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What is NECCUM and what are the NECCUM member institutions?

The Northeast Consortium of Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (NECCUM) is a consortium of colleges and universities (private and public, two-year and four-year) linked by geographic proximity and a commitment to enhancing the experience of our students, faculty, and staff through cooperative programs. Students at member institutions have the opportunity to take courses at and use the libraries of any of the NECCUM member institutions.

The NECCUM member institutions are as follows:

  • Endicott College
  • Gordon College
  • Merrimack College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Montserrat College of Art
  • North Shore Community College
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • Salem State University
  • University of Massachusetts at Lowell

What are the advantages of taking a course through NECCUM?

NECCUM allows you the opportunity to benefit from the broad curriculum offerings of more than 130 program majors and concentrations offered by NECCUM member institutions. Students at each institution also have full library privileges at all nine institutions.

How do I register for a NECCUM course?

  • You must obtain permission from the Salem State Registrar's Office before registering for a course.
  • NECCUM registration forms are and additional information are available in the Student Navigation Center.  You can download a copy of the form here.
  • You may register for courses through NECCUM for the fall and spring semesters only.
  • You must be a full-time day student at Salem State with a GPA of 2.0 or above.
  • You should also discuss course options with your academic advisor.
  • First-semester freshmen may not participate in cross-registration through NECCUM (except for ROTC students).
  • Cross-registration is on a "space available" basis as long as all course prerequisites and co-requisites have been met.
  • Each member institution may establish its own internal policy for regulating student cross-registration, and availability of courses is not guaranteed.
  • In all cases, you must have completed the cross-registration process no later than the end of the first week of classes of the host institution.

How many courses per semester can I take at another NECCUM member institution?

You can take no more than two courses per semester, provided you have met the above requirements.

How will I be billed?

There are no additional tuition costs beyond that paid to the home institution. However, you must pay for any course-related materials. Also, you will be billed by the host institution for any fees required for a particular course.

How will these courses transfer back to Salem State?

Official transcripts are automatically sent to the Student Navigation Center and become part of your record. Both the grades and the credits will be transferred as the course(s) at the host institution rather than a Salem State course equivalent. If a course at the host institution is intended to be used in place of a Salem State course requirement, an approved substitution may be required. If grading options exist at the host institution such as pass/fail, the policies of Salem State University will apply and may supersede those of the host institution.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Lea at 978.542.6083.  If you are interested in taking a course through NECCUM, you can download the registration form, complete it, and send it it to