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Your future starts here.

Prepare yourself for a new way to learn online.

If you have a busy schedule, Baker Online is the ideal way to earn your degree.

Baker College One of First Two Institutions to Earn 'Exemplary Endorsement' for Online Programs

Because you do all your classroom work when it is convenient for you, your schedule is very flexible. You simply access your virtual classroom through the Web. Baker Online is not a self-paced program. Rather, courses begin and end on specific dates and class work is assigned deadlines. It’s a college education that builds your future by working around your present schedule.

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (June 8, 2016) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of digital learning worldwide, today announced the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Baker College have earned the OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, recognizing the outstanding quality of their online learning programs.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?
    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?
    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

     

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:

    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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Online Learning

Your future starts here.

Prepare yourself for a new way to learn online.

If you have a busy schedule, Baker Online is the ideal way to earn your degree.

Baker College One of First Two Institutions to Earn 'Exemplary Endorsement' for Online Programs

Because you do all your classroom work when it is convenient for you, your schedule is very flexible. You simply access your virtual classroom through the Web. Baker Online is not a self-paced program. Rather, courses begin and end on specific dates and class work is assigned deadlines. It’s a college education that builds your future by working around your present schedule.

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (June 8, 2016) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of digital learning worldwide, today announced the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Baker College have earned the OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, recognizing the outstanding quality of their online learning programs.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for Baker Online courses is less than half the tuition of most other major online colleges. Your Baker Online degree is an investment in your future that will add value for years to come, improving your earning power and your ability to get ahead.

 

Course Schedules

Course Schedules

Baker Online provides courses in sessions every quarter. To view what classes are available for a session, please choose a quarter course schedule.

 

 

Online Registration

Online Registration

New Baker College Online undergraduate students registering for courses for the first time click here. (Includes Associate, Bachelor, Certificate, Guest Students, and students taking single courses)

New Baker College Graduate students registering for courses for the first time click here. (Includes Master and Doctorate degree students)

Please note: If you are not a Baker Online or Center for Graduate Studies student, contact your campus or visit the My Baker portal.

Enrollment & Technical Requirements

Enrollment & Technical Requirements

Students wishing to apply for undergraduate admission will need to review the specific admission procedures.

Undergraduate Applicants to Baker Online must provide an official copy of their high school transcript or GED.

Baker’s online students must have experience with computers, know how to load software, and know how to use a word processing program (e.g. Microsoft Word).

All Baker Online students begin their online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom and also review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. Upon successful completion of this course you can move on to additional courses ready for success in your new online classroom. Your Development Coordinator or Academic Office will provide instructions for completion of this class.

Requirements for Success

  • Textbooks for all online courses may be purchased through the bookstore in the SOLAR System.
  • Most online courses are six weeks long and require a great deal of reading.
  • Class discussion takes place throughout the week, including weekends. Instructors consider student participation very important and will grade accordingly.
  • You must participate in class discussion at least five out of seven days each week.
  • A term paper and/or final exam is due at the end of each course.
  • Assignments and structure vary from course to course.
  • Always check the course outline at the beginning of each course for assignment information and due dates.

Technical Requirements

Students must have a computer with the following hardware and software (additional equipment and software may be required for some courses):

PC Requirements

  • Intel Core-2 compatible processor or higher
  • Windows XP or higher required (Specific operating systems may be required in some courses. See Course Equipment and Software Requirements for details.)
  • 2 Gb of RAM
  • CD ROM drive; DVD ROM drive recommended
  • 80 GB hard drive or greater
  • Internet service provider (ISP); broadband connection recommended
  • Microsoft Office 2007 (Professional recommended and may be required in some courses. See Course Equipment and Software Requirements for details.)
  • Please view the table below for browser compatibility. Other browsers may allow Blackboard access, but not all functions will operate correctly and are not supported.
  • Virus Protection Software
  • Java 1.5 or later
  • Webcam recommended and may be required in some courses (See Course Equipment and Software Requirements for details.)

Mac Requirements

  • Intel, Mac OS X-compatible processor or higher
  • Mac OS X Version 10.4.X or later (Specific operating systems may be required in some courses. See Course Equipment and Software Requirements for details.)
  • 2 Gb of RAM
  • CD ROM drive required; DVD ROM recommended
  • 80 GB hard drive or greater
  • Internet service provider (ISP); broadband connection recommended
  • Microsoft Office: Mac 2008
  • Please view the table below for browser compatibility. Other browsers may allow Blackboard access, but not all functions will operate correctly and are not supported.
  • Virus Protection Software
  • Mac supplied Java
  • Webcam recommended and may be required in some courses (See Course Equipment and Software Requirements for details.)

Browser Compatibility
Blackboard™ Learn Release 9.1 SP6 (9.1.60230.0) are tested with a variety of technologies.

  • Certified: fully tested and supported
  • Compatible: partially tested but should function properly
  • Provisional: future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support
  • Unsupported: either impossible or not tested
PC Operating System Internet Explorer® 9* Internet Explorer® 8* Firefox (Final Release Channel)** Firefox 3.6 Chrome (Stable Channel)**
Windows XP (32-bit) Unsupported Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
Windows Vista (32-bit) Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Compatible
WIndows Vista (64-bit) Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
Windows 7 (32-bit) Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Certified
Windows 7 (64-bit) Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible

 

Apple® Mac OS® Operating System Safari® 5.0 Safari 4.40 Firefox (Final Release Channel)** Firefox 3.6 Chrome (Stable Channel)**
Mac OS X 10.6 “Leopard” Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
Max OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Certified

Notes
Blackboard strives to make all its products as accessible as possible. JAWS for Windows 11 and 12 were used during accessibility testing. Blackboard Learn requires the latest version of Sun JRE 6. The JRE can be downloaded online.

