Virtual Campus FAQ

Online Frequently Asked Questions. 

Click on the question below for more information: 

Are there any technology requirements?

Click here to view technology requirements and information about technology used by NCC students.

Do online courses require on-campus testing or any other in-person requirements?

Some courses require students to complete off-campus field experiences such as observations, research projects, internships, or other practical experiences. Students can contact Admissions (610-861-5500 or adminfo@northampton.edu) for information on field experience requirements for specific programs. 

How much does it cost to take an online course? Can I used financial aid?

Online course tuition is equivalent to on-campus course tuition. Specific details on tution costs are listed here.

Because financial aid varies for each individual, we strongly recommend that you can contact the Financial Aid Office at 610-861-5510 to discuss your financial aid options.

When will I be expected to attend class?

Online courses are offered year round. This includes Spring, Mid-Spring, Summer, Fall, Mid-Fall, and Winter.

Online blended courses and remote courses require students to meet online in real-time on a set schedule. Attendance and participation in these courses is measured both by participation in live online sessions as well as how often you log into the course web site and by completion of required weekly activities. You can access the course at your convenience to complete your coursework each week following your class syllabus.

Online courses do not include real-time online meetings. Attendance and participation in these courses are measured by how often you log into the course web site and by completion of required weekly activities. You can access the course at your convenience to complete your coursework each week following your class syllabus. 

Course start dates vary. Video tutorials for how to check your course start dates and any required meeting times:

Approximately 4 days before the first day of your course, you'll be able to log in to Blackboard and access your individual course(s) from the "Courses" page. Refer to this video for Blackboard login instructions and an introduction to Blackboard. 

How do I enroll in an online course(s) or an online degree or certificate program?

Click here to view degrees and other programs that can be completed fully online.

Click here to view a list of courses that are offered online.

Click here to view information about online course formats, start dates, and registration instructions. 

When do I access my online class content?

Course start dates vary. Video tutorials for how to check your course start dates and any required meeting times:

Approximately 4 days before the first day of your course, you'll be able to log in to Blackboard and access your individual course(s) from the "Courses" page. Refer to this video for Blackboard login instructions and an introduction to Blackboard. 

PLEASE NOTE: For first-time NCC students, there is a delay between enrolling in a course and getting access to Blackboard. There can also be a delay for students who are returning to NCC after taking multiple semesters off. You will have Blackboard access by the time your course starts. If you still do not have access on the first day of your course(s), contact OnlineLearning@northampton.edu immediately for assistance.

Can I take developmental English courses online?

Typically, ACLS050, ENGL027, and COLS150 are only available in an on-campus format.

To check if specific courses are being offered during an upcoming semester, click here, refer to a specific semester, and access the list of online courses being offered during that semester.

If you have questions about developmental course requirements, contact the Academic Advising Office.

How do online courses compare to on-campus courses? How will online learning work for me?

Most online learning students juggle busy schedules, work full- or part-time, have children, or can't easily get to campus. Online learning is for students who are motivated, work well independently and are comfortable using a computer. Check with your academic advisor to make sure the courses offered fit into your curriculum.

Online courses are offered in 3 different formats (online, remote, and online blended).

  • Click here for more information on the different course formats.
  • Click here to take a short quiz that will provide you suggestions on which NCC course format (including online options) can best support your specific needs and preferences. 
  • Click here to take a short quiz that will give you feedback on online learning in general. It will suggest challenges you might experience based on your personal preferences. For each challenge, you will be provided with college resources and other assistance that can support you to be a successful online student. 

How do I access a list of my required textbooks and other course materials?

Students can search for course materials through the NCC bookstore's website. Registered students can enter in their NCC student ID number to generate a textbook list.  Students can also search by course without entering in their NCC Student ID number.