Beginning Your Educational Journey

You want a high-quality online education - one that opens up opportunities to a successful career. We want that for you, too. At Grantham University, we're doing everything we can to help make your online learning experience as effective - and exciting - as possible. You have our promise that, from the enrollment process and continuing on through to graduation and beyond, we're here to help you make it happen.

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Online Success Starts Here

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Comprehensive Assistance Exceptional Student Support

From the minute you step through Grantham’s virtual door, we strive to provide a full circle of attentive, one-on-one, exceptional student support with …

Admissions Representatives and Financial Aid Officers
To get you started off on the right foot
Dedicated Student Advisors
To walk every step of your degree program with you
Instructors with Industry Experience
To facilitate the application of book knowledge and practical experience to your career field
Student Success Partners (SSP) … Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) … Career Services
To help you succeed in class and on the job
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Four Ways Grantham Makes Enrolling Easy

Affordability

Grantham believes that the price should not get in the way of your education. Our low tuition rate3, financial aid assistance and scholarship opportunities help ease the financial strain college education can sometimes cause. Plus, we carefully evaluate external training and coursework for possible credit transferability to minimize the overall cost of education and shorten your time to graduation.

Convenience

Our 100% online format gives you the ability to study around your work and family life. If you travel frequently for business or even deploy on active duty military service, don’t worry – your classroom can go with you. Combine this flexibility with frequent course starts and eight-week classes, and you can have an online degree program structured around the demands of your busy schedule.

Career Relevance

We offer 60+ undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates across several fields of study, including Criminal Justice, Business, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Nursing and Health Professions, Multidisciplinary Studies or General Studies degree programs. Each program is designed to empower you with the knowledge you need to be a leader in your chosen field of study.

Simplified Enrollment

Grantham’s admission process is straightforward. We want to help you get started on your education quickly, and we strive to make the process as efficient as possible. There are no SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT or standardized test requirements for admission. And your Grantham admissions representative will walk you through each step necessary for enrollment.

Grantham University Admissions Process

At Grantham, we want you to have a rich, fulfilling student experience that starts with a smooth, efficient enrollment process. Whether you want to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree — your Grantham admissions representative will guide you through the process, answering any questions you might have. Before you know it … you’ll be starting your first course, well on your way to earning the degree you’ve always wanted.

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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

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Identification Verification

Is the applicant prepared and ready for a degree program? Verifying an applicant’s identity, educational intent and academic preparedness is essential in determining whether an applicant possesses the necessary readiness and qualifications to be admitted to one of Grantham’s academic programs. The University reserves the right to consider and evaluate a wide range of factors and information, including the applicant’s background and public information. This background screening is conducted to verify the applicant’s identity, academic intent and academic qualification, and may include the following publicly available information:

  • Professional/Employment history
  • Previous or current address and information about a person’s residence
  • Personally identifiable information
  • Status of citizenship
  • Educational background
  • Social information

This information, available through public record, is used in screenings in conformity with all federal and state laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Student Identity Verification

How can you be certain of academic integrity, that the student who takes each class is the person who receives the appropriate credit? Grantham has established processes to verify that a student registered in a course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives the academic credit. The Student Identity Verification Policy is applicable to all Grantham students beginning with the application for admission and continuing through graduation, transfer or withdrawal from the University.

Identity Verification Methods

Students enrolled in courses or programs are subject to one or more of the following student identity verification methods:

  • Secure, Individual Login and Passcode: Students are provided a GID number and Username. These assigned identifiers are used to access Blackboard, and to access GLife Student Portal in order to view course grades and related information to complete coursework. Upon enrollment, new students will set up secure access to GLife via the “New User” option using the email associated with the student during the enrollment process. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the secure GID, Username and password are kept private. Should this information be given out to anyone for any reason, the student may be sent to the Code of Conduct Committee for disciplinary action.
  • Proctored Examinations Use of a Grantham University approved proctor or a virtual, third-party proctoring service, is required for examinations that are noted in course syllabi.
  • Administrative or Academic Practices Students are subject to identity verification through use of personally identifiable information provided by the student upon application to the University. Students must provide their assigned Student Identification Number, along with other requested sources of personally identifiable information when contacting the University. In addition, faculty and staff may commence verification of student identity following review of student work, and changes in academic performance or writing style may be monitored and prompt a request for identity verification.
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What You Need To Attend School

To enjoy an optimal online learning experience, check out Grantham’s recommendations for computers and connectivity. Learn More

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English Language Proficiency Tests

To ensure a smooth online learning experience, applicants educated in foreign countries must demonstrate English language proficiency. Learn More

Transfer Credit Policy

For Undergraduate & Graduate Degrees

As an adult learner, your available time is precious. That’s why Grantham evaluates different types of learning — in and outside the classroom — to help you get credit for the time you’ve already invested in your education. We evaluate the following types of learning and training for potential credit at Grantham.

