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Manage people and projects.

Build your success.

Construction managers plan, direct, and coordinate construction projects from concept through completion. Using the architectural plans for buildings, roads, bridges, or other projects, they oversee the planning, scheduling, and realization of those plans. Working with owners, engineers, architects, and others who are involved in the construction process, construction managers ensure that projects get done on time and within budget.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • 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.

Program Availability

Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time undergraduate freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

An Introduction to Your Life at Baker College

The Academic Welcome Experience provides students with a smooth and helpful transition to college life. Students will become familiar with campus life, academic requirements, student expectations, learning environments, and the many services and resources available to them. It is also an important time for forming relationships and connections with fellow students, program advisors, and other members of the Baker College community.

Throughout the Academic Welcome Experience, students participate in a wide array of academic, intellectual, social, and professional experiences available at Baker College. Students connect with their advisors and participate in informational sessions aimed toward exploring career opportunities, networking with professionals in their fields, and sharing program information.

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Construction Management

Manage people and projects.

Build your success.

Construction managers plan, direct, and coordinate construction projects from concept through completion. Using the architectural plans for buildings, roads, bridges, or other projects, they oversee the planning, scheduling, and realization of those plans. Working with owners, engineers, architects, and others who are involved in the construction process, construction managers ensure that projects get done on time and within budget.

Career Facts

$85,630

Median salary for Construction Managers

5%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$99,590

Median salary for Nonresidential Construction Managers

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Overview

Overview

Baker prepares you for a construction management career with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills in architecture, construction, and management.

Our curriculum—designed in close collaboration with employers and professionals in the field—emphasizes project management skills rather than craft skills. Program instructors, who have been chosen for their excellence as construction managers as well as their teaching skills, help you become well-versed in the construction process, and prepare you to manage projects globally and sustainably, maximizing both product and overall value for the project owners.

When you graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to begin your career in any one of a number of positions—construction project management, cost estimating, construction safety, project planning and scheduling, and contract administration.

Course Information

Course Information

Construction Management Major122 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ACC 121

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the concepts of financial accounting, including the completion of the accounting cycle, preparation of the financial statements, and detailed coverage of cash, receivables, inventory, fixed assets and liabilities.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 091 or satisfies developmental math or placement exam.
Corequisite(s):
INF 113
Fundamentals of Accounting I 4
ACC 122

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the concepts of managerial accounting, including financial statement analysis, job order costing, budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, and use of other managerial decision-making tools.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 121, INF 113
Fundamentals of Accounting II 4
ACT 103

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the use of the computer to draw plans for a single-family residence. A series of drawings will be required.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 101 or ACT 192A or IND 221.
Computer Aided Architectural Drawing I 4
ACT 104

4 Quarter Hours

Acquaints students with building materials as well as construction methods utilized in residential construction.

Building Materials and Construction 4
ACT 105A

2 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the basic concepts in surveying by measuring distances and angles of objects on or near the surface of the earth. Students will use traditional methods and new technology to execute applications of surveying including land property, building stakeout, topographic, and traverse and circular curve surveys.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 124
Surveying 2
ACT 191A

2 Quarter Hours

Covers print layout of information, tolerance block, revision block, do not scale block, notes, bill of material, and product detail layout. Students sketch drawings of simple detail from selected architectural drawings to include dimensioning and notes as related to the understanding of reading a floor plan, elevation, and detailed blueprint.

Blueprint Reading for Architecture 2
ACT 192A

2 Quarter Hours

Provides print reading experience in commercial construction drawings including architectural, civil, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, and finish construction drawings. CSI standard format for construction specifications will be covered. Students will practice visualizing the three dimensional building from two dimensional drawings. Sketching techniques will be practiced to prepare field drawings/as-builts.

Construction Documents Analysis 2
ACT 201

4 Quarter Hours

Studies the structural properties of basic framing material (wood, steel, and concrete). Bending, deflection, shear, and moment diagrams will be developed by students as a method of study.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 124.
Structural Analysis 4
ACT 202

4 Quarter Hours

Studies the basics of mechanical (HVAC, plumbing, fire protection), electrical (power, lighting, telephone, fire alarm, security, sound, etc.), and building operation (transportation, processing, automation) systems as they are related to the overall planning of a building. Emphasis will be on heating, cooling, ventilation, plumbing, fire protection, electrical, and operation requirements for space planning for various building types.

