Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We realize that there are so many questions you may have to ask about Northrise University. Instead of waiting for answers, we put together this section to help you get some of your questions answered quickly. The questions below are the most asked questions about the University. If after reading through, your questions are still unanswered, you are welcome to ask by simply filling out the contact form.

Whom is Northrise affiliated with?

NU is in partnership with Dordt College in Iowa , USA; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in California, USA; Shanghai Normal University, China; Fontys University, Netherlands; Stirling Theological College in Australia; Baylor University in Waco, Texas, USA, CIMA and ZICA locally.

What programs are currently being offered?
Currently, Northrise University offers various programs in the following faculties:
Faculty of Business (Northrise Business School)
Faculty of Information Technology (Center for ICT)
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Theology
Faculty of Health and Social SciencesPlease visit the programs page to get the full list of programs under the listed faculties.

How many years does it take to complete the bachelor programs?

Students who enroll in a program and pass all the courses as laid out in the course schedule will complete all course work for undergraduate (bachelor) programs in four years for both DAY and Evening.

Can I apply for exemptions based on studies completed from another institution?

Yes you may. After being accepted in any of NU’s programs, a student may apply to be considered for exemption based on prior learning at other recognized and accredited higher learning institutions.

What does GPA stand for and what is its significance?

GPA stands for Grade Point Average. It is a measure of a student’s academic achievement. More…

When was NU founded?

The history of Northrise University starts in January 2004 when NU opened its doors to the first students. We started with 50 students studying diplomas in Theology and Information Technology.

What is the minimum GPA for the award of a bachelor's degree?

Northrise University has instituted an academic progression policy to guide the development of the student through their study. All undergraduate students who attain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00 at the end of their studies are eligible to graduate. All postgraduate student who attain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 at the end of their studies are eligible to graduate.

What are the requirements for payment of tuition fees?

Northrise University offers three (3) payment plans to give students alternatives in the way they pay for tuition and accommodation fees, thereby help ease the financial pressure.

  • Half Course Payment Plan – for both DAY and CPS (Evening) student
  • Full Tuition Payment Plan – for both DAY and CPS (Evening) student
  • Study Period Payment Plan – for CPS (Evening) student only

To understand these plans, please read More…

When does the Academic Year begin at NU?

The Academic Year begins in January and ends in December. For DAY student, the year is divided into two semesters which run 16 weeks. Semester 1 beings first week of February to the last week of May while Semester 2 begins first week of August until last the last week of November. For Evening and Distance e-Learning students, the year is divided into 6 study periods which are all 7 weeks long.

How many students are at NU?

As of Academic Year 2016, we have over 700 students on register.

How long does it take to complete the Masters program?

Students studying the On-site MBA program who pass all courses as laid out in the MBA course schedule will take a year and a half (18 months) to complete the program. All other Masters programs will take two years (24 months) to complete including the MBA with a Major or concentration.

How many courses can a full time student take per Semester?

All full time students take a maximum of five courses per semester. This is considered to be a full load. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be allowed to take at most six courses per semester.

How many students has NU graduated?

Since its inception in 2004, Northrise University has graduated over 250 students. The majority of our graduates have been from the Northrise Business School. Most of these students have found jobs in the mining, financial services, telecommunications and IT sectors. Most of the students from the Faculty of Theology are pastors or are involved in one form of ministry or another.

Does NU offer boarding facilities?

Accommodation is available for DAY students Only. It is offered on a first-come first-served basis.

When are applications for enrollment due?

Prospective students can submit their applications at any time in person at our reception or via email or using the Online Application.

The following are the enrollment periods

DAY Students: There are two enrollments for DAY students in a year
February Intake – Applications are received from September to January
August Intake – Applications are received from March to July

DEL (Distance e-Learning) Students: There are two enrollments for DEL students in a year
February Intake – Applications are received from September to January
August Intake – Applications are received from March to July

CPS (Evening) Students: There are two enrollments in a year for evening students
January Intake – Applications are received from September to January
May Intake – Applications are received from February to April

NOTE: Applicants MUST look out for Application Deadlines published in various publications by the Admissions Office or visit the Apply page

What does the motto 'Being Excellent at What is Good' mean?

At NU, we strive for excellence in all aspects of our being – academics, spirituality, and integration of our knowledge and skills. We hope that all our graduates will exhibit excellence wherever they find themselves serving. Our motto is based on Romans 16:19.