Students attending NDU who are not yet considered as being at the university level are classified as follows:
||Number of Credits Completed
(on courses of 100 level and below 200 level)
b. Undergraduate students in the Faculties of FAAD and FE are classified as being in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th year class according to the number of credits completed as specified in their respective suggested programs.
c. Undergraduate students in the Faculties of FBAE, FH, FNAS, FNHS and FLPS are classified as follows:
||Number of Credits Completed
(on courses of 200 level or higher)
||91 and more
Full-time undergraduate degree students are those who register for at least 12 credits during the Fall or Spring semesters.
Part-time undergraduate degree students are those who register for less than 12 credits during the Fall or Spring semesters. A part-time student does not qualify for financial assistance.
SPECIAL STUDENTS OR NON-DEGREE STUDENTS
Undergraduate students who are taking courses at NDU for credits but not working toward a degree are considered Special Students or Non-Degree Students. Non-degree students shall be accepted on a semester-to-semester basis. Initial applications shall be made through the Office of Admissions and thereafter through the Office of the Registrar. Such students shall meet the academic standards required of degree students and shall neither be permitted to audit courses nor be qualified for any kind of financial aid.
Credits transferred from institutions of Higher education that are recognized by the Lebanese MEHE are accepted provided that the concerned Department and Faculty ensure that the credits accepted are applicable to the corresponding degree program and that a minimum grade of C was obtained. However, the accepted credit does not count toward the student’s GPA at NDU. The criteria established by NDU regarding this policy are made available to students through its website and its catalog.
Depending on the Faculty, a transfer student is required to complete at least 30 or 45 credits at NDU in order to be eligible for a degree, while the remainder of the credits that are taken at other institutions of higher education can be transferred if they satisfy the criteria of the concerned Department and Faculty. Exceptionally, transfer students who want to join the Faculty of Engineering /Bachelor of Architecture can receive credit for NDU courses listed under the GER, core requirements and free elective categories of the NDU contract sheet. In order to ensure that students have achieved the required outcomes and objectives specified by the concerned department, the Faculty of Engineering reserves the right not to give transfer credit for courses listed under the major requirements category even if students have taken similar courses at the institution they previously attended.
Freshman students are considered ineligible for transfer.
An auditor is an individual who has been admitted to course(s) while satisfying the requirements for admission to this course as deemed appropriate. He/she is required to pay 75% of the course(s) tuition. Once an auditor is registered, he/she cannot change his/her status back to credit. Grades and credits will not be given for auditing course(s) and hence cannot be counted for enrollment certification, and for financial aid purposes.
HOURS OF CLASSES
Usually, classes are held Monday-Friday. However, some classes may be held on Saturday. During semesters, classes start at 8:00 a.m. However, some four-credit courses may start at 7:30 a.m. For summer sessions classes start at 8:00 am.
Students should attend all classes. A pattern of absences may affect a student’s grade substantially. The Class instructor, in full coordination with the Department Chair, is the direct authority responsible for the implementation of the Attendance Policy. The SAO only validates absences related to University events, travel, or medical excuses upon need and only when requested by the Department Chair. The student is responsible for the material presented during his/her absence. The maximum number of absences for classes that meet on MWF is six and for those that meet the TTH and in Summer is four, (or two hours per credit course). Any student whose absences exceed the maximum limits shall automatically be unofficially withdrawn from the course, unless he or she withdraws.
EXAMINATIONS AND QUIZZES
All courses normally have written final examinations. Such examinations are not required in seminars, field work, internship programs, studio courses and senior projects, but the instructor concerned may choose to give one.
As to quizzes and progress tests, instructors shall give a minimum of two per course. If, for a legitimate reason acceptable to the instructor of the course, a student misses a quiz, he/she should arrange for a make-up with the instructor of the course within a maximum period of two weeks from the date assigned for that quiz.
Final examinations shall count for a maximum of 40% of the final grade. Those exams should be comprehensive by nature. The remaining 60% account for quizzes, progress projects, tests, term papers and other requirements as specified by the respective department. A minimum of 40% of the course evaluation should be known by students prior to the official withdrawal deadline.
