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Frequently Asked Questions

Are distance learning courses accredited and will they transfer to other institutions?

Yes. UW-Superior courses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Each course offered through the Distance Learning Center has the same learning outcomes as the traditional classroom course. The courses transfer in the same way as classroom courses. 

Is this degree "as good as" an on-campus degree?

Distance learners may earn a Bachelor of Science degree (or a Bachelor of Arts degree if language requirement is met). It is the same degree that is conferred to the on-campus student.

Degrees from distance learning programs are widely recognized as equivalent to campus programs, and have been offered for many years - in the case of our program, more than 30 years with more than 1,000 graduates.

How do I know if I am ready for online learning?

If you're still deciding if online learning is a right fit for you, try a free online personal assessment tool, SmarterMeasure. This tool can help you decide if an online learning program is right for you. The assessment takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and will not affect your admissions application. As a distance learning student, you will also be able to take a course: introduction to online learning.

How long do I have to complete my courses?

The Distance Learning Center courses are on a term basis (e.g., fall semester, spring semester, and summer session). Check the dates of each term by going to the University's Academic Calendar. Courses must be completed by the end of the term in which they are offered.

What majors are available through distance learning?

Do you offer graduate credit?

The Distance Learning Center offers an online Master's of Science degree in Sustainable Management.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes, for those who qualify. Apply by annually completing the federal FAFSA with UW-Superior selected as your institution. There are also several designated scholarships available for distance learners. Students are notified annually of the application due dates and process. 

How much do courses cost?

Current tuition and fees for Distance Learning courses are available on the Bursar's website, www.uwsuper.edu/bursar.

How do I enroll?

1.Complete the online University of Wisconsin System application for admission at www.uwsuper.edu/admissions/apply. In the UW-Superior section, be sure to select one of the Distance Learning majors.

2. Request copies of your transcripts from other institutions you have attended to be sent to the Admissions Office, UW-Superior, PO Box 2000, Superior, WI 54880.

3. If you meet admission requirements, you will receive a letter of acceptance from the University. The letter will identify your assigned advisor.

4. Contact your advisor to arrange a time for an enrollment conference.

5. Complete an enrollment conference with your assigned advisor, who will help you with planning and answer questions.

6. Register for coursework for your initial term through the E-Hive.

How and when do I get my books and materials?

After you've enrolled for your courses, you can order your texts online from the University Bookstore, www.uwsuper.edu/bookstore

Do I have to come to campus?

Admission and registration procedures, text ordering, etc., can be completed without coming to campus. The majority of coursework can be completed without coming to campus, including all requirements for Individually Designed Majors.  

There are a small number of exceptions. In the Elementary Education Major, HHP 343 and 344 are offered only on campus and are usually taken in a three week block in summer when both courses are offered concurrently for Distance Learning students.

Elementary Education majors pursuing the Early Childhood Minor must take three Saturday seminars which are offered in Superior, and are sometimes available from other universities which may be geographically more convenient. 

How do I communicate with instructors?

Most instructors will prefer e-mail for regular communication. Some may indicate a preference for phone communication, or the communication tools within Learn@UW-Superior. 

How do I submit assignments?

In most courses, you'll submit your assignments within the course's digital dropbox in Learn@UW-Superior or as an attachment to e-mail, depending on instructor preference. Some instructors may require assignments be submitted through regular mail. 

How do I take exams?

Students will take exams online. With the exception of Math 102, 230, 231, these classes will require a Proctored exam.

What kind of technology will I need to succeed in online courses?

 To be successful in our online courses, you should have a computer at home with broad-band (high-speed) Internet. If you receive financial aid, you may be eligible for a "one-time only" $1,500 budget add-on for the purchase of a laptop computer. Please contact the Financial Aid office to see if you are eligible.


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