Pre-Admission FAQ

Frequently Asked Pre-Admission Questions

Is taking courses online different than traditional, on campus courses?

It takes hard work and commitment to earn your degree, but at Hampton U Online, you can accomplish your goals without putting your life on hold.  The flexibility of online courses means you can study on your own time, wherever you’re most comfortable.

Classes are not held at a specific time; you can log in at anytime, from anywhere you have access to the Internet.  Interactions between the students and faculty occur asynchronously, using Blackboard – a virtual classroom environment – so you participate at your convenience.  This benefit to online learning also gives you the ability to consider information and formulate a response before posting it.
Other aspects of online learning include the following:

  • You utilize the Internet to research and study class materials.  Once enrolled, you can retrieve lectures, questions, and assignments from your instructor, and then work off-line.
  • Assignments are submitted to your instructor electronically.
  • There are not specific time constraints for assignments, except for submission deadlines, so you have the flexibility to do the work when you want.
  • Tests are taken online, within a window of time, and automatically sent to your teacher.
  • Lectures and discussions are electronic, so you never miss out on information, and can go back and reference the discussions and course materials.
  • Course books may be purchased online and sent directly to you.
  • Courses will generally be similar in content to the face-to-face mode, although more individual effort and initiative will be required to successfully master the material.  Most online courses do not require on campus attendance. 

What computer skills do I need to be successful in an online classroom?

Students taking classes online need basic computer skills to be successful.  If you are looking to take classes online, you should be able to complete the following:

Basic Computer Skills

  • Navigate between two or more applications without closing and reopening (multitasking)
  • Connect to Internet
  • Change drives
  • Locate a file on a hard drive, diskette, and/or server
  • Minimize, maximize, and move program windows

Internet Skills

  • Locate a specific website by typing in URL
  • Conduct research and locate websites by using search engines (YahooGoogle, etc.)
  • Print specific pages
  • Follow a hyperlink

Email Skills

  • Create an email message
  • Send file attachments
  • Open and save file attachments
  • Reply to message
  • Send message
  • Open email message
  • Forward email message
  • Create folder
  • Save message into a specific folder
  • Delete messages
  • Add a name to email address book
  • Retrieve name from address book
  • Paste text from word processor to email
  • Past text from email to word processor

Word Processing Skills

  • Create a new file
  • Open an existing file
  • Save file to hard drive, diskette, server, or specific folder
  • Rename a file
  • Spell check document
  • Cut, copy, and paste text and graphics
  • Format text (bold, underline, font size, font type, font print)
  • Format document (set margins, set tabs, set headers, set automatic page numbering, insert page break, change line spacing)
  • Print document

How fast can I complete my degree?

Full time undergraduate Hampton U Online students following the eight week session schedule are allowed to take 6 credit hours per session, equivalent to 12 credit hours per semester. Students following the 16 week semester schedule are allowed to take up to nine (9) credit hours. Only under special circumstances may a student, with the approval of his or her advisor or Dean, be granted an exception to this policy; however such student must have at least a 3.5 GPA, or be a candidate for graduation. Exceptions will be on a case-by-case basis and advisors must show cause for this exception.

If undergraduate students complete all five sessions on a full-time status, this will place them on track to complete their degree within four years. Graduate students should refer to the set course load and completion times for their respective programs.

How much time and dedication will it take to complete my online classes?

Online courses are rigorous and require clear commitment to learning.  To succeed in such an environment, you need to be an independent learner, well organized, disciplined, and constantly on task.

How do I get started?

Prospective Hampton U Online students can start by contacting an Hampton U Online specialist at (877) 633-9150.  The enrollment specialist will provide the student guidance in selecting a program and completing an online application.  For more information, refer to the “Prospective Students” page.

What degree programs are available at Hampton U Online?

 Please visit for a full list of degree programs.

Is Hampton U Online accredited?

Hampton University has full regional accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) - Please refer to the accreditation page for programmatic accreditation.

How much does it cost to attend Hampton U Online?

Please see schedule of tuition, fees and expenses.

Can I transfer courses into my degree program at Hampton U Online?

Hampton U Online accepts prior coursework from regionally accredited colleges, military training, national exams, corporate training, or (in some cases) life/work experience. 

How do I get my transcripts evaluated?

