Computer and Internet technologies now make it possible for Ratchford University to provide quality education to college students around the clock and around the world. In 1999 we began offering college credit courses over the Internet. These thirty initial courses expanded to over one hundred courses by the Spring of 2001. We now offer over 500 courses with the anticipation that still more classes and programs will be coming online in the near future.

Ratchford University is an online college. Online courses at Ratchford are open to all individuals who are qualified for entrance to Ratchford University and who have the specified prerequisites.

This web site has been designed to provide the information you need in order to take an online course at Ratchford University. Below you will find brief descriptions of all the major areas of the Ratchford Online web site. The navigation buttons at the top of the page will be found on all pages, so you can never get lost. Clicking on the "Home" button will always bring you back to this opening page.

Online Learning

You might want to start by clicking the button at the top of the page marked Online Learning. That page and the accompanying pages will explain what it is like to take an online course. Online courses are not for every student. The Online Learning area will help you decide whether Internet education is for you.

Course Info

If you decide to look further into online education at Ratchford Online, the next stop might be to consider what courses are presently scheduled to be offered. The Course Info area will give you a brief description of each class and in some cases, the actual syllabus for the class may be online.


The mission statement of a college is a description of what the school is trying to accomplish and what are its priorities. Ratchford Online is the newest addition to a tradition in higher education at Ratchford University that has its roots in the remarkable growth of online education. This area will tell you where we came from and where we are going.

Virtual Campus

Here is where you will find links to the Benjamin P. Browne Library as well as some other useful places in cyberspace.

Accreditation and Disclaimer

In this area you will find information concerning our accreditation, and also our legal disclaimer. You may contact our office concerning this information if any part is unclear or if you simply have questions.

Contact Us

Maybe you have some questions or need more information. This area will give you several ways of contacting us and getting the information that you need. However, if you already are a Ratchford student, your questions are better referred to the Ratchford Online Help Desk.


Once your admission and registration forms are processed, you will be provided with a user id and a password for your online classes. The LOGIN area is where registered students access their courses.

I hope you enjoy your visit to Ratchford Online,

Kenneth Thompson,
Dean of Online Education,
Ratchford University

Ratchford University is a subsidiary of;
Alternative Education Systems, Inc (AES, Inc)
Old and Church
Commonwealth of Dominica

Ratchford University 2003