Different sections of the same course must be given a common departmental final examination.
FINAL EXAMINATION MAKE-UP
If a student misses a final examination for a legitimate reason, he/she should make arrangements for a make-up examination with the instructor of the course and the chairperson of the department. If permission is granted, the student shall pay the University a make-up final examination fee of LBP 200,000. Consequently, the final examination make-up shall be taken no later than the 8th week of the next academic semester if a grade of incomplete “I” is submitted to the registrar. In the case where a change of grade is not received by the Registrar’s Office within the set period, a grade of “F” shall be given for that course.
GRADED FINAL EXAMINATION PAPER
The graded final examination papers of a course offered during a given semester or the summer session must be submitted to the Department Chairperson concerned within 72 hours from the scheduled date of the final examination of that course. These papers must be kept at the department concerned for at least one semester along with a copy of the course syllabus, final examination, and its solution.
A course’s final grades should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar 72 hours after the scheduled date of the examination for that course. The instructor should submitted online the final grades to the Department Chairperson who will in turn submit them to the Dean of the respective faculty for final approval.
RECORD BOOK OR BLUE BOOK
The original record/blue book of the courses taught by a faculty member during a given semester or the summer session must be submitted to the concerned Department Chairperson within 72 hours from the latest scheduled date of the final examination of his/her courses. This book shall be kept at the department concerned for at least one academic year, with a copy of it signed by both the Faculty Member concerned and his/her Department Chairperson shall be submitted to the Office of the Faculty Dean concerned.
Upon request, students can obtain an official transcript or a student copy transcript from the Office of the Registrar within two working days. Transcripts cannot be issued to students who have a financial account pending with the University.
CHANGE OF GRADE
Once a student’s grade for a course for which he/she is enrolled during a given semester or the summer session, is approved by the Faculty and processed by the Registrar’s Office, it shall be final in the absence of justified circumstances such as evidence of human error in calculation, recording, visual oversight, or confusion in the names of students or course sections.
Under justifiable circumstances, to change a grade, the instructor of the course should fill in and sign a “Change of Grade Form”, which can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. All supporting documents including the instructor’s record book should be attached to the form. Once the new grade is approved by the department’s Chairperson, it is forwarded to the Faculty Dean for final action and then resubmitted to the Registar’s Office.
Only under force majeure would a student’s case be considered beyond those five days. The student may petition for re-evaluation of his final grade in a particular course.
No case will be considered after a lapse of one semester.
CHANGE OF PROVISIONAL GRADE
Changes made to the provisional grade “I” and “PR” should be done within an allotted period otherwise the Registrar’s Office will directly convert the grade to “F”. The “I” grade must be changed by the end of the 8th week of the following semester and the “PR” grade must be changed by the end of the following semester.
GRADES FOR REPEATED COURSES
Students must repeat courses for which they got a grade of “F”, “UW”, or those courses for which they did not get the required passing grade set by the Department or Faculty concerned, in the case where these courses are required in the major. Students must repeat these courses immediately the next time they are offered. Students may also repeat a course for which they got a grade below “C”.
For a repeated course, only the last grade, whether higher or lower, will be computed into the GPA. The other grades are kept on the student’s transcript. A course may be repeated only twice. A student who fails to pass a course for the third time will have to comply with the instructions of the Dean concerned. The letter “R” will be placed on the student’s transcript next to the course being repeated.
GRADES UPON CHANGE OF MAJOR
- 1. Upon approval of change of major, all grades on transferable or non-transferable courses taken by a student in his/her old major/area of concentration remain part of his/her official transcripts. Unlike the transferable grades, the non-transferable ones are not computed in the student’s GPA for the new major and are not counted toward the total number of credits required for graduation for the new major. A student cannot ask for a non-transferable course to be computed back in his/her GPA.
- 2. The students who benefited from the above rule (#1) cannot return to their old major, and cannot request to have their major changed again to any major which requires a non transferable course grade, which was deleted from his/her GPA.
