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Correspondence Study

Admission & Enrollment

It is not necessary to be admitted to the university to enroll in a correspondence study course at UW. Simply complete the application for registration form in the course catalog and mail it with your check to our office. In order for us to process your registration, please complete all parts of the application form and include payment.

If you wish to seek a degree from UW, contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-DIAL-WYO or (307) 766-5160 or visit the Web at www.uwyo.edu/apply  to apply online. The Admissions Office mailing address is Dept. 3435, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071.

If you are a degree candidate at another institution, be sure to check with your adviser to make sure that the course you wish to take through this office will work in your own program of study.

Academic Credit

Correspondence study courses at UW are offered for semester hours of credit and are entered on an official UW transcript in your name upon completion of the course. A designation of CORR is also entered for each course indicating that it was taken through the correspondence study option. Please note: a maximum of 24 hours of correspondence study credit can be applied to a bachelor’s degree from the university. While students who hold bachelor’s degrees often find their needs met by this program, correspondence study courses do not count toward advanced degrees. Some courses, if offered at the senior level or above (courses numbered 4000+), will count toward recertification and salary scale adjustments for teachers; however you should check with your own school district and the state of Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board at (307) 777-6261 prior to enrolling in a specific course.

Course Availability

It is sometimes necessary for correspondence study to suspend accepting enrollments in a particular course because supplies, books, or an instructor may no longer be available. If you mail in a registration form or an enrollment request for a course that has been discontinued, your tuition and fees will be returned or if requested applied to another course with the same tuition and fees.

Course Grade

The instructor determines the student’s course grade. The grading policy differs with each course; check your syllabus. Most course grades are determined by the student’s performance on individual lessons as well as examinations.

In order to fulfill university requirements, many courses may not be taken with S-U (satisfactory-unsatisfactory) grading. Check with the registrar and your adviser before enrolling in any class.

Course Length

The average completion time for a three-hour course is around six months. Please note that 12 weeks is the minimum completion time. We encourage you to take more time and cannot guarantee that a course can be completed within 12 weeks. It is your responsibility to allow enough time for the completion of a course. Instructors are not always available for immediate grading of lessons and exams, especially at the ends of semesters or during university breaks and holidays. Our instructors have, as part of our agreement with them, as much as two weeks to return lessons to us before we will call about unreturned assignments. We have to allow for mail time and the personal schedules of instructors, which can affect the amount of time it takes to complete a course.

Course Transfer

It is possible to change your registration from one course to another if this is done within the first two months of your registration. The charge for transferring to another course is $30. If the second course is offered for more credit hours, you must also pay the difference in tuition and fees. If the second course is offered for fewer credit hours a refund of the difference based on the schedule of refunds will be issued after other expenses are deducted. The date of enrollment (and the date on which your enrollment expires) remains the same. An enrollment may be transferred only once.

Deadlines

If you need to use a course for a specific purpose by a certain date, you need to have all course requirements for that course completed and received by our office at least two weeks prior to the date by which you need documentation of completion. This allows time for all necessary processing: mail time, grading by the instructor, and processing by UW’s Office of the Registrar. If work is not received prior to that time, there is a strong likelihood that you will not have the documentation by the time that you need it.

Faxing Materials

To ensure quality the correspondence study does not fax exams, course materials, or lessons to students. If you need us to fax other documents, we are happy to do so. You may fax documents to our office at (307) 766-4048.

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