Registration and Taking Courses

Students are expected to register for classes during the published registration times in the academic calendar. Freshmen may be preregistered for some or all of the courses they need. Most registration after the freshman year is accomplished through the myNEU web portal. Students must complete “I Am Here” registration just prior to the start of classes to remain enrolled. Class adds must be registered by the end of the seventh class day.

Course Numbering System

Every semester course number at Northeastern University consists of two parts:

  • A two- or four-letter subject code
  • A four-digit number

For example, in the course number Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 1115), ECON is the subject code, and 1115 is the four-digit number.

The four-digit number indicates the level of the course as indicated below.

Undergraduate

0001–0999 Orientation and basic
No degree credit
1000–1999 Introductory level (first year)
Survey, foundation, and introductory courses, normally with no prerequisites and designed primarily for students with no prior background
2000–2999 Intermediate level (sophomore/junior year)
Normally designed for sophomores and above, but in some cases open to freshman majors in the department
3000–3999 Upper intermediate level (junior year)
Designed primarily as courses for juniors; prerequisites are normally required, and these courses are prerequisites for advanced courses
4000–4999 Advanced level (senior year)
Designed primarily for juniors and seniors; also includes specialized courses such as research, capstone, and thesis

Graduate

0001–0999 Orientation and basic
No degree credit
5000–5999 First-level graduate
Courses primarily for graduate students and qualified undergraduate students with permission
6000–6999 Second-level graduate
Generally for master's and clinical doctorate only
7000–7999 Third-level graduate
Master's- and doctoral-level courses; includes master's thesis
8000–8999 Clinical/research/readings
Includes comprehensive exam preparation
9000–9999 Doctoral research and dissertation

Class Schedule

All classes start promptly according to the class schedule shown. Most classes at Northeastern are scheduled in the time periods listed.

Students are expected to be punctual. Students who are late for classes should attend for the balance of the class period. Instructors will not tolerate habitual tardiness.

Students may leave fifteen minutes past the scheduled opening of class if the instructor is not present. In such cases, students should notify the department in which the course is offered that the instructor was not present.

Any change of regularly scheduled classes or examinations must have the unanimous consent of the students involved unless other mutually acceptable arrangements for students to attend the alternative class or examination are worked out between the faculty member and the student(s) involved.

During the terms when they are teaching, faculty members are expected to provide sufficient conference time to meet the instructional and advising needs of their students.

Fall and Spring Schedule

Sequence 1 MWTh 8:00–9:05
Sequence 2 MWTh 9:15–10:20
Sequence 3 MWTh 10:30–11:35
Sequence 4 MWTh 1:35–2:40
Sequence 5 MWTh 4:35–5:40
Sequence 6 TuThF 11:45–12:50
Sequence 7 TuWF 3:25–4:30
Sequence A MTh 11:45–1:25
Sequence B MW 2:50–4:30
Sequence C TuF 8:00–9:40
Sequence D TuF 9:50–11:30
Sequence E WF 11:45–1:25
Sequence F TuF 1:35–3:15
Sequence G TuF 3:25–5:05
Sequence H Tu 11:45–1:25
and Th 2:50–4:30
Sequence L MWTh 8:00–11:35
Sequence M MWTh 11:45–2:40
Sequence N MWTh 2:50–5:40
Sequence P MWTh 8:00–10:20
Sequence Q MWTh 10:30–1:25
Sequence R MWTh 1:35–5:40
Sequence S MWTh 1:35–4:30
Sequence T TuF 8:00–11:30
Sequence U TuF 11:45–3:15
Sequence V TuF 3:25–5:25
Sequence W TuF 1:35–5:05

Summer Schedule

Sequence 1 MTuWTh 8:00–9:40
Sequence 2 MTuWTh 9:50–11:30
Sequence 3 MTuWTh 1:30–3:10
Sequence 4 MTuWTh 3:20–5:00
Sequence 5 MTuWTh 11:40–1:20
Sequence A MW 8:00–11:30
Sequence B MW 1:30–5:00
Sequence C TuTh 8:00–11:30
Sequence D TuTh 1:30–5:00

Course Syllabus

Faculty members are expected to distribute a syllabus at the start of each course. The syllabus should also be placed on the course Blackboard site. The syllabus should include a schedule of topics, exam and assignment due dates, information on how to contact the faculty member, process for conference time, grading and attendance policies, and a reminder of the university’s academic integrity policy.

Course Prerequisites

Students are expected to meet prerequisites as listed in the course description of each course in which they enroll. Grades of F, U, I, or W in prerequisite courses do not normally fulfill requirements. Exceptions must be authorized by the instructor teaching the course.

Overload Policy

An overload occurs when a student is enrolled in more courses than prescribed by the program’s curriculum. To register for an overload, students are advised to consult their academic advisor. Students who enroll in overload courses will be billed at the per-credit-hour rate, 1/16 of the full-semester tuition for that semester per semester hour. Undergraduate full-time day students may register for an additional music ensemble course from the list of courses without added charge as long as they are registered for a full course load.

