Criminal Justice FAQs

Will I ever have to visit the campus?

No, you can earn your degree entirely at a distance. We do, however, invite our students and graduates to visit campus. Graduating distance learning students may participate in on-campus commencement ceremonies.

Is UW-Platteville accredited?

Yes, UW-Platteville is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UW-Platteville is nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

What is the cost of tuition? Are payment plans offered? Is financial aid available?

Tuition and fees must be paid in full before you begin a course. American Express, MasterCard, Discover, and VISA are accepted. Financial aid is available. To determine eligibility, contact the Financial Aid Office at 800.616.0412. Please specify that you are a distance learning student.

Will my previous course work transfer to UW-Platteville?

The Distance Learning Center will review and evaluate official transcripts to determine which credits will transfer to UW-Platteville when your application file is complete. The number of credits transferred will depend on the accreditation of previous schools attended, grades received, and the content of courses taken. UW-Platteville has articulation agreements with several technical and two-year colleges that specify which courses will transfer. 

Where should previous schools I have attended send my official transcripts?

Distance Learning Center
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099

Transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution. Transcripts sent by students will not be accepted or evaluated.

How do I purchase my textbooks and course materials?

General information about purchasing can be found on the textbooks page. You must have your textbook when the course begins. 

How are examinations administered?

All UW-Platteville criminal justice course exams are administered online. The method of examination for other courses may vary. 

How long will it take me to earn my degree?

The time required to earn a degree varies based on the number of transfer credits you receive, your course load, and other individual factors.

Will I have an academic advisor?

Yes, you will be assigned an advisor after you have been admitted as a degree-seeking student.

Will I have access to library resources?

Yes, all students have access to UW-Platteville's Karrmann Library. For library access assistance, see Library Resources.

What is it like to be a student in an online course?

  • You can log in to your course at your convenience to complete assignments, participate in discussions, or e-mail your instructor.
  • You will benefit from logging in daily to check announcements and review your assignments. The time you spend each day will vary with the type of assignments.
  • You will be expected to do the same amount of studying, submit assignments by due dates, and take exams as you would in an on-campus class.
  • You will be expected to generate and participate in discussions with the instructor and the other students. These discussions, in which you will respond to other students' comments, play a central role in the learning experience. Keeping up with your reading and assignments will help you be an active participant in online discussions.
  • If you are assigned to participate in team projects, your team members will rely on you to participate and contribute to the projects.
  • You will benefit from networking with students from across the country.

What does an online course look like?

If you’re curious about what an online course looks like, please take some time and check out Ready2Learn. Ready2Learn gives you the opportunity to sample a course created in our online platform, Desire2Learn.  The course utilizes many of the features the online classroom would, including videos, discussions, and quizzes.

Still have questions?

Contact the Distance Learning Center at 800.362.5460 or The Distance Learning Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.

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Distance Learning Center
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099

800.362.5460 (Toll Free)

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