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Student FAQ

Prospective Online Students
Current Online Students
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PROSPECTIVE ONLINE STUDENTS

What does an online course look like?

Online courses can be content rich and engaging. View our course tour to see what your online course may look like.


How are online courses different from classroom courses?

Successful online learning requires that you are self-motivated and disciplined in order to meet the course requirements.

Most aspects of the online course occur asynchronously. This means that you, your fellow students, and your instructor do not need to be online at the same time. Usually, there are no set meeting times. One advantage is you have the flexibility to learn when and where suits you best. This can be challenging for students who learn best through face-to-face interaction with their instructors and classmates. However, for students who are organized and self-directed online education can be a convenient and rewarding learning experience.


What is blended (hybrid) instruction?

Blended instruction, also known as hybrid instruction, is a teaching method that includes both in-person class meetings and online instruction.


How do I enroll in an online course?

Enrolling in online courses follows the same process as any other class registration at UNLV. If you are not currently a student in a UNLV degree program, then you must apply and be accepted to through the standard admissions process in order to enroll in online or hybrid degree programs.

Once you are accepted to UNLV, search for classes in MyUNLV that are listed as “Hybrid”, “Web-based”, or “Web-based with on/off campus meeting” under “Mode of Instruction”. Then follow the usual process to enroll. The Office of the Registrar can assist with registration-specific issues and questions.

NOTE: You must apply and be accepted to UNLV through the standard admissions process in order to enroll in online or hybrid degree programs.


How do I apply to become a UNLV online student?

In order to apply to become a UNLV online student, you must be accepted to UNLV through the standard admissions process. Please review the admissions information for the Undergraduate or Graduate degree program you wish to enroll in.


I am not interested in earning a degree. I just want to take courses, how do I do this?

If you would like to enroll in courses at UNLV without being officially accepted into a degree-granting program, you may apply to UNLV as a non-degree-seeking student.

Review the appropriate admissions information and apply as a non-degree-seeking student.

Non-degree-seeking undergraduate students may visit the Academic Success Center for academic advising.


I reside outside of the State of Nevada, can I take online courses at UNLV?

If you are outside of Nevada and wish to take online courses at UNLV, please see our information on State Authorizations before enrolling.

Students who reside outside of Nevada and take only online courses are eligible for a special tuition rate during Spring and Fall semesters. If you are an out-of-state student and would like to apply for the discount:

  1. Register for your classes.
  2. Apply by submitting your full name and NSHE number by email or phone.

If you are an out-of-state student and have additional questions about eligibility, you can email or call the Online Education office for more information.

Our toll free phone number is (877) 895-0334 and our email address is online@unlv.edu.


What computer equipment do I need to take a online course?

In general any computer with a modern operating system that supports Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari can be used to take courses online. Because some courses may include videos, a fast internet connection is highly recommended. See WebCampus Support for more information.

Students enrolled in courses which require proctored exams will also need a webcam, headphones or speakers, and a microphone connected to their computer. See our ProctorU information for students for details.

Additionally, some courses may require specific software or computer equipment. This information will be listed in the “Getting Started” section of your online course or in your course syllabus. Please check with your instructor regarding questions about course-specific requirements.


Are there student support services available online?

Yes! The Academic Success Center (ASC) provides many services to support students, from advising (for undeclared students) to tutoring.

If you have declared a major, contact your academic department to meet with your advisor. If you haven't declared a major, contact the Academic Advising Unit in the ASC.


 

CURRENT ONLINE STUDENTS

How do I fulfill the requirements for a proctored online exam?

ProctorU provides secure proctoring online for off-campus exams and other types of high-stakes online assessments. See our ProctorU information for students for details.


How do I embed my video in a WebCampus assignment?

For information on embedding videos please visit our Tools & Tutorials page.


What suggestions do you have to help me succeed online?

Follow our Online Sudent Essentials checklist to make the most of your online learning experience at UNLV.

 

QUESTIONS?

I have more questions, who do I contact?

Check out our Helpful Contacts list for questions regarding WebCampus Technical Support, Academic Resources, Accessibility, the Libraries, Bookstore, Admissions, Registration, Financial Aid, or Diversity.
 
For more questions, please email us at online@unlv.edu!