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Frequently Asked Questions About Online Learning

How does online learning work?

Online learning allows you to use the Internet to complete a set curriculum without being present in a regular classroom. Most individuals who choose to participate in distance learning are more self-motivated, yet just as conscientious as their real-time classroom peers.

What are the benefits of going to school online?

Convenience, cost of travel and flexibility of schedule are just a few of the reasons students choose online learning. In many cases, California University of Pennsylvania provides for a cohort experience so that you can network and form relationships with your professional peers within the context of your own life and your own schedule.

Are online credit courses equivalent to on-site courses?

Absolutely! The standards and expectations for our online programming mirror our traditional programming. At California University of Pennsylvania, we pride ourselves on our commitment to standards of professional excellence and consistency within all of our programming.

Is this program 100% online?

Yes, 100%. There is no need to come to campus, unless, of course, you want to attend the traditional graduation ceremony.

Do I have to log in at a certain time on specific days?

No. The program allows you the flexibility to log in each week at your convenience. Some students complete portions of their work during their lunch hour. Others complete some weekly requirements on a Saturday morning, and some students complete the work late at night. It is mostly a matter of personal preference. One key to success is to stay on track and communicate regularly with faculty and other students via threaded discussion and e-mail.

Is the program accredited?

California University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Middle States Association, and the program is approved by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors. The undergraduate degree program offered by California University of Pennsylvania has undergone the same approval process of all academic programs in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

How many students are accepted?

30-40 students are accepted for each cohort.

How much does the program cost?

What is a cohort?

A cohort is a group of students that starts and finishes the program at the same time. The students work together in each course and become a professional cohort of colleagues.

If accepted, how many hours a week would I need to commit to the program?

Typical hour requirements for a course average the same time commitment as a typical three-credit on-campus course. This may vary depending on course requirements.

Will my degree or certification reflect that I obtained it by online learning?

No. All degrees and/or certificates offered by California University of Pennsylvania are identical in appearance. Because the standards and objectives of the traditional and online programs are consistent, there is no need to differentiate the degrees or certificates awarded.

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