Senior year offers many opportunities for students to get involved on campus, whether it be research, publications, internships/co-ops, lab-work, or theatre productions. Students with a 3.0 GPA or higher can even take advantage of graduate courses. Utilizing these opportunities and the resources available in the Career Services can help you get a jump on the job/graduate school search.

Senior Checks (Mandatory)

Seniors need to complete an official senior check when they reach 80 credits or about two semesters before they plan to graduate. This involves two processes: the Diploma Survey, and the senior check meeting in the Dean's office. The later you complete a senior check in your senior year, the less opportunities are available to identify and/or solve any issues that might arise.

  • May/August Graduates: Complete your check in the summer, August, September, or October.
  • January Graduates: Complete your senior check in the spring.
  • Part-time students, double majors, or students in majors with labs may show up early on these lists.  In such cases, you should plan to complete it at least two semesters before graduating.

Step 1: Complete the NU Senior Check Survey (~15 Min.)

You must complete the entire survey (approximately 15 minutes) which collects diploma/commencement information necessary for your degree and info to help us improve NU.

  • Access the survey here:

  • If you have trouble filling out the survey, need assistance, or need to update your information, please let us know by emailing or calling 716.286.8060.
  • One open-ended question asks about your activities since entering Niagara University (activities, honors, awards, organizations, leadership positions, research collaborations, etc.). This is reviewed for certain awards at graduation. If you wish, you can cut and paste info from your resume or bring in a list/resume during your senior check appointment.

Step 2: Senior Check Appointment/Contract (Call 716.286.8060)

During your senior check appointment in the dean's office, you will proactively review your degree audit/curriculum to outline the requirements necessary for your degree. During it we can answer any questions or concerns you might have about your remaining requirements, possible minors, graduate courses, etc....  Completing the senior check in a timely manner, allows you to be able to make adjustments, if needed, and know exactly what you need to earn your degree.

  • Call 716.286.8060.
  • Stop by the Dean’s Office (Dunleavy 315) .
  • Email your availability to (include multiple times that you are free so we can slot you directly into the schedule when we receive your email).
  • The diploma survey must be completed prior to your appointment.

Our Advice for Seniors

Senior year is full of opportunities, but sometimes getting to graduation and trying to make decisions about the future can be a stressful process. The following advice may assist you in making sure your senior year goes as smoothly as possible.

1) Check your NU email account regularly. Official notices and correspondence regarding graduation will be sent to that account so be sure to check and respond to them quickly.

2) Follow your senior check requirements.  Your senior check provide a clear map to graduation, so be sure to refer to it during advisement, make sure that what you are taking satisfies the requirements, and be careful to pick up replacement courses should you drop or fail something.  If you run into any complex situations, you are always welcome to stop by the dean's office for assistance in reviewing your progress.

3) Know the requirements for graduation and commencement participation, which are determined by the dean's offices based on your final transcript and GPA.

  • Students must satisfy all the course requirements for their degrees, majors, and minors.
  • Students must satisfy the minimum overall and major GPAs required for their majors
    - Most majors require a 2.0 GPA overall and in the major.
    - Social work and nursing require a 2.5 GPA overall and in the major and specific grades in certain major courses.
  • To be eligible to participate in commencement, you must have satisfied the required GPA requirements listed above and be:
    - Graduated in the previous August or January
    - Graduating at the end of May
    - 1-2 courses shy of graduation in May as determined by the Dean's Office. 

4) May Commencement Details

  • The GPA requirement for commencement and honors read at commencement is based on seven semesters (end of fall transcript).
    - Honors read at commencement are estimated based on seven semesters and may differ from the final transcript honors. 
    - Students who don't meet the GPA requirements based on seven semesters will have their spring progress reviewed in April to determine their eligibility to attend.
  •  Details about commencement can be found at the Niagara University Commencement page.

Get Involved

Be careful in your final courses and get help if you need it

  • Attend all your courses and do the work yourself and on time. Don't risk your graduation by skipping class, submitting work that isn't your own, or losing points on late assignments.
  • Double check your midterm grades to be sure that you are doing well in all your classes.
  • Keep in touch with your faculty to maintain a sense of how you are doing and, if you are struggling, talk with them to see if you can develop a plan to get yourself back on track.

Avoid late registration, if at all possible

  • Utilize your seniority to register early to avoid closed classes.  
  • Check for registration holds and resolve ahead of time, if possible.
  • If you have problems registering online, don't just wait until later. Seek out help from your advisor, Records & Financial Services, or the Dean's Office.
  • Submit for independent study/co-op/honors thesis paperwork in as soon as possible, especially in the spring semester as it will help us track you toward graduation.

Qualifying seniors can take graduate courses as an undergraduate

  • Seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher may opt to take one (1) graduate course per semester (2 maximum) in any of our graduate programs. Seniors must already be enrolled at least 12 undergraduate credits at the time. These courses must be beyond your degree requirements outlined in your senior check. Essentially, they must be extra courses that don't fit on your undergraduate curriculum card.    
  • Students interested in the M.S. in criminal justice administration should apply to the B.S./M.S. program, which allows up to three graduate courses to count as advised electives.  
  • Psychology students interested in the M.S. in mental Health counseling should apply to the B.A./M.S. program, which allows up to four graduate courses to count as advised electives.  
  • Students interested in the MBA should take the prerequisite undergraduate courses for the program, which can waive some of the graduate prerequisite courses.

Check that all your transfer/AP/study abroad credit is posted on myNU

  • Making sure your credits are properly posted on your transcript, ensures that you have the correct credits in the system for registration and graduation purposes.
  • Mailed transcripts can sometimes take weeks to arrive. If you have the ability to visit the college, bringing an official transcript in a sealed envelope is a quicker option, especially at the last minute.

Your minor(s) should appear at the top of your transcript if officially declared

  • Log into myNU  to declare your minors (Academic tab).
  • myNU only lists one minor. Your transcript will list up to three minors. If you need to verify more minors, please contact  Records & Financial Services.
  • To remove an unwanted minor, send an email request from your NU account to

Impact Service requirement (3 Hours)

  • Graduation requires three hours of community service integrated into courses or other community service projects that are logged with the IMPACT Office. If you are concerned about whether you have met your requirement, check in the Impact Office (Academic Complex). Diplomas will be held for students who still have to complete this requirement.

NUB 102 requirement

  • All students who began as first-year students at NU are required to complete your NUB requirement. This requirement does not apply to transfer students who were enrolled full-time at another institution.
  • If you did not complete the course successfully, contact Terri Vaughan in the theatre department to determine whether or not you need to retake the course.
  • Diplomas will be held for students  who still have to complete this requirement.