Adult Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO GET MY DEGREE?

It’s up to you. Students may take up to fifteen credits during the spring and fall semesters and up to twelve credits during the summer semester. Combining accelerated on-campus semesters with External Degree courses could also expedite obtaining your degree.

HOW MANY CREDITS WILL CALDWELL COLLEGE ACCEPT FROM PREVIOUS ACCREDITED INSTITUTIONS I’VE ATTENDED?

Caldwell University will accept 90 credits from accredited institutions.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

As a new student, registration can be done when you meet with your advisor during the mandatory initial interview. During subsequent semesters, registration can be done in person or via fax, mail, or E-mail. Unless you are registering late (i.e., approximately two weeks prior to the beginning of classes), payment is not due upon registration; rather, you will be billed. If you are a non-matriculating, visiting student, a Personal Data Sheet must be completed before you can register for a course.

WHAT ARE MY PAYMENT OPTIONS?

During the spring and fall semesters, students have the option of paying their tuition in three installments. The appropriate paperwork for this option is sent with your bill. Additionally, nearly all students qualify for some type of Financial Aid; call (973) 618-3222 for more information.

CAN I REGISTER FOR THE EXTERNAL DEGREE PROGRAM IF I LIVE TOO FAR TO ATTEND THE EXTERNAL DEGREE SATURDAY ON A REGULAR BASIS?

Yes. Students who live in another state or country may conduct their mandatory initial interview over the telephone and are only required to attend the New Student Orientation and the External Degree Saturday during their first semester. During subsequent semesters, students may contact their professors via phone the Monday after External Degree Saturday to request that course materials be mailed. Students with this situation should also call the Caldwell University bookstore at least one week prior to the beginning of the semester to make arrangements for books to be mailed to them.

How do I determine if I am an Adult Undergraduate or Transfer student?

An individual is considered an Adult Undergraduate student if 23 years of age or older. If you are 22 years of age and younger, you would be considered a TraditionalTtransfer student.

What do I need in order to apply?

In order to successfully apply the following are needed:

  1. Completed Adult Undergraduate Application
  2. All transcripts from any institution previously attended
  3. A High School transcript if earned less than 30 college credits

How will I know when I am accepted?

Once all application materials are received, an admissions counselor will conduct a preliminary transfer credit evaluation (if necessary) and will send an acceptance packet to you within 2 weeks.

How do I know what credits will transfer in?

Caldwell University accepts credits from 100+ course level and with a minimum grade of C or higher. An admissions counselor will conduct a preliminary credit evaluation which will be sent in the acceptance packet. The office of the registar will finalize which credits will be accepted upon enrollment into the University.

Once I receive my acceptance, what are the next steps?

After an acceptance is received, the next step is to call the number (on the acceptance letter) to set up an appointment to meet with an academic advisor. An academic advisor will gladly assist and guide you in selecting courses which are appropriate and best suite your individual needs.

Online FAQ’s

What online programs are offered?

Caldwell University offers courses online to accommodate all kinds of learners. Undergraduate programs which are fully offered online are:

  1. B.A. in Psychology
  2. R.N. to B.S.N.

Graduate Programs:

  1. M.A. in Educational Administrartion
  2. Post-Master Principal Certification
  3. Post-Master Supervisor Certification
  4. Post-Master Superintendent Certification

More information regarding online course offerings can be found on our Online Degrees and Certificate Programs webpage:

http://www.caldwell.edu/online

What do I need in order to apply to an online program at Caldwell University?

In order to successfully apply the following are needed:

  1. MUST be a current resident in the state of New Jersey
  2. A complete application with all materials included
  3. All transcripts from any institution previously attended
  4. A High School transcript if earned less than 30 college credits

What is the format of an online course?

This depends on the individual professor. Many online courses use the same structure to present material to those students in the classroom. Online course layout is easily accessible for those students who cannot travel to the Caldwell University campus.

How do I know if selecting an online program is right for me?

A successful online student should:

  1. Have self-motivation and solid time management skills
  2. Display strong written communication skills
  3. Possess strong reading comprehension skills
  4. Be comfortable and familiar with foundational computer applications and email

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