Academic FAQs

Your Fall 2020 course schedule will be determined based on the information you entered in the Sum-O registration portal. Information about your classes will be covered during the individual college meetings.


First semester freshmen typically take 15 credits, plus the one-credit Niagara University Beginnings course (NUB102). Total credit hours can vary by major and you will receive more detailed information from your advisor.

Ideally, your official transcript should be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to July 1. However, due to the COVID-19 disruptions, an unofficial transcript may temporarily be used. This includes AP scores, community colleges, IB credit, CLEP and military transcripts. NOTE: It is mandatory that NU receives the official transcript prior to the start of classes on August 24. For more information on transfer credit placement, go to 

NUB102 is a one-credit seminar course required of all first-year students, introducing them to the academic culture of Niagara University. In this class, students learn about how their academic course of study is integrated with the mission, the general education curriculum, and student life.

And, yes, all incoming freshmen are required to take and pass the course to graduate. Even if you completed a similar class at another institution, you are still required to take this course.

Yes! However, please contact your advisor, the Dean’s office or the Academic Exploration Program office via email or phone for help doing so and to ensure you are taking appropriate coursework for your major.

You can change your major by completing the form on the New Student Portal or by contacting the Office of Admissions by calling 716.286.8700.

Yes. Please have any courses pre-approved by your dean’s office or AEP to be sure they apply toward your degree.

For some majors yes, others no. You can view your major’s requirements via Degree Audit within WebAdvisor.

If you are planning to take French or Spanish above the introduction or 101 level, you are required to complete the Proficiency Placement Test. Results will be emailed to you and approval will be provided.

Yes! A minimum of one math course is required for ALL majors, additional courses may be required for some majors. However, it is not necessary to take a math course during your first semester in college - it may be recommended for a later semester by your advisor.

No. Placement into these courses is determined by your high school grades and scores on standardized exams. You will be told your placement recommendations during your advisement session on Day 2.

Some students may be required to take Critical Literacy (CRL101) and/or Basic Math (LSK095) before taking the writing and math courses required for graduation. 

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Yes. Students can apply for a peer tutor in most 100-level courses and some 200-level courses by coming to the Academic Success Center on the first floor of Seton Hall, or by applying online at

Yes. Students can make an appointment with a study skills specialist in the Office of Academic Support. They can also access online resources at

Yes. Students can make an appointment with the Writing Center, which opens the third week of every semester. See

Please contact Kelly Engert, Coordinator of Accessibility Services, at 716.286.8541 or

More information can also be found at

The Academic Coaching Program provides incoming students with individualized mentoring and support. Niagara's academic coaches are full time professionals committed to assist students achieve their academic goals and success in college.

Most textbooks for your courses have already been selected by your professors. Once you have a schedule, you can look up the required books via the Niagara University Bookstore website.

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Rising sophomores who have achieved a 3.5 overall GPA and completed 48 credit hours or less will be invited to apply to the Honors Program during the summer after their first year.

Please speak to your advisor about declaring a double major. This will be handled when you arrive in the fall.

After consultation with your major advisor, you can declare a minor in myNU.

Typically, minors are 5-6 courses and you’ll work with your advisor to find space within your major and general education curriculum to fit these courses in.

For a list of minors go to and click on the ‘Minors’ tab at the top.

Minors are not required for graduation, but are a nice addition to your resume!