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Do online courses follow the same curriculum as traditional, on-campus courses?
Yes. UND’s online courses have similar course content and rigor as traditional courses. They are written and taught by UND faculty members.
The main difference between an online and on-campus course is that in most cases you do not have a set day or time to attend an online class. You will complete your work on your own time, but you will submit assignments and complete exams as requested by your instructor.
If I take an online course, do I need to come to the UND campus?
No. Unless specified, you are not required to come to the UND campus at any time.
Do I need to be online at a specific day or time?
You may access your online course materials 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your instructors will set the deadlines for assignments and exams to be completed—just like they would for on-campus courses.
For most courses, you will not be required to attend class at a set time. Some instructors may have set times for “live” Web discussions. This means that you may need to “log on” to your online course at a specific time.
How do I interact with my instructor and other students in an online course?
UND instructors use many different methods to create an exciting, interactive online learning environment. Live chat sessions, Wikis, blogs, interactive activities, and discussion boards are just a few of the techniques used to enhance online learning. E-mail is also a common mode of communication between instructors and students.
Do I need to be admitted to UND to register for online courses?
Yes. In order to take semester-based, online college courses, you must be admitted to the University of North Dakota. If you are not admitted to UND, you have 2 options:
Option 1: Apply for full undergraduate admission through UND Office of Admissions.
Option 2: Register for semester-based, online courses as a non-degree-seeking student. Simply click on the "Register Now" button to add the course to your shopping cart.
You will have access to your online course by the first day of the semester. Keep in mind that if you register after the semester has started, you will have access to your online course within 2 business days of registering.
Will the credits earned at UND transfer to another school?
The transfer of credits is always at the discretion of the institution to which the credits are being transferred. In general, credits that are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission transfer to other regionally accredited institutions.
Please check with your institution to verify if the course(s) will apply toward your degree.
Can I use financial aid for online courses?
Yes. Semester-based, online courses are eligible for most federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs.
Semester-based, online courses are NOT eligible for any tuition waiver programs at the University of North Dakota (i.e., Cultural Diversity, International, Employee, Graduate), except as required by statute.
In order to be eligible for federal financial aid, you must be:
- fully admitted in a degree or approved graduate certificate program.
- registered for at least 6 credits in each term you apply the aid towards.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only application UND requires to determine eligibility for all federal and state financial aid. Refer to the UND Student Financial Aid Office for more information.
How do I order my textbooks and materials?
Your tuition does not include textbooks or additional materials (noted in your course syllabus). Within 1 to 2 days of processing your registration, you will receive a confirmation letter with instructions on ordering your textbooks.
To get started promptly in your course, you should order your textbooks as soon as possible.
Note: You cannot place your order or pay for your textbooks through UND Online & Distance Education.
How do I take exams? Who can serve as a proctor?
Exam information will be noted on the course syllabus. If proctored (monitored/supervised) exams are required to complete your course, you will need to designate an approved proctor to administer those exams at a location near you.
Please note that you are responsible to pay for any fees that proctors may charge for their services.
Approved proctors CAN be:
- UND Online & Distance Education (if living near Grand Forks, ND - There is NO fee for UND students.)
- Bismarck State College Testing & Assessment Services (if living near Bismarck, ND - There is NO fee for UND students.)
- School or Public Librarians
- Educational Administrators (principal/superintendent)
- Local College Testing Center Staff
- Adult Learning Centers
- Guidance Counselors
- Commanding Officers
- Military Education Officers or Embassy Education Officers
- Human Resource Representative
- Others (must be pre-approved by UND Online & Distance Education)
Proctors may NOT be:
- Direct Supervisors
- Direct Reports / Employees
- Colleagues at Same Level
- Athletic or Assistant Coaches
More detailed information about designating a proctor and taking exams is provided once you begin your course.
Does UND offer support services for online and distance students?
Yes! We know that you will have different needs as a distance student, so we work hard to provide you the support services you need, such as:
- Academic Advising
- American Indian Student Services
- Assessment and Testing
- Career Services
- Center for Student Involvement and Leadership
- Communications (Institution-To-Student)
- Course/Program Catalog
- Disability Services
- Financial Aid
- International Programs
- Multicultural Student Services
- Online Library Services
- Online Tutoring
- Personal Counseling
- Schedule of Classes
- Student Accounts
- Student Activities
- Tech Support
- TRIO Programs
- UND E-Mail Account
- Veteran Services
What happens if I need to drop a course? What is your refund policy?
Semester-based online and distance courses follow the University of North Dakota's policies for dropping, withdrawing, swapping, and refunds. Please refer to UND Student Account Services for more information about dropping a course, withdrawing from UND, and refund policies. If you have questions, you may contact UND Student Account Services at 701.777.3911 or e-mail: UND.studentaccounts@UND.edu.
Note: The 1-time UND Admission Fee of $35 is non-refundable.
What’s the difference between independent study and online, semester-based courses?
Independent study and online, semester-based courses are both college courses you can complete from anywhere at the time and place of your choice. You pick your time and place for studying, and can review materials as many times as you want to learn the information. With both course formats, you will receive in-state tuition regardless of where you live.
However, there are differences between independent study and online, semester-based courses:
Independent Study Courses
Independent study courses are self-paced college courses you complete when, where, and how you want. With these courses, you can:
- enroll at any time and take up to 9 months to complete your course.
- complete courses in an online or correspondence by mail format.
- learn independently at your own pace.
- complete lessons/exams on your own schedule.
IMPORTANT! Open enrollment, independent study courses that do not follow the semester schedule do not qualify for financial aid or military tuition assistance through the DoD.
Semester-Based Online Courses
Online, semester-based courses are online classes that follow the semester’s schedule for completing lessons and exams. For most courses, you are not required to attend class at a set time. Some instructors may have set times for “live” Web discussions, which means that you may need to “log on” to your online course at a specific time.
With online, semester-based courses, you can:
- enroll in and complete your courses based on semester timelines.
- complete courses online using Web-based tools.
- interact with your instructor and other students through a virtual classroom.
- complete lessons and exams by set deadlines during the semester.
- use financial aid toward the tuition of your courses.
Can I enroll in both independent study and semester-based courses at the same time? Can I use both to complete my degree?
Yes. You can enroll in both course types at the same time and both course formats can be used to complete your degree from the University of North Dakota. Keep in mind that there are differences between independent study and online, semester-based courses, including registration deadlines and processes, eligibility for financial aid, ordering textbooks, time to complete, and other important policies.