DePaul University
Chicago, Illinois

Distance Learning Program
SNL's Distance Education Program allows adult students, 24 years or older, to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University without ever visiting a campus. SNL provides excellent learning opportunities and individualized service to adult students.

The Bachelor of Arts degree consists of fifty requirements allocated across three areas: focus area, lifelong learning skills, and liberal arts. Students meet the requirements through DePaul courses, transfer courses, proficiency examinations, demonstration of prior learning, and independent study. Unique to SNL is its emphasis on experience. The fifty degree requirements are competency-based, and all offerings honor adult experience and provide opportunities to extend learning through additional experience.

The Distance Education Program uses various platforms, such as the World Wide Web, CD-ROMs, and e-mail, for course work and for connecting students, faculty members, advisers, professional experts, and classmates.

The faculty members within the SNL community are dedicated to individualized, student-centered education in a collaborative environment. All have graduate degrees and experience in the fields in which they teach. The faculty members teach about what they know best.

DePaul University offers students the following resources and services: admission, registration, identification cards, access to the library, career counseling, writing and math assistance, financial aid, academic advising, the bookstore, and more.
Students have continuing academic and administrative support throughout their academic programs. Advisers and counselors are available to serve students efficiently and effectively.

Programs of Study
Students receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University. Unique to this program is that students individualize their study by designing a focus area relevant to their life and work goals. Approximately 60 percent of current SNL students graduate with a focus related to business, and other students study any area they choose.

In order to ensure both academic quality and focus area expertise, students work in a personalized committee format during their academic program. A committee consists of the student, faculty mentor, and a professional adviser. The faculty mentor is a DePaul faculty member who works directly with the student throughout his or her program. The professional adviser is an expert in the field in which the student would like to focus. The student selects the professional adviser, with the help of the faculty mentor, to act as a guide to the student, particularly in the focus area.

Applying for Distance Education
Applications for admission are accepted year-round. Students should visit SNL's Web site, listed below, to request that an interactive CD containing information about the program and an application for admission be sent to them (this request can also be made by e-mail or telephone).

Students must be 24 years or older, be proficient in use of the English language, and have completed secondary education.

Students' computers must meet the following technical requirements in order for them to participate: Windows 98 or higher, at least 32 MB of RAM, 56K baud modem, sound card, speakers, CD-ROM drive, monitor 800 x 600, and Internet access. Macintosh systems should meet equivalent requirements.

There is no maximum to the number of transfer credits accepted in the Distance Education Program, although certain courses will not transfer. Courses with a grade of C- or better from accredited institutions are accepted for credit. Students may also transfer college-level learning from life and work experience into the program.

Tuition and fees for the 2007-08 academic year were $445 per credit hour. The cost of textbooks varies from class to class.

Financial Aid
Financial aid opportunities are available to DePaul's SNL students. For more information, students should visit DePaul's financial aid Web site at

For Additional Information
School for New Learning
Center for Distance Education
DePaul University
25 East Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60604


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