Frequently Asked Questions

Many of the following questions are answered through VSU's Orientation to Online Undergraduate Programs. All new students are required to complete the online orientation before advising can begin.

What is eMajor and why is the calendar different from the one for regular VSU classes?

What are the requirements for admission into the OAT OBC program?

How do I know if my previous courses will transfer into this degree program?

How do I find out how many credits I can earn for other forms of prior learning?

Is Distance Learning right for me?

How do I apply to the University?

What is the cost of tuition?

How do I find out who my Advisor is?

How do I get a VSU student e-mail account?

What are BlazeVIEW, GoVIEW, and Banner Web?

How do I register for classes?

How do I find my classes in GoVIEW?

How do I find my classes in eCore?

How do I find my classes in GOML?

Where do I purchase my textbooks?

How do I withdraw from an individual class?

Does VSU have any type of career and/or job placement for current students/alumni?

How do I request my VSU official transcript?

How do I request my VSU unofficial transcript?

What is the employment outlook for graduates of the OAT program?

What is eMajor and why is the calendar different from regular VSU classes?

OAT-OBC is part of eMajor, which is a collaborative statewide program through the University System of Georgia that offers online undergraduate degrees. It is similar to eCore, which offers core classes online statewide. Because it is a statewide program, it does not follow the academic calendar of any one institution. To see the eMajor (collaborative programs) calendar go to:

eMajor (Collaborative Programs) Calendar

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What are the requirements for admission into the OAT OBC program?

Because this option is geared toward bachelor completion for nontraditional online students with verifiable field experience, specific admissions requirements are in place. Students accepted to VSU would need to also have:

  • Met USG core curriculum requirements (or equivalent)
  • Achieved at least an overall GPA of 2.3
  • Demonstrated writing competency (ENGL1102, Regents' Testing Program, or exempted by SAT, ACT)
  • Successfully completed all Area F courses (or exempted) with a grade of "C" or better
  • Successfully qualified for 3 experiential credits in ACED2940 with a minimum of 3 years of valid, verifiable work related experience
  • Provided evidence of online readiness through an assessment tool or verifiable success in a previous online course

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How do I know if my previous courses will transfer into this degree program?

A complete official audit by the VSU Admissions Office will determine which courses will transfer; however, in the meantime, you can access VSU's Transfer Credit Equivalency Tool online. Only courses from regionally accredited institutions are accepted at VSU.

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How do I find out how many credits I can earn for other forms of prior learning?

Your OAT advisor can help you with the documentation for up to 9 credit hours of experiential learning credit through valid, verifiable work experience (ACED 2940 and ACED3940). In addition, exemption exams are provided on campus for a few ACED courses. Any other work experience, college credits, certifications, or additional forms of prior learning can be evaluated through VSU's Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process. PLA is a process through which students identify areas of learning from their past experiences, demonstrate that learning through appropriate documentation, and submit their materials related to specific course objectives so that they can be assessed and possibly awarded academic credit.

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Is Distance Learning right for me?

Visit VSU’s Online Readiness page which connects to an online readiness tool to help you decide.

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How do I apply to the University?

Apply online at VSU Admissions. Please select OATX (or OAT-Online) as your major. Once all OAT-OBC admissions requirements are met, you will become an OATO major.

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What is the cost of tuition?

Visit and contact the VSU Financial Aid for tuition information. Please note that e-tuition is charged for online classes. E-tuition is higher than regular tuition, but fully online students are exempt from some fees.

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How do I find out who my Advisor is?

Official advising can begin once the VSU Admissions and online orientation processes have been completed. Refer to your Admissions Letter, or complete our Contact Form for more information.

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How do I get a VSU student e-mail account?

Complete the Orientation to Online Undergraduate Programs or visit the VSU email page.

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What are BlazeVIEW, GoVIEW, and Banner Web?

BlazeVIEW is the current online platform for VSU courses, powered by Desire2Learn (D2L). Online courses from the College of Business (ACCT, ECON, BUSA, MKTG) are offered through BlazeVIEW.

The University System of Georgia uses GoVIEW, which is also powered by D2L, but requires a different user name and password. The ACED courses for the online degree are now being offered as part of the eMajor in GoVIEW.

Banner is the student information system used by students to view transcripts, register for courses, etc. 

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How do I register for classes?

Once you have completed both your VSU admissions AND your OAT OBC admissions paperwork, and have been accepted by BOTH the University AND the program option, AND have been advised, you can register for OAT OBC online courses by visiting the Banner Web page.

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How do I find my classes in GoVIEW?

ACED classes listed in Banner with section numbers of "E01" will be found in GoVIEW. Visit the GoVIEW home page, and follow instructions there for setting up your username and password if you have never taken a course in GoVIEW before. Courses in GoVIEW use a different schedule than the VSU academic calendar.

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How do I find my classes in eCore?

Core classes are offered through the University System of Georgia's eCore program, which may use a difference schedule than the VSU academic calendar. Visit the eCore home page.

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How do I find my classes in GOML?

Classes not offered online at VSU can be taken through Georgia ONmyLINE (GOML). Students registering for GOML classes at other institutions will need to complete the Transient Student approval process.

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Where do I purchase my textbooks and supplies?

Visit the VSU bookstore online. You may also order some software through SMS.

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How do I withdraw from an individual class?

Log into your Banner Web account and go to Student Services and Financial Aid. Then go to Registration > Add/Drop/Withdraw.

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Does VSU have any type of career and/or job placement for current students/alumni?

Visit our Career Opportunities page.

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How do I request my VSU official transcript?

Log into your Banner Web account and go to Student Services and Financial Aid. Then go to Student Records and Request Printed or Official Transcripts.

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How do I request my VSU unofficial transcript?

Log into your Banner Web account go to Student Services and Financial Aid. Then go to Student Records > Academic Transcript.

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What is the employment outlook for graduates of the OAT program?

A degree in OAT prepares students for a wide variety of administrative and supervisory positions in such settings as business, education, government, industry, service, and healthcare. A few examples of employment outlooks for the typical OAT graduate might include:

Office and Administrative Support Worker Supervisors and Managers
Administrative Services Managers
Executive Administrative Assistants
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

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