FAQs About Champlain College Online

We've provided some quick answers to questions we're frequently asked about Champlain College Online. If you are not able to find the answer to your question on this page, please call our admissions representatives at 888-545-3459, email us at champlainonline@champlain.edu or fill out a request information form and we would be happy to provide more details.

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Yes. Champlain College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC). For more information, visit our accreditation page

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The academic year has three semesters; fall, spring and summer. Within each semester there are two terms. Bachelor's degree and undergraduate certificate courses are typically taught in 7-week terms, however, a few undergraduate programs include some courses that last the full 15-week semester. Master's degrees and graduate certificate courses are typically taught in 8-week terms, but again, a few programs include courses that extend the full semester.  

View the academic calendar for your program of interest.

For specific questions about program and course durations, please call an admissions representative at 888-545-3459, email us at champlainonline@champlain.edu, or fill out a request information form and we would be happy to give you detailed feedback.

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There are four major factors that determine how long it will take you to finish your degree or certificate: the number of credits required for your program, the amount of college credits you transfer in, the number of courses you take at one time and whether you take one or more semesters off. Credit requirements for programs range across academic level - bachelor's degrees require 120 credits; associate degrees require 60 credits; undergraduate certificates require between 12 and 21 credits; and graduate certificates require between 12-15 credits.   

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There is no time limit to complete an undergraduate degree at Champlain. Most graduate degrees and certificates, however, must be completed within six years of the start of the program.

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Yes. Students in good standing who have missed more than one semester in any academic year (fall, spring, summer,) will be withdrawn from the College and will be required to submit a formal application for readmission. Upon readmission, the student's academic requirements are those required for the most current catalog year.

Students on academic probation who have missed more than one semester in any academic year (fall, spring, summer) or who have been academically dismissed, are required to submit a formal appeal to the Academic Dean in order to be reinstated. If the appeal is approved, the student's academic requirements will be those required for the original catalog year under which the student began his or her studies.

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Our bachelor's degree programs are 120 academic credits and contain high-level professional and general education courses. Our certificate programs are 12-21 credit hours and allow you to add a focused credential to your resume. Certificates are also a perfect short-term goal for students interested in pursuing a degree.

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Course enrollment is typically between 15-20 students. This class size will ensure that you enjoy a manageable level of interaction between you, your instructor and your classmates. To learn more about being a student in our online programs visit our online student experience section.

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To access your online classes, navigate to our Current Student Resources page and click on the link for Canvas. You can access your courses whenever it is convenient for you, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Your lectures and assignments will be posted in Canvas in the Modules area, and remain there for the entire semester. In Canvas, both the Discussion Forum and email inbox allows easy communication between instructor and classmates. In Canvas, you will submit all of your classwork as electronic documents (e.g., spreadsheets, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, etc.), including assignments, reports and projects, to your instructor within your course.  

All tests and quizzes are administered online and in a variety of formats, depending on not only the course but also on the instructor. You do not need to go to a different location to be proctored for tests and quizzes. You will receive all course-specific information about homework and tests on your first day of class in the course syllabus.

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Our online classrooms are engaged, interactive environments full of the diverse opinions and life experiences of people at different stages of their lives, in different professions, who live all around the world. Being able to attend class when it's convenient for you, and avoiding the stress of trying to fit on-campus classes into an already full schedule, is a real asset for working professionals. Click here to learn more about attending our online programs.

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Online learning is not easier or less time-consuming than attending class in person. You should plan to dedicate several hours per week to log into your class and to complete 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 for homework time. For more information about the time commitment expected for our online programs, see A Day in the Life

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If you are a self-motivated student who communicates effectively through reading and writing, then you will be well suited for online learning. It is also essential that you have some basic computer skills, including knowledge of word processing. Check out our tips on how to be a successful online student.  

If you have any questions about whether you are suited for online learning, please call us at 888-269-6523, email champlainonline@champlain.edu or fill out a request information form.

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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. Written class participation on our discussion forms is typically required each week in addition to submitting any written homework assignments. 

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No. Your transcript and degree will indicate that you received your education from Champlain College, but will not indicate that your courses or your degree were completed online. Credits earned in our online courses are no different from credits earned in our classroom courses. 

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Yes. You are required to log in each week, sometimes multiple times per week, to participate in discussions, review your reading assignments and turn in homework.  However, there is no set time of day that you will need to log in. Each instructor will have his or her own requirements for how often you need to log in, which will be communicated in the course syllabus you'll receive on the first day of class. You will be expected to adhere to the due dates that the instructor sets. If you fail to do so, you may be withdrawn from the course without refund. 

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You can call our admissions team at 888-269-6523 or email us at champlainonline@champlain.edu. You can also fill out a request information form and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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