SYSTEM OF GRADES
The University uses the following system of grades. This system consists of letter grades with their corresponding numerical ranges (i.e. percentage equivalent, and the 4.0 point maximum).
||Quality Point Value
||93 - 96
||89 - 92
||85 - 88
||80 - 84
||77 - 79
||73 - 76
||70 - 72
||66 - 69
||63 - 65
||60 - 62
||0 - 59
||The grade “UW” is assigned by the instructor when a registered student has never attended a class or has ceased attending and has not submitted an official course withdrawal request to the Registrar’s Office. This grade is computed as an “F” grade in the GPA.
||The grade “W” indicates withdrawal without academic penalty. This grade is issued by the Registrar’s Office only to students submitting an official course withdrawal form by the scheduled deadline. The grade “W” is not computed in the student’s GPA and may not be changed to any other grade under any circumstances.
||The grade “PR” is a provisional grade, and hence it is not computed in the student’s GPA. It is used to reflect progress on continuing research efforts for the senior study or the senior research or design project until it is completed. If this provisional grade is unresolved by the end of the following semester, the Registrar’s Office will automatically convert it to the grade of “F” and it will be computed in the student’s GPA.
||The grade “U” indicates that the individual was an auditor or listener in the course. This does not have any quality point value, and hence it is not computed in the student’s GPA. Neither the credits nor a written statement can be given for a class audited, and no instructor is authorized to admit anyone as an auditor to any of his/her classes unless the individual has registered as such.
||The grade “I” is a provisional grade, and hence it is not computed in the student’s GPA. It indicates that the student has for good and justified reasons not completed all course requirements, but there is a reasonable expectation that he/she will successfully complete it. If this provisional grade is unresolved by the end of the 8th week of the following semester, the Registrar’s Office will automatically convert it to the grade of “F”, and will then be computed in the student’s GPA. However, students, who are out of attendance in the semester following the one in which the course was taken, have one year to complete the work. Degree candidates should be aware that an “I” grade received during the last semester in any of the courses required for graduation will automatically result in the postponement of graduation.
||“P” indicates a passing performance in a course taken in a Pass/No Pass. The credits if any will be added to the number of credits passed, but will not be included in the average. It has no quality points.
||“NP” indicates a failing performance in courses taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. No credits will be added to the student’s record, nor will the average will be affected. It has no quality.
The Grade-point-average (GPA) or index is the ratio of the total quality point values divided by the number of the credit hours attempted by the student, as shown below.
|Course Number & Designation
||Credit Hours Attempted
||Quality Point Values
||Total Quality Point Values
|| 3 *
|| 4 *
|| 3 *
|| 3 *
|| 1 *
The GPA of the five courses would then be:
which is equivalent to a grade of “C”. Students are expected to know how to compute their own GPA. Courses with a grade of “W”, “U”, “PR”, or “I” are not counted in computing the cumulative GPA. The same applies to all transfer courses. Hence, grades for work done at institutions other than NDU are not included in the GPA. Only courses and credits may be transferred. Thus, the cumulative GPA is an average of all the credit hours attempted by the student at NDU.
There are 4 kinds of academic standing for an undergraduate student at NDU:
Good Academic Standing
An undergraduate sophomore student is deemed in good academic standing if his/her cumulative GPA satisfies any of the following cases:
||# of Undergraduate Credits
|At least 1.5/4.0
||1 cr. – 12 cr.
|At least 1.75/4.0
||13 cr. – 24 cr.
|At least 2.0/4.0
||25 cr. or more
An undergraduate student will be on academic probation if his/her cumulative GPA satisfies any of the following cases:
||# of Undergraduate Credits
|Less than 1.5/4.0
||1 cr. – 12 cr.
|Less than 1.75/4.0
||13 cr. – 24 cr.
|Less than 2.0/4.0
||25 cr. or more
An undergraduate student placed on academic probation for three consecutive semesters will be placed on academic suspension (i.e. third probation is the suspension) irrespective of whether she/he is registered or not. If the third semester of probation happens to be the first (ie Fall) or second (ie Spring) semester of the academic year, the student is granted one more semester for the removal of suspension.
