Frequently Asked Questions
Here are simple answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.
Why an all-women’s college?
Study after study shows that people thrive in positive, non-judgmental environments. It is simply more conducive to trial, exploration and confidence-building. For 117 years, we have found that the all-women environment produces strong, powerful women leaders.
What is the relationship between Bay Path University and The American Women’s College?
Bay Path has been a private, not-for-profit institution since 1897. The American Women’s College is one of several schools that make up the University.
What do I need to know?
Technically, not a lot. If you can watch YouTube or chat online, you’re pretty well set for online courses. That said, the students who do best in online education tend to be self-motivated, disciplined at time management and enjoy engaging with others through technology.
Can I transfer in credits I earned elsewhere in the past?
In most cases, yes. But the best way to know for sure is to chat or meet with one of our admission counselors.
I have not been in school for 10 years. Is that OK?
Absolutely! Many of our students have been away from academia for 5, 10, even 20 years. You will feel right at home here. Each session, students take 1 or 2 courses. Each course represents 3-4 credits. You need 120 credits to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.
I don’t understand your “semesters” and “credits.” Could you please explain?
At The American Women’s College, we have 6 sessions a year. Each session is six weeks in length. These accelerated courses are designed to help you graduate faster. Each session, students take 1-2 courses. Each course represents 3-4 credits. You need 120 credits to graduate. Our six-week sessions allow for a week off in between each session, a two-week break at the end of the year and approximately six weeks off in the summer allowing women to relax, regroup and re-balance other demands in their lives — while still completing up to 36 credits a year.
Can you describe the online classes?
The online education experience is evolving every day. Some of our courses entail watching videos and presentations. While more and more, classes are live interactive experiences. For each course, your lessons and assignments will be organized weekly, so that you can see what to expect… and what is expected. Then, you’ll be able to manage your time however it works best with your schedule.
I work full-time. Is that OK?
Definitely. The American Women’s College was designed for busy adult women who have to juggle family and job responsibilities. We offer the flexibility and convenience you need to earn your degree.
How much will this all cost?
A college education at The American Women’s College costs about what one year costs at other top institutions.
As of July 1st, 2014 our credits cost $400 each. You need 120 credits to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. That means you can get a diploma for as little as $48,000. And once you consider transferable credits, scholarships and grants, it could cost significantly less than that.
In addition, if you are in the military, you will receive a special discounted rate of only $350 per credit. To learn more, click here.
Will there be tech support?
We understand that not everyone is equally comfortable with technology. At The American Women’s College, we give you the support you need to be successful – whether that means walking you through the login procedure, or providing help in submitting your first assignment. There will always be someone available to lend a helping hand. You’ll also be able to enjoy these features:
- An online orientation to acquaint you with the system
- Online tutors available to work with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Online discussions with colleagues when it’s convenient for you
- The ability to schedule online appointments for one-on-one help from your professor
- Internet access to all of your “paperwork” and assignments.
What accommodations are available for someone with a disability?
The American Women’s College is committed to providing equal access to all students in all programs. Students with disabilities who wish to request reasonable accommodations must register with the Director of Student Academic Support Services as soon as possible after acceptance. For more information, click here.
When can I start?
As soon as you’d like! With six sessions a year, you can start at any time of the year. Our accelerated six week sessions start in September, November, January, February, April and June. And if you can’t start in one session, you can always defer to the next.