Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Woods Online program require previous college experience?

No, approximately 35% of new students begin with less than 15 hours of transfer credit.

Is a degree earned through the Woods Online program accredited?

Yes. The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Learn more about about our accreditations.

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, evaluations are made based on written submissions, projects, assignments and online quizzes.

Why is Woods Online moving to an 8 week format?

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is transitioning from the 16-week courses to 8-week courses to allow students the opportunity to map out courses in advance with a clear path to completion and confidently plan financial aid. As always, your faculty advisor will assist in developing your roadmap for degree completion. + Learn More

How long will it take me to earn my degree?

Online students enrolled in the 8-week format average four years.

Can I get any college credit for things I've learned outside of college?

You may earn college credit in a number of ways including testing out of a course, transferring college credit or a prior learning assessment.

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.

Are scholarships offered for military personnel and their families?

We participate in a variety of military friendly programs and the College has approved several scholarship programs through outside sources that benefit military personnel as well as their spouses.