Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Woods Online program require previous college experience?
No, around 35% of new students begin with less than 15 hours of transfer credit.
Is a degree earned through the Woods Online program recognized?
Yes. The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Coursework completed at SMWC is likely to transfer to other accredited colleges and universities.
Do I need any special equipment to be a online student?
A personal computer with Internet access is a requirement of the Woods Online program. Broadband (High-speed) internet access is highly recommended and required for 8-week course formats.
Degree / Coursework Questions
How long will it take me to earn my degree?
The Woods Online program allows you to set your own pace for your studies. Students enrolled in the program can take as few as six or as many as fifteen credit hours per term. Online students enrolled in our 16-week format average about six years to complete their degree while students enrolled in the 8-week format average four years. Once enrolled students have up to 12 years to complete their graduation requirements.
Can I get any college credit for things I've learned outside of college?
Possibly. Documented college level work and life experience could potentially turn into college credit.
What can I expect in a typical Online class?
Online courses contain the same course material as our campus-based courses. In our distance format you will not have to complete proctored tests; instead, evaluations are made based on written submissions, projects, assignments, and online quizzes. Many assignments encourage you to draw from your personal experiences.
- Flexible, year-round start dates
- No night classes
- No proctored exams
- You can attend part or full-time
- Supportive, helpful faculty
- No requirements to attend classes on campus
- Access to campus resources, support systems, mentors, and other online students