General Inquiries

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  • Admission
    Once the entrance requirements are met, being accepted into an institution or program.
  • Applied Degree
    A degree with an applied focus in a particular field.
  • Articulation Agreement
    A formal agreement between two or more institutions that allows specific programs at one institution to be credited towards direct entry or advanced standing at another
  • Block Transfer of Credits
    A "block transfer" of credit is an agreement that a group courses from a student’s program will be accepted to a related program and assigned a specific number of transfer credits. This is the simplest method of credit transfer.
  • Bridge Courses
    Some degree programs require graduates to complete a few additional courses (‘bridge courses”) prior to entering the degree program. This ensures that students will have the necessary knowledge and skills for success in the degree program. Some bridge courses may be available through distance education or during spring and summer months at the degree granting institution
  • Certificate
    Recognition of successful completion of a program of study, of varying lengths, often one year.
  • Course by Course Credit Transfer
    Some universities work with Niagara College to carefully match all college courses in a diploma program to the relevant university degree program. The university determines the courses that must be taken at the university and those which can be transferred from the college program.
  • Course Outlines (CO)
    A description of the main content, organization and expected outcomes of a course, normally including the number of credits awarded, hours of class time, how it’s evaluated, assignments, and texts. Commonly referred to as a CO. Course Outlines were previously known as "Course Information Sheets".
  • Credit
    The value given to a course. The majority of academic courses are worth three credits.
  • Diploma
    Recognition of successful completion of a college program of study, usually two or three years in length.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
    The grade point average for all courses taken for credit in a particular semester, year or institution calculated by multiplying the number of credits/hours by the grade point value.
  • Major
    A program of study in a degree where about 25-50% of the courses are in a single discipline
  • Minor
    A program of study requiring fewer courses than a major.
  • Prerequisite
    A course you must take before you can take a more advanced course in the discipline
  • Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition is commonly referred to as (PLAR). A process whereby students receive credit for learning that’s occurred through various situations such as prior work experience, community work, non-credit courses, self-directed study, travel and military service. For more information, please visit the PLAR web site at
  • Receiving Institution
    The institution to which a student intends to transfer.
  • Requirement
    A course you must take in order to complete a credential.
  • Residency Requirements
    All institutions require students to spend a certain amount of time (“residency”) at that school. Niagara College, for example, requires that in order to graduate from a college program, the student must take at least 25% of courses at the college. Some universities require higher residency percentages. Some also require that certain courses may be taken only at the university.
  • Sending Institution
    The institution from which a student is transferring. In an articulation agreement, the institution where the course work was completed.
  • Transcript
    An official transcript is the original record verifying your enrollment and achievement, and certified by the institution. It is normally sent directly, by mail or electronically, on your request.
  • Transfer
    The granting of credit (transfer credit) toward a credential by one institution, for programs or courses completed at another.
  • Unassigned Credit
    A course which is deemed not to have an equivalent value in content or objectives to a corresponding Niagara College course at the receiving institution.
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