Frequently Asked Questions

Many of the following questions are answered through VSU's Orientation to Online Undergraduate Programs. All new students are required to complete the online orientation before advising can begin.

How do I know if my previous courses will transfer into this degree program?

How do I find out how many credits I can earn for other forms of prior learning?

Is Distance Learning right for me?

How do I apply to the University?

What is the cost of tuition?

How do I find out who my OAT Academic Advisor is?

How do I get a VSU student e-mail account?

What are BlazeVIEW, GoVIEW, and Banner Web?

How do I register for classes?

How do I find my classes in eCore?

How do I find my classes in BlazeVIEW?

Where do I purchase my textbooks?

How do I withdraw from an individual class?

Does VSU have any type of career and/or job placement for current students/alumni?

How do I request my VSU official transcript?

How do I request my VSU unofficial transcript?

What is the employment outlook for graduates of the OAT program?

 

How do I know if my previous courses will transfer into this degree program?

A complete official audit by the VSU Admissions Office will determine which courses will transfer; however, in the meantime, you can access VSU's Transfer Credit Equivalency Tool online. Only courses from regionally accredited institutions are accepted at VSU. Your OAT Academic Advisor will review your records in DegreeWorks to determine if additional courses can be counted through course substitutions, etc.

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How do I find out how many credits I can earn for other forms of prior learning?

Your OAT Academic Advisor can help you with the documentation for up to 9 credit hours of experiential learning credit through valid, verifiable experiential learning (ACED 2940 and ACED3940). In addition, exemption exams are provided on campus and remotely for several ACED courses. 

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Is Distance Learning right for me?

Visit VSU’s Online Readiness page which connects to an online readiness tool to help you decide.

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How do I apply to the University?

Apply online at VSU Admissions. Please select OAT (or OAT-Online if you need ALL of your courses to be online) as your major. 

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What is the cost of tuition?

Visit Student Financial Services for tuition information. Please note that e-tuition is charged for online classes. E-tuition is higher than regular tuition, but fully online students are exempt from some fees.

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How do I find out who my OAT Academic Advisor is?

Official advising can begin once the VSU Admissions and online orientation processes have been completed. Refer to your Admissions Letter, or complete our Contact Form for more information.

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How do I get a VSU student e-mail account?

Complete the Orientation to Online Undergraduate Programs.

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What are BlazeVIEW, GoVIEW, and Banner Web?

BlazeVIEW is the current online platform for VSU courses, powered by Desire2Learn (D2L). Online courses from the College of Business (ACCT, ECON, BUSA, MKTG) are offered through BlazeVIEW. Some online Core classes and some online courses in the ACED Department are offered through BlazeVIEW as well.

The University System of Georgia uses GoVIEW for eCore courses, which is also powered by D2L, but requires a different user name and password. 

Banner is the student information system used by students to view transcripts, register for courses, etc. 

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How do I register for classes?

Once you have been accepted by the University, have completed the OAT Major Checklist, AND have had your registration flag lifted by your OAT Advisor, you can register for courses by visiting the Banner Web page.

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How do I find my classes in eCore?

Core classes are offered through the University System of Georgia's eCore program, which may use a differet calendar than the VSU academic calendar. Visit the eCore home page.

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How do I find my classes in BlazeVIEW?

Classes offered online at VSU have section numbers like "IA" or "IB" and can be found in BlazeVIEW, which can be accessed through MyVSU from the VSU Homepage.

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Where do I purchase my textbooks and supplies?

Visit the VSU bookstore online. You may also order some software through SRS.

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How do I withdraw from an individual class?

Log into your Banner Web account and go to Student Services and Financial Aid. Then go to Registration > Add/Drop/Withdraw.

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Does VSU have any type of career and/or job placement for current students/alumni?

Visit our Career Opportunities page.

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How do I request my VSU official transcript?

Log into your Banner Web account and go to Student Services and Financial Aid. Then go to Student Records and Request Printed or Official Transcripts.

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How do I request my VSU unofficial transcript?

Log into your Banner Web account go to Student Services and Financial Aid. Then go to Student Records > Academic Transcript.

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What is the employment outlook for graduates of the OAT program?

A degree in OAT prepares students for a wide variety of administrative and supervisory positions in such settings as business, education, government, industry, service, and healthcare. A few examples of employment outlooks for the typical OAT graduate might include:

Office and Administrative Support Worker Supervisors and Managers
Administrative Services Managers
Executive Administrative Assistants
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

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