Students placed on suspension may consider the following options:
1. The student may register, upon the written approval of his/her academic advisor, in a number of courses at other accredited institutions of higher education. The credits for the courses completed with a grade of “C” or better may be transferred, as appropriate, towards the requirements of his/her degree at NDU. The grades and GPA for these courses, however, shall not be transferred.
2. The student may petition to the Dean of his/her Faculty to reconsider the suspension decision. The Dean will, then, determine the final status of the student in the light of the GPA obtained:
- If the Cum. GPA is 1.79 or lower the student will be placed on academic suspension in his/her Faculty but may, nonetheless, register in another Faculty at NDU following due procedure;
- The suspension may be withheld if the Cum GPA is 1.8-1.99. The student is given another chance to obtain good standing.
An undergraduate student is dismissed from the University if he/she fails to maintain good academic standing either during the semester immediately following reinstatement from academic suspension or after the student had been granted permission from the Faculty Dean to have the suspension removed but failed to do so.
If the student’s semester GPA is at least 1.5/4.0, 1.7/4.0 or 2.0/4.0, and his cumulative GPA is still below 2.0/4.0, the student is granted another extra semester. If at the end of this semester the student still fails to be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA), he/she will be dismissed.
There are two kinds of academic recognition:
1. Dean’s Honor List:
Full time students who obtain a semester GPA of 3.20/4.00 or higher with no incomplete grades, during a given semester are placed on the Dean's List for that semester. These students are invited to attend the Dean’s Luncheon held in their honor.
2. Graduation with Distinction:
An undergraduate student with high academic achievement will graduate with:
- Cum Laude (Distinction), if the cumulative GPA falls between 3.20/4.0 and 3.49/4.0;
- Magna Cum Laude (High Distinction), if the cumulative GPA falls between 3.50/4.0 and 3.79/4.0;
- Summa Cum Laude (Highest Distinction), if the cumulative GPA is 3.80/4.0 or above.
Such distinctions appear on the student’s transcript and degree. A transfer undergraduate student is only eligible for these distinctions if he/she has completed at least 60 credits at NDU.
Students are expected and encouraged to be honest and to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity in their academic work and assignments at the University. They shall refrain from any academic dishonesty or misconduct including, but not limited to:
- Plagiarism; that is, the presentation of someone else’s ideas, words or artistic, scientific, or technical work as one’s own creation. Also, paraphrasing, summarizing, as well as well as direct quotations are considered as plagiarism, if the original source is not properly cited;
- Assisting in cheating;
- Substituting a student in the taking of an examination;
- Substituting examination booklets;
- Submitting the same work for more than one course and the like;
- Submitting papers written by others;
- Receiving or providing unauthorized help or assistance in any academic work or assignment;
- Intentional violation of program and degree requirements and regulation as established by the University;
- Dishonest reporting of computational, statistical, experimental, research, results, or the like.
Penalties of Academic Dishonesty
Committing any academic dishonesty or misconduct will definitely subject the student(s) to serious academic penalties including, but not limited to:
- Failure in an assignment or a course;
- Suspension from the University for the remainder of the semester. The student will receive from the Registrar, a notice forbidding him/her, for the specified semester to occupy any portion of the University premises, and denying him/her all University privileges, including class attendance. Suspension becomes effective immediately upon receipt of the notice. There is no refund of fees for the semester in which the action is taken, but any fees paid in advance for a subsequent semester are refunded. Following the expiration of the term of suspension, the student shall be enrolled under probation for one regular semester or Summer session;
- Suspension for additional period. The total duration of the suspension should not exceed one academic year;
- Dismissal from the University. The student will receive from the Registrar a written notice which permanently terminates his/her student status. The same policy will be followed regarding notification and the refund of fees as in the case of suspension.
Reporting Academic Dishonesty
If an instructor has reason to believe that a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, he/she must inform the student and discuss the circumstances of the matter with him/her. The instructor shall also consult with his/her Chairperson and take the appropriate action. The Chairperson shall inform the student’s advisor in writing about the accident and the action taken. The student will receive a copy of that letter. If the Chairperson believes the misconduct deserves suspension or dismissal from the University, he/she should forward the case to the Dean. If the student wants to challenge the action, he/she can appeal by petitioning to the to the University Student Affairs Committee through the Registrar.
