FAQs

Are you accredited?

Champlain College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC), to learn more visit our Accreditation page or go to www.neasc.org and read more about NEASC.

How long will it take?

This is perhaps the hardest question to answer, and yet the most frequently asked. There are three major factors that determine how long it will take for you to finish your degree or certificate.

  • The amount of previous college credits you are able to transfer in
  • How many courses you take at a time
  • If you take a semester(s) off

Can I take time off?

Yes, students may take up to two consecutive semesters off without affecting your status as a current student. If you take more than two semesters off you will be required to re-apply to your program. Please note that the summer session is considered separately from fall and spring and therefore your status is not affected by taking the summer off.

What is the difference between a degree and a certificate?

Degree and certificate programs are both excellent, but very different, credentials to have on a resume. An associate degree is 60 credits and typically is more focused on the subject area, while a bachelor's degree is 120 credits and contains the courses of the associate degree plus higher level professional and general education courses. Our certificates are 12-21 credit hours and enable you to expand your expertise in a specific area without pursuing an entire degree program. Certificates allow you to add a credential to your resume and are a perfect stepping stone for students interested in pursuing a degree.

Will Champlain help me find a job or internship?

The Champlain College Career Services team is happy to assist you in your job or internship search. They will help you develop resumes and cover letters and can help polish your interviewing skills. They also provide access to job postings as well as a wealth of resources on the Career Services web page. Feel free to email careerservices@champlain.edu or call (802) 860-2720 to arrange a meeting with one of our Career Services team members.

How big are the classes?

We limit enrollment in our courses to 15-20 students to ensure a manageable level of interaction between the instructor and classmates.

How do online classes work?

Accessing courses: Upon registration you will be instructed how to activate your account, allowing you access to your course. When the session begins you may log-in to your course whenever it is convenient for you-24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have created this "asynchronous" environment because your classmates are often in different time zones, thereby making it impossible for everyone to attend class at the same time.

Getting your lectures and assignments: Your lectures and assignments will be posted in a Course Content forum and remain there for the entire semester. You can either read them on the screen or print them out for further reference.

Communicating with each other: There are two ways to communicate with your instructor and classmates. The Discussion Forum is open for all in the class to see. It is easy to navigate and all content remains available for the entire semester in case you need to review it. There is also an e-mail function built into the system to allow private communication with other students in your class, or with your instructor.

Handing in assignments: You will upload and send all of your work- assignments, reports or projects-to your instructor within your course as an electronic document (i.e., spreadsheet, Word document, PowerPoint presentation, etc.).

Taking tests and quizzes: All tests and quizzes will be administered online, and there is no need to go to a different location to be proctored. Some instructors will have you use the assignment and testing tools with in the course, and others will have you complete assignments/tests in a Microsoft Word/Excel/etc... document and submit via either the assignment/testing tool, or in a private email to the instructor within the course. You should know that tests are administered in a variety of ways, each depending not only on the course but also on the instructor. Some use multiple choice, some use essays, some give unlimited time, others give a time range. All course specific information regarding homework, tests, etc will be given to you on your first day of class via the course Syllabus.

What are the benefits of pursuing a degree online?

Flexibility, accessibility and convenience are three of many reasons why working professionals like taking their Champlain College courses online. You will discover in your online class an engaged, interactive environment full of diverse opinions and life experiences that are born of people at different stages of their lives, living all over the United States and throughout the world. The complete flexibility of being able to go to class when it's convenient for you works well for many professionals, as does avoiding the stress of trying to fit on-campus classes into an already tight schedule.

Who is best suited to study online?

Distance education is a terrific opportunity for self-motivated students who can communicate effectively through reading and writing. Online learning is not, however, easier or less time consuming. Students should be willing to dedicate several hours per week to attending class online as well as for completing course assignments. The actual number of hours will depend on the specific course, but a good rule of thumb is to set aside at least four hours a week of "in-class" time and another 10-15 hours of homework time. It is also essential for students to have some basic computer skills, including knowledge of word processing.

Will my transcript or degree show that I've taken courses online?

Credits earned via an online course are no different from credits earned in the classroom. Transcripts and degrees will indicate that you earned your education at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, but will not indicate that the courses were completed online.

Are there special requirements for attendance or can I work at my own pace?

Each instructor will have his or her own requirements for how much and how often you need to log in. These requirements will be stated in the course syllabus you will receive the first day of classes. Failure to meet these standards may result in your being withdrawn from the course without refund. You will be expected to adhere to the due dates that the instructor sets. For the most part there is no requirement for what time of day-or even what day-you need to log in.

Is a lot of writing involved in online courses?

Yes, because reading and writing are the means by which you will communicate with your instructor and classmates. Some classes, by the nature of the subjects, will require more reading and writing than others.

Who can I contact with additional questions?

E-mail our admissions team at the Division of Continuing Professional Studies atcps@champlain.edu or call toll-free 888-545-3459. We're happy to answer any questions you may have.


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