Become a Student
Baker Online Requirements
- All Baker Online students begin with a three-week online course, College Success Online (COL 112). This course orients students to the online classroom and reviews expectations and requirements.
- Development Coordinators or the Academic Office will provide instructions for completion of this online class.
- Students who successfully complete COL112 course will be ready for success in the online classroom.
Additional requirements for Baker Online undergraduates.
- A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees.
- To graduate with a degree, all undergraduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.
Additional requirements for international students.
Baker Online enrolls applicants from countries all over the world. In addition to completing the standard undergraduate or graduate admissions requirements, an applicant from outside the United States must submit the following additional documentation:
- Transcripts (an official record) showing satisfactory completion of secondary school or its equivalent.
- Any post-secondary school (college/university).
- Transcripts in any language other than English must be accompanied by certified, literal English translations. The approximate fee for certifying credentials is $120 (U.S.). Arrangements should be made to have the evaluation sent directly to Baker College Center for Graduate Studies. All foreign students, as well as legal residents, must satisfy Baker College requirements by demonstrating that they are capable of competing with native speakers of English on equal terms.
- To certify credentials, applicants should contact:
ECE Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 92970
Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970
Phone: (414) 289-3400
Fax: (414) 289-3411
Web site: http://www.ece.org
Proficiency in English
Because Baker College offers no ESL course for foreign students, all students must be proficient in the English language before applying. Applicants are required to:
- Demonstrate their proficiency by meeting minimum standards on the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the English Proficiency Exam. One or both exams are available at the American Embassy in the native country of the applicant.
- Achieve a minimum score of 550 (213 computer) on the TOEFL, or 80 percent on the English Proficiency Exam.
- Ensure that official scores from the exam are forwarded to Baker Online before admission consideration.
Applications to take the TOEFL test must be made directly to Educational Testing Services (and not to Baker College). For information about test dates, fees, testing centers, and to obtain registration materials, contact:
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
Web site: http://www.toefl.org
Requirements for success as a Baker Online student.
- Textbooks for all online courses must be purchased through the bookstore in the SOLAR System.
- Most online courses are six weeks long and require a lot of reading.
- Assignments and structure vary from course to course.
- Class discussion takes place throughout the week, including weekends. Instructors consider student participation very important and will grade accordingly.
- You must participate in class discussion at least five out of seven days each week.
- A term paper and/or final exam is due at the end of each course.
- Always check the course outline at the beginning of each course for assignment information and due dates.