waivers or substitutions may be made by the school conferring the degree.

  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. Students are normally expected to complete the entire second year in residence; however, with approval by the school concerned, students who have at least three semesters of resident study may complete not to exceed 16 semester hours of the second year, in another approved college or university. For the purpose of this rule, two summer sessions may be considered as equivalent to one semester.

  • Registration, either in residence or in absentia, as a candidate for the desired degree during the semester (or summer session) immediately preceding its conferment.

  • A minimum graduation index of 2.00 shall be required for graduation.

  • A student who has completed all other requirements for an associate degree, but has failed to meet the quality requirements may register for additional courses with the approval of an authorized representative of the dean of the school after a review of the student’s record. The additional courses which the student may take after meeting all quantity requirements shall not exceed 10 credits. Credit in these additional courses must be established within three years of the date on which all degree requirements except the minimum graduation index were met. The student will be considered as having met the quality requirement for graduation if the student’s graduation index, including the above extra courses, meets the quality standard in effect at the time when all other graduation requirements were satisfied.

BACCALAUREATE DEGREE

To earn a baccalaureate degree from Purdue University, a student shall satisfy the following requirements:

  • The completion, either by resident course work, as directed credit, or by credit accepted from another institution, of the plan of study underlying the degree. Deans of colleges may refuse to accept as credit toward graduation any course which was completed ten or more years previously. Former students shall be notified immediately of all such decisions upon re-entering. Waivers or substitutions may be made by the school conferring the degree.

  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level courses. Students are normally expected to complete the senior year in residence; however, with approval by the school concerned, a student who has had four semesters of resident study may complete the last year or a portion of it at another college or university, provided that the number of semester credit hours to be taken does not exceed 25 percent of the total credit hours required for the degree. The foregoing stipulations do not apply to students who earn credit elsewhere through a contract or arrangement entered into by the University or one of its academic units.

  • Registration, either in residence or absentia, as a candidate for the desired degree during the semester (or summer session) immediately preceding its conferment.

  • A minimum graduation index of 2.00 shall be required for graduation. Some teacher education programs require minimum indexes higher than 2.00.

  • A student who has completed all other requirements for a baccalaureate degree, but has failed to meet the quality requirements may register for additional courses with the approval of an authorized representative of the dean of the college after a review of the student’s record. The additional courses which the student may take after meeting all quantity requirements shall not exceed 20 credits. Such a student may take in another approved college or university not more than nine of the 20 credits permitted, provided such courses are approved in advance in writing by an authorized representative of the dean of the student’s school. A copy of such approval must be filed in the Office of the Registrar. Credit in these additional courses must be established within five years of the date on which all degree requirements except the minimum graduation index were met. The student will be considered as having met the quality requirement for graduation if the student’s graduation index, including the above extra courses, meets the quality standard in effect at the time when all other graduation requirements were satisfied.

ADVANCED DEGREES

Requirements for the several master’s degrees, for the Educational Specialist, and for Doctor of Philosophy degrees are established by the Graduate Council and are stated in the Graduate School Bulletin and the regulations of the Graduate School. In general, these requirements include the following:

  • The filing of an appropriate plan of study for the advanced degree, and the approval of that plan by the department or school head, the school dean, and the dean of the Graduate School.

  • The demonstration of proficiency in English prior to filing the plan of study.

  • The completion of a substantial portion of the plan in residence, as described in the bulletin. Course credits earned by a student whose graduate study has been inactive for five years or more are normally excluded.

  • The completion of a thesis for all doctoral degrees and for thesis-option master’s degrees.

  • Successful completion of such written and/or oral examinations specified by the various schools and departments.

MULTIPLE DEGREES

Upon special request approved by the deans of the schools concerned and filed with the Registrar at the beginning of the final semester (or summer session), a student may be registered as a candidate for more than one degree.