The following technologies are not supported:

  • Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7
  • Firefox 1.x, 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5
  • Safari 2.0, 3.x (or any version on Windows)
  • Mac OSX 10.4 “Tiger”
  • Java 5

* Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9. These browsers are tested in Standards Mode. Some known issues can be resolved by using Compatibility Mode (emulates IE7 behavior). A known security issue prevents copy and paste from working in the Discussion Board. The current workaround is to use the quote button when quoting in a reply or to use plain text mode. Another known bug causes a password dialog box to appear when opening certain course documents. The workaround for this is to either cancel the dialog box or to use a different web browser.

** Both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have moved to a rapid release cycle. At the time of testing, Chrome 10.0 and Firefox 4.0 were the latest available versions. Since then, new stable versions have been released and widely adopted. Blackboard is supporting all newer stable versions of Chrome and Firefox.

Online Admissions Calendar

Online Admissions Calendar

New students to Baker Online and Center for Graduate Studies (CGS) are encouraged to submit their Application for Admission and supporting documents 2-3 weeks prior to an acceptance deadline.

New Baker Online and CGS students should first select the quarter they would like to enroll in and then the session within the quarter to start. Each session has 2 corresponding start dates.

Download the Baker Online New Student Admissions Calendar  [29 KB].

12 Reasons to Choose Baker Online

12 Reasons to Choose Baker Online

  1. Baker College is regionally accredited, which assures you that credits earned are recognized and meet high standards of educational quality.
  2. Over 40 certificate, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degree programs are available 100% online with no on-campus classes required.
  3. GetEducated.com ranks Baker Online as one of their 30 “Best Buys” nationwide.
  4. Baker Online programs are available 24/365 from virtually anywhere in the world.
  5. Baker College, founded in 1911, was one of the first colleges to offer online classes.
  6. Baker College is the largest independent college in Michigan with nearly 35,000 students. Over 20,000 students attend online worldwide.
  7. Our Online Orientation Course teaches students the online environment before they begin their actual classes.
  8. Online students have a personal academic advisor to answer questions, provide guidance, and help them succeed.
  9. Proven on-campus curriculum is optimized for online delivery by our Instructional Design Department to ensure an optimal distance learning experience.
  10. All Baker Online graduates receive Lifetime Employment Assistance—free and forever—to help them establish and sustain successful careers.
  11. Tuition is affordable because we are a not-for-profit institution focused on serving students, not shareholders. The Jewel Education Fund invests in our students via scholarships, grants, etc.
  12. As America’s leading career college, Baker programs are· designed to meet the needs of today’s job market, giving our graduates an employment advantage.
10 Questions to Ask an Online College

10 Questions to Ask an Online College

Choosing the correct Online college for you is an important decision. It can affect your career and life for years to come. Research shows the most people who end up transferring colleges didn’t adequately research their college of choice.

Here are 10 Questions that you can use to gather the information you will need to make the best decision. We’ve included answers for Baker Online to get you started.

Military students, click here to view 10 Questions about how Baker Online can meet your particular needs.

Questions Answers – Baker Online
Is this college For-Profit or Non-Profit Private, Non-Profit—which means we work for our students instead of shareholders. Just compare our tuition rates with our For-Profit competitors and you will see the difference.
Is this college Accredited? Yes, we are Regionally Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools.
How much does this college cost? Are there fees outside of tuition? $210 per credit hour. There are only two fees—one to apply and one to graduate.
Will this college accept my transfer credits? And more importantly will they count toward my degree completion? Baker Online admissions offers a free transcript evaluation to assess the number of credits that will transfer and apply toward your degree completion.
What kind of support do you offer to help me afford college (Scholarships & Financial Aid)? Each student’s financial need is unique so we offer free financial aid counseling and work hard to find all the aid available to you. We invite you to get a jump start on this process by using our Financial Aid Estimator.
What support do you offer students to help find them jobs after they graduate? All Baker Online graduates receive Lifetime Employment Assistance — free and forever — to help them establish and sustain successful careers.
What kind of academic support is available to me as a student? At Baker College we offer our online students the same resources that are available to our campus-based students. These services include: Free Tutoring, Academic Counseling, Research Help, and an Online Library.
What is the structure of the class? (Asynchronous vs. scheduled) How are new students orientated to the online learning environment? Course structure is Asynchronous—your online classes are neither time nor place dependent. You can go online at any time of the day or night to read lectures and participate in discussion. Our Online Orientation Course teaches you the online environment before you begin your actual classes.
Can I review the course list for my program of interest? (Compare major courses vs. general eds) Yes, all of our programs course listings are available online.
Are class start dates frequent enough to be convenient? Baker Online classes begin every three weeks so you are never more than three weeks from getting started. Our full list of start dates is available online.

 

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How Does Online Learning Work?

How Does Online Learning Work?

FAQ's

  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?
    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?
    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

     

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:

    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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