Student FAQ

A COVID-19 message from the President: For over 135 years, our students come first.

Due to the COVID-19 national emergency, Woodbury University is conducting all interactions with current and prospective students via phone/text/webinar, etc. Please be aware of the admissions process for the Fall 2021 incoming class.

  • Importantly, we have a rolling admission policy and prospective students may apply at any time.
  • We are a SAT/ACT test-optional institution and will work closely with prospective students and their institutions on documents that we need.
  • Specifically, we will be flexible working with teachers and counselors for submissions of school profiles, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.

Woodbury is proud of its closely-knit community that focuses on Enhancing the Woodbury Experience. We wish you and your families and friends inner peace and good health during this difficult time of national emergency.

Sincerely,

President David M. Steele-Figueredo, Ph.D.

Prospective Students

Contact the Office of Admission at info@woodbury.edu or text us at (818) 532-5392 and we will connect you with a counselor or staff member.

Take a GUIDED VIRTUAL TOUR online from the comfort and safety of your home! A Student Ambassador guides you through our beautiful Burbank or San Diego campus while providing the same personalized and interactive experience you would receive in person. Optional Admissions Counselor appointments are also available post-tour. Sign up here.

Yes. As of now, all admissions functions are continuing as normal.

Woodbury has a rolling admission policy and prospective students may apply at any time.

We’re glad you asked! We will have select Virtual Events listed on our Admissions Events page. Check-in there to see our latest offerings.

Admissions Events

The dates syllabi are posted vary, depending on whether a course is traditional or accelerated. Syllabi for traditional 16 week courses should be available on Monday, August 16 (one week before the course begins). For accelerated, non-traditional courses (i.e. 7-week, 5-week, etc.), syllabi should be available two weeks before the course begins. For example, syllabi for 7-week, Session One courses should be available on August 9. Please check here for your syllabi.

The majority of courses in Fall 2021 will be in person. We continue to plan for the 2021 Fall Semester with the goals of providing the highest quality education, optimizing the student experience, and safety as our top priorities.

Course Delivery Objectives for Burbank and San Diego Campuses:

  • Maintain all LA and SD County Health Department safety protocols for COVID-19. If the LA and SD County guidelines change, then our safety protocols will also change. Woodbury reserves the right to implement more stringent protocols than county protocols, such as requiring masks.
  • Maximize student time on campus for course delivery methods that focus on interactive seminars, studios, project-oriented experiences, laboratory experiments, and student-interaction-focused classes.
  • Utilize remote synchronous learning for course delivery methods that focus on faculty-driven lectures.

Students with documented medical needs or non-medical needs which prevent them from attending in-person classes for the fall semester will need to fill out the Fall 2021 Class Attendance Accommodation Request form.  Once this form is completed, students will need to submit the required documentation and meet with the Disabilities Coordinator to discuss their needs.

Applicants

You can use NACAC’s online tools to check and see if your high school or college is currently sending transcripts. If they are not, please reach out to your admissions counselor and we will find a way to move forward with your application.

Woodbury University is test optional and will not need your SAT or ACT test score to complete your file.

Students with documented medical needs or non-medical needs which prevent them from attending in-person classes for the fall semester will need to fill out the Fall 2021 Class Attendance Accommodation Request form.  Once this form is completed, students will need to submit the requisite documentation and meet with the Disabilities Coordinator to discuss their needs.

Admitted Students

You can call Financial Aid at (818) 252-5273 or email them at finaid@woodbury.edu.

You can text Housing at (818) 900-0893 or email them at housing@woodbury.edu.

No. As of now, this does not change our plans for any decisions coming from our office.

Please note that in response to evolving events surrounding the coronavirus, our previously scheduled in-person placement exams, SOARs (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration), and Graduate Orientation will instead be held online. This is a precautionary measure we are taking to ensure the safety of our community.

You will receive additional details in the coming weeks from your admissions counselor.

Last Updated on February 10th, 2021.

At this time, we have not extended the enrollment deposit deadline.

