DACC Online FAQ’s

Applying to NMSU DACC

1. Is there a different application process for fully online students?

  • If no, how do I apply? Students can apply online at http://dacc.nmsu.edu/admissions/apply-online/, DACC uses the NMSU Application for Admission. Students will need to create their own account in order to complete an application.

 

2. How do I know what classes will transfer from another university?

  • Your transcripts will be officially evaluated when you apply for admission to NMSU/DACC. If admitted, you will receive a transfer evaluation that shows how your credits will transfer to NMSU/DACC and how they will fit into our graduation requirements.The Transfer Course Equivalency Search tool serves as a general guide in evaluation of any courses. Transferability and applicability of any given course is not guaranteed until evaluated upon application. Specific course equivalencies require review based upon the unique characteristics of each college and university and may differ from one institution to another. Please contact the respective NMSU/DACC academic department for specific degree requirement.NMSU reserves the right to modify these course equivalencies at any time based on curriculum changes and program requirements.
  • Transfer students must send in official transcripts from all prior schools as part of the DACC admissions process. Once admission is finalized, the DACC Transcript Evaluator evaluates coursework from each transcript and sends you an equivalency report. For questions in this process, please call (575) 528-7031.

 

3. What do I do after I get admitted?

4. Are all DACC programs available in my location?  What can I do if a program is not available in my state?

Due to varying state regulations across the US, certain DACC  programs may not be available in all states. DACC is committed to obtaining authorization for all programs in every US state, and the process for obtaining authorizations is ongoing. Current State Authorization status can be found https://dacc.nmsu.edu/online-programs/state-authorization/  Any questions about state authorization may be addressed to a Dr. Susan Wood at  EMAIL or PHONE.

Advising, Testing and Registration

1. Do I have to attend a face-to-face orientation?

No. An online orientation is available by logging into the orientation reservation system with your myNMSU username and password. Visit https://newstudentregistration.nmsu.edu/ or contact Cindy Brown at (575) 527-7536, 1-800-903-5703, or email admissions@dacc.nmsu.edu.

 

2. Who is my academic advisor?

All DACC students are assigned an academic advisor by major. Go to http://dacc.nmsu.edu/advising/who-is-my-advisor/ to find the name and contact information of your advisor and contact them after you’re admitted.

 

3. How do I register for classes?

Your academic advisor will assist you on how to register for classes through your https://my.nmsu.edu account. A tutorial for students to register for classes is available at https://training.nmsu.edu/stu/reg/.

 

4. Do I need to take a placement exam before registering for classes?

In some cases, yes. Students pursuing associate degrees/certificates that require ENGL 111G and a college-level  math course must either have taken the ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS assessment or transferred in a course in the English or math sequence. Students who have no prior assessments and no transfer courses must contact DACC Testing Services http://dacc.nmsu.edu/testing/ at (575) 528-7294 or (575) 527-7569 to arrange an assessment. This assessment determines where you begin in your in reading, writing and math courses, and is essential information for your advisor to guide you toward success.

Paying for Classes

1. Are online students eligible for financial aid?

Yes! A college degree can add up to success, but sometimes you need help along the way. DACC offers scholarships and financial aid options to help make funding your education possible.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Services’ goal is to provide understandable information and timely service to all students. Financial Aid advisors and staff are here to help you reach your goals.

FAFSA DACC SCHOOL CODE: E00876

We have provided the following Financial Aid Instruction Guide to help you.

 

2. Can I apply for scholarships?

Any DACC student can apply for scholarships by completing a single application known as ScholarDollar$. The application can be found at scholarships.nmsu.edu. The application opens October 1 of the previous aid year with priority being given to students that apply prior to March 1. Students are still encouraged to apply beyond the March 1 priority date.

 

3. How do I pay?

Payment for classes can be completed through the students’ myNMSU account.

 

4. Does it cost more to be an online student?

Tuition and Fees are determined by a students residency status. To be a New Mexico resident, one must have resided in New Mexico for the past 12 consecutive months to received in state tuition and fees. In addition to tuition and fees an online fee of $25.00 per credit hour is added.

 

5. Can Veteran Students use their GI Bill for online programs?

DACC has a Veterans Programs website please visit their website for all questions pertaining to Veterans needs.

Being an Online Student

1. I am currently taking an online course at DACC as part of my program.  Am I considered a DACC fully online student?

No. Just because you are taking one (or more) online courses at DACC, you are not automatically a fully online student. You can be enrolled in a traditional face-to-face program and take a few online courses but this does not make you a fully online student.

 

2. Do I have to know a lot about computers to be a fully online student?

You need to have a basic knowledge of computer and Internet skills in order to be successful in an online course.

 

3. How do I know if I am ready to be an online student?

While online courses can offer more flexibility in scheduling, they require more self-discipline and independence than on-campus courses. Some students can find this uncomfortable and not suitable for their learning style. They may miss face-to-face interaction with an instructor and peers, which helps to keep them on track. In the online environment, you have to be able to start and to work on tasks on your own, without someone keeping you focused, and you have to be self-disciplined in order to follow the class schedule and meet deadlines.

 

4.What is it like to be in an online class?

