Who can enroll at Almeda?
A: Anyone with a high school
diploma and years of significant experience, skills, knowledge, and/or
expertise in a given field of study. We accept students from
across the United States and around the world. All students
are evaluated on an individual basis according to predefined
Q: Do you approve
everyone who applies?
A: No, we do not. However,
if you can prove that you have significant qualifications,
education, skills or experience in your stated area of expertise,
you will be strongly considered for an Almeda degree.
Q: Who approves
A: Almeda works in partnership
with a number of academic and business professionals who are
experts in their field. Once we receive your application,
we will assign an appropriate assessor to review and evaluate
your credentials according to the skills, knowledge, and experience
required for mastery of your chosen field of study.
Q: Do you have
any residency requirements?
A: No. Geography is no
barrier to prospective students who wish to earn a degree
from Almeda. As a distance learning institution, Almeda does
not operate a campus like traditional educational institutions
do. Due to the benefits of online technology, our students
come from across the United States and around the world.
Q: Is Almeda
A: Yes. Almeda is accredited
by the Association for Online Academic Excellence (AOAEX).
This is a private accrediting agency that ensures online distance
learning programs are credible and meet with AOAEX's high
standards for educational excellence. Accreditation by AOAEX
ensures that degrees issued by Almeda carry the weight they
need to be accepted by small, medium, and large companies
across the United States and around the world. However, accreditation
by AOAEX does not guarantee that your degree will be accepted
by everyone. If you are unsure about whether the company you
work for or the company you would like to apply to will accept
your degree, we encourage you to contact them before proceeding
any further with us. In addition, accreditation by AOAEX is
not the same as regional accreditation. For this reason, Almeda
is unable to participate in the federal student aid program
or the GI Bill. At this point, Almeda is not regionally accredited. However, we do everything
possible to ensure our program complies with their stringent
requirements for experiential learning programs so that we
may seek accreditation at a future time. Any changes to Almeda's
accreditation status will be announced immediately on this
Q: How is Almeda
different from traditional colleges and universities?
A: Almeda is a non-traditional,
distance learning educational institution. Unlike traditional
colleges and universities, we have no residency requirements,
no buildings or campus, no full-time faculty, and we do not
offer a catalogue of courses. Instead, we use technology to
reach students, allowing them to pursue their degree wherever
they are. We recognize that not everyone has the time or money
required to attend a traditional university. Through our Life
Experience Degree and Certificate Program, we offer students
the opportunity to obtain their degree based on knowledge
and experience they already have. This takes far less time
and money than going the traditional route, thereby allowing
you to advance your career by obtaining a degree without having
to take time away from work or family.
Q: How is Almeda
different from other distance learning institutions?
A: Unlike many other distance
learning institutions, Almeda College is not a "degree mill"
that hands out credentials to anyone who sends in their registration
fee. While our goal is to make a college degree accessible
to everyone, applicants are considered on an individual basis,
entirely on their own merit, according to predefined criteria.
If you qualify, you can be assured that your degree will be
recognized and respected by prospective employers and other
Q: What types
of degree does Almeda offer?
A: Almeda grants prestigious
undergraduate and graduate
degrees in a variety of fields, including Arts, Sciences,
Business Administration, Communications and Computer Science.
Q: Can I acquire
a medical or law degree through Almeda?
A: No. Almeda provides
a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, but we
do not offer doctorates of any kind, including medical doctorates.
This is true no matter how extensive your medical experience
may be. We also do not offer law degrees.
Q: How long
will it take to receive my degree?
A: The assessment process
can take anywhere from 48 hours to several years depending
on your qualifications and experience and our ability to verify
your data. The length of time required for verification is
affected by several factors, including the number of additional
transcripts, certificates or certifications we need from you
and how long it takes you to get them to us. You may also
be required to take a few more courses before we can grant
you a degree.
Once you are approved for a degree from Almeda, just like
at a major college or university, it will take 7 to 10 business
days to prepare your degree, student record, and other materials
before they are shipped out to you via FedEx.
Q: What do
I get with my degree?
