Frequently Asked Questions

In order to maxmimize student success, faculty approve certain lower division courses for high school students that meet admission criteria and course prerequisites.  Consult the list of Courses Approved for High School Registrations each time you apply.  If you have completed several Andrews University courses with high grades, meet with an advisor in your area of interest to consider further options that will work towards your career goals.

Good question. You do need to choose carefully. Read the Degree Fast Track information.

Learning to take responsiblity for balancing study, work, and play, while growing physically, spiritually, socially and academically, is important.  As the opportunities to take college courses expand, some believe that more is better.  But a study at the University of North Carolina suggests that five college courses are beneficial; more than five make little difference to levels of achievement and could negatively impact success, as students come to college exhausted and unprepared for the broader challenges of college life.

Registrations for high school students are processed from December 1 for Spring classes and from August 1 for Fall classes.  Registrations are processed in the order received as long as there are seats available and all prerequisites and admission criteria are met.  Expect an email regarding registration status within a week of confirmed receipt of a completed application.

The courses are developed by college professors to be taught at a college level for college credit.  They are rigorous and recommended only for high performing students who meet college admission criteria.

Yes. If students turn 20 by September 1, they are ineligible for the high school tuition rate.  The lower age limit is not specified, but students should be taking the majority of their courses at the grade 10, 11 or 12 level.

To be eligible, students must be attending an English medium school, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and recommended by the School.  91% of students who met our admission criteria in 2010-2014 earned A or B grades.

Some of the classes are lecture-based, some are more participatory, just as they are in the high school classroom.  In distance education, lecture-based classes may take a variety of forms.  Students may watch class-length video presentations or shorter lecture segments, interspersed with review sections. All courses, however, include some interaction with the teacher and among other students.

The level of interaction within a course varies from course to course and depends on the discipline. Instructors also interact with students through email discussion and chat, initiated by both instructor and students, as needed.

All classes are created, developed, and taught by experienced Christian teachers who are Seventh-day Adventists in good standing.  Therefore, the courses are built upon a Christian worldview. The principles of the Seventh-day Adventist faith  and learning are integrated into the lessons as they would be in any Adventist classroom.

Courses are structured to complete in a 15-week semester. When a student logs in to Andrews University's online learning management system called learninghub, each course has its own learning space. The course begins with an orientation module to help the student learn how to use the tools to access the course content, participate in discussions, complete and submit assignments, request and take exams.

Instructors are qualified adjunct faculty of Andrews University. Students are guided through lessons with written instructions. Instructors will post questions, tips, and reminders in the course news and interact with students in the discussion assignments. Their contact information is posted and students are invited to email or call instructors with any questions.

Interactive online courses, like courses taught face-to-face on campus, start and end on fixed dates, and have specific deadlines for assignments and exams. Students do not need to be 'in class' at a specific hour each day, as they can participate asynchronously at a time that fits their schedule best. Setting up fixed times they work on this course is important; daily is ideal.

Students are prompted to fill in a form in their course space with contact information for a proctor or supervisor. The registrar, librarian or testing coordinator at a school will be the best choice for a proctor. Relatives or friends may not proctor exams.

Most exams are completed online. Approved proctors are sent a specific code to enter in the course space at the time the student schedules to take the exam. So the location for the exam should be a quiet room free of distractions with a computer with internet access.

Math courses have paper exams. Approved proctors will be sent the exam to hold untili the scheduled exam time. The proctor will be responsible for returning the completed exam as instructed.

An email will be sent to the student noting when the proctor has been contacted. The student is responsible for setting up an appointment with the proctor to take the exam, and for paying for mailing costs, if a completed exam should be mailed.

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Signing the student's application form indicates the school approves this student taking a college course.  They have met the admission requirements, and demonstrated academic and independent learning ability to enable them to succeed in this college experience.

Providing space for the student to work online during their free period, and being avialable to answer questions are appreciated.  Students who need help should first communicate with their course instructor. If the instructor decides that tutoring is needed, the School of Distance Education Student Services office will assist in finding the right level of support, which may include tutoring online.