FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Concurrent enrollment is the opportunity to take college level classes while you are still in high school.  Niagara University has partnered with many schools in Western New York to offer some of its entry level courses in high school.  The instructors are high school teachers who have applied and been approved to teach NUSTEP courses in the high school.  The syllabus is the same as is used on campus.   The list of participating schools is on the NUSTEP web site, and the courses offered at each high school varies.  For example, your high school might offer MAT 102, a math class (statistics) through NU.  The same course is taught on the NU campus.   You will receive high school credit for the course and, concurrently, if you register, pay and pass the course, you will receive college credit for it as well.

NUSTEP courses are $65 per credit hour, plus a $20 registration fee per semester.  This is significantly less than the normal cost of $900 per credit hour.  So a three credit hour course would cost $195, as opposed to $2,700!  If you are on free or reduced lunch, you simply need to provide documentation verifying your participation in the program, and your tuition is waived.  You would still be responsible to pay the registration fee.

Annually, NUSTEP students are surveyed at the end of their first semester of college.  Every year, over 98% of the respondents indicate they would recommend NUSTEP courses to current high school students, and 90% felt better prepared academically for college.  Only you will know if NUSTEP is right for you, but for thousands of students, it has been the right choice.   The decision is up to you – it is your future – make the most of it !!

Each participating high school offers courses that they feel will complement their high school curriculum.  Courses that are available through NUSTEP include:

  • English literature
  • Writing
  • French / Spanish
  • Hospitality
  • Business (Economics & Business Law)
  • Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science)
  • Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology)
  • Government
  • Mathematics
  • Communications

Contact us and we’ll talk to a representative about offering NUSTEP in your school.

Niagara University also offers a program called High School on Campus.  If you are still in high school (grade 11 or 12) and you live close enough to attend classes on campus, you are welcome to do so, at a very reduced rate.To take a class on the NU campus:

  • Go to www.niagara.edu/records  and click on course availability to see if the class you wish to take is being offered
  • You will need to complete a High School on Campus application, (located on the right side bar of the NUSTEP web page), have your school counselor approve it and bring it (or mail it) to the NUSTEP office on Niagara’s campus. 
  • Seats in classes are offered first to full-time NU students.  If seats are available after they have registered you will then be able to register for the course.
  • The cost of the program is the same as the NUSTEP program, $65 per credit hour, plus a $20 registration fee.  You will be billed by the student accounts office and you will need to pay your bill upon receipt.

If you choose to attend Niagara University, you need not worry.  Your NUSTEP courses will already be on your transcript!  However, if you choose to attend another school, you will have to request your official NU transcript be sent to that school.  When you know where you are going to attend, you will need to contact the Records Office at NU (www.niagara.edu/records) or 716-286-8730.  Or you can visit the NUSTEP web page, www.niagara.edu/nustep and follow the link “request a transcript”.  Follow the directions, and when the Records Office receives your request, an official copy of your NU transcript will be sent to the school you requested.  The cost of your transcripts is covered by your registration fee.

Your instructor will monitor your progress in class.  If it appears that you will be unable to successfully complete the course, you will need to print out the withdrawal form (located on the web site) and have your instructor sign it.  Once that is complete, it must be faxed to the NUSTEP office and you will be withdrawn from the course.  Failure to complete this process will result in your receiving an “F” in the course.

You are welcome to navigate around the web site – it has a lot of good information for you.   Watch the video – it will probably answer a lot of your questions.  You can always call the office – or email us; we’d love to hear from you!.  Either way, someone will get back to you. 

If you would like to visit the campus, sit in on a class, have lunch in the dining hall, shadow a student or take a tour, just give us a call.  We would be happy to arrange it.