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. Review our online degree programs and certificates for more details.

Is UW-Platteville accredited?

Yes, UW-Platteville is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 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. Visit our online faculty directory for a complete listing of our faculty and their credentials.

Will I have access to UW-Platteville library resources?

Yes, all students have access to UW-Platteville's Karrmann Library.


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 and 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?

Orientation is held in the form of Introduction to Online Learning, a self-paced, non-credit course designed to give new students a jump-start to online learning. Introduction to Online Learning gives you the tools needed to be successful in the online classroom. Topics cover understanding your course syllabus and calendar, online course expectations, navigating Desire2Learn, online discussion posts and quizzes, time management, identifying your resources, financing your education, and more.

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 email, 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.

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?

Print-based courses are completed via interaction (mail, electronic) between you and the assigned instructor. You will receive a course manual that guides you through the course and outlines reading and writing assignments and projects, and also provides direction on submitting these materials to the instructor for grading. Most courses have exams that are proctored. Instructors work with you throughout the course to review homework, answer questions, grade exams, and give feedback.

How do I obtain information on disability accommodations?

If you are interested in requesting accommodations for a disability, please review the information from Students with Disabilities. For more information, contact Marcia Rako at rakom@uwplatt.edu or 800.632.5460.


Financial Considerations

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

Tuition for online courses is $370 per credit regardless of residency and includes $30 per credit non-refundable tuition, plus a registration fee of $25 per semester. Print-based courses are $310 per credit regardless of residency and includes $30 per credit non-refundable tuition.

There are no payment plans offered for distance courses as 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 and specify that you are a distance learning student.

Can I apply veteran education benefits to UW-Platteville's distance education programs?

There are a number of veteran education benefits that Veterans may be eligible to apply toward an approved distance learning program. Please contact the Wright Center for Non-Traditional and Veteran students, at 608.342.7351 or veterans@uwplatt.edu, for more information regarding yoru benefit eligibility. Visit the Wright Center for general information on Federal and State veteran education benefits available.

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

Yes, you can review the campus services for distance students and contact your advisor if you would like to participate.


Application Process

How do I apply to a distance education program?

How long does the admission process take?

Once you've requested them, allow two weeks for all of your transcripts to arrive at UW-Platteville. Once they are received, the official review of your application and supporting documentation, as well as the official acceptance decision, is typically within two weeks. You will receive notice immediately following the admission decision.

Still have questions?

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



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