CHANGE OF MAJOR
1. Within a Faculty
To be eligible for a change of major within the same faculty, the student must meet the requirements for admission to the new major. He/She must submit a petition for change of major provided by the Registrar’s Office. The request for the student’s admission is considered by the new department and by the dean concerned. After approval, the petition is sent to the Registrar’s Office for implementation.
2. From a Faculty to a Faculty
A student moving into another Faculty within the University is considered as a new student by the new Faculty. The student is required to fill in a petition form for a change of major provided by the Registrar’s Office and signed by the Business Office and by his/her advisor. The form is to be submitted to the Registrar’s Office, which in turn will send the form to the University Admission Committee.
3. By University Action
A student will be asked to change his/her major for any of the following reasons:
- If he/she is on probation and fails at the end of a semester or summer session in two or more of his/her major and/or core courses;
- If he/she fails to pass a major course after having repeated it twice.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF CHANGE OF MAJOR
The deadline for submission of the petition for change of major for both categories is:
- The last Friday of December month for the Spring semester;
- The last Friday of June month for the Fall semester.
Students are required to fulfill the following requirements in order to be eligible for a bachelor degree:
- Completing all required credits for the degree;
- Fulfilling satisfactorily all course requirements for the degree as well as remedial/intensive courses given upon admission;
- Fulfilling all other admission requirements;
- Maintaining at least a 2.0/4.0 cumulative GPA for the degree;
- Satisfying the residency requirements for the degree;
- Maintaining the required minimum cumulative GPA for the major and core courses required for the degree, as specified by the concerned Department;
- Maintaining good academic discipline;
- Settling all accounts with the University.
These conditions must be met together with the degree requirements in effect during the semester of the student’s first registration at NDU. This shall also apply to reinstated students. However, readmitted students must meet the degree requirements in effect during the semester of their readmission, unless their readmission letter states otherwise.
Students who do not have the required cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 for the degree and/or the required cumulative GPA for the major and core courses required for the degree, but yet have completed all other requirements, may repeat up to 5 courses, as approved by the Academic Advisor, to meet the required numerical level(s).
Second Degree Requirements
A student with a Bachelor degree may register for another degree at NDU after being accepted by the University. Such a student must:
- Satisfy all the requirements for the new degree in accordance with the statements of Section I of this policy;
- Have a residency of at least two full semesters;
- Complete at least 30 credits in the new degree over and above the credits already used to satisfy the first degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0.
TEACHING DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS
A holder of the official Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II or its equivalent will be eligible for a Teaching Diploma upon completing satisfactorily at least 18 credits beyond his/her Bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0/4.0
TEACHING CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS
A holder of the official Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II or its equivalent will be eligible for a Teaching Certificate upon completing satisfactorily 18 credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0/4.0
GRADUATION CHECK LIST
Two semesters prior to graduation, the Registrar’s Office must submit to the concerned Academic Advisors and students a graduation list of potential candidates for graduation for verification. This list must include the following:
- The already completed requirements for the degree;
- The requirements, which remain to be completed for graduation;
- The cumulative GPA for the degree;
- The major courses and the core courses average.
Once the checking process is completed, the checked list must be returned to the Registrar’s Office to finalize the tentative graduation list and hence send it back to the Faculty for voting at the end of the student last semester.
CONFERRING OF DEGREES
Degrees are conferred three times a year, at the end of Fall, Spring, or Summer session.
Students expecting to graduate must apply for graduation at the Registrar’s Office by the following deadlines:
- November 15 for the graduates of the Fall and Spring semesters;
- March 15 for the graduates of the Summer session.
Any delay in applying may delay graduation. The formal conferring of degrees by the President occurs annually at the Commencement on the second Friday of each July.
Potential Summer graduates can not participate in the ceremony of the conferring of degrees.
Residency Requirements for Bachelor of Art, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Hotel Management
There are 2 kinds of Government Regulations for the B.A., B.S., B.B.A., B.H.M., and the like:
1. Minimum Residency: A minimum of 8 semesters of residency is required, beginning with the Freshman Class, or 6 semesters, beginning with the Sophomore Class. Two Summer sessions will be considered as equivalent to one regular semester. This period of time must be spent at a recognized and accredited institution of higher education; however, at least 30 credits requirement must be completed at NDU with a cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0, in addition to all other graduation requirements for the degree.
