Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I learn more about Westcliff University?

Westcliff University holds information sessions regarding our programs of study in business and education. Please send an email to admissions@westcliff.edu for dates done and times of these events. You may also call one of our Admissions Representatives at 1-888-491-8686 to find out more information about our College of Business and Education.


 2. Do I have to wait until the fall semester to apply for enrollment?

No, you can enroll for admissions anytime during the year. Please see Important Deadlines for upcoming registration dates.


3. How can I apply?

Applying to Westcliff University is usually a five-step process for most students:

Step 1        Obtain Information

Step 2         Submit Application for Admission into School

Step 3       Continue Communication with your Admissions Representative for Missing Documents

Step 4         Apply for Financial Aid if applicable. Please see the “Financial Aid” Tab and “Other Financial Assistance”

Step 5         Receive News of Acceptance/Denial

Students may complete an application for admission by visiting the Admissions Office or online. We recommend that these steps be completed a few months prior to the beginning of the semester for which you intend to enroll. Students may enroll in the Fall, Spring, or Summer.


4. What is the transfer application process?

To transfer to the Westcliff University, a student must file an application for admission, satisfy all admission requirements, and submit official copies of transcripts from all schools previously attended. Applicants who have earned credit hours at another regionally or nationally accredited institution may transfer to Westcliff University subject to evaluation of grades and courses taken. The maximum amount of transfer credit that may be granted is six (6) for Master Programs and sixty (60) for Bachelor Degrees. Additionally, 30 credits of upper divisions may be waived if they meet the program requirements. The number of credit hours accepted, as transfer credit, will be determined after an evaluation of the number of credit hours earned per course and of the similarity between the transfer courses and those courses required from the University. All transfer work must be earned at regionally or nationally accredited school. Moreover, the academic work performed should be within 7 years of attempted transfer of credit for Masters and 10 years for Bachelors (applies to Upper Division courses and not General Education), to insure currency of the studies’ relevance to present course requirements.
A recommendation will be made to the Dean by the Director of Academic Affairs for his review and decision to be indicated on the appropriate Westcliff University form that will become part of the admissions records for the student.

5. What are the admissions requirements

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6. Is an Interview required during the Admissions process?

For some programs, an on-site pre-admissions interview may be useful. Early contact with your program of interest is encouraged when preparing your application.


7. How are classes conducted? What is the difference between an online and hybrid course?

Westcliff courses are taught in both an online and in a hybrid format. Online courses are taught entirely independently where students interact with the professor via email and the discussions on the website. Hybrid courses are taught in a blended format with students attending classes one night a week on campus and participating in a synchronous live chat discussion with the professor online. Students are given the convenient option of attending classes entirely online from a distance, or the option of meeting with the professor in person face-to-face in the classroom while still finishing up all lesson activities online. This accommodates the busy schedule of many working adult students while providing them with the best of both worlds.

8. Does Westcliff University have Internship Opportunities?

Westcliff University does not have a direct internship placement service, but works with the community to find available openings for students’ mentorships and internships. Interview Space and Recruitment Opportunities- space, facilities, and equipment are available by appointment to businesses who want to interview applicant on campus. Course and program referrals are routinely provided to students to help prepare them for better internships.

9. Does Westcliff University assist you with employment or job placement after graduation?

Westcliff University has a Career Services Department that offers job resources, advises on interview strategies, such as information about appropriate business attire, resume development, and job search methods.

10. Can I apply for a scholarship? What are my chances of being awarded one?

Yes, Westcliff University offers several merit-based scholarships on an annual basis. Please see Tuition & Financial Assistance for detailed information. Scholarships are competitive as we seek to attract highly qualified, motivated individuals who will make a contribution to the Westcliff University community. We cannot predict your chances of receiving a scholarship, but we encourage you to apply! Please feel free to inquire about our scholarship programs by calling 1-888-491-8686.