Niagara University Senior Term Enrichment Program (NUSTEP)
Welcome to Niagara University's concurrent enrollment program, NUSTEP. Niagara University offers many entry level (general education) college courses in local high schools for college credit. This program gives qualified juniors and seniors the opportunity to challenge themselves to the rigors of college level work while remaining on their high school campus - all at a discounted cost.
Students are recommended by instructors or school counselors for the program. High school instructors share their materials and work closely with Niagara University professors to construct their NUSTEP courses. Courses cost $75 per credit hour. Therefore, a three-credit course costs $225, a substantial savings over the regular fee. Students on free or reduced lunch programs (verified by high school administration) are able to receive a tuition waiver that will cover the cost of the course; there is a $25 non-refundable registration fee that all students are required to pay regardless of any type of waiver that they may receive.
After completing a NUSTEP course, a student will be able to receive an academic transcript from Niagara University which should be sent to any colleges the student applies to. Students can request a transcript for free using the Request a transcript link.
NUSTEP is accredited by The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.
NUSTEP Enrollment and Payment Deadlines
To enroll for NUSTEP, please select the link, Enroll Online, found on the left side of this page. Once you fill out the required information, you will be added to your teacher's roster. No payment is due immediately upon enrolling online, but payment for registration and tuition must be received before the specified payment deadline.
- Spring Semester - Jan. 29-Feb. 23
Late Enrollment ($50 late fee assessed)
- Spring Semester - Feb. 26 - March 9
Late Enrollment ($100 late fee assessed)
- Spring Semester - March 10-23
Payments Accepted for Registration and Tuition fees
- Spring Semester - Jan. 29-April 3
Special High School On Campus Program
For the same price as NUSTEP ($25 registration fee and $75 per credit hour) high school students who are recommended by their guidance counselor or instructors can apply to take up to two college courses per semester at Niagara University where they would sit alongside college students. Students who are interested in this program must submit the Special High School Program Application to the NUSTEP office, indicating what courses they would like to sign up for (click here for course offerings and availability). High school students may be approved to take 100 or 200 level courses based on prior academic work and availability of seating in the courses.
Information About Niagara University
The university undergraduate catalog is the source for all policies, procedures and other pieces of information pertinent to the administration of an academic institution. It may be accessed at http://www.niagara.edu/catalog-literature-and-forms/. Listed below are the pertinent pieces of information from the undergraduate catalog that students should be familiar with and abide by.
Student Rights Under FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. Please refer to the undergraduate catalog or this link.
Code of Conduct
This program is designed to be both rigorous and rewarding. Students participating in NUSTEP seek a challenging, engaging, educational experience and it is expected that these students will adhere to all university rules and regulations as well as their high school code of conduct. Conduct that is disrespectful or in violation of the rights of others, including but not limited to verbal, physical, or sexual harassment and bias-related graffiti will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action and sanctions, including possible dismissal from the program. Students are expected to be respectful of all faculty, staff and other students they come in contact with both in and out of the classroom.
The integrity of an academic community necessitates the full and correct citation of ideas, methodologies and research findings to the appropriate source. This is necessary to protect the original work, whether it is found in reference material, other published matter, or unpublished communication from faculty, other scholars and fellow students. In addition, you can promote academic honesty by protecting your work from inappropriate use. Academic honesty is essential to ensure the validity of the grading system and to maintain a high standard of academic excellence. The principal violations of academic honesty are cheating and plagiarism.
• Cheating includes the unauthorized use of certain materials, information, or devices in writing examinations, or in preparing papers or other assignments. Any student who aids another student in such dishonesty is also guilty of cheating. Other possible forms of cheating include submitting the same work in more than one class without permission, and fabricating or altering references or actual research results.
• Plagiarism is the presentation of ideas, words and opinions of someone else as one’s own words. The offense does not extend solely to directly quoted materials presented without documentation. Paraphrased material, even if rendered in the student’s own words, must be attributed to the originator of the thought. You should be well informed of the policy on academic dishonesty prior to the start of the course. An instructor who suspects academic dishonesty will present the allegation and any corresponding evidence to the student. The student will be given the opportunity to respond and the instructor may accept or reject the response. If the response is rejected, the instructor assigns a penalty. Penalties for cases of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to the following, according to the severity of the offense:
- Resubmitting an essay or rewriting an examination
- Assigning an F for the paper, project, or examination
- Assigning an F for the course (N.B. second offenders receive an automatic F)
- The high school may also impose penalties if it is deemed warranted
The instructor will submit a report of the offense to the NUSTEP coordinator and the faculty liaison during the semester in which it occurred. The complete policy on academic integrity and the appeal process may be found in the college catalog.