Reduced Load Policies

Undergraduate full-time student adjustments for reduced loads are made only when the Undergraduate Petition to Reduce Load is approved by the academic advisor and by the Office of the Registrar. Adjustments will then be made if the course load falls below 12 semester hours during full semesters and 6 semester hours during summer half semesters (calculated at the per-credit-hour rate). To receive an adjustment, the Undergraduate Petition to Reduce Load must be submitted prior to the start of the term.

No rebate or credit is granted when a student voluntarily drops a course. A reduced load may impact the student’s housing, financial aid, visa status, and health insurance. Students should consult applicable departments before committing to a reduced load. Students who take a reduced load will be billed at the per-credit-hour rate, 1/16 of the full-semester tuition for that semester per semester hour.

International students must speak with an advisor at the Office of Global Services (OGS) prior to dropping a course. Permission to drop below full-time status is restricted according to federal regulations.

Audit Policy

Full-time Northeastern students (16 credits at the undergraduate level and 8 credits at the graduate level, before the audit registration) may audit one class per term as an overload with no additional charge. Students are permitted to register from the end of the course-add period to the end of the third week of classes. Registration is based on the availability of a seat in the class. Students must obtain advisor approval and meet the prerequisites and any other required approvals for the class. Instructor permission as well as approval by the associate dean of the college offering the course is required. The course work required is at the discretion of the instructor. Once a student opts to audit a course, the audit status of the course cannot be changed. First-year students may not audit classes. A signed Petition to Audit must be presented to the Office of the Registrar during the designated audit-add period. Excluded courses are co-op, labs, language courses, any off-campus course, any online course, and any course required for the major or degree. Audits carry no academic credit.

Taking a Course while on Co-op or on Summer Vacation

Students who wish to take a course while on co-op or on summer vacation must complete an appropriate form in their college academic student services office before the term begins. Students on co-op should complete the petition registration form, and students on summer vacation should complete the summer-only petition registration form. Students who do not file the appropriate form will be dropped from their preregistered courses. Students who take a course while on co-op will be billed the overload tuition rate. Students who take a course while on summer vacation will be billed at the underload tuition rate. (See “Overload Policy” and “Reduced Load Policies” above.)

Transfer Credits for Current Students

Once they matriculate, students are expected to complete all course work for their degree at Northeastern, or an entity in a formal contractual, consortial, or partnership relationship with Northeastern, or at an approved study-abroad program. In some cases, in order to clear a deficiency, to permit students access to courses deemed by their respective advisors and colleges to be important for their education but unavailable to them at Northeastern, or to remain on track for graduation, a student may petition their college for permission to take a course at another accredited institution.

With the approval of the college academic advisor and the graduate school offering the courses, students may take courses in Northeastern’s graduate schools.

Students who wish to take courses at another institution and transfer the credit to Northeastern must obtain prior approval from the college academic advisor. The Office of the Registrar validates accredited institutions to ensure credit transferability. The student must earn a C (2.000) or better for a course to be considered for transfer. Students are responsible for providing documentation on the institution’s accreditation, course grading, and course descriptions prior to approval.

Special Students

Students who are not enrolled at Northeastern University may petition the college academic student services office to take courses on a semester-by-semester basis. Approval is based on the student’s academic qualifications and on the availability of class space. If the college academic student services office approves the course enrollment, the student pays the bill and then returns the completed forms to the Office of the Registrar.

Dropping Courses

Not attending class does not constitute withdrawal. Students receiving a grade of W or NE in any course are responsible for the costs associated with that course. Students must drop courses using processes described below:

In Fall and Spring Semesters

  • Through the third week of the semester, students may withdraw without any grade being posted to the transcript. Courses may be dropped via the myNEU web portal.
  • Between the fourth week and the last day of classes, course withdrawals are indicated by a W on the student’s record. Courses may be dropped via the myNEU web portal. No financial adjustment is made for courses receiving a W grade.
  • After the last day of classes, no withdrawals are accepted for any reason. A letter grade for the course will be posted on the transcript.
  • Dropping below full-time enrollment (12 semester hours for fall and spring semesters) may affect financial aid, health insurance eligibility, and the maintenance of proper nonimmigrant visa status.

In Summer Half Semesters

  • Through the second week of the half semester, students may withdraw without any grade being posted to the transcript. Courses may be dropped via the myNEU web portal.
  • Between the third week and the last day of classes, course withdrawals are indicated by a W on the student’s record. Courses may be dropped via the myNEU web portal. No financial adjustment is made for courses receiving a W grade.
  • After the last day of classes, no withdrawals are accepted for any reason. A letter grade for the course will be posted on the transcript.
  • Dropping below full-time enrollment (8 semester hours for summer half semesters) may affect financial aid.

Late Admission to a Course

Students may petition to register for a course after the normal “class add” period, seven class days. Permission may be granted if seats are available and at the discretion of the instructor. If students are not already registered for a full course load, late admissions may jeopardize full-time status.

The Late Course Registration form is available online.