Online College FAQs

Each student is different. The way you learn, your family or work responsibilities and where you live are all important factors to consider when choosing a college.

If you’re wondering whether earning a degree through online study is right for you, check out these frequently asked questions, which should give you a better sense of what life is like for an online student.

Is Online College Right for You?

Why attend online college?

There are several benefits to taking college courses online, including never having to travel to campus or attend class at a specific time. Instead, you can participate in your classes during the times that work best for you. It helps to create a work/life balance. Although you are still held to deadlines and standards, you can work on your courses at times that work for you. 

How do I know online college is right for me?

During our admissions process, your representative will discuss your goals and individual learning style. They will also cover the benefits and demands of online classes. You will have the opportunity to take a virtual tour of an online class and ask questions. Only if it looks like a good fit for you will the representative recommend you continue with enrollment.

Can you describe a successful online student? 

Our most successful online students demonstrate effective time-management skills, written communications, and the ability to navigate the Internet. A successful online student is also responsible and dedicated. 

Online College: The Basics

What is the difference between traditional and online programs?

In reality, it’s just the way you take classes. Our online degree programs were designed to be identical to our more traditional residential programs. .

What kind of activities can I expect in online courses?

It varies from one course to another, but examples of online activities include: discussion boards, group projects, research papers, interactive learning modules, quizzes and exams.

Will my online classes be more or less work than traditional courses?

It depends on the course and your talents. An online class may require as much or more time and effort than a traditional class. Again, time management will be key to your success.

How much time should I plan to spend on an online class?

We suggest you plan to spend two to four hours per credit per week. For a four-credit course, that means 8 to 16 hours each week.

Are there deadlines for class assignments?

Yes. Each week, a typical online class will require you to post on a discussion board by Thursday and respond to classmates by Sunday evening. You will also have quizzes, assignments, projects or exams with specific deadlines. This will help you prepare for your future career by practicing time management while you are in college.

Will I need to study and be online daily?

Most successful students work on their online classes most days, but it is not required. We suggest you schedule time every day to read, participate in discussions, or check for your instructor’s comments.

Do I have to be online at specific times?

No. You can log in at your convenience, as long as you meet deadlines for assignments and discussion boards. However, if you go one week without logging into your courses, you will be sent an attendance reminder. If you meet your discussion board requirements each week (submitting them by their due dates within that unit), you will earn perfect attendance. 

How do I apply to Globe University?

Begin by requesting information from admissions. An representative will contact you to arrange an information session.

Will my diploma indicate that I attended online classes?

No. Your transcript and diploma will not indicate whether you were enrolled in an online or on-campus program.

Can I participate in a graduation ceremony?

Yes! We have graduation ceremonies every quarter, and would love to see you there. Globe University’s online students can participate in a graduation ceremony near Richfield, Minn., every quarter. If that is not convenient, you are welcome to participate in a ceremony at any Globe University or Minnesota School of Business location; we have campuses in communities throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota.

Do I need to come to a campus for anything?

No. Unless you prefer to come to a campus, an admissions representative will help you handle everything over the phone or Internet. 

How will I register for my classes?

Your admissions representative will arrange a telephone appointment with an academic coordinator to schedule your classes and talk about academic policies and procedures.

Is Globe University an accredited online university? 

Yes. Globe University is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to offer online degree programs.

Online College: Technology Requirements

Do I need to own a computer?

It is highly recommended that you do. If you do not own a computer, we encourage you to have several options available—a friend’s or family member’s, for example. It is not a good idea to count on a student computer lab or public library as your only access.

Do I need high-speed internet access?

It’s a good idea. Course materials include weekly lectures and may include videos and webcasts, and you will need to submit assignments and quizzes.

What technology is required?

You will need a computer with Microsoft Office and internet access. Some courses have more requirements. Visit our student website for the specific system requirements.

How do I get my textbooks?

If you are an undergraduate student, you can order textbooks through our online bookstore. However, most of our courses now have ebooks that do not require you to order them. If you are a graduate student, you will use e-books and other online resources.

Where will I access my course materials?

Our online academic delivery platform, CampusConnect, is where you will download course content, participate in discussion boards, submit assignments, and contact instructors and fellow students.

What experience do I need with technology?

You should be comfortable using the Internet for email and research. If you have questions about specific skills, contact us (link). A representative can provide more specific information.

Will I have student email?

Yes. After you complete your online application and submit your application fee, information about your email account will be mailed to you in your acceptance packet. Once you set up the account, it is recommended that you check your student email regularly  for announcements and updates.

Online College: Support

Can online students receive federal financial aid? 

Yes, qualified students can receive financial aid, including grants, loans and scholarships.

Will I receive help in applying for financial aid?

Yes. When you apply—and throughout your time at Globe University—a financial aid administrator will help you identify scholarship opportunities and provide step-by-step instructions on applying for federal loans and grants.

Do you offer online student services?

Yes. Our services including academic advising, free online tutoring, seven-days-a-week technology support, librarian chat and email help, and ongoing job-search assistance from your career services advisor. 

Who do I call for help?

During the admissions process and through registration for classes, your admissions representative will answer your questions or connect you with the right person. After you begin classes, you can contact your instructors, your academic advisor, your dean of students, your career services advisor,  or your financial aid administrator with questions.

Who do I contact with questions?

Request information from admissions or call us toll free at 1-877-655-7676.

Online College: Virtual Classroom

Who are the instructors?

Members of the faculty at our online college are experienced professionals in their areas of instruction. They also have excellent and high-level academic credentials.

How will I communicate with my instructors?

Your instructors will hold weekly online office hours during which you can reach them via email and phone. At other times of the week, you can email them or leave a post on a message board and receive a reply within 24 hours.

Will I be able to interact with other students?

Yes. You will be able to email students and participate in discussion threads and group projects. Many online students develop long-lasting friendships and professional relationships.