Frequently Asked Questions: Berkeley College Online®

Why should I choose to attend Berkeley College?

For the sixth consecutive year in 2019, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Berkeley College among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. 

While all colleges maintain some similarities, Berkeley College stands out in many ways. The most common reasons for choosing Berkeley are highlighted in what we call The Berkeley Advantage®.

Many adult students are striving to balance work and family with college studies, while others have not yet found the time to reenter or even begin college. To meet these special requirements, Berkeley College has established an Adult Admissions Department, which provides an environment that is sensitive to the needs of adult students.

Listed as a Principles of Excellence institution with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Berkeley is committed to helping veterans and their families succeed – every step of the way.

Flexible academic programs can help accommodate your situation and schedule. Advisors with military experience are available to assist with applications and enrollment. You may also be eligible for credit for prior learning. Tutoring is available at no additional charge.

Is Berkeley College accredited?

Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000. Accreditation was last reaffirmed in June 2018. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Visit the Accreditation and Regulatory Information page, for further details.

What type of academic degree and non-degree programs does Berkeley College Online® offer?

Berkeley College Online® offers programs leading to Certificates, Associate’s degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, and an M.B.A. in Management. To prepare students for successful careers, programs are developed with input from industry experts to ensure that students learn the skills that employers demand. Online programs provide the same level of quality education as Berkeley’s on-site programs.

To learn more about online programs that are available, visit the following links:

To learn more about a specific program offered at Berkeley, including the Four-Year Combined B.B.A./M.B.A. Option, also visit the Academics page.

How will I know which classes to take?

Your academic advisor will work with you to keep you on target to complete your degree. While you choose your schedule, your advisor will guide you through your choices and continue to provide guidance and support throughout your program. 

Are group projects part of my coursework?

There are many components to coursework including reading, writing, discussion boards, and in some cases group projects. Faculty members define the parameters for their individual courses. 

How long will it take to complete my program?

Berkeley College Online is designed to suit your needs. You may be eligible for transfer credits and credits due to prior learning which may shorten the length of time needed to complete your degree. You will work closely with your academic advisor to select the courses appropriate to your program. Length of the program is also dependent upon the number of courses you take each semester.

Will I ever have to come to a campus location for my courses?

You are able to complete your degree entirely online! You can even purchase books and other merchandise through the Berkeley Store.

Will my diploma say "online?"

Your diploma will reflect that you are a graduate of Berkeley College. Specific campuses are not printed on a diploma.

What is the enrollment process at Berkeley College Online®?

More than 3,000 students enrolled in at least one online class in fall 2018.

The Online Admissions Department works with applicants who are seeking flexibility and convenience to balance college classes with family, work, and other commitments. In addition to the general admissions requirements, online applicants must complete a short introductory online course prior to registration to familiarize themselves with online learning. Interested students should call 800-446-5400 ext. WC1, or email info@BerkeleyCollege.edu.

Visit the Readmissions Department page, if you are a returning student of a Berkeley College onsite campus, interested in attending Berkeley College Online.®

Is there an enrollment deadline to begin classes?

Since Berkeley maintains a rolling admissions policy, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The Committee on Admissions notifies applicants of a decision as soon as all credentials have been evaluated.

What kinds of technology do I need at home or work to participate in a distance learning course?

Click here to review the requirements.

What type of support services and activities are provided to online students?

Berkeley College Online® students are automatically enrolled in the Online orientation; after logging in to their Engage portal, it is one click to access the Orientation hosted in Canvas. Students complete the self-paced required orientation, which provides them with the same information communicated to on-site students. Just like on-site peers, distance learners are encouraged to get involved in the online clubs and organizations or to participate in on-site activities if they live near a college location.

Orientation is essential for students who are new to Online, or transferring from an onsite campus and returning to Berkeley College Online® after a time away. The school provides all of the tools needed for students to be successful in their online experience.

What type of financial aid and scholarships are available to students?

More than $47 million in Berkeley College institutional aid was provided to qualified students during the 2018-2019 award year.

A staff of professionals helps students and families to understand the financial options and complete any necessary applications. In addition to government grants and loans, Berkeley College offers a number of direct grants and scholarships to qualified students each year. For further information, review the Guide to Financial Aid. Videos are also on view at Financial Aid TV. For further information about how to complete the FAFSA, also visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.

We proudly support the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program. Veterans Affairs associates are trained in GI Bill regulations and will help make sure you get the maximum award possible.

Can I attend graduation?

Yes you can! If you are unable to attend graduation you can watch it streaming live on the web or view it archived at your convenience.

Still have questions? Contact us at 973-405-2111 ext. 6474, or info@BerkeleyCollege.edu.

Also visit our Live Chat at www.berkeleycollege.edu to speak with a representative, or schedule a virtual appointment.

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