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.

Online Learning Fast FactsFor Grantham Students
Institutional Data, June 2016
As reported in Grantham's 2016 DEAC Annual Report
Online Success Starts HereSee Why Students Choose Grantham

Online. But Not Alone.

Online. But Not Alone.

A trio of recent graduates talk about the one-to-one learning opportunities they were able to experience through Grantham University – especially the personal touch of online instructors who would reach out and offer a helping hand when they were in need.

 

Comprehensive AssistanceExceptional 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 WaysGrantham Makes Enrolling Easy
Affordability

Grantham believes that the price should not get in the way of your education. Our low tuition rate, 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 50+ undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates across several fields of study, including Criminal Justice, Business, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Nursing and Allied Health, 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.

Enrollment Process Getting Started

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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Identity and Student VerificationPolicies
Identification Verification

Is the applicant prepared and ready for a degree program? Verifying applicant identity, educational intent and academic preparedness.

In determining whether an applicant possesses the necessary readiness and qualification and should 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 assigned a secure, individual GID number and initial password upon enrollment to Grantham University. Upon initial login the student will be required to provide a unique password for security purposes. These assigned identifiers are used to access Blackboard, Grantham’s learning management system (LMS); to complete coursework; and to access the GLife Student Portal to view announcements, course grades and related student-specific information.
  • 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 NeedTo Attend School

To enjoy an optimal online learning experience, check out Grantham’s recommendations for computers and connectivity.
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English LanguageProficiency Tests

To ensure a smooth online learning experience, applicants educated in foreign countries must demonstrate English language proficiency.
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Transfer Credit Policy Undergraduate & Graduate

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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College or University-Level Coursework

Coursework from another college or university (possibly more than one) may earn transfer credit at Grantham. To determine eligibility, students are encouraged to submit their transcripts to Grantham. Other sources for potential credit include ACE-evaluated training, exams and foreign institutions of education.

Institutional Transfer Credit

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.

Official college transcripts must be received by Grantham University no later than one (1) enrollment period (eight (8) weeks) of starting coursework. Students unable to produce official college transcripts for all transferred courses within the designated period will not have credits applied to their degree program. If, at a later date, the student is able to secure official college transcripts, he/she may request a re-evaluation of college credits to be applied toward his/her selected degree program.

Grantham awards credit for corporate and military training previously evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE). ACE reviews workforce training, military training and other sources of learning beyond college coursework, including national exams and certifications. An ACE review is conducted by a team of faculty evaluators, who determine if the learning experience has similar outcomes to a college course. To learn more about ACE credit recommendations, go to www.acenet.edu.

Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)/DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) equivalency tests will be accepted for evaluation, as long as the ACE-recommended test score is achieved and the test was taken less than 20 years prior to matriculation.

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).

For details, see our Transfer Credit Policy.

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

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>

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

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 25% of the degree program.

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.