A: With every Almeda degree,
you receive the following additional products and services:
Alumni services, including career guidance, online learning
resources, and so forth.
degree, printed on high quality parchment paper, suitable
student record based upon our assessment of your qualifications
and will include all pertinent courses. No mention of
the words "equivalency," "non-traditional," "distance
learning," or any similar expression will appear on your
academic record or any other record you receive from Almeda
College and University.
verification for employment purposes. Provided we receive
written permission from you, we will supply verification
of your degree and date of graduation in writing to any
and all inquiries from legitimate third parties. Note:
We cannot respond to phone inquiries for security and
confidentiality reasons. Verification requests should
be faxed to us at (360) 343-6477
free, beautifully framed copy of your degree ready for
display in your home or office. The exact style of framing
is subject to change.
Will my degree be legal? Can I include it on my resume and
other official documents?
A: Your Almeda degree is
as legitimate as any other. Once obtained, you are free to
include it on your resume, business card, letterhead, passport,
web site, job application, or any other official document
you fill out.
Q: Are Almeda
Degrees accepted by Industry and Business?
A: Many employers pay our
applicants tuition! Our students come from Fortune 500 companies,
government and military agencies, small businesses, and more.
Acceptance of any degree depends on the individual company,
agency, association, or board. We recommend checking with
the institution prior to enrolling.
Q: How will
I be able to verify my degree to prospective employers?
A: When you pay your tuition
to Almeda, one thing you purchase is confidential third party
verification for employment purposes. Provided we receive
written permission from you, we will supply verification of
your degree and date of graduation in writing to any and all
inquiries from legitimate third parties. Note: We cannot respond
to phone inquiries for security and confidentiality reasons.
Verification requests should be faxed to us at (360) 343-6477.
Q: Will my
degree mention that I gained it through distance learning
or the Life Experience program?
A: No mention of the words
"equivalency," "non-traditional," "distance learning," or
any similar expression will appear on your degree, your academic
record or any other documents you receive from Almeda College
Q: What will
my GPA be?
A: GPA is only used for
credits earned through academic courses. The courses for which
you are awarded as part of your work or life experience will
be marked with a "P" for pass.
Q: If I obtain
a degree from Almeda, will I be able to transfer my credits
or use my degree to enter a graduate or post-graduate program
at another institution?
A: The short answer to
this question is: Some colleges will; some won't. The reality
is that few colleges or universities recognize credits earned
at other institutions. This goes for traditional colleges,
such as Harvard or Yale, as well as non-traditional colleges
like Almeda. Therefore, if you wish to use your Almeda degree
as the basis for further education or to transfer your Almeda
credits to another educational institution, we encourage you
to contact that institution before pursuing your degree at
Almeda to see what their policy is on this matter.
Q: Can I transfer
credits from other schools to Almeda?
A: Yes. If you have completed
college coursework at another educational institution, you
can transfer those documented credit hours toward your Almeda
degree. Some qualified candidates completely satisfy their
general education requirements through transfer credit in
addition to their life and work experience.
Q: Do you accept
military education programs, such as the GI Bill?
A: Not at this time. However,
you may be able to receive a tuition reimbursement from the
military. Please contact your local Veteran Affairs office
for more information.
Q: I earned
an Associate degree from a local community college. How many
of these credits will transfer to one of the Almeda College
and University undergraduate degree programs?
A: Almeda welcomes credits
from nationally, or regionally, accredited community colleges.
Because Associate degrees typically require general education
courses, students are usually able to receive 60 hours of
transfer credit for their associate degree coursework.
Q: How much
does it cost to obtain a degree from Almeda?
A: Almeda's tuition fees
vary according to the degree(s) you obtain. However, fees
are the same for all students, no matter where you live. Please
see our fees page for more specific
Q: Does Almeda
offer a student loan or financial aid program?
A: No. Payment of all tuition
fees is entirely the responsibility of the student. However,
because Almeda does not operate a campus or employ full-time
faculty, these fees are much lower than what you would have
to pay for a degree from a traditional college or university.
Q: What if
I don't have a computer or access to the Internet? Can I still
obtain an Almeda degree?
A: We do not provide
"hard copies" of our application.