Mechanical Systems 4
ACT 203

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the preparation of bid proposals, quantity take-offs, crew sites, daily outputs, and bid packages for general and subcontracted work.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 104, ACT 192A or ACT 206, INF 113
Construction Cost/Estimating 4
ACT 204B

3 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the study of the two parts of the residential builder examination and the laws pertaining to it. This course concludes coverage of the State of Michigan pre-licensure education requirements for the Residential Builder Applicants such that at the completion of the Architectural/Construction Technology Associates Degree Program, the student is eligible to take the Residential Builders Examination.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 102 or ACT 191A.
Builder License/Laws 3
AT 321

4 Quarter Hours

Studies the fundamental concepts/principles of mechanics and strength of materials in dealing with the state of rest of bodies under the action of forces. Applies the equilibrium conditions to the analysis of concrete structures formed by connected members, including reinforced beams, columns, floors, walls, and footings. The design process is studied in depth, utilizing AISC and ACI Standards. A brief review of trigonometry and algebra is to be included.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 201
Structural Design I 4
AT 322

4 Quarter Hours

Continues the study of material strength, basic design, and calculations of structural systems utilizing lumber and structural steel. Includes the strength, stiffness, and stability of various materials. Discusses the stresses caused by bending moments, shear forces, vertical and horizontal loadings, and how to size load supporting structural members under those influences. The design process is studied in depth, utilizing AISC, AF and PA.

Prerequisite(s):
AT 321
Structural Design II 4
AT 421

4 Quarter Hours

Studies the various HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, electrical power, lighting, auxiliary, and building operation systems and design coordination issues among themselves as they relate to the preparation of construction documents of a light commercial building. Study includes: lighting, power distribution, HVAC, ventilation systems, controls, fire protection, plumbing, sewage systems, etc. Develops the in-depth knowledge of initial systems’ costs and life-cycle consideration.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 202.
Building Systems (MEP) 4
CM 301

4 Quarter Hours

Studies the design/build project delivery system. Emphasis is placed on comparing and contrasting construction management functions in design/build with those in more traditional forms of project delivery such as general contracting and construction management.

Prerequisite(s):
Junior status.
Design-Build 4
CM 306

4 Quarter Hours

Continues the development of surveying techniques, with strong emphasis of the technical skills in laying out sites and buildings.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 105A
Advanced Surveying 4
CM 311

4 Quarter Hours

Studies include safety administration, safety program development, federal and governing construction industry standard for safety, such as: OSHA and MIOSHA.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 204A or ACT 204B.
Construction Safety 4
CM 401

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on major innovations in building technologies for structure, enclosure and material systems. Highlights the state-of-the-art building systems.

Prerequisite(s):
CM 421
Advanced Building Technologies 4
CM 406

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on detailed cost estimates including quantity takeoffs, labor/material pricing, and overhead/profit. Also, included are bid strategies, and factors affecting construction cost. Computer applications are explored as part of the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 203, CM 431, PPM 401
Construction Estimating and Bidding 4
CM 411

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the US legal system as it applies to construction. Emphasis is placed on fundamental concepts of contract and law, claims, risk management, business formation and licensing, agency, insurance and bonding, and real property.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 204A or ACT 204B, IND 301
Legal Aspects of Construction 4
CM 416

4 Quarter Hours

Provides an overview of construction contract administration and enforcement of contract requirements during the construction phase of the project. Computer applications are explored as part of the course.

Prerequisite(s):
CM 411
Construction Contract Administration 4
CM 421

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a thorough understanding of ecological site systems and sustainable building systems. Current aspects of sustainability will be explored including the impact of the LEED rating system, legislation, environmental law, corporate culture evolution, and integrated design process.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 104, ACT 202, AT 421
Sustainable and Energy Efficient Design and Construction 4
CM 431

4 Quarter Hours

Develops advanced construction planning and scheduling techniques, building on previous experience with the critical path method. Integrates the use of computer software as a scheduling tool throughout.

Prerequisite(s):
PPM 311
Construction Project Scheduling 4
CM 491

4 Quarter Hours

Provides exploration of the roles and tasks required of a construction manager to utilize and extend their knowledge in all areas of expertise used. This is the program capstone course which integrates all aspects of the construction management process.

Prerequisite(s):
Junior status, Program Director/Dean approval.
Construction Project Management 4
IND 301

4 Quarter Hours

Studies residential and commercial construction techniques and their applicable codes for accessibility, fire protection, and life safety.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 102 or ACT 192A or IND 112A.
Building Codes and Construction 4
MGT 250

4 Quarter Hours

Teaches the fundamental concepts and theories of conflict resolution and negotiation as well as the application of these concepts and theories through exercises and case analysis.

Conflict Management 4
MKT 111B

4 Quarter Hours

Examines the essentials of an introductory course than can be either a survey course or a prerequisite to more advanced marketing studies. Study includes product identification, positioning and pricing strategies, consumer need identification and making the connection between consumer needs and product advertising, basic distribution strategies, and some of the decision-making tools at the disposal of the marketing manager. This course is recommended as a first course for marketing majors.