We will be flexible and work closely with students and institutions to ensure we have the documents we need without creating additional stress. You can use NACAC’s online tools to check and see if your high school or college is currently sending transcripts.

Parking is free during the Fall 2021 semester. However, students will still need to sign up for a parking pass as all vehicles on campus must be registered. To sign up for a parking pass, students can visit https://www.permitsales.net/WoodburyU.

Students with documented medical needs or non-medical needs which prevent them from attending in-person classes for the fall semester will need to fill out the Fall 2021 Class Attendance Accommodation Request form.  Once this form is completed, students will need to submit the requisite documentation and meet with the Disabilities Coordinator to discuss their needs.

Woodbury University will continue to process I-20’s for all qualifying students.  You will receive an email from your admissions counselor outlining the next steps once you have submitted all required documents for I-20 processing.  If you have questions regarding this process, please contact your admissions counselor.

Yes, since on-campus housing is a congregated living environment, all residents are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

If you need assistance with finding vaccine locations, please contact our campus nurse Gabriela.Preciado@woodbury.edu.

Single and Double rooms will only be offered for the Fall 2021 semester.

We offer bed spaces to students on the waitlist as soon as a student cancels their housing assignment. This will typically occur throughout the summer. To inquire about your place on the housing waitlist, please email Housing@woodbury.edu.

In mid-July, all residents will have seven days to submit their $250 prepayment fee. This prepayment fee will be credited to your university account and is used to secure your housing assignment. Failure to complete the housing prepayment may result in losing your housing assignment so please make sure to check your email throughout the summer.

The move-in dates this year will be from Aug. 18th through Aug. 22nd. We are requiring residents to schedule their move-in dates. Please contact housing@woodbury.edu to schedule your move-in date.

If you are no longer interested in living on campus, please email Housing@woodbury.edu so that we can offer your space to students on the waitlist.

Current Students

The dates syllabi are posted vary, depending on whether a course is traditional or accelerated. Syllabi for traditional 16 week courses should be available on Monday, August 16 (one week before the course begins). For accelerated, non-traditional courses (i.e. 7-week, 5-week, etc.), syllabi should be available two weeks before the course begins. For example, syllabi for 7-week, Session One courses should be available on August 9. Please check here for your syllabi.

You will order your textbooks through Woodbury University’s website for the online bookstore at: https://woodbury.ecampus.com/.  Instructions on how to place an order can be found here.  

 

Although the online bookstore usually ships internationally to any country that accepts UPS, there are countries which have suspended shipping because of COVID-19.  Also, please note that there will most likely be a delay in international shipping due to customs, and COVID-19. If you are an international student, please contact Lauren Seo, Senior International Student Advisor, at Lauren.Seo@Woodbury.edu or 818-252-5265 for any questions about ordering textbooks or international shipment.

 

Woodbury.ecampus.com offers many eBook purchases and eBook rentals as well, which would eliminate the shipping issue. If you are not able to find what you need in the time you need it, please know that you can use any resource to access your books.  Other sites where you can also buy, rent, or access print and eBook versions of textbooks are: Amazon and Chegg to name a few.

 

Please note: if your course does not have any textbooks listed in Woodbury.ecampus.com (the note may say “Texts TBD”) it may be because the instructor hasn’t reported yet or there isn’t a required text. Please check your syllabus or inquire with your faculty member.

Students may e-mail Ruth Burgher-Gibore, Director of Counseling Services at Ruth.Burgher-Gibore@woodbury.edu to request services or call 818-252-5237.

Students may also complete the required intake paperwork to get started here: https://counseling.woodbury.edu/Scheduling.

Counseling services are provided to all currently enrolled Woodbury students by Qualified Mental Health Professionals at no additional cost.  Sessions are scheduled by appointment only and information shared is kept in strict confidence.  Students may reach out to Counseling Services for support with finding solutions to any issues and problems impacting daily life.

