Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enroll?
You can enroll any day the CE Office is open by phone or fax with
either Visa/MasterCard; by mail with personal check, cashier’s check, Visa/MasterCard,
or international postal money order payable (in U.S. dollars) to Oklahoma State University.
Or you may enroll in person with any of the
above mentioned. If you are a currently enrolled OSU student, you can use your student
ID to charge courses to your Bursar account if you have no holds.
Can I talk to a CE advisor or counselor before enrolling?
CE personnel are not trained nor qualified to offer course suitability information regarding
what will fit into a student’s
plan of study. If students working toward a degree need academic advice, they are
referred to their advisors by our staff personnel.
Is financial aid available for CE courses?
Financial aid is not available through CE. Contact your institution’s financial aid office for pertinent information.
How many courses may I take at once?
There is no limit to the number of courses you may take at once, but we recommend
no more than two at a time. You should take into consideration your workload, activities,
and other commitments.
How long does it take to complete an Correspondence Education course?
How long you take to complete a course depends completely on you—how motivated you
are and how many other commitments you have. However, since CE courses are designed
to cover a full semester of material, it normally takes a minimum of 12 to 16 weeks
to complete a 3-hour course. Students may not complete a course in less than 30
days after they have submitted their first assignment.
What if I can’t complete my course in a year?
You may request one, three-month extension, which begins the
day your course expires. The cost of this extension for year-long college credit
courses is $35 per credit hour. Semester-based courses cannot be extended.
How do correspondence education courses work?
When you enroll, you receive instructions (in print,
CD, or website form) that direct you on how to access discussions, explanations,
and reading and writing assignments. These guide you through the course as a classroom
instructor would. Some courses require that written “homework” be delivered by land
mail and/or face-to-face delivery, while others permit email or web delivery. Suggested
exam completion schedules are also provided so you can complete your course in a
timely manner. When “homework” is received, the office records its receipt and submits
it to the instructor. The instructor has two weeks to grade assignments, then sends
them back to CE with a grade and comments. CE records the grades and delivers/mails the
assignments back to you.
Why aren’t some of the courses listed in the paper catalog offered?
The paper CE catalog is printed once a year. Courses that are anticipated
being available during the year are included at that time. If you have questions
about availability, call (405) 744-6390. The courses you find on this website are
always current. Courses close when they are undergoing revision, if a new edition
of the textbook will be used in the near future, or if the instructors are unable
to teach the course for the time being.
Does CE offer any courses via the Internet?
We have several courses that have been formatted for the web. Each of those is identified
with a “W” at the end of the course number. These courses require a connection to
the internet. CE is also part of NUDC and OCO, all of which offer courses via the
If I take an internet course, where can I find help if I have a technical problem?
Contact the instructor of your course by whatever means they have indicated, or
OSU-Stillwater Information Technology Helpdesk.
Can I earn a degree from OSU entirely through CE?
Not at this time; however, if you are an OSU undergraduate, you may take CE courses for up to one-fourth of the required
hours for your OSU degree.
Can a high school student enroll in college-level CE courses?
High school juniors and seniors may enroll for college-level courses on
a credit basis with the approval of their high school principal or counselor. For
more information, see the subheading “Concurrent Enrollment as a High School Student,”
found under “Entering the University—Admissions” in the OSU Catalog. Contact your
high school counselor if you do not have a copy.
Can members of the Armed Forces and Veterans enroll in CE courses?
All college credit courses are approved for veterans and other eligible persons covered in the provision of the G.I. Bill. Military personnel
interested in enrolling for courses should ask their education officer for information
and application forms. Military Education Centers have copies of the DANTES Independent
Study Catalog, which lists courses offered by regionally accredited colleges and
universities, including OSU. Tuition assistance is generally available to military
service personnel, although policy varies among the different services. The Veteran’s
Administration will reimburse eligible veterans and service men and women for fees
for CE courses. For more information, see the “Veterans” section under “University
Services” on this website.
What do I do if my course has prerequisites I have not yet taken?
Prerequisites are geared toward OSU students, but they may apply at other
schools. You should discuss the prerequisites with your advisor at your institution
to determine if you have the needed foundation to complete the course successfully.
For military personnel, Army Regulation 621-5 (11 July, 2006) states that Tuition
Assistance (TA) funds will not be authorized for “courses (at any level) when the
Soldier has not satisfied the prerequisite course requirements. For example, TA
will not be authorized for an upper-level economics course if the Soldier has not
satisfied the lower-level prerequisites. TA can be authorized if the Soldier receives
an official school waiver of the prerequisite course.”
How do I drop a course or don’t want to complete it?
With a year-long correspondence education course, as long as
you do not take the final exam (or submit the final assignment if there is no final
exam), the course will not appear on your transcript and you will automatically
be dropped by the CE system. This procedure differs from semester-based (on-campus
With semester-based correspondence education courses, you must drop
from the course through the Sectioning Office by the dates set forth in the University
schedule. If you do not drop from the course and do not complete all work, you will
receive an “F” in the course.
How and where do I take my exams?
If you are an OSU student and live in the vicinity of Stillwater,
we request you come to the CE Office with a photo ID to do both paper-and-pencil
and computer testing. Please allow enough time to complete your exam before the
To take exams elsewhere, you must secure a proctor who is approved
by CE. Exams are mailed to the proctor. After the exam is completed, the proctor
will send it back to our office.
What is a proctor?
A proctor is someone who supervises
test administration if the student is unable to come to the OSU Stillwater campus
to take the test.
I’ve sent my request for an exam, but my proctor hasn’t received it yet. What do I do?
After requesting an exam, allow at least two weeks for the
exam to arrive. If that time period has passed and your proctor still has not received
your exam, please call the CE Office and ask to speak with the Testing Supervisor.
Exams are not faxed or emailed to proctors.
How long does it take to receive back my graded assignments?
Allow three weeks from delivery to the CE Office to receive
your grade. We give instructors two weeks to grade your assignments and examinations.
During vacation periods, grading will be slowed and students are advised to plan
I need the credit to graduate; when are the deadlines for each semester?
For your final grade to be included on your semester grade report, you must complete
absolutely all of your course assignments and exams by the last day of classes on campus to
receive a final course grade for that semester. However, since instructors may still take two
weeks to grade year-long courses, we recommend completing assignments and exams three weeks before
the end of the semester.
Is OSU accredited and are earned credits transferable?
Accreditation is a system for recognizing schools that have
achieved academic excellence. Oklahoma State University is accredited by the North
Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is a member of the University
Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). Talk with the Admissions
Office at your institution to find out if earned credits are transferable.
You may also consult the Department of Education’s Accrediting Branch, the governmental
agency responsible for accreditation matters, or check to see if a school is listed
with the CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation), the private agency responsible
for accreditation. These agencies evaluate and publicly recognize the various accrediting
bodies, which in turn accredit individual schools or programs. This list of recognized
accrediting agencies and more information can be found at the following websites:
Department of Education (http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/Students/file4a.html) and