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Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy

  • Grades for prior academic credit must be a C or higher.
  • The student must complete at least 25 percent of the required credit hours at Grantham University to earn the degree.
  • Students may not transfer in credit for Capstone courses.

Program Specific Requirements

College of Business, Management and Economics

Students may transfer in up to three credit hours of the required courses to earn the following undergraduate certificates:

  • Business Leadership
  • Practical Entrepreneurship

College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Cybersecurity Concepts certificate program:

  • Student may transfer in only IS216 or IS411 for up to three credit hours of the required coursework.

Introduction to Programming certificate program:

  • Students may transfer in up to three credit hours.

Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (AS) degree:

  • ET100 and ET212 must be completed at Grantham.

Computer Engineering Technology (BS) degree:

  • The credit hours fulfilling the 25 percent requirement must include a minimum of 21 credit hours of upper level program core courses designated ET or CT.
  • ET100 and ET212 must be completed at Grantham.

Engineering Management Technology (BS) degree:

  • The credit hours fulfilling the 25 percent requirement must include a minimum of 12 credit hours of upper level program core courses and program elective courses designated EMT, ET or CT.

Computer Science (BS) or Information Systems (BS) degrees:

  • The credit hours fulfilling the 25 percent requirement must include a minimum of 15 credit hours of upper level program core courses designated CS or IS.

College of Nursing and Health Professions

All Certificate programs:

  • All courses must be completed at Grantham
  • Courses previously completed at Grantham will be reviewed for currency prior to credit being transferred.

Medical Administrative Assistant (AAS) degree:

  • HP205c must be completed at Grantham University.
  • All Coding courses must be completed within the last year.
  • Courses transferred that are over 1 year old will be reviewed for currency prior to credit being transferred.

Medical Coding and Billing (AAS) degree:

  • HP205 must be completed at Grantham University.
  • All Coding courses must be completed within the last year.
  • Courses transferred that are over 1 year old will be reviewed for currency prior to credit being transferred.

RN to BSN Completion program:

  • NUR courses must be completed within the last 3 years.
  • HSN courses must be completed within the last 5 years.
  • Courses transferred that are over 1 year old will be reviewed for currency prior to credit being transferred.

Health Information Management (BS) degree:

  • HP205 must be completed at Grantham University.
  • All coding courses must be completed within the last year.
  • AH, BIO, HP and HSN courses must be completed within the last 5 years.
  • Courses transferred that are over 1 year old will be reviewed for currency prior to credit being transferred.
Graduate Transfer Credit Policy

  • Grades for prior academic credit must be a B or higher and completed within the last 10 years.
    • Master’s level courses completed at Grantham that are over 10 years old will be reviewed on a case by case basis for currency when applied towards course fulfillment and program completion.

  • Students may not transfer in credit for Capstone courses.
  • The student must successfully complete at least 50 percent of the required credit hours at Grantham University to earn the degree.

Program Specific Requirements

College of Business, Management and Economics

Graduate Certificate programs:

  • All courses must be completed at Grantham

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Graduate Certificate program:

  • All courses must be completed at Grantham.
  • Courses completed at Grantham that are over 1 year old will be reviewed for currency prior to credit being transferred.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs:

  • All courses must be completed at Grantham.
  • Courses completed at Grantham that are over 1 year old will be reviewed for currency prior to credit being transferred.

Health Systems Management (MS) degree program:

  • AH, HP and HSN courses must be completed within the last 5 years.
  • Courses transferred that are over 1 year old will be reviewed for currency prior to credit being transferred.

Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program:

  • AH, HP and HSN courses must be completed within the last 5 years.
  • Courses transferred that are over 1 year old will be reviewed for currency prior to credit being transferred.

Academic Credit

Grantham University accepts transfer academic credit from institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education. Previously taken courses that are out of date in regards to latest developments, practices, or technology are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may not be eligible for transfer.