2. Maximum Residency: A maximum of 16 semesters of residency is allowed, beginning with the Freshman Class, and 12 semesters, beginning with the Sophomore Class.
Residency Requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering
1. A minimum of 10 semesters and a maximum of 20 semesters.
2. At least the last 45 credits must be completed at NDU, in addition to all other graduation requirements for the degree.
Residency Requirements for Bachelor of Architecture
1. A minimum of 10 semesters and a maximum of 20 semesters.
2. At least the last 45 credits must be completed at NDU, in addition to all other graduation requirements for the degree.
PARTICIPATION IN COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
The University encourages June graduates to participate in the Commencement exercises. Summer and Fall graduates may participate in the following Commencement exercises provided they notify the Registrar's Office of their intent by mid-June at the latest by submitting the online form.
A. Designation and Belonging
The letters preceding the course number indicate the area or subject of study to which the course belongs. The following is a designation list grouped by Departments and Faculties' affiliations.
|Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design
|Department of Architecture
||Masters of Architecture
|Department of Design
|Department of Music
|Department of Arts
||Arts and Crafts
|Faculty of Business Administration and Economics
|Department of Accounting, Finance and Economic
||Banking and Finance
|Department of Management and Marketing
||Health Care Management
||Human Resource Management
|Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
||Food and Beverage Management
||Hotel Management and Tourism
||Hotel Management and Tourism
||Hospitality Events Management
||Fiancial Risk Management
|Faculty of Engineering
|Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
|Departments of Electrical and Computer and Communication Engineering
|Department of Mechanical Engineering
|Faculty of Humanities
|Department of English and Translation
|Department of Media Studies
|Department of Humanities and Religious Studies
|Department of Psychology, Education, and Physical Education
|Faculty of Law and Political Science
|Department of Law
|Department of Law, Government and International Relations
||International Affairs and Diplomacy
|Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences
|Department of Computer Science
||Geographic Information Systems
||Management Information Systems
|Department of Mathematics and Statistics
||Actuarial Science & Insurance
|Department of Physics and Astronomy
|Department of Sciences
|Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences
||Nursing and Health Sciences
||Medical Laboratory Technology
||Nutrition and Dietetics
||Food Safety and Quality Management
B. Digits of a Course Number
The following digits are used as follows:
||FNAS, FNHS, FBAE & FH
||ENG, RCT, VIA
||Non-Credit Remedial Courses
||Senior Course (Undergraduate Only)
||Courses that are considered preparatory for graduate studies. When passed, their credits should not be counted in the total of credits required for graduation and they should be completed during the first academic year.
|6 or higher
|Second Digit for Undergraduate and Possibly Graduate Courses
||Basic Level Course
||Elementary Level Course
||Intermediate Level Course
||Advanced Level Course
||Special Topics or Practicum I
||Laboratory Workshop, or Practicum II
||Seminar or Internship
||Senior Study; Senior Project, Thesis or Research Project
|Any digit ranging from 0 to 9
C. Course Number,Title and Credits
||Linear Algebra I
|Official Course Code (Number Abbreviation)
||Official Course Title
||The first component of the above ordered pair designates the number of lecture hours/ week.
The second component is the number of laboratory hours/week.
|Number of credits (cr) earned if course is successfully completed.
Lecture hours/week is a period of 50 minutes duration.
Credits are based upon the number of 50-minute periods scheduled weekly during one semester or summer session. One credit signifies a minimum of either a 50-minute period of class work, or 2-3 hours of laboratory over a period of 15 weeks or its equivalent.
D. Course Prerequisite and Corequisite
A prerequisite is a course which must have been completed before registering for the subject course.
A corequisite is a course which must be completed before registering for the subject course, or a course which may be taken concurrently.
