Orlando Frequently Asked Questions
- About Webster University
- Academic Advising
- Financial Aid/Payment Options
- Enrollment Options
- Course Preparation
What are the main reasons why I should attend Webster University?
There are many, but principally the convenience of evening courses which are offered at multiple locations; course content, which is relevant and taught by professionals in the field; relatively small classes (typically 10-15 students each); and flexibility (e.g., if you must interrupt your studies due to personal or professional reasons, you can resume them with minimal disruption).
Does Webster University have regional accreditation?
Yes, from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, 312-263-0456.
Why is regional accreditation important?
Among other things, for transfers of credit; further study, especially at the graduate level; and certification or licensure in a number of professions.
What are the admissions requirements for Webster University?
Webster requires an application for admission, official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities, and an admissions fee.
Does Webster require the GMAT or GRE for admissions to the Graduate Program?
If your Bachelors degree is from a regionally accredited institution, then the GMAT or GRE is not required. If your Bachelors degree is not from a regionally accredited institution, then we recommend contacting an Academic Advisor to discuss options for admissions.
Can I take courses at Webster without actually pursuing a degree?
Yes, but the normal limitation is six semester credit hours (the equivalent of two courses). Additional hours are possible, but only if geared to a specific purpose (e.g., preparation for the CPA exam, licensure as a mental health counselor), with prior permission, and after submission of official transcripts from colleges and universities previously attended.
How many semester credit hours can I transfer from other colleges or universities toward a Webster University degree?
Toward an undergraduate degree, Webster will accept up to 98 semester credit hours from appropriately accredited institutions, as well as from standardized tests such as CLEP, DANTES, ACT-PEP, or ADVANCED PLACEMENT.
Toward a graduate degree, all transfer credits must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university and must conform to Webster University guidelines. You are limited to a maximum of 12 semester credit hours towards an MA degree or 9 towards the MBA.
Credits may also be transferred from training programs which have been evaluated by the American Council on Education. See the University catalog or an Academic Advisor for more detailed information on transfer policies.
Is Webster University on the semester or quarter system?
Webster University has 3 semesters split into 5 terms (2 in Spring, 1 in Summer, 2 in Fall). Most Webster courses carry three semester hours of credit. Some courses carry 1 semester credit hour, while others can vary between 1-4 semester credit hours.
At the undergraduate level, the terms are eight weeks long. Each course meets one evening (5:30-9:30pm) per week for a total of 32 contact hours.
At the graduate level, the terms are nine weeks long. Each course meets one evening (5:30-9:30pm) per week for a total of 36 contact hours.
Does Webster require the CLAST exam for admission?
No! It is not required.
Must I have a Program Plan before I begin my course work?
No, but since it will serve as a road map for your studies, a Plan must be completed by the end of your first term of enrollment. In consultation with an Academic Advisor, the Plan may be revised from time to time as conditions warrant.
When my Program Plan calls for an elective course, am I restricted as to which courses I may take?
No, you may choose any course which is offered at Webster University if you satisfy the prerequisites, excepting Counseling courses which are restricted to only those pursuing that degree. Suggested electives are included on the course schedule each term.
What happens if I want to switch to a different degree program?
You must meet with an Academic Advisor in order to complete the required form and to prepare a new Program Plan.
Do you offer Financial Aid at the Orlando campuses?
While students at the Orlando campuses are not eligible for Webster University scholarships, Federal Stafford Loans are available for Graduate and Undergraduate students. Undergraduate students may also apply for Pell Grants. Webster students may also use VA benefits.
Do I have to pay up front for all of the courses which I plan to take in a term?
Not necessarily. Webster offers several payment options – Financial Aid, Employer Reimbursement, Direct Billing to Employer. If you must pay out of pocket, there is an installment payment option that students can apply for. Please be aware that you will have to specify your payment option at the time you register for classes.
When may I register for the next term's courses?
Registration typically begins 1 month prior to the start of the term.
Do I have to enroll in course work every term?
No, Webster University's open enrollment allows students to take off as many terms as needed. However, if you sit out for six or more consecutive terms, you will be required to meet any new program degree requirements stated in the catalog that is current when you resume classes.
Can I take more than one course per term?
Yes, but if you have been out of school for a while, we strongly recommend that you start with one course per term, then increase your schedule to two courses per term. If you wish to take three courses per term, you must meet with an Academic Advisor and complete the necessary paperwork requesting permission.
Can I take courses via directed (“independent”) study under the supervision of a Webster faculty member?
Yes, but only under special circumstances and with prior written permission. Normally, degree seeking students are limited to six semester credit hours (the equivalent of two courses) of directed study. Non-degree seeking student may not complete any course work via directed study.
Do I have to commit to attending classes on the same night(s) every week in pursuit of my degree?
No, course meeting days cannot be projected more than one or two terms in advance and the meeting days for specific courses will vary from term to term. This is due to a variety of factors, not the least of which is that Webster selects the best faculty member for each course and their availability will often vary from term to term.
Do I have to join a Study Group when I register for Webster University course work?
No, Webster does not require any student to join a Study Group. However, depending upon course content and the faculty member's approach to the subject matter, you may have group projects in one or more of your courses.
Must I take courses at any one particular location?
No, as part of a worldwide network of campuses, you may take courses which are relevant to your degree program almost anywhere they are offered in the Webster system, including the international campuses.
Do I have to pay for course syllabi or handouts which might be distributed in a class meeting?
While you are responsible for textbooks and other basic course materials, syllabi and handouts which may be distributed in each class are provided at no additional charge.
How much preparation will I typically have to do for each class meeting?
At a minimum, you should plan on two hours of preparation for each hour in the classroom. Thus each course would require a minimum investment of twelve hours (8 in preparation, 4 in the classroom) per week.
Do I need my own personal computer?
While certainly helpful and recommended, this is not essential as Webster University has fully equipped computer labs which are available for student use.
Is research required?
Not necessarily, but this will depend upon course content, the faculty member's approach to the subject matter, and the specifics of assignments. Webster University students have access to PASSPORTS, the University's online library research system. In addition, if you choose to join a local library, Webster will reimburse you for the membership fee upon submission of the original receipt.
How does Webster University know when I have completed my degree requirements?
Prior to your final term, you must submit a Petition to Graduate. A degree audit will then be conducted, confirming degree requirement completion.
Does Webster University have a placement center?
The Career Planning and Development Center is located in St. Louis and it can render assistance to you. While the Orlando campuses do not have an official placement center, employment notices which are received from local agencies and businesses are posted in the student lounge areas. Also, you have the opportunity to network with your course instructor and fellow students.
Can I transfer Webster University courses to another college or university?
In principle, yes, especially since Webster is regionally accredited. However, in the American system of higher education, the final determination regarding transfer of credit rests with the institution to which you might seek to transfer your Webster courses.
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