Seniors

Senior year offers up a lot of opportunities for students to get involved on campus, whether it be research, internships/co-ops, labwork, or theatre productions. Students with a 3.0 GPA or higher can even take advantage of some graduate courses. Utilizing these opportunities and the resources available in the Career Services Office can help you get a jump on the job/graduate school search.

Mandatory Senior Checks

A senior check should be completed when you reach 80 credits or you are about two semesters before you plan to graduate. You must complete both the diploma survey and the senior check meeting in the Dean's Office to satisfy your senior check requirement. The later you complete a senior check in your senior year, the less opportunities are available to identify and/or solve any issues that might arise.

  • May or August Graduates: Complete your check in the summer, August, September, or October of the previous year.
  • January Graduates: Complete your senior check in the spring or early summer of the previous year.
  • Part-time students or students in majors with labs may show up early on these lists.  In such cases, you should plan to complete it at least two semesters before graduating.

Step 1: Complete Our Senior Check Survey (10-15 Min.)

This survey (Approximately 10-15 minutes) collects relevant diploma/commencement information necessary for your degree and helps us to evaluate and improve the college. You must complete the entire online survey (some questions are optional).

  • Access the survey here: http://studentvoice.com/nu/ugseniorsurvey.
  • If you have trouble accessing the survey or need assistance, please let us know by emailing coas@niagara.edu.
  • Please notify us of future changes to your information by emailing coas@niagara.edu.
  • Note: One open-ended question asks about your activities since entering Niagara University (university and community activities, honors, awards, clubs and organizations, leadership positions, research collaborations, etc.). This is reviewed for certain awards at graduation. If you wish, you can jot down ideas ahead of time or cut and paste info from your resume. Alternatively, you can bring in a list/resume, when you have your senior check appointments or email any updates to coas@niagara.edu.

Step 2: Senior Check Appointment (Call 716.286.8060)

At the senior check appointment, you will sit down one on one to review your curriculum. The proactive contract is a formal review of your completed coursework and official degree requirements where we can answer questions, identify your remaining requirements, possible minors, possibilities for graduate courses, etc.  The format is similar, but more formal than the student checks we offer every semester. To schedule an appointment:

  • Call 716.286.8060.
  • Stop by the Dean’s Office (Dunleavy 315) .
  • Email amagers@niagara.edu (include multiple times that you are free so we can slot you directly into the schedule when we receive your email).
  • The diploma survey must be completed prior to your appointment.

Our Advice for Seniors

Senior year is full of opportunities, but sometimes getting to graduation and trying to make decisions about the future can be a stressful process. The following advice may assist you in making sure your senior year goes as smoothly as possible.

Check your NU email account regularly

  • Official notices and correspondence regarding graduation will be sent to that account.
  • Be sure to respond to emails from the Dean's Office staff.

Match your schedule to your senior check requirements

  • Follow Your Senior Check: Senior checks provide a clear list of what is required for graduation, so please make sure to use it to check your future schedules.
    - Are you satisfying all the requirements to get to graduation? If your courses do not correspond to those outlined in your senior check, you may not be on track to graduate.
    - Be careful when dropping and adding classes as a senior. Make sure that you don't forget to cover any required courses/requirements.
    - Remember to make up any courses you may fail.
  • Errors: Contact us immediately if you notice an error on your senior check, we will do the same.
  • Updates: A second check is not required, but you may come in or update your senior check if you have questions or wish to double-check your path to graduation.

Graduation Requirements

  • Satisfaction of graduation requirements will be determined by the Dean's Office based on your final transcript and GPA.
  • Students must satisfy all the course requirements for their degrees, majors, and minors.
  • Students must satisfy the minimum overall and major GPAs required for their majors
    - Most majors require a 2.0 GPA overall and in the major.
    - Social work and nursing require a 2.5 GPA overall and in the major
    - Social Work and nursing require specific grades in certain major courses.

May Commencement Details

  • Be sure you have completed both of the senior check requirements (above) to get our emails about may commencement.
  • To be eligible for commencement you must have satisfied the required GPA requirements listed above and be:
    - Graduated in the previous August or January
    - Graduating at the end of May
    - 1-2 courses shy of graduation in May as determined by the Dean's Office. 
  • The GPA requirement for commencement & honors read at commencement is based on 7 semesters (end of fall transcript).
    - Honors read at commencement are estimated based on 7 semesters and may differ from the final transcript honors. 
    - Students who don't meet the GPA requirements based on 7 semesters will have their spring progress reviewed in April to determine their eligibility to attend.
  •  Details about commencement can be found on our commencement site as well as the Niagara University Commencement site.

Get Involved

Be careful in your final courses and get help if you need it

  • Attend all your courses and do the work yourself and on time. Don't risk your graduation by skipping class, submitting work that isn't your own, or losing points on late assignments.
  • Double check your midterm grades to be sure that you are doing well in all your classes.
  • Keep in touch with your faculty to maintain a sense of how you are doing and, if you are struggling, talk with them to see if you can develop a plan to get yourself back on track.

Avoid late registration, if at all possible

  • Utilize your seniority to register early to avoid closed classes.  
  • Check for registration holds and resolve ahead of time, if possible.
  • If you have problems registering online, don't just wait until later. Seek out help from your advisor, Records & Financial Services, or the Dean's Office.
  • Submit for independent study/co-op/honors thesis paperwork in as soon as possible, especially in the spring semester as it will help us track you toward graduation.

Qualifying seniors can take graduate courses as an undergraduate

  • Seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher may opt to take one (1) graduate course per semester (2 maximum) in any of our graduate programs. Seniors must already be enrolled at least 12 undergraduate credits at the time. These courses must be beyond your degree requirements outlined in your senior check. Essentially, they must be extra courses that don't fit on your undergraduate curriculum card.    
  • Students interested in the M.S. in criminal justice administration should apply to the B.S./M.S. program, which allows up to three graduate courses to count as advised electives.  
  • Students interested in the MBA should take the prerequisite undergraduate courses for the program, which can waive some of the graduate prerequisite courses.

Check that all your transfer/AP/study abroad credit is posted on myNU

  • Making sure your credits are properly posted on your transcript, ensures that you have the correct credits in the system for registration and graduation purposes.
  • Mailed transcripts can sometimes take weeks to arrive. If you have the ability to visit the college, bringing an official transcript in a sealed envelope is a quicker option, especially at the last minute.

Your minor(s) should appear at the top of your transcript if officially declared

  • Log into myNU  to declare your minors (Academic tab).
  • myNU only lists one minor. Your transcript will list up to three minors. If you need to verify more minors, please contact  Records & Financial Services.
  • To remove an unwanted minor, send an email request from your NU account to  coas@niagara.edu.

Learn & Serve requirement (3 Hours)

  • Graduation requires three hours of community service integrated into courses or other community service projects that are logged with the Learn & Serve Office
  • If you are concerned about whether you have met your requirement, check in the Learn & Serve Office (Bailo Hall).
  • Diplomas will be held for students who still have to complete this requirement.

NUB/NUS 102 requirement

  • All students who began as first-year students at NU are required to complete your NUB/NUS requirement. This requirement does not apply to transfer students who were enrolled full-time at another institution.
  • If you did not complete the course successfully, contact Dr. Abigail Levin (alevin@niagara.edu / 716.286.8363) to determine whether or not you need to retake the course.
  • Diplomas will be held for students  who still have to complete this requirement.