Upon admission and prior to registration, each student shall be assigned an Academic Advisor by his/her Department Chairperson, upon the approval of the Faculty Dean. The Academic Advisor shall:
- Advise his/her advisees to observe the basis of admissions as set in his/her letter of acceptance;
- Make himself/herself available to his/her advisees during office hours, and when necessary by appointment, throughout the academic year;
- Assist his/her advisees to properly fulfill all requirements of the degree enrolled in;
- Study and update the files of his/her advisees throughout his/her residency at NDU;
- Make his/her advisees aware of and familiar with the University academic rules, regulations and policies;
- Explain clearly the:
- Registration process;
- Course offerings;
- Course substitution;
- Course prerequisite;
- Course selection;
- Full-time / part-time credit load;
- Degree planning.
and other related matters. Hence, students are encouraged to consult with their Academic Advisors on a regular basis all throughout their residency at NDU.
An undergraduate student will be eligible for registration upon settling all previous pending issues (academic, financial, disciplinary, administrative, etc ) with the University at the offices concerned. Otherwise, he/she cannot proceed any further toward his/her registration.
The registration date for undergraduate students is assigned by the Registrar’s Office. To register, a student should:
- Receive tuition statement from the Business Office;
- Pay the appropriate tuition and fees to the allotted bank(s);
- Prepare his/ her course schedule;
- Register for courses; off campus (internet) or on campus (intranet): Advisor or Division of Computing Services.
New students should register at the Advisor’s Office.
REGISTRATION BY ABSTENTIA
An NDU undergraduate student is allowed to register in abstentia (or by proxy) by some legally recognized individuals (i.e., parent, sister, or the like) under justifiable reasons such as illness, being abroad, and the like. Such a student shall be entirely responsible for discrepancies in his/her proxy registration, if any.
After the third day of classes in either the Fall semester or the Spring semester or the second day of the Summer session the late registration period shall be scheduled and its fees shall be determined. No student may be registered beyond this day for the current semester or the Summer session. During the late registration day, a student shall follow the steps of the registration, as described in section IV of this policy. Further, it shall be understood that students registering during the late registration day shall be responsible for all work assigned from the beginning of the semester or the session. They shall be also subject to the requirements of the attendance policy as of the first day of classes.
An NDU undergraduate student may be allowed to cross-register a course at another institution if:
- The course is not offered at NDU during the semester in which the student is expected to graduate;
- The course in which the student intends to cross-register is equivalent to his/her required course at NDU;
- The course does not conflict with his/her course schedule at NDU;
- The student has the Cross-Registration and Registration Forms signed by his/her Department Chairperson, and Academic Advisor as well as the Registrar’s Office and the Business Office;
- The student returns the appropriate Cross-Registration form(s) to NDU Registrar’s Office after officially registering at the other institution;
- The student has to submit an official transcript of records for his/her cross-registered course to the Registrar’s Office at NDU.
A non-NDU undergraduate student may be allowed to cross-register a course at NDU upon submission of a written authorization from his/her institution allowing him/her to register for this course at NDU in accordance with NDU undergraduate registration policy.
Only officially enrolled students in a class are allowed to attend the class. The instructor of the class should inform any non-officially enrolled student of his/her improper registration and should immediately report it, in writing, to the Registrar’s Office, and should also ask the student to immediately proceed to the Registrar’s Office for a settlement.
CHANGES IN REGISTRATION
Changes in registration become effective and official on the date the approved completed form is submitted to the Registrar’s Office, and accepted and processed, and the financial obligations resulting from these changes are settled with the Business Office.
ADDING AND/OR DROPPING COURSES
A student may add or drop a course or change a section in his/her registration schedule during the add/drop day only. This can be done by:
- Dropping or Adding by himself/herself at the Division of Computing Services or in the Advisor’s Office;
- In the Drop/Add period, two modifications are allowed by the student;
- In case a section is closed, or a student wishes to wave prerequisites/co-requisites and the like, only during Drop/Add period he/she has to fill in a Drop/Add form to secure the concerned Dean’s signature;
- Receive his/her modified tuition statement from the Business Office.
