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.
- Flexible, year-round start dates
- Scholarship and financial aid available
- Supportive, accessible faculty
- Access to campus resources, online tutoring, support systems, mentors and other online students
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
When considering an online degree program, most adult learners seem to be primarily concerned with three things:
- Degree completion time
- Cost of tuition and
- Program offerings.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College announces a transition 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.
This will allow for five 8-week terms in an academic year – two in the fall, two in the spring and one in the summer. For example: you can take two classes per eight weeks, which equates to four classes per traditional 16-week semester. You only have to manage two classes at a time instead of four classes at a time while working full-time or balancing family and work to get the same result.
Higher Student Success Rates
You will take fewer courses more often. You will focus on two courses at a time rather than three or four resulting in higher completion rates and higher student success.
You can easily plot out your path to completion. You will discover higher enrolled courses allowing for more robust discussions.
8-week Course Development
The new 8-week courses are developed based on learning outcomes and not volume. Through various learning tools, the courses are engineered for the students to demonstrate knowledge, comprehension and/or skills. We will continue to focus on what students will be able to do and how they will apply that skill or knowledge.
A Plus for Financial Aid
The 8-week format allows students to be at full-time status without being overloaded with courses. You will take fewer classes at a time while maintaining your full-time status, which will result in completing the program quicker and maximizing your financial aid options.
This approach aligns with financial aid packaging for an entire year (including the summer) and aligns with state initiatives for students to complete on time. Students are eligible for the most financial aid when they are full-time students. Students that qualify for SMWC, federal and state awards can maximize those funds as a full-time student; which will reduce student loan debt. Indiana grant recipients could receive state grant incentives in addition to their regular awards such as; Academic Honors, Associate Degree and Accelerated schedule awards. Those incentives are not offered to students that are less than full-time.
Contact your advisor or the Woods Online Office with specific questions
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.