Academic Policies

Entrance Requirements

In order to make application to True North College a prospective student must have a high school degree or its equivalent. Current high school students may not make application to True North College.

Applications can be completed online. General information as well as specific information via written essays and a Pastoral reference must be provided along with a high school or college transcript. The application process will be completed after the student interviews with an admissions officer.

True North College has a non-discriminatory policy with respect to student admittance. It admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin or physical handicap. True North College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin or physical handicap in the administration of its educational policies, financial aid opportunities, admissions policies, employment practices, and other school administered programs.

Drop, Add, Withdrawal, Unofficial Withdrawal

The Drop/Add period runs through the second week of the semester. During this two-week time period accepted students may register for courses, complete their payment and then enter class. Students may also “drop” a course during this time period with no academic penalty. Drop/Add forms are online.

A student may “withdraw” from a course anytime between the third week and the nineth week of a semester with no academic penalty. A grade of “W” (Withdrawal) for that course will be placed on the student’s transcript (this grade will not impact a student’s GPA). No tuition refund is given for that course. Withdrawal forms are online.

Students who do not show up for class and do not request to drop the course or withdraw from it will be considered “unofficially withdrawn” (UW) and will receive an “F” for that course. Student who attend less than 60% of the classes will also be considered UW and will receive an “F” for the course. No refund will be given.

Transfer of Credits

Each request for the acceptance of a transfer of credits will be considered on a case by case basis. Special attention will be given to the similarity of the transferring institution to True North College as well as the matching up of course for course. In any case, no more than 27 credits can be transferred in to the Diploma Programs and no more than 12 credits can be transferred in to the Certificate Program. 

Course Cancellation

Any course that does not have an enrollment of at least six students
by the first day of class is subject to cancellation.

Course Requirements

Most courses include the following assignments (see course syllabus for further details):

Attendance (at least 60% attendance is required to receive credit for a course)
Journal
Mid-term exam
Final exam
Reading
Research Paper
Presentation 

Grading Scale

In order to earn credit for a course, a student will have to earn at least a “70%”.  Percentage grades are converted into final letter grades and then GPA 4.0 scale equivalents.

Letter Grade     Percentage   4.0 GPA Scale
A+97-1004.0
A93-964.0
A-90-923.7
B+86-893.3
B83-853.0
B-80-822.7
C+76-792.3
C70-752.0
Fbelow 700.0

I = Incomplete (must meet course requirements within one week of the end of the course)
W = Withdrawal (no letter grade/no credit; does not affect overall GPA)
UW = Unofficial Withdrawal (“F” grade for inadequate attendance)

After each semester, grades will be posted to the online portal for students to view. A current cumulative average (GPA) as well as total credits earned to date will be included in the GPA report. Students are able to obtain a copy of their transcript (unofficial/official) at the Registrar’s Office. 

Late Assignments

All assignments are due on their due date. Late assignments will incur a 10% late penalty to their grade. Assignments will not be accepted after one week from their due date. Unaccepted assignments will be assigned a “0” grade.

If a student is not able to take an exam when it is given, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the office and arrange a time to take the exam at the school within 7 days from when the exam was given. If the student fails to initiate such an arrangement, a “0” grade will be given.

Academic Standing

Students who earn at least a 3.5 GPA from at least 12 credits earned in a semester will be placed on the Dean’s List for that semester.

Students who do not maintain a 2.0 GPA will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation will not be permitted to take more than 9 credits in a semester until their GPA is brought back up to a 2.0. At that time they will be removed from academic probation and no such notice will be placed on their transcript

Students pursuing the Diploma in Ministry Leadership or the Diploma in Practical Theology must complete all required courses in no more than five years from the time of their acceptance into True North College (students may complete theses programs in as little as two years). Students pursuing the Certificate in Biblical Studies must complete all required courses in no more than three years from the time of their acceptance into True North College (students may complete their program in as little as one year).

Audit Option

True North College students may choose to audit a course. When auditing a course, the student does not do the course assignments nor does the student receive academic evaluation or credit for the course (to receive audit credit a student only needs to meet the College’s minimum attendance requirement for any course).

A student may audit a course any time after taking and successfully completing at least one other True North College course for credit (new students cannot audit the first course they take at True North College). The exception to this requirement is with regard to students who have applied and have been accepted to True North College and have successfully completed at least one True North Church Masterclass prior to their first semester as a True North College student (in that case, the first course taken as a True North College student can be a course taken for audit).

Students may audit as many courses for self-enrichment and academic exploration as they like. Credit for those courses will not be applied to their program. If the student needs to take that course in the future to satisfy program requirements, the course will need to be retaken for credit.

A 50% tuition rate will be applied to audit registrations. Course fees will be applied as normal. Financial aid and/or discounts will not be applied to audited courses.

Graduation 

Students must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to graduation. Graduation is in May after the closing of the Spring semester. Students who have successfully completed their program of study, have at least a 2.0 GPA, and have fulfilled all of their financial obligations to True North College may graduate.

Transcripts

True North College will release a student’s transcript record only upon receiving authorization from the student. Transcript request forms can be completed online.  All transcript requests must be accompanied by a $10 fee.