WITHDRAWAL FROM COURSES
In accordance with the University Refund Policy, students may officially withdraw from courses without academic penalty by the late registration day. In this case no grades will be inscribed on their record. They may also withdraw any time prior to the 14th week of the Fall or Spring semesters and before the 28th day of the Summer session .Then a grade of “W” will be inscribed on their records.
Withdrawal after the deadline will result in an “F” or “UW” on the dropped course. No withdrawal is allowed beyond this period unless the student petitions to the Dean concerned, due to urgent reasons. Once the petition is approved, the Registrar will then be instructed by the VP for Academic Affairs to assign the grade “W” on the dropped course(s).
ATTENDANCE AFTER WITHDRAWING
Once a student has withdrawn from a course, he/she cannot continue to attend or audit this course during the same semester.
Upon return, a student with leave of absence shall inform the Registrar’s Office for reinstatement. Those students on probation who have been approved for leave of absence will remain on probation upon reinstatement.
DROPPING A COURSE WHILE ON PROBATION
A student on probation may drop any course during the probation period.
REGISTRATION IN A COURSE WITH AN ”I” GRADE
Students may not register in a course if he/she has an incomplete grade in its prerequisite(s).
STUDENT ACADEMIC LOAD
Full-Time and Part-Time Loads
Registration in at least 12 credits for the Fall or Spring semester constitutes a full-time load for an undergraduate student. Otherwise, it constitutes a part-time load.
Maximum Load for Registration per Semester
The maximum load for registration during the Fall or Spring semester by any undergraduate student is either 16 credits or the number of credits specified in his/her suggested program for that particular semester. However, student on good academic standing can take up to 19 credits per semester provided that this number of credits does not contradict any residency requirements. Student with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 and above, may petition to register for one additional three credits course over and above the regular load. This additional load, may be approved provided the residency requirements are met.
Maximum Load for Registration in the Summer Session
The maximum load for registration by any undergraduate student in the Summer session is 9 credits or less as determined by the Faculty concerned.
Maximum Load for Students on Probation
Students who are on probation may register for a maximum of 13 credits per semester of which at least 9 credits for courses that must be repeated, if any.
Maximum Load for Students with Incomplete(s)
Students who have two or more incomplete grades from a previous semester or the Summer session may register for a maximum of 13 credits per semester unless these courses are senior projects or the like.
Maximum Load for Students with Cross-Registration
The combined load for students with both registration at NDU and cross-registration in another institution must not exceed the maximum load stated above.
TUITION AND FEES
NDU is a non-profit institution. Tuition and fees paid by students represent a small percentage of the full cost of a student's education. The deficit is covered by income from gifts, grants and donations from foundations, alumni and friends of the University. The fees cover applications, membership in National Social Security Fund (NSSF), activities, Yearbook and Student Association, and Insurance. Membership of Lebanese students in the NSSF is mandatory by law. Thus prior to registration, students are urged to follow the instructions given by the Students Affairs Office concerning the clearance for NSSF.
|Tuition/Credit Hour (Engineering or Architecture)
|Tuition /Credit Hour (All Others)
|Tuition /Credit Hour (Auditing)
||75% of credit tuition
||75,000 per exam
|Change of Major
|Make-up Final Examination Fee/Incomplete
|Transcript (Official Copy)
|Transcript (Student Copy)
|Library Fee/Book /Day (Late Returns)
|Smart ID Card (when applicable)
|NSSF Fees (when applicable)
Because of the rising cost of higher education, universities are facing severe financial problems. NDU reserves the right to change tuition, fees and expenses at any time without prior notice.
A student may not complete registration, graduate, or receive any transcripts of records until all dues are paid.
Contracts with faculty members and provisions for education are made by the University in advance for the entire year. Accordingly, if a student withdraws for justifiable reasons after final registration, refund of tuition will be made according to the following schedule of withdrawals:
- During drop/add period, 75% of the tuition is refunded;
- During the first week of classes, 50% of the tuition is refunded;
- Tuition is not refunded after the first week of classes;
- Refund policy does not apply during summer session. No refund of tuition is made for any withdrawal during summer session.
Financial Support for Re-enrolled courses
Students who re-enroll for any reason in any course shall not benefit from any financial support for the enrolled courses.