Frequently Asked Questions about Online Classes
Why take online college classes?
Online college classes may be a good fit for a variety of reasons. They provide maximum flexibility for busy students. If you feel uncomfortable in a traditional class, you will be able to participate in a very different way online. And you can adjust the time you spend on the course according to the difficulty of the material.
Is Globe University/Minnesota School of Business an accredited online university?
Yes. Minnesota School of Business and Globe University, including their online divisions, are nationally accredited by Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
How can I be sure I will be comfortable in an online college program?
During the admissions process, you will have a one-on-one discussion with a representative to tell us your story and learn more about online degree programs. Before beginning your first online course, you will complete an orientation in CampusConnect, our course delivery system. We want you to be sure you are comfortable with your choice.
What types of students choose online classes?
Our online students come from many different backgrounds. Many are earning degrees while managing other responsibilities such as jobs, families, and community involvement. Some are deployed military personnel. Others live far from campus, or simply like to attend class in their pajamas!
What are the differences between campus and online classes?
Our online classes provide the same content as our classroom sections. They differ in the method of delivering that content, and the means of communication between instructors and students.
What kind of activities can I expect in online courses?
Activities vary widely by subject and instructor. Examples include completing learning modules in SkillSoft, participating in service and applied learning projects and group research projects, taking quizzes and writing research papers.
How important is reading in an online course?
Most online classes require a significant amount of reading. If you are unsure of your reading skills, contact us. A representative will discuss reading requirements and our tutoring and support resources.
Is an online course more work than a classroom course?
An online class may require as much or more time and effort than a traditional class. It depends on the course and your learning style.
How many hours per week should I plan to spend on an online class?
This can vary widely. As a “rule of thumb,” we recommend you plan to spend two to four hours per credit per week.
Is it important to meet deadlines for my classes?
Yes! Meeting deadlines, a skill valued by employers, is emphasized at our school. A typical online class will require you, each week, 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.
Do I have to be online at specific times?
No. Log in at your convenience, as long as you meet deadlines for assignments and discussion boards. Log in three times a week for perfect attendance.
Will I need to study and participate in my classes daily?
It is a good idea. For most students, daily participation or study is the best way to approach distance learning. It is important to schedule regular times to join in discussions and complete required readings and assignment.
What Internet experience do I need?
Most students in online classes are already comfortable using the Internet. If you are unsure of your readiness, contact us. A representative will provide more information on require skills and our support services.
Do I need to own a computer?
We recommend that you have access to a computer on a daily basis. If you do not own a computer, we encourage you to have several options to ensure reliable access.
Do I need high speed Internet access for my online classes?
We recommend high speed internet access so you can access all course materials, including videos and webcasts.
Will I have a student email account?
After completing your online application and submitting your application fee*, you will be assigned a student email account. Information about the account will be mailed to you in your acceptance packet. Please check your student email daily for updates and communications from our staff and faculty.
*The application fee has been waived from December 3, 2014 until October 4, 2015.
Who teaches online courses?
Members of our online faculty have industry experience as well as academic degrees. Their real-world credentials enrich course materials, class discussions and one-on-one feedback. They have completed special training in online education.
Will I interact with my instructors?
Yes! Your instructors will be active on the message board, provide comments on assignments, and be available during online office hours and via email and phone.
How will I access my online classes?
You will use CampusConnect, our online academic delivery platform, to download course content, participate in discussion boards, submit assignments, and contact instructors and fellow students.
What services are available for online students?
Online student services include online academic advising, free tutoring, 7-day-a-week technology support, librarian chat and email help, and (lifelong) job-search assistance.
How do I reach my instructors with questions?
You can call or email your instructors with questions. Online instructors have a minimum of three office hours per week in which they are available by phone, email and instant messaging.
Will I use textbooks?
If you are an undergraduate student, you will use textbooks, which you can order through our online bookstore. If you are a graduate student, you will use e-books and other online resources. You will learn more about textbooks during your first meeting with your academic advisor.
How do I learn more about your school?
Request information from admissions, or call us toll free at 1-877-655-7676.
How do I enroll at your school?
Begin by requesting information from admissions or completing an online application. An admission representative will contact you to arrange a personal information session.
Do I need to come to a campus to enroll?
No. You are welcome to come to any campus location, but otherwise an admission representative will arrange to conduct your personal information session over the phone or internet. The session will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and learn more about our school.
Can I receive financial aid as an online student?
Yes, if you qualify for the program. Federal, state and private financial aid programs do not distinguish between on-campus and online courses. Contact a financial aid advisor for more information.
Will I receive help with financial aid?
Yes. When you first apply and throughout your time as a student, you can talk with your financial aid advisor at any time. The advisor will answer questions, help you identify scholarship opportunities and provide step-by-step instructions on applying for federal loans and grants.
How will I register for my classes?
Your admissions representative will arrange a telephone appointment to schedule your classes, learn about CampusConnect, and talk about academic policies and procedures.
Will I be able to connect with other students?
Yes. You will be able to email or IM students and participate in discussion threads and group projects. Many online students develop long-lasting friendships and professional relationships.
Who should I contact if I have a question or concern?
During the admissions process and through registration for classes, your admission 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 or your financial aid advisor with questions.
Will my diploma indicate that I took my courses online?
No. Your transcript and diploma will not indicate whether courses were taken online or on-campus.
Can I participate in a graduation ceremony?
Yes, and we encourage you to do so. Our online college hosts a graduation ceremony near our Richfield, Minnesota campus every quarter. If that is not convenient, you are welcome to participate in a ceremony at another location (we have campuses in communities throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota).