Northwestern College has been providing career-focused education to the Chicagoland community since 1902. Online classes continue the student-friendly tradition in career education and we attract students who appreciate a more personal learning environment.
Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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In addition, many of our programs have programmatic accreditation. Click here to read more about our specific accreditations.
Northwestern College has a 110-year tradition of quality career education. Our programs are carefully selected to prepare students for careers that are poised for growth and demand. Our approach allows busy students to focus on their education and develop the skills needed to excel. Our online education is not impersonal; our entire staff from admissions to faculty is focused on our students and dedicated to helping you succeed.
Northwestern College online students are just like any typical college students. To be successful in college, a student, whether they attend a traditional on ground or online program has to want to succeed. Online learning requires independence, internal motivation, responsibility, and a certain level of maturity. Many online students have busy schedules which makes it difficult to attend class on campus. Others simply live too far from a campus to commute to class, but still want to earn a degree from a regionally accredited college. Students have various reasons for earning their degree online, but they all have one goal: to earn a degree that can help them advance their career.
Earning a college degree online from Northwestern College is a great way to broaden your career opportunities without having to travel to campus at specific times to attend classes. Although you can choose when you'll study, you must be motivated to learn and able to find time in your busy schedule to complete assignments prior to deadlines. Take this quick quiz to see if online might be a good fit for you.
Yes! Studying online does not exclude you from college financial aid at all; financial aid is available for those who qualify. Our financial aid staff will work with you to make the application process as stress-free and easy to understand as possible. They are available to assist you in identifying scholarship opportunities, completing required paperwork, and helping to ensure that you receive the financial assistance for which you qualify. We encourage you to read about financial aid on this website.
Online classes are 100% online, meaning you never—unless you want to—visit a physical Northwestern College campus. In online classes, students attend courses by accessing the course web page and completing assignments according to the course schedule. We endeavor to create an interactive and engaging learning environment for our online students with frequent and regular communication with instructors and fellow students via email and online discussion forums. Our online courses provide the same academic quality and content as courses being taught on a Northwestern College campus. Once enrolled, you'll receive log-in information, class materials and instructions on how to access classes. We even provide an online "Orientation" for first-time online students which you take prior to the start of the quarter. This will get you familiar with how the whole process works.
Most students find that a reliable computer or laptop with an adequate high-speed Internet connection is sufficient, and you do not need a top-of-the-line computer to complete assignments online. Students must be able to access the Internet, use a mouse and keyboard, save and print documents, use word-processing software to write papers, and be able to use the student email system. Your classes and materials are housed in the online learning system for you to access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For specific technical requirements see – Technical Requirements
The amount of time you need to set aside each week to be successful will depend on how many courses you are taking, and your personal learning style.
No, you are not required to login at specific times each day, although most courses may have more than one assignment due date scheduled each week, and some classes may have live lectures that can be viewed anywhere you have Internet access. All students are expected to login multiple times each week and to stay on schedule with the course assignments. Some courses may also have group projects which will require the coordination of schedules among the group members.
The difference between online and on-campus courses is the method of delivery. A Northwestern College student taking a course online and a Northwestern College student taking the same course on a campus will receive the same education, but the information is simply delivered in different formats. As an online student, you will be held to the same academic standards as an on-campus student.
Northwestern College strives to offer all students personalized support aimed at degree completion and career advancement. Each class has its own instructor, and you can always contact that instructor for questions and assistance with your online class. You will also have an entire network of student support advisors, including tutoring, career services, counseling and disability services, and 24/7 technical support services to help you along the way.
Northwestern College offers technical support 24/7, available through phone or email. Any time of the day or night, any day of the week, they can assist you with everything from retrieving a lost password to solving an Internet connection problem.
Northwestern College's faculty brings real-world educational experiences to the classroom, providing students with the most current industry standards and practices.
Instructors are available by phone or email to answer questions and provide direction.
Most courses use traditional, hardcopy textbooks; however, lessons are often supplemented with recent articles from relevant trade journals and news sources, as well as multimedia files.
We have small class sizes ranging from 7-20 students per class, including our online courses. Smaller classes make it easier for you to receive personal attention and support from your instructor, as well as build a strong bond with your classmates.
Absolutely! Once you have completed your degree requirements, we invite you to attend a live graduation ceremony and walk across the stage with graduates from our other three campuses.
If you are interested in learning more about the online degrees that Northwestern College offers, please complete our Request Information Form and we will contact you shortly. To speak with someone immediately, please call (866) 709-4866.
Whether you take your classes on-campus or online, Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is authorized to award associate in applied science degrees by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Your credential for an online program is identical to one that an on-campus student would receive.
Northwestern College offers associate in applied science degrees in three programs that are available completely online. Click on any of the programs below for a complete description.
The admissions process for online students is not very different from the admissions process for on-campus students. You can start the enrollment and admissions process by filling out our online Admissions Application or first speaking with an Admissions Representative by calling (866) 709-4866. Since every student is unique and has different needs, Northwestern College assigns an Admissions Representative to work closely with you to simplify the admissions process.
For admission to Northwestern College, you must have proof of high school graduation or high school equivalency (GED). A placement test is required and can be completed online.
Credit for courses or degrees completed at another institution for students enrolling at Northwestern College will be subject to approval by the Registrar's Office. These courses or degrees must be similar in content and duration to those offered in the program for which the student has applied. The Registrar will consider only official transcripts mailed directly to Northwestern College.
No. Northwestern College does not award college credit for life or work experience. You do, however, have the ability to obtain credit for classes via Credit by Examination if you feel you already have the knowledge and experience and don't need to take that class. There is a fee for taking the exam and a minimum required score.
Yes. Northwestern College currently accepts international students to our online programs. An official transcript from the student's high school and/or college translated into English must be mailed to Northwestern College from the school in a sealed envelope. Other restrictions may also apply. Please call (866) 709-4866 and speak with one of our Admissions Representatives.