Frequently Asked Questions: Is School Right for Me?

When considering going back to school, you may not be sure what you want to study, where to get started, or even if school is the right choice. And that’s okay. This is the time to learn more about your next steps and start asking questions.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions many students have before starting college. Click on each one to see the answer below.

If you have additional questions, you can contact us at any time or chat live with an admissions representative.

 

Are there any additional resources to help me while I’m in school?

Do I need a degree for what I want to do?

Will the school help me find a job once I graduate?

How do I know if I will fit in at school?

I have work and family obligations. Will I have time for everything if I go to school?

Can I attend school part-time?

How much time does school take?

Should I attend an online or ground school?

Can I do some of my schooling online and some on campus?

Can I transfer my past college credits?

Do I need to take the SAT or ACT test?

Who can answer my questions about school?

Are there any additional resources to help me get through school?

Most schools offer a Student Services department dedicated to helping students. Some of the resources offered at IADT include:

  • Student Advisors who have regular office hours to help you with scheduling and more
  • Workshops on topics such as time management and organization, financial aid, career guidance, and hybrid learning
  • Tutoring for classes you may be struggling in
  • Guidance on where to find affordable housing, healthcare and other local services you might need

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Do I need a degree for what I want to do?

One way to get more information about the need for a degree in your field of interest is to visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website. Part of the U.S. Department of Labor, the BLS offers the latest statistics on the current workforce as well as projections for the future. Browse categories such as “Industry” or “Occupations” to find the path you’re looking for. The occupation profiles list what type of education you typically need to prepare for opportunities in that role.

If you have trouble finding what you’re looking for or simply want some advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to a school’s Career Services department. Career Services can assist you with career planning and finding the education option that matches your interests.

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Will the school help me find a job once I graduate?

If you want help preparing for the future, Career Services offers:

  • Resume/cover letter assistance
  • Interviewing tips
  • Individual student consultations
  • Career development strategies
  • Job search strategies

Take advantage of these resources throughout your education to make sure you’re getting the preparation you need. Remember that the responsibility of finding a job is ultimately yours. You are also responsible for developing the knowledge and skills you need to prepare for opportunities in your industry.

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How do I know if I will fit in at school?

Finding a school with the program, faculty, support and location you want is important, but it’s just as important to find a school that fits your personality, talents, and lifestyle. In other words, you want to choose a school with like-minded students.

There are several ways to learn more about the school atmosphere and experience. Look for Student Life or Student Affairs information online. What kind of events, clubs and activities does the school offer? Contact Student Services for more information on how students interact inside and outside of class.

Join the school’s Online Communities such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to see what students and alumni are doing and what they’re talking about. You can also schedule a campus visit or take a Virtual Campus Tour.

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I have work and family obligations. Will I have time for everything if I go to school?

If you’re not sure whether you have time for school, look for a school that offers scheduling flexibility. Some schools are better at accommodating busy working students, so it’s important to find one committed to your needs.

Consider going to school part-time if you don’t think other obligations will allow you to attend full-time. Another option you might want to explore is online learning. Online schools allow you to study anytime, anywhere. That means you don’t have to spend time commuting or worry that a rigid class schedule will conflict with your other obligations. You could also pursue hybrid learning, a combination of online and on-campus classes.

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Can I attend school part-time?

At IADT, taking less than 12 credits per term is considered part-time enrollment. Since all classes are 4 credits each, you can choose to take only 1-2 classes each term and be considered a part-time student. Taking 3 classes a term or more is considered full-time. If you’re interested in saving money on tuition and graduating sooner by taking more credits per semester,* you can explore IADT’s Professional Pace program.

Consider your financial aid situation as well as your time commitment, because the number of credits you take per term is crucial when determining your financial aid. For example, to be eligible for an option such as the Federal Direct Stafford Loan, you need be enrolled in school at least half-time.

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How much time does school take?

To estimate how long your schooling will take, look at the school’s course catalog to find out how many total credits are required for the program you choose. Next, estimate how many credits you can take each semester. An associate’s degree will take 92 credits and a bachelor’s degree will take 180 credits.

Bachelor’s Degree: 180 credits

Professional Pace (16 credits)

12 terms or 30 months*

Full-Time Enrollment (12 credits)

15 terms or 38 months*

Half-Time Enrollment (8 credits)

23 terms or 57 months*

 

Associate’s Degree: 92 credits

Professional Pace (16 credits)

6 terms or 15 months*

Full-Time Enrollment (12 credits)

8 terms or 20 months*

Half-Time Enrollment (8 credits)

12 terms or 29 months*

Keep in mind that more enrollment options are offered than those shown above. For example, you could attend part-time with only 4 credits per semester or enroll in the Professional Pace program with up to 20 credits.

* Program length may vary. Timelines are based on consecutive terms and depend on class scheduling/ availability.

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Should I attend an online or ground school?

If you’re not sure whether online or ground school is the right fit, explore both options to determine which you’re more comfortable with. Consider your schedule, location, and the way you like to learn. If you like the in-person setting and consistent schedule of traditional classes, you might prefer a ground campus. If you want more control over when, where and how you learn, online learning may be a better fit. IADT-Online gives you the option to read, watch or listen to course material on your online learning platform. You can also take advantage of both methods through a hybrid learning program.

Don’t forget to take a virtual or on-campus tour to learn more.     

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Can I do some of my schooling online and some on campus? 

Yes. Hybrid learning offers you the convenience of taking some of your required courses online in addition to on-campus courses. This can help you more easily work school around your work, family, and social commitments.

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Can I transfer my past college credits?

It is possible to transfer in past college credits. These are reviewed by each school on a case-by-case basis. You must have previously attended an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and credits transferred must relate to your current program. Only credits from courses in which you earned a C or higher qualify, and they must have been earned within the last 5 years. You can learn more about the steps in the process from the Office of the Registrar.

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Do I need to take the SAT or ACT test?

IADT does not require the SAT or ACT test. When you speak with an Admissions Representative they will explain the Wonderlic assessment, a tool used to identify the appropriate levels of support you may need throughout your education. Each campus can provide information on their specific Wonderlic testing policy.

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Who can answer my questions about school?

If you want help directly from the school, there are a variety of ways to contact IADT. You can call, chat with us live, fill out a form online, or schedule an on-campus visit. Our Admissions Representatives are ready to answer any questions you have and direct you to any resources you need.

 

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*Compared to taking 4 credits per term versus 20 credits per term. Increasing credits per term may increase out-of-pocket expenses.  Please consult the school’s Financial Aid department to discuss options. For IADT-Online, overall savings of up to $7,200 for a bachelor’s program and $4,000 for an associate’s program are based on attending at the Professional Pace and successful completion of each course  (total program cost would be $64,800 for a bachelor's degree and $32,800 for an associate’s degree) versus taking 12 credits per term (for which total program cost would be $72,000 for a bachelor's degree and $36,800 for an associate’s degree). The Professional Pace program is not applicable for students at IADT-Chicago.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.