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Online Learning

Who are our online learners?

People just like you. The flexibility and accessibility of online studies means that our courses meet a wide variety of needs for different situations. Some of our learners include:

  • current students at SAU looking to complete their general education courses or degree requirements.
  • prospective students who would like to see how  SAU’s family-like environment and college experience can benefit them
  • non-traditional students who enjoy the freedom and ease of online access.
  • graduate students who pursue higher education while managing their families and careers.
  • retirees looking to broaden their horizons, or finally pursue their lifelong dream.

Why study online at SAU?

SAU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association Education Commission. We offer more than 358 online courses each year, through which students can earn credits toward a degree, minor, or certificate program. You would join over 1,208 students who are currently enrolled in online courses.

Just because you aren’t a face in the crowd, doesn’t mean you are just a number; at SAU our online learners still have access to the resources that foster academic and professional success. In addition to getting support from your faculty, our online courses and programs are supported by the Magale Library, as well as through the Student Support Services and the Employment Resource Center.

 How do I get started?

 To register:

  • If you are a current student (or after being admitted):
    1. Make sure to meet/talk with your advisor . Visit Campus Connect to find your advisor’s name.
    2. Find an online course.
    3. Review the registration procedures.
    4. Register online or meet/talk with your advisor to register.

After registration:

    1. If necessary, apply for financial aid, student loans, and/or scholarships.
    2. Pay/save your schedule.
    3. Order your textbooks.
    4. Familiarize yourself with the library resources and blackboard tutorials.

On the first day of class:

  1. Log in to Blackboard using your issued log-in information and start your courses on the first day of class, just like you would go to a face-to-face class.
  2. Information on how to contact your professor and the course specifics will be available in blackboard on the first day of class.

After classes begin:

  • Make a personal calendar/schedule to complete your coursework after reviewing your syllabus.
  • If you need to drop a course, please contact your advisor.

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