Atlanta Adult Studies Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions about getting or finishing your degree with Belhaven University's programs? Then let's keep talking. See if our answers below shed more light on your concerns. We want you to feel comfortable with the education plan we have to offer. If you have any additional questions, please call our office at 404-425-5590 or atlanta@belhaven.edu.

Can I go to school while having a full-time job and a family?

Yes. Some students have worked 50 hours a week while enrolled and done well. Others have worked third shift remaining active at home and at church. Graduates have completed the program who were single moms. Your success depends on your motivation and willingness to do what it takes to excel.

How is Belhaven different from other schools?

What really sets Belhaven apart from other schools is our commitment to the Christian worldview and our reputation for personal attention. We believe an education is part of God's plan for your life. Belhaven instructors provide a biblical foundation for examining all of life, including education, work, and family. From the day you enroll to the day you graduate, our full-time professors and advisors are never too busy to answer your questions, return your calls, or do what it takes to help you graduate. You'll notice the difference immediately!

Is Belhaven University accredited?

Yes, Belhaven University is regionally accredited and is consistently recognized as one of America's Best College Buys. You can view more information about Belhaven's accreditation by visiting our Accreditation page.

Am I just a number, or will I receive individual attention?

Your professors will know you by name. Your classmates will be like family. So will the friendly Belhaven staff. Does that sound like "a number" to you?

Will my college credits count - even from 30 years ago?

Yes. It doesn't matter how long ago you took the courses. You may be surprised how much of your previous work applies to your academic plan. Of course, we will need to evaluate your official transcripts to see exactly what will transfer. Download the Transferability of Credit Notice.

I'm not as young as I used to be; is it too late for me to finish college?

No. It's never too late for you to finish your degree. Many graduates are parents. Several have been in the workforce for 30 years and found themselves a victim of downsizing. Adult students are usually enthusiastic about learning and find great encouragement from their contemporaries. You can't do anything about getting older but you can do something about whether you will get there with a degree in hand!

Aren't there less expensive programs out there?

Frankly yes, but when it comes to a college degree, you often get what you pay for. So for the price of a small car, with a degree you can boost your lifetime earning power by about $1 million. That's how much more a typical college graduate makes than someone who never finished college. Don't chance your professional future or your family's future on the cheapest or quickest program. Choose the one whose reputation precedes you into the interview.

How can I pay for this?

Many area employers reimburse tuition expenses so check with your human resources department. Scholarships, Pell Grants or Stafford Loans are also available through the Belhaven University Office of Financial Aid. See financial aid for more information.

What does it mean to be a Military Friendly School?

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Belhaven University has designed our programs with the military in mind. Military personnel can attend classes at one of our six campus locations or participate in our online program. We offer a tuition discount for military and participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. We also participate in other veteran's benefits programs.

When do the classes meet? How long is a term?

Classes meet one time a week for four hours each evening. Sometimes, classes are offered on Saturdays to accommodate the needs of the students. Evening classes start at 6:00 pm. Undergraduate classes will take five or six weeks to complete - depending on the individual course. Graduate courses meet for five to ten weeks - depending on the course. There will also be team project meetings outside of the classroom where class members work on group projects.

Is child care available during classes?

No, we are not in a position for provide quality child care while you attend class. This is one area where the support of your family is critical.

How will I obtain my textbooks?

One of the unique and most cost effective aspects of a Belhaven University education is that your tuition charges also cover the use of the required texts used in your classes. You will be loaned your textbooks prior to the start of class so you can prepare for your first night of class. When the class is over, just return your textbooks and pick up the textbooks needed for your next class! When comparing the cost of a Belhaven University degree with other schools, remember to factor in this valuable benefit!

Where is the Atlanta - Dunwoody campus located?

Belhaven University's Atlanta - Dunwoody campus is two blocks south of Perimeter Mall on Ashford-Dunwoody Road - just inside Loop 285. We are within a few blocks of the Dunwoody MARTA Station. Classes are held in Suite 130 of the Ashford-Perimeter Building. Parking is free. For complete driving directions visit the Location page. You will need to be able to get to the campus by 6:00 pm for the start of weekday evening classes.

Will I get help in planning my class schedule and developing a graduation strategy?

Yes! Our Student Services professionals will help you get registered for your classes each term. One of the first services we provide is the development of an Academic Plan that outlines which courses you will need to complete in order to receive your degree from Belhaven University. Before you enroll in your first class, you will know how much of your previous college work will transfer to Belhaven and which classes you will need to take in order to graduate. How quickly you graduate will depend on your time availability and willingness to work.

Will I need to have a computer in order to complete my classwork at Belhaven?

Many of your classes will require a computer in order to complete your assignments. However, if you do not own a personal computer or do not have a program required to complete work in a particular class, we have you covered. There is a computer lab on the Atlanta - Dunwoody campus that can accommodate up to 12 students at a time. These computers are available to Belhaven students anytime the offices are open. That includes both normal business hours and during instructional time!

What are the office hours for the Atlanta - Dunwoody campus?

The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. On Friday, the office is open from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Just call us at 404-425-5590 to set up an appointment time with an Admission or Student Services professional. We will be happy to accommodate your busy schedule as much as we can. We are here to help!