Student Journey



Choose degree or certificate program.
Apply Online.


Sign Enrollment Agreement.
Choose Term Start Date.
Complete Orientation.

Register for Classes

Register for Classes.
Pay Tuition & Fees.
Monthly payments available.

Begin Term

Accept your class invitations.
Reply to Instructor communications.
Get to know your classmates.
Set aside regular study time each week.

Make a Study Plan

Begin with the End in mind:

  • Review Course Syllabus
  • Review Final Project Directions & Scoring Rubric
  • Review or take Pre-final Exam

Make a plan to study only the concepts you don’t already know.


Final Projects

Apply your knowledge & skills in an industry relevant project.
2 Attempts to pass.
Rubric scored by faculty evaluator.
50% of your grade.

Final Exams

Demonstrate your learning on a timed, proctored, final exam.
Short answer essay or multiple choice.
2 Pre-final practice test attempts (does not affect grade).
2 Attempts to pass.
Computer or Rubric scored by faculty evaluator.
50 % of your grade.


Exercises are designed help you practice integrating your knowledge and skills. Units 2, 4, & 6 include the most rigorous exercises to help you determine your level of mastery. They are not required and do not affect your grade.


Quizzes help you recall information from the course content. Quizzes are not required, and they do not affect your grade.


Enrollment Advisor

Provides information on NCU programs to help you determine if we are a good fit for you.
Assists through the Application & Enrollment process.

Student Advisor

Your companion throughout your educational journey at NCU.
Assists with course enrollments, academic advising, and technical support.
Your first line of contact with the university.

Course Instructors & Evaluators

Qualified faculty instructors whose focus is on student learning and progress.
Qualified faculty evaluators whose focus is to score final projects according to the scoring rubrics.

Registrar & Records

Our Registrar ensures the accuracy of grades and student records.
Issues transcripts and manages transcript requests.
Overseas graduation.

Student Accounts

Manages student tuition accounts, billing, refunds, and questions.


Ensuring you have an exceptional student experience and reach your educational goals.


  • No surprises. All courses have the same instruction.
  • Study only the concepts you don’t already know.
  • Pass Final Project & Final Exam to earn credit.
  • Set aside a couple of hours, 3-5 days per week, to work on school.
  • Textbooks purchase is optional. Feel free to use resources other than the ones included in the courses.
  • Accelerate your progress by passing courses quickly and adding in additional courses to a term.
  • Be assertive and reach out to your instructor if you need additional help. Their job is to help you.
  • Everyone learns differently. Learn the way that fits your style and life.



  • Transfer in credit from previous schooling.
  • Earn credit with prior learning assessments.
  • Challenge coureses if already competent.
  • Carefully follow final project directions and scoring rubric.
  • Notice the concepts covered and question types in pre-final practice.
  • Be assertive with and responsive to instructors, advisors, and school staff.
  • Use exercises, quizzes, and vocabulary to help guide your study efforts.
  • Participate in topic discussions and forums as needed.
  • Keep steady, brisk pace to build momentum and meet your goals.
  • Do your own work. Cite your sources. Write clearly. Ask for help when needed.
  • Maintain work/life/school balance and stay healthy.
  • Apply for graduation.
  • Celebrate!


In the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity. — Albert Einstein

Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. — Helen Keller

Fall seven times, stand up eight. — Japanese Proverb

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. — Edmund Hillary

When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters-one represents danger and the other represents opportunity. — JFK

Competency-based Education at NCU

Competency-based Education (CBE) is an educational model that measures what has actually been learned, rather than simply what one has the opportunity to learn.

In addition to course material taught in NCU courses, it considers, as valid, any learning path that has led a person to become competent.

All courses are structured around a set of Course Level Objectives and Unit Level Objectives.

Carefully constructed standardized assessments of those objectives measure a student’s level of mastery of the content.
All students must pass all assessments in all courses to earn credit. All courses must be passed to earn a degree or certificate.