Take a virtual campus tour of the student experience.
At Purdue University Global, we understand that the idea of earning a college degree online can be a little intimidating if you’ve never taken part in online education. That’s why we created a guide to answer the most frequently asked questions about how online college works, receiving credit for previous work experience, and staying connected to the University and your fellow classmates personally, socially, and professionally.
Although this guide offers an overview of online college, you will attend our live seminar “Purdue Global Orientation” before you start class. This will give you an opportunity to learn more about the classroom and ask questions.
How Do Online College Classes Work?
Purdue Global strives to offer the best online learning platform to make your classes easy to access. Online learning with Purdue Global has two parts:
The live seminars—the live, interactive portion of your education, led by a faculty member in real time
The online classroom—where you go to complete your work, take quizzes and tests, hold discussions, and more.
Ask-a-librarian Services–email your question, live chat, or schedule an appointment
ABI/INFORM Collection–search thousands of scholarly journals and trade publications
Books24x7–a database offering access to more than 18,000 books on business, information technology, and health and wellness topics
Gale Virtual Reference Library–dictionary, encyclopedias, and myriad other reference works
ProQuest Central–periodical resource center
Westlaw Campus Research–legal information, court opinions, state and federal regulations, legal definitions, etc.
EBSCO Discovery Service–advanced search access to research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, and e-books
APA Style CENTRAL–learning and teaching tools from the style experts behind the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Library Support–videos and tutorials
Can I Receive Credit for My Work Experience?
You may be eligible to earn credit toward an undergraduate degree. We offer two courses in which you learn how to organize your experience, so it can be assessed for college credit. Here’s how to do it:
Enroll in either EL206: Academic Prior Learning Portfolio or LRC100: Documenting Your Experiences for College Credit.
Both classes are completed online and come with a mentor to help you navigate the process.
You’ll learn how to best present your skills in an online portfolio, which will then be assessed for credit and applied toward your degree.
Students who submit a portfolio for evaluation save an average of more than $10,500 on tuition and earn 33 quarter credits toward their degree. Learn more here.*
What If I Need Technical Support?
Our Support and Solutions team provides general and technical support to Purdue Global students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, email, and live chat. The Support and Solutions team can help you:
Troubleshoot student login issues
Change your user name
Navigate the student portal
Find answers to questions related to the online portal, seminars, and classroom platforms
How Can I Stay Plugged in to What’s Going on at Purdue Global?
You can stay connected with us on social media and get involved with student groups.
Purdue University Global delivers a fully personalized, world-class education online that's tailored for adults. We offer 175 programs, including associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees as well as certificates, in areas such as business, IT, education, health sciences, nursing, criminal justice, and more.
* In 2018, incoming Purdue Global students who passed EL206 and submitted a portfolio for evaluation earned an average of 33 quarter credit hours toward their Purdue Global undergraduate degrees. Based on these experiential learning credits, tuition savings for nonmilitary students were on average $10,743.00. Tuition savings calculated as 33 quarter credit hours x standard tuition rate of $371.00 = $12,243.00 - $1,500.00 course fee = $10,743.00. Savings for students vary depending on the student’s individual prior learning experience. Savings for 2018 incoming Indiana students who passed EL206 and submitted a portfolio for review were $7,260.00. Savings for 2018 incoming military students who passed EL206 and submitted a portfolio for review ranged from $5,445.00 to $7,590.00. Eligible college credits articulate into Purdue Global undergraduate degree plans. Note: these figures include data reported prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global. Savings dependent on credit awards, which are dependent on individual circumstances. See University Catalog for Prior Learning Assessment policy. See www.purdueglobal.edu/tuition-financial-aid/tuition-reduction for course fee refund policy.
*Students enrolled in Open College's LRC100 course will pay a $1,500 assessment fee when they submit their portfolio for evaluation. This nonrefundable fee may be covered by financial aid. EL206 is a six quarter-credit hour course. In addition to tuition, students enrolled in EL206 will pay a $1,500 course fee. See www.purdueglobal.edu/tuition-financial-aid/tuition-reduction/ for course fee refund policy.