Bellevue University in Sioux City, Iowa
- Q: Where are you located in Sioux City?
A: Bellevue University is located on the campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College, 4647 Stone Avenue.
- Q: How long has Bellevue University been offering classes in Sioux City?
A: Bellevue University has been offering career-relevant degree programs to Sioux City residents since 1994.
- Q: How does the bachelor's degree completion program work?
A: Students who enter a Bellevue University degree completion program should have at least 60 credit hours of previously earned college credit. This ensures that all the students enrolled have the same level of preparation and the academic background necessary to successfully complete the program. Your classes will be arranged so that you will complete the program with the same group of students you started with, creating a community of support. All undergraduate students at Bellevue University are also required to take a cluster of courses called the Kirkpatrick Signature Series. The Signature Series takes three months to complete, allowing you to earn your degree in as little as 16 months.
- Q: I see Bellevue University degrees are based on semester credit hours and other universities (typically community colleges) use quarter credit hours. Is there a difference – and, if so, what is the difference?
A: This is an important question because without understanding the difference between semester credit hours and quarter credit hours, it’s difficult to compare tuition rates among universities.
Generally, one semester credit hour is equal to 1 ½ quarter credit hours. So one course at Bellevue University is typically 3 semester credit hours, and an equivalent course at a university with quarter credit hours would be 4 ½ quarter credit hours. (That’s why a full bachelor’s degree requires more credit hours at quarter hour institutions.)
It affects the price you pay, too. If both universities charge $100 per credit hour, a 3 semester credit hour course would cost $300, but the same course at a quarter hour university would cost $450.
- Q: You mentioned "cost-effective and time-saving options for earning credit." What are those?
A: Chief among cost-effective ways of earning credit are CLEP and DSST examinations. Both of these organizations offer a series of for-credit exams, which give you the opportunity to demonstrate college-level learning by passing a 90-minute, multiple choice examination. CLEP and DSST exams are offered at numerous locations across the country, including many college and university campuses. The Bellevue University campus is the site of the most CLEP tests administered in the United States.
Additionally, Bellevue University offers many single courses online in our ONCourse program. The ONCourse classes are delivered on the Cyber-Active® Learning platform - which means they're easy to access and available 24/7.
Bellevue University recognizes that college-level learning can be achieved in many ways. We have the ability to assess learning you have gained on the job or through other life experience for college credit. We also award college credit for many professional certifications and corporate training programs.
- Q: What if I need study references?
A: You have access to one of the largest academic libraries in the world - via your computer. Start with access to the Bellevue University library collection of more than 100,000 volumes, and 5,200 current periodical titles. You also can access many more reference works through Internet Subscription Databases and reciprocal agreements with numerous other libraries - all available online 24/7.
- Q: How many credits are required for graduation?
A: Most Bellevue University’s bachelor’s degrees require 127 semester credit hours for graduation. Students in the degree completion program typically start with 60 credit hours or an associate's degree. The major is 36 credit hours, and the Signature Series is another 9 credit hours. That leaves an additional 22 credit hours that must be completed. Many students find that these can be earned through work experience they already have, certifications, corporate training, and/or for-credit examinations, such as CLEP or DSST.
- Q: Do Bellevue University faculty have advanced degrees?
A: All Bellevue University online faculty have master's or doctoral degrees. Further, all have participated in Bellevue University's online learning school, which gives them the background and tools they need to be effective online teachers. Additionally, many of the online faculty currently work professionally in their area of teaching, so you can be assured they understand what's relevant to today's work world.
- Q: How much is tuition at Bellevue University?
A: Bellevue University offers competitive tuition rates. Click here for the current tuition rates.
- Q: What if I need financial aid?
A: Bellevue University works very hard to assure that financial need is not a deterrent for anyone seeking a college education. Nearly 70% of our undergraduate students receive financial aid of one kind or another. Our financial aid specialists will work with you to help assure you receive the financial aid to which you are entitled.
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