One of the advantages of being in an online class is the flexibility it affords. You’ll be able to do your work and study when the time is most convenient for you. That flexibility, though, means you’ll need to be responsible and organized. Most classes will require that you check in several times throughout the week and submit your tests and projects on a deadline.

5. Do I have to attend any classes at the DACC campuses?

No, you do not have to come to campus for class.  All fully online DACC degree plans are completely online for your convenience.

 

6. How do I access services even though I am not on campus?

While being on online student is different from being on campus, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out.  Many services, include the ARC, the DACC Library, Career Services, and ICT 575-646-1840 & VLITE (email: vlit@nmsu.edu) are available to online students.

 

7. What if I need an accommodation for learning?

Academic accommodations are available for all students who have a diagnosed temporary or permanent disability. All students with a diagnosed disability should contact the Student Accessibility Service Office at 575-527-7548. Please, refer to the following web page https://dacc.nmsu.edu/sas/ for any additional information. You can contact the Student Accessibility and Resource Center.

 

8. How and when can I get my textbooks?

In many cases, you should be able to find out what textbooks are required prior to the course start date, see your mynmsu.edu for book information.  We highly recommend having the textbooks in hand as soon as the course starts to avoid falling behind in the reading.  Please visit the DACC Bookstore  for more information.

 

9. How much time should I expect to study for my classes?

Your instructor’s syllabus will often indicate what the expectations are for the course. However, you should expect to devote approximately 10 hours a week to each class. Some classes will demand more, others less. And, from week to week, your time commitment might change. Weeks with tests or projects will require more dedication than others.

 

10. Do I have to log on at a certain time each day or week?

Most classes do not require that you log in on a specific day and time (although some may, so be sure to check the details of the class carefully). Rather, you are able to complete your work at your own pace. Be sure to stay on top of deadlines completing your activities for the week.

 

11. How often can I take classes?

You can take classes when the classes that are required for you degree plan are being offered.  You can be vigilant on the online website and check the online course schedule link (changes every semester) for the classes being offered and you can check the important date’s link  for registration dates. Please note that all online classes follow the traditional face to face schedule for NMSU DACC

 

12. What should I do when my class starts?

You should be sure log into the course on the day that it first becomes available. Take some time to review the syllabus and any course information the instructor provides. Familiarize yourself with the general activities of the course: discussion, assignments, readings, tests, and so on.  If you have any questions about the course, contact your instructor.

 

13. How will I interact with my professor and classmates?

Your instructor will communicate with you through discussion boards, emails, and assignment evaluations. Your instructor may offer “office hours” where they are available via email or by phone. Check your syllabus for details. You’ll also have opportunities to communicate with your classmates via the same tools: discussion and emails. Some classes may ask you to work in small groups with your classmates to complete a project.

 

14. What do I do if I need help?

No matter your concern, we will always be here to help. Any question related to the specifics of your course (assignments, deadlines, and so on) should always be directed to your instructor. Most anything else can be directed to your Student Success Advisor. If they don’t know the answer, they will help you find someone who can. The important thing is: don’t be afraid to ask!

 

15. What do I do if I have an emergency or event that prevents me from logging in?

The first thing to do is to communicate with your instructor. Let him or her know right away about the matter (before it occurs, if possible). This usually resolves the problem and lets you move forward with a plan. If you continue to have a concern, please contact us, and we’ll point you to the right person.

 

16.What do I do if I have a concern about a grade?

Your first step is to always communicate with your instructor. If you feel the situation has not been resolved appropriately, your next step is to discuss the matter with the department chair.

 

17. Will my diploma say “online”?

No, your diploma will not have any indication that your coursework was completed online.

 

18. Do online courses have the same quality as face-to-face classes?

Yes, the quality of the online courses is just as high as the on-campus courses. In most cases, they are designed and taught by the faculty who teach them on campus.

 

19. What happens when I’m ready to graduate?

Your academic advisor will guide you in this process. Midway through the semester before you graduate, you will register for your final classes. Your academic advisor will review your degree audit https://degreeaudit.nmsu.edu with you to clear you for applying for your degree. To apply for your degree you simply need to log into your myNMSU account and under When you are ready to graduate you can complete the online degree application. the Student tab, go to the Student Records link and click on Application for Degree (Diploma) and follow the instructions.

 

20. Can I attend commencement?

Absolutely!  We’d love to celebrate your accomplishment with you!  You can find the commencement instructions here.

 

21. What career services resources are available to me online?

Workforce Development and Career Readiness offers several career services tools for online students available at https://dacc.nmsu.edu/ctp/career-readiness/.  The site includes links where students can look for internship, co-op, and job opportunities through Aggie CAREER Manager and New Mexico Workforce Connection.  Links for the SuperStrong Career Assessment and CareerBeam for identifying and exploring a career path are also available.  Additionally, Career Resources Coordinators are available to help in the search for jobs and explore careers, including online resume and cover letter review.  Students can email a copy of their resume to daccplac@nmsu.edu and request a review.  Feedback can be given via email or phone.  Career Resources Coordinators can be reached at 575-527-7776 for assistance or appointments.

 

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