Admission FAQs

I. Pre-admission

 

Thank you for considering NPU for your academic goals. Our application process is simple, and you can start your application by registering your account on the MyNPU portal for applicants. After you have created your online account, proceed with the steps to complete the online application. This process involves uploading the soft copies of your application documents as well as sending hard copies of key documentation to NPU’s Admissions Office.

You can start your application and pay the application fee online even without all the required documentation. You can also upload the documents you currently have. However, you must upload the pending/missing documents before the application deadline for the term for which you are applying.

A. NPU accepts applications for Spring, Summer, and Fall trimesters. Please refer to the application deadlines and trimester start and end dates for details.

NPU offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration, computer science, and electrical engineering. We encourage you to refer to the program details.

 

Undergraduate programs at NPU:

 

Graduate programs at NPU:

NPU observes a trimester system. The university’s annual calendar and course offerings are based on three 15-week trimesters starting in January, May, and August/September.

NPU offers affordable tuition rates. Tuition is charged per unit and is payable on a trimester basis.

 

  • Undergraduate tuition per unit - $330; Trimester tuition (12 units) - $3960
  • Graduate tuition per unit - $450; Trimester tuition (9 units) - $4050

Please refer to the Tuition and Costs web page for details.

​NPU offers financial assistance by providing generous tuition scholarships based on students’ academic performance. NPU offers tuition scholarships for new applicants, current students, and NPU alumni. These scholarships range from $1,000 to full tuition scholarships. Please refer to the Scholarships web page for details.

NPU does not participate in federal or state financial aid programs. However, NPU offers financial assistance by providing generous tuition scholarships based on students’ academic performance. These scholarships range from $1,000 to full tuition scholarships. Please refer to the Scholarships web page for details.

Course credits/units earned at other institutions of higher education may be transferable. Transfer credit is made by the admission evaluators while conducting the admission evaluation. Transfer credit evaluation is done at the program-of-study level, on a case-by-case basis, and is dependent on the relevant match of related course content.

In general, the transfer credit policy is as follows:

 

Undergraduate programs

  • The total credits/units transferred from other institutions to meet the student’s undergraduate program requirements are limited to 75 trimester units
  • Applicable courses completed with an equivalency of a letter grade of “C” or better are transferable

Graduate programs

  • No more than seven trimester units of qualifying graduate-level course credit may be transferred
  • Qualifying courses completed with an equivalency of a letter grade of “B” or better are transferable

Please refer to the Credit Transfer Policy in the university catalog for details.

NPU’s undergraduate and graduate programs are not impacted.

Yes. NPU is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant international (F-1) students. To apply for admission, an international applicant should follow the application procedures for international undergraduate or graduate applicants.

Yes. Applicants who have earned their high school, college, or undergraduate credentials at a foreign institution must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation analysis. This evaluation must be completed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE), or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

Certain three-year bachelor’s degrees earned from institutions of higher education are acceptable. You must provide a course-by-course academic credential evaluation report to support your application for a graduate program.

A. You may have earned academic credentials that do not follow a GPA scale of 4.0. When submitting your online application, you are given the option to select and provide your grades based on different grading scales, such as a point system or a percentage system. Select the option based on the grading system indicated on your transcripts.

Non-native English speakers are required to provide proof of their English proficiency. This requirement can be met by any of the following:

  • completed secondary school or a college degree program in which English was the language of instruction.
  • completed and passed a college English credit course in an institution located in the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, or Canada, and where English is the language of instruction for the institution.
  • submitted an official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic/Cambridge B2 First test score report to NPU, and the score meets the minimum score specified for undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • NPU may accept the English assessment reports from a few U.S. English language institutions recognized by major universities in the U.S.

 

Please refer to the web pages that describe the English proficiency requirements for Undergraduate and Graduate programs for details.

An SAT or ACT score is required for first-year bachelor’s degree applicants who have earned their high school diploma from a foreign institution.

 

There is no minimum score required, however, the score is a factor affecting admissions.

 

NPU's institution codes for reporting scores to university are as follows:

  • SAT - 4335
  • ACT - 1750

A GMAT or GRE score is required for applicants who have earned their bachelor’s degree from a foreign institution.

 

  • The GRE is required for engineering programs
  • The GMAT or the GRE is required for the business program
  • There is no minimum score required; however, the score is a factor affecting the admissions decision
  • NPU’s institution code for reporting the GMAT or GRE score is 5485

NPU’s institutional score for reporting your TOEFL score is 9626.

NPU does not offer conditional acceptance. Admission is granted only if all the admissions requirements are met.

An interview with the academic team is required for Undergraduate program applicants whose CGPA is between 2.0 and 2.49 and NPU alumni scholarship applicants.

Prospective students can explore NPU and its programs and services offered in numerous ways:

  • One-on-one meeting: Students are encouraged to visit the university and meet with an admissions advisor. These advisors are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Students may book an appointment by emailing the admissions team at admissions@npu.edu, or simply walk in during office hours. A campus tour can be provided during these in-person meetings, upon request.
  • Information sessions: Information sessions are conducted on the third Saturday of each month. Schedule your visit at admissions@npu.edu.