MEETING DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Specific deadlines for the various requirements for graduate degrees are outlined in the Graduate School Bulletin and must be met as specified. All degree requirements for undergraduate and professional degrees are to be met as of the end of the academic session in which the degree is to be conferred. In the event that academic requirements for an undergraduate or professional degree have not been met as of the end of the session, the candidate’s school may grant an extension of time, not to exceed 30 calendar days following the end of the session, for these requirements to be completed in order for the degree to be conferred for that session.

Academic requirements which have not been completed, as of the end of the 30-day period, shall disqualify the student from receiving the degree in the intended session and shall delay the conferring of the degree until the end of the next session in which the student is duly registered and all degree requirements have been completed.

SCHOLASTIC PROBATION

A student shall be placed on probation if the student’s semester or graduation index at the end of any regular semester is less than that required for a student with a classification as shown in Table A below.

A student on probation shall be removed from that status at the end of the first subsequent semester in which the student achieves semester and graduate indexes equal to or greater than those required for a student with a classification as shown in Table A.

Any grade change due to reporting error will result in a recalculation of the index and determination of probation status.

Table A. Index levels for probation

S = Semester Index; G = Graduation Index

Classification

S

G

0 and 1

1.5

1.5

2

1.5

1.6

3

1.6

1.7

4

1.6

1.8

5

1.7

1.9

6

1.7

2.0

7

1.7

2.0

8 and up

1.7

2.0

DROPPING OF STUDENTS FOR SCHOLASTIC DEFICIENCY

A student on scholastic probation shall be dropped from the University if at the close of any semester in which the student’s graduation index is less than that required in Table B or if the student receives six credits or more of failing (F) grades for the semester. This rule shall not apply for the semester in which the student completes all requirements for a degree. A student dropped by this rule and later duly readmitted as a regular student shall be readmitted on probation.

Table B. Index levels for dropping

G = Graduation Index

Classification

G

0 and 1

1.3

2

1.4

3

1.5

4

1.6

5

1.7

6

1.8

7

1.9

8 and up

2.0

Applications for readmission to the University from students who have been dropped for academic reasons must be accompanied by a check or money order, not cash, for $100 made payable to Purdue University. Processing of the application will not begin until the fee is paid. Applications may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.

SCHOLASTIC RECOGNITION

Chancellor’s List

At the conclusion of each semester, the registrar shall indicate which undergraduate students are scholastically eligible to be included on the Chancellor’s List. To be cited on the Chancellor’s List for any one semester, a student must:

  • Have at least 12 credits included in the graduation index.

  • Have at least 6 hours included in the semester index.

  • Attain at least a 3.5 graduation index.

  • Have at least a 3.0 current semester index.

Semester Honors

At the conclusion of each semester, the registrar shall indicate which undergraduate students are scholastically eligible for Semester Honors. To be cited, a student must:

  • Have at least 6 credits included in the semester index.

  • Attain at least a 3.5 semester index.

  • Have at least a 2.0 graduation index.

DEGREES WITH DISTINCTION

Degrees are awarded at the end of each semester and summer session to candidates who have completed the requirements of their schools. At each of these periods, degrees with distinction are awarded to those completing the undergraduate plans of study under the following general University rules:

  • A candidate for the baccalaureate with distinction must have earned at least 65 hours of credit at Purdue. A candidate for an associate degree with distinction must have earned at least 35 hours of credit at Purdue. To qualify for distinction, the student’s graduation index for all work completed must be at least 3.30.

  • The minimum graduation index for graduation with distinction in each school shall be no less than the 90th percentile of the graduation indexes of the graduates in each school, for the spring semester, provided that the index is at least 3.30. The minimum graduation index so determined in the spring for each school shall be applied for graduation with distinction for the subsequent summer session and fall semester.

  • Of those graduates who qualify for distinction under these rules for the spring semester, the three-tenths of the baccalaureate graduates having the highest graduation indexes shall be designated as graduating with highest distinction, irrespective of the schools from which they graduate. The three-tenths of the spring associate degree graduates having the highest graduation indexes will be designated as graduating with highest distinction.

  • The minimum graduation indexes so determined for graduation with highest distinction shall be applied for graduation with highest distinction for the subsequent summer session and fall semester.