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Frequently Asked Questions


  • What are the admissions requirements for the online programs?

    Requirements vary for each program and each school within the Purdue University system. Choose your program of interest to learn more.

  • How do online classes work?

    When you start classes, you will be given access to a virtual classroom. Depending on the program, this classroom will include items such as coursework, syllabi, assignments and messages. You also may use discussion boards, email and chat to communicate with your classmates and your instructor. There may be real-time class components for some programs. You can log on and complete your coursework at any time that is convenient for you, but you must turn in your assignments by the deadlines your instructor sets.

  • Are online programs fundamentally different from the programs offered on our campuses or regional locations within the Purdue University system?

    Whether you learn online or at a campus or regional location, you learn from experienced instructors, access our rigorous, challenging curriculum and, upon graduation, earn the same degree or credential.

  • What if I have a question about homework or need help with a technical issue?

    Our faculty and staff are dedicated to your success throughout your studies and in the future. Technical support is available to help you handle hardware and software issues, and we have dedicated staff available to talk to you about financial aid, scheduling or any other administrative issues.

  • What are the technical requirements for the program?

    Using the virtual classroom successfully requires you to have certain software and hardware. Be sure your equipment meets the minimum requirements required by each school:

    Purdue University West Lafayette

    Technology requirements vary by online program. Please refer to the requirements for the program or school you wish to enroll in.

    Purdue University Fort Wayne

    Most online courses at Purdue Fort Wayne use Blackboard Learn, which is an online course management system. Visit the Resources page for technical requirements information.

    Purdue University Global

    Review the technology requirements for Purdue Global’s online programs.

    Purdue University Northwest

    Technology requirements vary by online program. Please refer to the requirements for the program or school you wish to enroll in.

  • Is financial aid available?

    Federal financial aid is available for many of our programs and is available to those who qualify. Financial aid awards vary depending on individual student eligibility and need. Please visit the Financial Aid page for details.