The New Student Orientation (NSO) program is conducted at the beginning of each trimester. The purpose of the NSO is to assist students in familiarizing themselves with their new environment. The program introduces students to the NPU resources and facilities that will help optimize their learning experience. The program also focuses on student expectations, cultural awareness, and rules and regulations. NSO hopes to plant the seeds of academic and career success. Administrative staff and student volunteers are available to guide and answer questions during the New Student Orientation.

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is open to non-native speakers of English who want to improve their English language skills. IEP classes are offered to local students only. These classes are not offered to F-1 non-immigrant students.

A. We welcome you back to NPU. To apply for readmission, log on to the student portal and submit your online application. Please note that you may have to submit some or all of your supporting documentation, depending on your situation. We recommend that you contact the admissions team at admissions@npu.edu before reapplying.

A. The NPU catalog is published on the university website. You are permitted to download a copy for your reference.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused. If you are encountering an error(s), please contact our admissions team at admissions@npu.edu. It is advisable to include a screenshot of the error(s) for our team to better assist you.

 

II. Admission

 

Thank you for submitting your online application. Please send the hard copies of key documentation to NPU’s Admissions Office. NPU's Admissions Office mailing address:

 

NPU Admissions Office

47671 Westinghouse Drive,

Fremont, CA 94538 (USA)

You may check the status of your application on the MyNPU applicant portal. You will also receive system-generated messages on your portal during the application review process. Please log in periodically to check these messages.

The admissions team will be able to assist you with your request. Please contact our admissions team at admissions@npu.edu for advice.

Application processing times are typically four (4) weeks once an applicant file is complete. However, processing times may vary.

NPU adheres to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and provides reasonable accommodations for students who are otherwise qualified but have disabilities. Such disabilities may include learning disabilities, health impairments, and other documented disabling conditions. You may wish to discuss the availability of services with our Director of Counseling and Career Services prior to or upon applying to NPU. Please contact studentservices@npu.edu for details or to request an appointment with the Director of Counseling and Career Services.

 

III. Post-admission

 

Congratulations on your admission to NPU! We hope that you have reviewed your acceptance documents and are excited to attend NPU.

 

Intent to Report

The first important step for you is to confirm your intent to report to NPU. If you do not confirm, your admission is NOT guaranteed, and you may not be able to enroll at the time of your reporting date. You must submit your intent to report request and pay the confirmation fee of $150 through the MyNPU applicant portal.

 

Note: If you are an international student, you can confirm your intent to report after you are granted an F-1 visa.

 

Entrance Health Requirements

In order to maintain a healthy, safe campus, NPU students are required to fulfill certain health requirements. As an incoming student, you must undergo a Tuberculosis (TB) testing assessment prior to arriving on campus. You will need to visit your doctor or a clinician. Please note that there are two (2) forms to fill out, which you can find on your applicant portal. You may refer to the web page Health Requirements for details.

 

New Student Reporting and Orientation

Lastly, as an incoming student, you must attend the New Student Orientation. Please refer to the reporting date indicated on the “Admissions Checklist” document included in your acceptance package. You will attend the New Student Orientation and register for classes on the same day. We look forward to assisting you!

Undergraduate students taking 12 or more units per trimester and graduate students taking 9 or more units per trimester are considered full-time students for the enrolled term.

As an incoming new student, you are required to pay your tuition in full. You may enroll in a payment plan for any trimester after the first trimester. To apply for a payment plan, you must clear all financial obligations pertaining to or arising out of your prior trimester’s enrollment.

Yes, all students are required to purchase a health insurance plan while studying at NPU. NPU offers a student insurance plan through Aetna at reasonable rates. In case you have your own insurance, this requirement may be waived by presenting proof of your health coverage. Please refer to the web page Student Health Insurance for details.

NPU's housing service provides useful information about both on-campus and off-campus housing options. If you wish to apply for on-campus housing, submit a request through the MyNPU applicant portal. Please refer to the web page NPU Housing for details.

A limited number of on-campus jobs are available each trimester in the areas of facilities management, administration, and instructional assistance. These part-time positions are open to well-qualified NPU students on an "as needed" basis. You may discuss such opportunities with a Student Affairs Officer or the Human Resources department after you have begun your studies at NPU.

  • As an international student, you must first pay the SEVIS fee. For more information, please check the SEVP web page.
  • The next step is to schedule an appointment for a visa interview. Please refer to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate’s website in your home country for details.
  • After you are granted a visa, please complete the intent to report process through the MyNPU applicant portal.

The international airports near NPU are the following:

Mineta San Jose International Airport: SJC

1701 Airport Blvd

San Jose, CA 95110

 

Oakland International Airport: OAK

1 Airport Drive

Oakland, CA 94621

 

San Francisco International Airport: SFO

San Francisco, CA 94128

 

We can arrange airport pick-up upon students' request. Please request the service online through the Transportation web page once your flight number is confirmed.

If the visa indicates NPU as your school of choice, you may travel within five (5) months of the visa issuance date. You may travel on the visa even if the SEVIS number is different. If travel is beyond five months of the visa’s issue date, you will need to renew your visa.

Please log on to the MyNPU applicant portal to reapply. You are required to complete the application and pay the requisite application fee. If additional documentation is needed, you will receive an email or a message once your online application is reviewed.