COVID-19 Information & Fall Plans

NCC Announces New Fall Start Date

Most classes will begin on August 31

To better accommodate students’ ever-changing lives that continue to be impacted by the pandemic, Northampton Community College (NCC) will delay the start of most of its fall classes to Monday, Aug. 31, one week later than the previously scheduled Aug. 24 date.

Due to academic requirements, seven programs will maintain an Aug. 24 start date including Automotive Technology, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Assistant, Radiography, Registered Nursing and Veterinary Technician. Only students in these programs will begin classes Aug. 24 as originally planned.

With this change, the college is also extending the deadline for fall semester tuition payments to Sept. 1 (from Aug. 4) to give all students as much time as possible to access financial aid and coordinate payment.

Enrolled students’ existing schedules will remain intact, with the first day of classes beginning Monday, Aug. 31, (except for those students in the Automotive Technology, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Assistant, Radiography, Registered Nursing and Veterinary Technician programs who will start Aug. 24.) The additional week will allow many students (and their parents) who are still contemplating their college decision, time to complete the enrollment process, update financial aid information and better prepare for fall classes.

“NCC has always prided itself on being a caring community and we hear loud and clear the challenges our students are going through right now because of the COVID crisis,” said Mark Erickson, president of NCC. “We believe the changes made to our fall schedule will be helpful for students whose lives have been impacted by the pandemic.

“We’re hopeful this added time will ease some of the pressure they feel and give students an opportunity to pursue scholarship opportunities, meet with an academic advisor (Success Navigator) and select classes that best fit their educational pathway.”

Students who plan to live in NCC’s residential halls and enroll in the Automotive Technology, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Assistant, Radiography, Registered Nursing and Veterinary Technician programs will move into their rooms on Aug. 21 – Aug. 23. All other students will move into their rooms on Aug. 28 - Aug. 30.

NCC’s fall break originally scheduled for Oct.12-13 has been cancelled as part of changes to the semester’s class schedule to allow for additional instruction time. All changes will be reflected in the academic calendar on the NCC website beginning Aug. 5.

Prospective students can still register for the fall semester, visit this page to learn more. A virtual Spartan Session will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m. to answer all questions about studying at NCC. RSVP here.

Some common questions are addressed below. Any other questions, please call 610-861-5300 or email adminfo@northampton.edu.

1. Will start dates or schedules for the Mid Fall and accelerated classes change?

     No.                              

2. Will the fall break schedule change?

     Yes, it has been cancelled to allow for additional instruction time.

3. Will the end of the semester date change?

     No, end of the semester date will not change.