Counseling Services office hours are Monday through Friday 9 am to 6 pm.  On campus, the office is located in the Whitten Student Center. During the pandemic, sessions are provided virtually through Ring Central with Licensed Counselors Rhex Bartolome (Rhex.Bartolome@woodbury.edu) or Ruth Burgher-Gibore (Ruth.Burgher-Gibore@woodbury.edu) at the Burbank Campus, and counselor Ryan Burtanog (Ryan.Burtanog@woodbury.edu) at the San Diego campus.
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Enter Username: FirstName.LastName@woodbury.edu
Enter Password: Your WU credentials – it is the same password students use to log in to the university network, Moodle, etc.

You will see a page of apps – choose the Outlook app to access your Woodbury email account

Also, when you log in to https://go.woodbury.edu , you will see links to Moodle, the syllabus Library, Self-Service, and a list of useful links that take you to more instructions related to accessing your emails such as setting up your mobile device to receive Outlook emails.

Parking is free during the Fall 2021 semester. However, students will still need to sign up for a parking pass as all vehicles on campus must be registered. To sign up for a parking pass, students can visit https://www.permitsales.net/WoodburyU.

Students with documented medical needs or non-medical needs which prevent them from attending in-person classes for the fall semester will need to fill out the Fall 2021 Class Attendance Accommodation Request form.  Once this form is completed, students will need to submit the requisite documentation and meet with the Disabilities Coordinator to discuss their needs.

The majority of courses in Fall 2021 will be in person. We continue to plan for the 2021 Fall Semester with the goals of providing the highest quality education, optimizing the student experience, and safety as our top priorities.

Course Delivery Objectives for Burbank and San Diego Campuses:

  • Maintain all LA and SD County Health Department safety protocols for COVID-19. If the LA and SD County guidelines change, then our safety protocols will also change. Woodbury reserves the right to implement more stringent protocols than county protocols, such as requiring masks.
  • Maximize student time on campus for course delivery methods that focus on interactive seminars, studios, project-oriented experiences, laboratory experiments, and student-interaction-focused classes.
  • Utilize remote synchronous learning for course delivery methods that focus on faculty-driven lectures.

Students with documented medical needs or non-medical needs which prevent them from attending in-person classes for the fall semester will need to fill out the Fall 2021 Class Attendance Accommodation Request form.  Once this form is completed, students will need to submit the required documentation and meet with the Disabilities Coordinator to discuss their needs.

Yes, since on-campus housing is a congregated living environment, all residents are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

If you need assistance with finding vaccine locations, please contact our campus nurse Gabriela.Preciado@woodbury.edu.

Single and Double rooms will only be offered for the Fall 2021 semester.

We offer bed spaces to students on the waitlist as soon as a student cancels their housing assignment. This will typically occur throughout the summer. To inquire about your place on the housing waitlist, please email Housing@woodbury.edu.

In mid-July, all residents will have seven days to submit their $250 prepayment fee. This prepayment fee will be credited to your university account and is used to secure your housing assignment. Failure to complete the housing prepayment may result in losing your housing assignment so please make sure to check your email throughout the summer.

The move-in dates this year will be from Aug. 18th through Aug. 22nd. We are requiring residents to schedule their move-in dates. Please contact housing@woodbury.edu to schedule your move-in date.

If you are no longer interested in living on campus, please email Housing@woodbury.edu so that we can offer your space to students on the waitlist.

SEVP has published an official FAQ including the following key items for current F-1 international students, as the same implementation of March 13 guidance:

