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Q: What is eCampus?
A: The University of Wisconsin System eCampus is your gateway to information about online degree programs and nondegree certificate programs offered across the University of Wisconsin System. It is a comprehensive portal, enabling you to search for programs, learn about those programs and easily locate advisors, an application or registration information. The UW System eCampus itself is not a degree-granting institution. All UW System eCampus programs listed are offered through one or more of the campuses within the University of Wisconsin System. The credit-bearing institution within the UW System through which your chosen program is provided will award your degree. In the event that multiple campuses offer the same degree, you will need to choose your home campus.

Q: What is the University of Wisconsin System?
A: The University of Wisconsin System is composed of 13 four-year campuses, 13 two-year campuses and the statewide UW–Extension. A map showing all the campus locations and links to more information is available from the UW System website at For more information about the UW System and its campuses, visit UW HELP Online.

Q: How do I know if online learning is right for me?
A: Many resources are available to help you answer this question. A good one to start with is a readiness assessment survey (username: returning, password: adults) that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. If you are interested in online courses but may not be ready to commit to a program, contact an advisor about registering as a special student or search individual online courses at Distance Learning Wisconsin.

Q: How do I apply for admission to the University of Wisconsin?
A: The UW System eCampus website provides an outline of University of Wisconsin Admission Information, including links to the University of Wisconsin's Electronic Application for potential students. It will be important for you to understand your specific program requirements for admission.

Q: When should I apply to and register for the University of Wisconsin System?
A: We encourage you to apply to your UW System campus at any time as soon as you are ready to make the commitment to furthering your education. It is generally to your advantage to apply as early as possible since most institutions have application priority dates or deadlines for each term after which applications may no longer be considered. Registration deadlines vary depending on the campus from which your program is offered. Each of the University of Wisconsin campus registrar's offices provides academic calendars for their campus.

Q: Is the University of Wisconsin accredited for online learning?
A: Yes. Every campus in the University of Wisconsin System is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For details, check the UW eCampus Accreditation page, or contact the Higher Learning Commission at:

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413
Phone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456 . Fax: 312.263.7462.

Q: Will credits taken online through a program listed on eCampus transfer?
A: Yes, the UW System Institutions are fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Therefore, credits earned at UW Institutions will be accepted by other colleges and universities in Wisconsin and throughout the country. You do need to plan carefully, however, to ensure that you select the courses that will fulfill the specific requirements of the program of study you expect to pursue elsewhere.

Q: Where are exams completed?
A: Where and how exams are taken depends on the instructor, the type of class and other factors. For example, an online class may or may not have an online exam. Course instructors will be able to give students specific exam information for their courses. In some cases, a proctored exam is required. The location for proctored exams can vary depending on where the student is located, but many options are available.

Q: What do you mean by "degree program"?
A: Currently, the University of Wisconsin offers degree programs online at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate levels. These courses are offered for university credit (undergraduate or graduate). Noncredit or professional development certificate programs are not considered degree programs.

Q: Do online students have access to the UW Library System?
A: Yes. When you enroll in a UW credit course, you will be given information about how to access the library most appropriate for your coursework. The University of Wisconsin System libraries have specific help and tools for the distance learner. Each institution also has at least one campus library website.

Q: How much does online learning cost?
A: The specific costs of paying for your education will depend on the program you are interested in and the University of Wisconsin System institution through which your program is offered. Once you find a program you are interested in, you can learn more about the costs for that specific program by contacting an advisor.