Is IDEAL right for me?

The decision to complete your degree is an exciting, yet challenging one. An associate’s or bachelor’s degree through IDEAL develops and fine-tunes your business, management and communication skills, enhancing your performance in your chosen career field. The IDEAL program is designed to provide you, the working adult, the opportunity to complete your associate’s or bachelor’s degree at an accelerated pace to meet your needs and lifestyle.

Is the IDEAL program accredited?
Yes, as part of the University of Bridgeport, the program is accredited by the New England Association for Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

What do I need to get started?
Call IDEAL Admissions to set up an appointment with an Admissions Counselor: 203.576.4800. At this appointment the admissions counselor will outline the program, the degrees that are offered, and how the program can work best for you. It is helpful to bring unofficial or official transcripts from any post-secondary institutions you may have attended.

When are IDEAL courses offered?
Most courses are offered in five-week or eight-week terms; one meeting per week. Terms begin nine times during the year.

How can I receive a course catalog?
IDEAL course names, descriptions and pre-requisites can be downloaded.

Is financial aid available for IDEAL students?
Yes. You can apply online for financial aid at: www.fafsa.ed.gov. Our school code is: 001416. If you have any questions when applying you can contact: Federal Student Aid Information at (800) 433-3243.

Where are the IDEAL offices?
The IDEAL program has offices at three locations: Bridgeport, Stamford, and Waterbury. For contact information visit the Locations page.

Do I get credit for work or professional experience?

Experiential learning credit may be available for those students who have met the outcomes of a course through career and life experiences. Experiential learning is assessed through the development of a portfolio which is evaluated by UB faculty members. Military service and competency exams are evaluated, too.

Who teaches the IDEAL courses?
Working professionals, with a master’s or doctoral degree, and full-time UB faculty facilitate the courses. Each instructor brings to the program practical, professional experience and up-to-date knowledge of today’s organizations.

How many courses do IDEAL students usually complete during a semester?
New students entering the IDEAL Program can take up to three courses during the first semester. After the first semester, and maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you can take four courses per semester.

How much time out-of-class will I have to prepare for?
Most IDEAL students say they need to reserve 10-20 hours per week for class preparation; reading and completing assignments. The time varies depending on the course content and the student. Students access the course syllabus at least one-week prior to the course start and complete an assignment for that first class session, if applicable.

How long will it take me to graduate?
The number of credits that transfer into your degree plan determines the length of time needed to complete your selected degree. After official evaluation of your transcripts, you will receive an IDEAL degree plan guiding you through your degree completion.

Do you offer online courses?
Yes. Consult the course schedule for IDEAL courses offered online. The Office of Distance Learning will conduct a new student orientation for those taking their first online course at UB.

Do you accept CLEP (College Level Examination Program)?
Yes, upon submission of an official transcript. Please review with your academic advisor if you plan to submit CLEP courses after you have matriculated into the IDEAL Program.

Can I just apply for a cetificate program and not a degree?
No. Certificate programs are offered in conjunction with completing a bachelor’s degree.