Lakeland College: Distance Learning Programs In-Depth

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Lakeland College Online
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Distance Learning Program

Lakeland offers complete bachelor's degrees in five majors. Courses are conducted online from start to finish, including all prerequisites, and are delivered entirely at each student's convenience. The same fully accredited courses and degrees as those offered on-site are available. More than 1,000 students from across the country and overseas register annually. Master's degrees are also available online. Students should contact one of Lakeland's counselors for more information.

Delivery Media

Through national online educational services provider and leader, Lakeland College Online uses a Web-based platform that allows students to participate in an online system orientation and to communicate at their convenience with the College, faculty members, and fellow students. Minimum hardware requirements are an IBM or 100 percent–compatible computer with a Pentium processor and 32 mb RAM, a 150-meg hard drive, and a 56k modem. Recommended specifications are a Pentium II–class computer (200 MHz or higher) with 128 mb RAM; Windows 95, 98, or NT; and a 10-gig hard drive. As the course delivery software is Web-based and requires students to spend significant amounts of time online, a dedicated modem or high-speed (DSL or cable modem) Internet access are recommended.

Program of Study

Each online course is 4 credits, and each program of study requires students to complete a minimum of 128 credits. Lakeland accepts many transfer credits from other schools. The business administration major encompasses the coordination, implementation, promotion, supervision, and direction of activities of organizations and individuals. Students who wish to be generalists in business find that this program meets their needs. The accounting program prepares students for positions in business and industry. Graduates who have completed the accounting major and a few additional courses are qualified to sit for the CPA and CMA examinations. The computer science program offers a sound basis for careers in information technology, business applications programming, and systems analysis. The marketing major explores consumers' needs and desires for products and services and their willingness to pay for them. Students are prepared for a wide variety of tasks in diverse areas. The specialized administration major is available to students who wish to complete a bachelor's degree after having completed an associate degree in certain technical fields.

Special Programs

Lakeland is accredited to offer an online bachelor's degree in specialized administration that is available only to students with associate degrees in a technical field.

Student Services

Lakeland College Online students can do all of the following online: apply for admission, register for classes, participate in chat groups, work with a personal admission counselor for academic advising, and access the Lakeland bookstore and library. Ordering textbooks online is encouraged.

Credit Options

Online courses are 4 credits each. Online students may enroll in three courses without being accepted for admission. Students seeking a degree must be accepted for admission. Degree programs have a minimum requirement of 128 credits.

Lakeland accepts credits transferred from most other regionally accredited schools. Credits earned in the online program can be combined with credits earned on campus to complete a degree.

Lakeland College, an independent four-year liberal arts institution in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, was founded in 1862 to provide higher education opportunities for Wisconsin's new frontiersmen. Lakeland became an early adopter of the distance learning concept when, in 1978, it established its first lifelong learning satellite campus. This program has since grown to include ten locations throughout Wisconsin. In 1997, continuing its innovation in education, Lakeland became a world leader in online education and one of the few fully accredited colleges and universities nationwide that offer full bachelor's degrees totally online.

Located about 50 miles north of Milwaukee, Lakeland has an enrollment of more than 4,000 students in its on-campus undergraduate and graduate, lifelong learning, international, and electronically delivered online programs. All Lakeland courses and programs are fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Lakeland College Online courses are taught by both on-campus instructors and adjunct faculty members. Of the current online faculty members, 85 percent hold advanced academic degrees in their chosen discipline.


Students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. They can take three courses before applying for admission. International students must apply for admission before taking classes. Nonnative speakers of English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 500.

Tuition and Fees

All students pay a $35 application fee. Tuition for all online courses is $850 per 4-credit undergraduate course. Books and other materials (computer course software or other required resources) are additional. Graduate program tuition varies by program.

Financial Aid

Financial aid and/or military benefits are available to any qualifying student who is enrolled part-time (taking at least two courses) or full-time if they have already been accepted to Lake-land.


Carol Butzen
Online Academic Counselor
Lakeland College Online
P.O. Box 359
Sheboygan, Wisconsin 53082-0359
Phone: 800-569-2166 Ext. 1259 (toll-free)
Fax: 920-565-1341
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site:

Andrew Bonestroo
Online Academic Counselor
Lakeland College Online
P.O. Box 359
Sheboygan, Wisconsin 53082-0359
Phone: 800-569-2166 Ext. 1586 (toll-free)
Fax: 920-565-1341
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site:


Applications are available by visiting the College's Web site at or calling toll-free at 800-569-2166. Students are asked to submit their application, nonrefundable application fee, and high school and postsecondary school transcripts. Students are notified of acceptance by the Registrar's Office. System orientation is offered completely online.

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