Do I have to be online at a certain time each day?
No. Although some courses may have due dates for assignments scheduled each week, you are not required to login at specific
times each day. Some of your courses may also include live synchronous sessions with your faculty as part of the learning experience. While these sessions will be schedule for specific days and times across the week, sessions are recorded and can be viewed at a later time if needed.
All students are expected to stay on schedule with the course assignments and login multiple times each week. Some courses have group projects which will require the coordination of schedules among team members.
What type of student support is available?
As a Rasmussen College student, you will have an academic advisor to help guide you throughout your program of study.Resources from Library and Learning Services, such as tutoring, are also available to you along with the support you will receive from your faculty and Dean. Rasmussen College uses a combination of technology and social networking to offer all students personalized support aimed at degree completion, career advancement, and lifelong learning.
Rasmussen College also offers 24/7 technical support, any time of the day or night, any day of the week, by helping with everything from retrieving a lost password to solving an Internet connection problem.
Do online students receive financial aid?
Yes. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. There is a financial aid program to suit almost every need, and our financial aid staff works to make the application process as easy to understand and as stress free as possible. They are available to help you identify scholarship opportunities, complete the required paperwork, and help ensure you receive the financial assistance for which you qualify.
Can I transfer previous credits and apply them to my degree?
Yes. Students can transfer up to 67% of the credits required to complete a degree*. Exams are also available to waive course requirements.
What are online courses like?
Our online courses provide the same academic quality, content and learning community as courses being taught on a Rasmussen College campus. A typical online class has 25-30 students, who attend courses by accessing the learning management system and completing assignments according to the course schedule.
We strive to create an interactive and engaging learning environment for our online students with frequent and regular communication with instructors and classmates via live sessions, email and online discussion forums.
Take a peek inside an online course and view an Online Course Demo.
How much time should I spend each week to be successful in my online courses?
Successful Rasmussen College online students set aside time throughout the week to complete their assignments for each course. Earning your degree requires a commitment on many levels, and to be successful, many students approach their courses like a part-time or full-time job.
How do I communicate with my instructor if I have questions?
Instructors are available to answer questions and provide support by phone, email or through the Live tool on your learning management system.
What materials and textbooks are needed for online courses?
Rasmussen College students are provided software, hardware (when applicable) and course materials needed to complete course work within your program. Costs for these materials are covered in the Course Technology and Resource Fee, which are charged per course, and in a $10 charge for each textbook or ebook.*
Most students find that a reliable computer with an adequate high-speed internet connection is sufficient, and they do not need a top-of-the-line computer to complete assignments online.
Also, Rasmussen College has transitioned to digital content as the primary delivery method for course materials. While some courses do still utilize physical textbooks, electronic resources and digital content are prevalent in our online courses. Digital content includes eTextbooks, videos, downloadable content sharing, access to interactive libraries and much more. Course materials are covered under the Course Technology and Resource Fee, which are charged per course, and in a $10 charge for each textbook or ebook.*
*See course catalog for textbook opt-out policy
How do I connect with other students in my online class?
Meeting other online students at Rasmussen College is easy with our interactive classroom environment and discussion boards. Additionally, Rasmussen College hosts a private community on Facebook that is just for students.
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Do I receive the same degree and diploma as an on-campus student?
Your diploma will be issued by Rasmussen College and will in no way be differentiated from that of a student attending courses on