  • Current students: Woodbury will maintain I-20’s active status for those who will be enrolled in in-person classes or online classes remotely.
  • Electronic Form I-20 issuance: I-20 issued electronically or electronic travel signatures will be permitted during the COVID-19 emergency until students have a need for an updated I-20.
  • On-Campus Employment: If the current on-campus employment opportunity has transitioned to remote work or the employment can be done through remote means, students may continue to engage in on-campus employment remotely.
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT): Students may engage in CPT during their time abroad, provided they are:
    • Enrolled in a program of study in which CPT is integral to the program of study;
    • Their DSO authorized CPT in advance of the CPT start date; and
    • Either the employer has an office outside the United States or the employer can assess student engagement and attainment of learning objectives electronically.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
    • USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) has not developed any official policy that students can apply for OPT from outside the U.S.
    • Students on OPT are allowed to work less than 20 hours a week during the COVID-19 emergency.
    • Students on OPT or STEM OPT may work remotely if their employer has an office outside of the U.S. or the employer can assess student engagement remotely.
  • One-year residency requirement for CPT and OPT: Time spent studying outside of the United States during the COVID-19 emergency will count toward the one-year requirement (equivalent to two academic semesters) for CPT and OPT as long as a student maintains an active I-20 status.
  • Returning to the U.S.
  • 60-day grace periodThere is no regulatory relief available to students in this situation, and such individuals are expected to depart the U.S. by the end of the grace period. Discuss your options with Lauren Seo, Senior International Student Advisor immediately, which may include:
    • Gaining admission to a new degree program at WU or another U.S. school and transferring your I-20;
    • Requesting a change of status with USCIS, applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT);
    • If available, seeking admission to another country other than your home country; OR
    • Returning to your home country.

If you have any questions, contact Lauren Seo, Senior International Student Advisor, at Lauren.Seo@woodbury.edu or 818-252-5265.

To minimize risk, International Student Services provides the following travel guidelines for international students:

  1. We strongly encourage you to think carefully about the risks of traveling internationally while the COVID-19 situation continues to develop. We recommend that you continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and S. Department of State for COVID-19 updates and travel guidance.
  2. There are currently no restrictions on domestic travel within the U.S. or S. territories; however, restrictions could be implemented at any time.
  3. Aside from any risk from coronavirus itself, travel restrictions/disruptions are significant. Flight cancellations, quarantines, and border closures have been implemented by several countries on short notice. It is also possible that U.S. borders might close to re-entry from some areas, making it challenging to travel.
  4. Per recent guidance from the CDC, all international travelers arriving from regions with CDC Level 3 travel warnings will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
  5. Follow the Coronavirus Updates on the Woodbury University website.

For further travel guidance information, please click the button below to view a more in-depth document & FAQ (last updated July 2021). 

Travel guidance for international students faq

Please discuss your individual circumstances with Lauren Seo, Senior International Student Advisor (email: Lauren.Seo@woodbury.edu, phone: 818-252-5265) if you plan to travel or in advance of any change in the terms of your approved program or practical training.

Students with Disabilities

These apply to both prospective and current students.

It’s important to meet with the Coordinator of Disabilities and Accessibility Services to identify your needs and request accommodations as early as possible. Ideally accommodation letters are issued within the first two weeks of the start of each semester so that students can confirm accommodation specifics and instructors are notified of their needs.

Accommodation requests made on short notice will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis but cannot be guaranteed.

Accommodations and services are determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration each student’s current functional limitations and fundamental elements of each course.

It may be possible for students to receive the same or similar accommodations which were granted in high school and previous post-secondary institutions. However, some accommodations received in high school and other institutions may not be appropriate and/or approved at Woodbury.

The University is not required to make academic adjustments that would substantially change the fundamental nature of the program, so an accommodation that may have been appropriate in another setting may not be feasible.

View the comparison chart between High School vs College accommodations below.

View the comparison chart here

Please see Woodbury Serving Students with Disabilities for more information about documentation specifics.

Step 1: Complete the Accommodations Request Form by clicking HERE.

Once this form is submitted, the Coordinator of Disabilities and Accessibility Services will contact you to set up a virtual meeting. Meetings take place between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Step 2: Obtain current documentation of your disability from a qualified medical doctor, neuropsychologist, psychologist, or specialist with an explanation as to how your disability limits your participation in courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities of the university. ODAS urges students with learning disabilities to provide comprehensive documentation based on adult assessment instruments.

Step 3: Meet with the Disabilities Coordinator to discuss your specific needs and determine reasonable accommodations. The following questions will be answered in the process:

  • What accommodations will be provided?
  • When will the accommodations be provided?
  • Who is responsible for providing accommodations?
  • How will they be provided?

Standard procedures for auxiliary services (e.g., alternate text formats and test-taking facilitation) will also be discussed.

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