Unofficial – Academic advisors are available to evaluate transcripts from students with prior college credit. Credit may be awarded for courses deemed equivalent to those in your degree program.  
No credit is awarded for courses with grades below C.
Official – There is a $50 fee to have your transcripts officially evaluated and applied towards your degree program. 

What is your policy on CLEP?

Hampton U Online participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and accepts credit for both general and subject exams. Online students interested in CLEP for credit are responsible for identifying an approved local testing facility that administers the test.  Be advised that CLEP tests will not be accepted for English 101 or 102. 

Do you award credit for life experience?

In some cases, students can also receive credit for life or work experience.  However, the student must be able to clearly document how their experience is equivalent to the quality of knowledge that would be received in the classroom.  A $100 per course fee is charged for prior learning portfolio evaluations.

Please be sure to speak with your advisor if you are interested in CLEP testing or if you are considering a prior learning portfolio evaluation.

How do I apply for admission to Hampton U Online?

Prospective students must fill out an admissions application. Prospective undergraduate students are also required to submit a short essay, their high school transcript or GED, transcripts for any prior college course work and the application fee

Prospective graduate students should follow the procedure for their respective program. 

For more on graduate admissions, please visit Graduate Admissions Requirements.

What are the computer requirements to take classes at Hampton U Online?

Students should ensure they have the minimum hardware and software requirements for the online program.  Currently, the minimum requirements are:

Hardware Requirements

  • 1GHz or faster
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Broadband (high-speed) internet with a consistent minimum speed of 3 Mbps
  • Computer webcam
  • Computer microphone
  • Computer speakers

Software Requirements

Online classes are accessible using a variety of browsers; yet, the latest version of Google Chrome is typically the most reliable for using Blackboard.  Others such as the latest version of Mozilla Firefox are also reliable and available for download at no cost.


Internet Connection

To function properly, Blackboard requires a high-speed Internet connection The minimum speed to access Blackboard is a consistent 1.5 Mbps (megabits per second) or higher. Online placement testing using virtual remote proctoring and other assessments requires a minimum of 3 Mbps or higher.
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Operating Systems
Blackboard is designed for computer based Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Likewise, students are encouraged not to use Google’s Chrome OS (the operating system for Chromebooks), which is not compatible with certain Blackboard functionality.

We strongly recommend Windows 10 or higher or Mac OS 10.12

NOTE: Mobile devices can supplement your online learning experience, but because all Blackboard functionality is not available on mobile devices, you cannot rely solely on them to successfully complete courses.

The Central Processing Unit (CPU) functions like the brain of your computer. The speed of your processor–measured in hertz (Hz)– is determined by how many commands it can perform in a given second. The higher the speed, the faster your computer is able to execute commands.

Because Blackboard is an interactive, multi-media environment, you need at least a 1 GHz (1 GHz = 1,000,000,000 Hz) processor to ensure an effective learning experience. New computers will likely exceed this out of the box, but older computers may have less.
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ProctorFree™  is an automated, exam proctoring solution that requires no human involvement.  ProctorFree authenticates the student using facial recognition and maintains continuous identity verification throughout the exam. Throughout the exam ProctorFree also monitors for a variety of events, behaviors, and patterns typically associated with cheating which they call “anomalies”.  Once the exam is complete, a detailed and optimized report of the proctor session is emailed to the Instructor highlighting the specific minute and second where cheating-like behaviors occurred and allows the Instructor to determine if the student cheated or not.


Respondus Lockdown Browser
Respondus LockDown Browser™ is a customized browser that increases the security of test delivery in Blackboard. When you use Respondus LockDown Browser to access an exam, you will be unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. Once an assessment is started, you are locked into it until it’s submitted for grading.

Respondus LockDown Browser provides a custom interface for the Internet Explorer (Windows) or Safari (Macintosh) software that is already installed on a computer. It does not modify the existing installation of Internet Explorer or Safari, but rather, installs a separate program that displays a custom browser when it is started. Respondus LockDown Browser is not meant for general use with Blackboard and is only intended for use by students while taking assessments that have been specifically configured to work with it.

Will my degree say Hampton University or Hampton U Online?

Hampton U Online students will earn a degree from Hampton University. Diplomas and transcripts will not say "Hampton U Online" but Hampton University College of Education and Continuing Studies.

Hampton University Online has been recognized as a Best Online College in Virginia by Affordable Colleges Online.