Degree Completion Program FAQs
I've decided I would like to complete an Undergraduate Degree from Neumann University. How do I get started?
Everyone begins by completing an application form. You can do this online for free at www.neumann.edu. After you submit an application, you must also submit official transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions. "Official" means you can either transport them in an envelope sealed by the school, or you can request that each college sends your transcript directly to our office.
Do you accept transfer credit?
Yes! Up to 90 credits from a regionally accredited institution can be accepted for transfer.
Which transcripts, exactly, do you need to have?
The most important one is from the place you last received a degree. So, for example, if the last degree you earned was from your high school you will need to call your high school and ask that the transcript be sent to us. If the last degree you earned was an associate's degree, then call that college and ask that the transcript be sent to us. Finally, any and all college classes - whether you earned a college degree or not - should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions so that we can ensure the maximum number of transfer credits.
How do I find out officially what courses transferred?
Once the Office of Admissions has received all the transcripts you have listed on your application, as well as the location of your last degree earned, they will evaluate them. The number of credits transferred will then be included in your acceptance letter to Neumann University.
I heard I can also earn credits for prior work experience, etc. True?
Yes, there are all kinds of ways to evaluate additional types of credits, but these will be done in conjunction with your advisor not through the Office of Admissions (see Advisement section below).
What degrees can I earn?
You can choose to complete an Associate's, Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Science degree.
What is my major?
Because you design your own program of accelerated study there are no majors as such. You can, however, choose a concentration such as business administration, health care, human resource management or information systems concentration.
If you have an interest in becoming a certified teacher you will want to speak directly with the Dean of the Division of Education at 610-558-5640. He can discuss the various paths available that can lead to teacher certification dependent upon your class work and experience.
What does a typical schedule look like?
In a given class, you meet one evening a week from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. and also complete an end-of-term project. The class and project combine to give you 6 credits per class instead of the traditional 3 credits.
Do I have to wait until I am officially accepted before signing up for my first course?
You may register for up to 15 undergraduate credits (15 courses) via your advisor before needing to be officially accepted into your program of study. The term used for this type of student status is "non-matriculated." However, keep in mind that non-matriculated students are not eligible for any form of federal financial aid. You must be officially accepted by Neumann University in order to qualify for financial aid (see Financial Aid section below).
Office of Financial Assistance
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
You must complete the FAFSA form (Free Application for Student Aid). This form is submitted directly to the government which determines how much and what type of aid you may be entitled to. For your convenience the form can be completed via our website.
However, there are three very important requirements that must be met in order to eligible to receive federal financial aid:
You must be officially accepted via the Office of Admissions to your program of study (not just registered for courses).
You must be enrolled at least half time (6 credits) for each semester you wish to receive financial aid. (Dropping below half time (6 credits), taking a leave, etc will make you responsible for beginning to pay back any federal loans before your graduation).
Students must meet academic progress standards set by Neumann University, to continue to borrow federal or state funds while enrolled in our degree programs.
Questions about any of the above items should be addressed to the Financial Aid Office at 610-558-5521.
How do I get in touch with my advisor?
Once you have submitted an application and arranged for your transcripts to arrive at the Office of Admissions you can call 610-558-5629 and make an appointment with one of our full-time advisors to choose classes that fit your personal plans. The appointment can be completed by phone or in person. Remember: Schedule the appointment with enough time for your transcripts to arrive first at the Office of Admissions.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
No. If your transcripts have arrived, the Office of Admissions will copy them to your advisor. That way your advisor knows what will definitely transfer in and can formulate a Suggested Program Plan. (It is o.k. to bring unofficial copies to your first meeting if sealed official ones have not yet arrived at the Office of Admissions for initial advisement purposes).
How do I register for a class?
Your advisor will sign you up. After your first meeting simply consult your "Suggested Program Plan" and check the Neumann website to see when your next course will be offered. Then register with your advisor's department by phone.
How will I know where my class will be held?
Class locations are printed on the bill that is sent to you. In addition, class locations are posted outside of the Continuing Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS) Office and in the Main Lobby several days before classes begin.
What if I change my mind and need to drop or change classes?
You can drop a class with no financial penalty as long as it is done before the first day of class. Just call and we will complete the drop/add paperwork for you.
I heard I can use my work experience for college credit. Is this true?
Yes! You can earn college credit for most work-related training. Just show your advisor some form of certificate indicating your name, the dates of training, proof or statement of completion and, most importantly, the total hours completed. This must be printed on company letterhead and signed by a supervisor. Your advisor will hand in original letters or certificates to the registrar for official evaluation. Please be aware, though, that the original documents can be held up to a semester pending evaluation by the registrar.
Am I billed for the class?
Yes. Once the Registrar's Office has enrolled you for a class the Business Office will automatically generate a bill that is sent 10-14 days before your class starts. However, if you have an outstanding balance from the previous semester you will receive a notice of this rather than a bill. Once an outstanding balance has been cleared you will again need to register for your next class.
What are my payment options?
Our Business Office has several options for paying tuition that you can arrange in advance. Please click HERE for more details.
If you have further questions regarding billing and payment options, please call the Business Office at 610-558-5505.
The University Store
When and how can I purchase my books?
The Neumann University Campus Store is open every Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM and every Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM. During the beginning of Fall and Spring semesters the store has extended hours. These hours are listed on the University Campus Store's website.
Textbooks will be available in the University Store approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of class. Payment for textbooks can be made using Master Card, VISA, American Express and Discover, cash, personal check as well as Financial Aid or Student Points if those funds are available. You are always welcome to call our Store for assistance at 610-558-5618. Their fax number is 610-361-5319.
Career & Personal Development Office
With whom do I talk about career changes or career plans?
The Career and Personal Development Office promotes a values-based approach to career and life planning. The office provides comprehensive resources to support the professional development of Neumann students at all stages of their education. Staff members work with students in every major and every year of study.
Location: Bachmann Main Building, Room 100
What types of cultural arts are offered on Neumann's campus?
Each year, The Arts Guild at Neumann University produce more than 25 cultural offerings that include vocal and instrumental concerts, stimulating lectures, art exhibits, and a wide range of theatrical shows for children and adults. We encourage you to take advantage of these programs by calling the Office of Cultural Programming at 610-558-5626.
For further information, please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
at (610) 558-5616 or (800) 9-NEUMANN or feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.