FAQs - Future Students


What degrees and certificates does UW-Platteville offer at a distance?

UW-Platteville offers several degrees and certificates at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Visit Degrees Programs and Certificate Programs for more details.

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 kind of credentials do your online instructors have?

UW-Platteville's online instructors are experts in their field, with experience in both academia and industry. Many teach the same course on campus that they teach online. They hold a minimum of a master's degree in their field and many hold more advanced degrees. For a complete listing of our faculty and their credentials, visit our online faculty directory.

Will I have access to UW-Platteville library resources?

Yes, all students have access to UW-Platteville's Karrmann Library. Visit the Karrmann Library website for more information.


Distance Education

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.

Will I have an academic advisor?

Yes, you will be assigned an advisor when you are admitted to a program.

Do you hold orientation for new students?

If it has been a while since you took a class or distance learning is new to you, you may enroll in Ready2Learn, a free course offered by the Distance Learning Center.

How are examinations administered?

Most online courses provide an online examination. Some online and all print-based courses require a paper examination administered by a proctor.

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.

How much computer and Internet experience do I need?

You must be able to navigate the Internet and know how to download files, attach files to e-mail, and use software such as word processors. If you feel that you may need more experience in these areas you may want to take an introductory computer course.

UW-Platteville provides free Software User Guides & Tutorials through ICET (Instructional Center for Educational Technologies).

Do I need special hardware and software for online courses?

Can I purchase Microsoft Office and other software at a discount?

Yes, as a UW-Platteville student, you can purchase a wide variety of software at a discount through WISC Software.

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

Courses are offered on a fall/spring/summer semester basis.
  • You can log in to your course at your convenience to complete assignments, participate in discussions, or email 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.

What is it like to be a student in a print-based course?

Read about our Print-Based Course Format.


Financial Considerations

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.

Does the GI Bill apply to UW-Platteville's distance education programs?

Talk to your education officer about the restrictions and requirements of the GI Bill. Specify that you are interested in taking distance education courses. Your education officer will evaluate your situation and provide you with the information and material you need. After talking with your education officer, contact the UW-Platteville Registrar to learn how to process your benefits at 608.342.1321 or registrar@uwplatt.edu. Read more about the Wisconsin GI Bill.

Can distance education students receive student discounts or utilize on-campus services?

Read about Campus Services for Distance Students. Contact your advisor if you would like to participate.


Application Process

How do I apply to a distance education program?

You will find specific information regarding the application process on the Admission Information page for each degree program. You will also find information about transferring credits, credit for life experience, and degree requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Master of Science in Distance Education Leadership

Master of Science in Engineering

Master of Science in Integrated Supply Chain Management

Master of Science in Organizational Change Leadership

Master of Science in Project Management

How long does the admission process take?

You will receive notice regarding your admission approximately four weeks after the Distance Learning Center receives your official transcripts and all other required materials.

Allow two weeks for all of your transcripts to arrive at UW-Platteville. It is your responsibility to request transcripts.

Still have questions?

Contact the Distance Learning Center at 800.362.5460 or disted@uwplatt.edu. The Distance Learning Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.



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