Frequently Asked Questions

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What is an online course like at CalSouthern?

The course curriculum—including the books and materials—is no different than what you would find at a traditional university. You work through the course syllabus and submit assignments via email and through the CalSouthern Learning Center. Your faculty mentor grades your work and provides timely feedback. Your faculty mentor is also available by email, phone and/or Skype to answer all of your questions and provide any guidance you may need. Exams are proctored by an online proctoring service, utilizing a webcam.

Do I have to attend courses or other activities on campus?

No. Courses at CalSouthern are 100-percent online. Learners are invited to come to campus to attend lectures and events (which are also streamed live or made available on-demand for non-local students) or to visit with their academic advisors (appointments are requested). But you will not be required to come to the CalSouthern campus at any time.

Do I have to log in to courses at specific times or do group projects with other students?

No. CalSouthern’s learning methodology is designed for the busy adult learner. There are no mandatory log-in times or group projects. Learners can study on their own schedule so that they can earn their degree without compromising their family lives or professional obligations.

How quickly can I earn my degree?

The average time to completion for most bachelor’s and doctoral programs is four years, while most master’s programs take approximately two years (the MA in Psychology program is longer). However, you can work at your own pace and finish more quickly by taking more than one course simultaneously. The Juris Doctor program is four years in length.

Is CalSouthern accredited?

Yes. CalSouthern is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 1.510.748.9001 www.wascsenior.org. Regional accreditation is the most recognized and highly regarded form of accreditation in the United States.

Can I transfer college credits into CalSouthern?

Yes. CalSouthern accepts course credits and degrees awarded by other appropriately accredited institutions toward all of our undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university will make every effort to maximize the value of those credits to reduce the time and cost associated with earning your degree.

Is online learning effective?

Online learning is an extremely efficient and effective way to learn. In fact, a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education (“Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies”) found that students who took all or part of their instruction online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction.

Are online degree programs at CalSouthern easier than those at traditional universities?

No. While many students enjoy CalSouthern’s online learning methodology and find it more efficient and effective than on-campus learning, the courses and degree programs are rigorous.

Will I interact with my instructors?

Yes. CalSouthern faculty mentors work with you one-on-one as you progress through each course. They will provide feedback and help you apply the concepts you learn to solve real-world challenges. They are also available to answer any questions you might have via phone, email and/or Skype. Many learners report having more personal interaction with their CalSouthern faculty mentors than they had with professors in traditional classroom settings.

Who is on the CalSouthern faculty?

CalSouthern faculty mentors are dedicated and skilled educators who are also experienced practitioners in the fields in which they teach.

Where do I purchase my textbooks?

Learners can obtain textbooks from the book vendor of their choice. However, the university has an agreement with an online book supplier to help learners acquire course materials in a timely and efficient manner. For more information, check the Bookstore/eBooks section of the website to obtain your textbooks and other materials.

Who can I turn to if I need help?

In addition to your faculty mentors, you will have an academic advisor and a learning success advisor. You will also be able to receive research and writing help from an ALA-certified librarian. CalSouthern’s IT support team will provide you with all the technical assistance you need.

I have more questions about CalSouthern. Who do I call?

If you have additional questions, please call 1.800.477.2254 and ask to speak to an enrollment advisor.

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