Prospective students are responsible for reporting all previously attended colleges and universities for which they wish to have earned credits evaluated for transfer into a Grantham University program. Responsibility falls on the student to ensure official transcripts are on file for all previously attended institutions so that an accurate evaluation can be conducted by Grantham University.

Grantham University grants transfer credit on a course-by-course basis for courses with equivalent content and value as the corresponding Grantham course(s). Grantham University will not grant credit for college courses in which the content duplicates material of a previously completed course or examination for which credit has already been granted, with the exception of repeats for deficient course grades.

Institutional Transfer Credit

College Transcripts

A student may send copies of transcripts or documents during the initial admission stages. However, transfer credit will not be awarded until official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s office. An official transcript is one sent directly to Grantham from the Registrar of the issuing educational institution. Grantham does not return documents submitted directly by prospective students. Students wishing to transfer credit must have all official transcripts on file with Grantham University and evaluated prior to course registration.

Credit by Examination

Grantham University accepts credit by examination from sources based on ACE credit recommendations. To learn more, go to www.acenet.edu.

Foreign Transcripts

Foreign transcripts must be translated into English and evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (www.aice-eval.org).

Military Experience

Grantham University uses guidelines established by the American Council on Education to determine if military training and experience warrant awarding academic credit.

Professional Licenses, Certificates and Training Programs

Grantham University uses guidelines established by the American Council on Education to determine if certain training programs, certificates and/or professional licenses warrant awarding academic credit.

Experiential or Prior Learning

A great deal of learning occurs outside a university classroom. Often worthy of college credit, this “prior learning” is categorized as either Sponsored (e.g., corporate training, professional certifications, continuing education, etc.) or Unsponsored (e.g., internships, volunteer work, etc.) learning. Through Grantham’s Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, you can submit evidence of professional and experiential learning for evaluation for potential college credit. Call 1-888-947-2684 to talk with a student advisor or admissions representative about PLA.

PLA Process, Fees, Credit Limits & Handbook

PLA Process

Take the necessary steps to have your past training and experience evaluated for credit:

  • Step 1 – Call 1-888-947-2684 to ask about credit for prior learning
  • Step 2 – Submit documentation: certificates, licenses, Description of Experience essay, PLA Submission Form, etc.
  • Step 3 – Make the payment by logging in to your GLife account
  • Step 4 – Grantham evaluates potential credit
  • Step 5 – You will be notified of the credit award decision
  • Step 6 – Request for appeal (if necessary) if you are dissatisfied with the evaluation results

PLA Fees

Grantham’s fees for prior learning assessment:

  • Sponsored prior learning (per submission): $125.00
  • Unsponsored prior learning (per submission): $250.00
  • Combination of sponsored and unsponsored prior learning (per submission): $250.00
  • Heroes Program eligible applicants (per submission): $0

PLA Credit Limits

Undergraduate students may use PLA credits for up to 25% of their degree program. However, PLA and transfer credits combined cannot be more than 75% of the degree program. Graduate students may use PLA credits for up to 25% of their degree program. However, PLA and transfer credits combined cannot be more than 50% of the degree program.

PLA Handbook

For a complete understanding of what PLA is, what it means and how to take advantage of the assessment process to receive credit and shorten your time to graduation, download the PLA Handbook now.

Note: Not all Grantham courses are eligible for PLA credit. See the PLA Handbook for details.

Degree Plan

After the evaluation is complete, an Evaluations Representative will prepare a custom curriculum of the remaining courses the evaluator anticipates are necessary for graduation based on official/unofficial documents received at the time of evaluation. This is known as the Degree Plan. Note: It is the responsibility of the student to provide transcripts prior to enrollment/registration to ensure that he/she is not enrolled/registered in courses at Grantham for which he/she will receive transfer credit. A student who enrolls/registers in a course that may be awarded later as transfer credit will not be issued a refund for that course in which he/she was enrolled prior to receiving transcripts if the course proves to be unnecessary.

Please refer to the complete transfer credit policy in the University Catalog for more information.

Transferability of Grantham Credit

Grantham University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). Other schools may not accept transfer course credits earned at Grantham University. Acceptance of transfer of credit earned at Grantham University is determined by the institution to which the credits will be transferred. Although Grantham makes every effort to enhance the transferability of credit to other institutions, a student should always contact the registrar at the college or university of interest to determine whether credit from Grantham will transfer to that institution.