Principles of Marketing 4
MTH 124

4 Quarter Hours

Analyzes trigonometric functions, their properties, solution of right and oblique triangles, radian measure, graphs, trigonometric equations, and applications.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 112A.
Trigonometry 4
PPM 301

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the five processes of project management: initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing. Topics include an overview of the evolution of project management, tools and techniques, and the project life cycle. Students will gain experience with the basic techniques of project planning, scheduling, execution, and closure.

Prerequisite(s):
Junior status.
Project Management 4
PPM 311

4 Quarter Hours

Expands on student’s knowledge of project planning. Topics include project and scope definition, feasibility studies, activity sequencing, and identification of measures of success. Students will learn how to create, plan and effectively use planning tools, including project management software to work with subtasks, assign resources, and resolve time and resource conflicts.

Prerequisite(s):
Junior status, WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Project Planning 4
PPM 401

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to accounting concepts and principles necessary for developing project budgets and monitoring budget costs. This course also covers cost estimation techniques. Students will practice developing a project budget, tracking costs, and reporting financial cost information. Also addresses issues related to risk analysis, risk minimization, risk control, and risk management.

Prerequisite(s):
Junior status, MTH 091 or satisfies developmental math or placement exam.
Project Cost and Budget Management 4
WRK 291B

1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate’s employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies 1
WRK 301

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour bachelor’s level, learning experience in a business or technical environment structured to allow students to further develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102, 106 Credit Hours in CYBER DEFENSE MAJOR, 48 Credit Hours in GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, minimum GPA 2.00.
Internship 4
General Education Requirements72 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ELECT 121A

4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List – Communication Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Communication Elective 4
ELECT 121B

4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List – Communication Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Communication Elective 4
ELECT 131A

4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List – Global and Cultural Perspectives Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Global and Cultural Perspectives Elective 4
ELECT 131B

4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List – Global and Cultural Perspectives Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Global and Cultural Perspectives Elective 4
ELECT 141A

4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List – Personal and Social Environments Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Personal and Social Environments Elective 4
ELECT 141B

4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List – Personal and Social Environments Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Personal and Social Environments Elective 4
ENG 101

4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I 4
ENG 102

4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students’ critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II 4
HUM 401A

4 Quarter Hours

Identifies and analyzes ethical situations in modern society. Examines the philosophical foundations for personal and professional ethics.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Philosophy of Ethics 4
INF 112

2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Word Processing 2
INF 113

2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to beginning electronic spreadsheet terminology, concepts, and applications. Students will gain the ability to enter/edit, save/retrieve files, format, and print spreadsheets and reports. Students are also introduced to basic formula development.

Electronic Spreadsheets 2
INF 141A

2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint to develop computer-based presentations. Topics include creating slides, handouts, speaker’s notes, and outlines as well as the use of PowerPoint Wizards and Templates.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2
INF 161

2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society 2
MTH 111

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational equations.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra 4
MTH 112A

4 Quarter Hours

Examines more advanced elements of algebra emphasizing the use of algebra and functions in problem solving and modeling. Key topics include functions, inverse functions, complex numbers, rational functions, logarithms, exponential functions, conic sections, sequences and series. Graphing is by recognition and transformation rather than by plotting points.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 111.
College Algebra 4
PSY 101

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations 4
SCI 215

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the principles of physics. Concepts explored include mechanical, fluid, electromagnetic, and thermal systems.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 124
Integrated Physics 4
SOC 321

4 Quarter Hours

Examines the social construction of groups based on race, ethnicity and national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and able-bodiedness. Sociological (as well as psychological, historical, economic, and anthropological) perspectives are applied to concepts such as prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, racial and ethnic identity, racial formation, power and privilege, assimilation and pluralism, and tolerance. Emphasis is on increasing knowledge, personal awareness, and sensitivity.

Cultural Diversity 4
SPK 201

4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication 4
WRI 115

4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students’ critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student’s individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Workplace Communication 4
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 194
Program Description

Program Description

This program provides an education focusing on critical thinking that blends management with technology and liberal arts for a career in construction and related industries. The graduate provides leadership while working with the owner, architect, engineer, developer, contractor, and governmental agencies, using their professional knowledge to oversee the construction process. Graduates learn various skills to manage construction projects globally and sustainably to maximize product and overall project value for owners. A combination of architecture, construction, and management courses provide a strong foundation in the critical skills and knowledge needed by professionals. The program emphasizes project management skills rather than craft skills. Graduates of this program may begin their careers in a variety of positions involving construction project management, cost estimating, construction safety, project planning/scheduling, and contract administration.

Accreditation

Accreditation

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.

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • 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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