Online Programs FAQs

Here are a few of the most asked questions about our online programs.  Don’t see what you are looking for? Get answers from an NDNU admissions counselor today by sending us an email.

What are the admissions requirements for NDNU’s online programs?

Detailed admissions requirements for our programs can be found on the Admissions page.

How do I attend online classes?

As an online student at NDNU, you’ll be given access to an easy-to-use web-based online learning system. Before you begin classes, you’ll take part in a complete orientation to ensure you understand how to navigate and use it. You’ll log on to each virtual class and complete assignments and exams just like a traditional college course. Through lively discussion forums, you’ll also interact frequently with other students and professors. Coursework can be accessed at any time, day or night, but assignments must be completed by the due dates set up by each professor.

Are your online programs accredited?

Yes. NDNU is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges1. Degrees earned online from NDNU are identical to the same degree offered on campus.

What kind of support is available? Will I get less attention from my instructor because I’m studying online?

At NDNU, providing a welcoming, accessible and encouraging environment to all students is one of our founding principles. That dedication extends to online students, as well. All of the support systems for on campus students are available to online learners, from admissions advising and academic support, to career counseling and professional development. In addition, every online NDNU student is paired with a dedicated advisor who will make sure your educational and professional goals stay on track. Technical support is also available to online students 24/7.

How much time should I set aside for online studies, and how long will it take to earn my degree?

Most students spend about 15-20 hours per week on their online studies, and all programs can be completed online in about two years when following on the recommended course schedule of one course per session. Your dedicated faculty advisor at NDNU will help you stay on track. Of course, study time required per week and the time it takes to earn either degree will vary based on your own study habits and circumstances.

Do I have the right equipment and software for online learning? What are the system requirements?

Please see our Online Learning Details page for more information and complete system requirements. Online programs are accessible to both Windows and Mac OS X users. Most modern computers far exceed the minimum requirements needed to study online at NDNU. If you can read this website, chances are you already have everything you need to earn an online degree.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available to those who qualify through a variety of public and private sources. To learn more about available financial aid options, qualifications and the application process, please see our Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Do you offer benefits to veterans and members of the military?

Yes. A variety of tuition reimbursement and financial aid programs are available through the G.I. Bill. The flexibility and convenience of online education is perfectly suited to active military and reserve personnel, as well. Please see our Military Students page for more details.

NDNU is a Catholic University. Do I have to be Catholic to attend?

No. NDNU welcomes students of all faiths. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1851, NDNU’s rich Catholic tradition drives our mission to honor the dignity and sacredness of each person and promote justice and peace in the world through education.

1Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Ste. 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001