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 2020 incoming class.

  • Importantly, we have a rolling admission policy and prospective students may apply at any time.
  • The enrollment deposit deadline has been extended.
  • We are a 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

Our plan is for all course work to be a hybrid of online and in-person experiences in Fall 2020. Safety protocols will follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health requirements, while the strong student to faculty interaction will be led by faculty.

We have put together a list of all courses offered this fall in this document. Each course in the list indicates the percentage of class time that will be in person and the percentage that will be online. As each professor finishes their syllabus they will include a description of class activities. Syllabus will be completed by August 10, 2020.

Learn more about how we’re delivering courses in Fall 2020

Yes, both Burbank/LA and San Diego campuses will deliver fall 2020 courses in a hybrid manner, meaning a blend of online and specific in-person experiences, such as labs and practical exercises.

The University has published a Course Delivery Information that lists all of the fall 2020 courses indicating how much time each course will be spent online and how much time each course will be spent in-person.

Syllabi should be available on Monday, August 10.

There will be no dedicated architecture studio space. We are looking at setting up a reservation system for hot desk use (hot desking is an office organization system which involves multiple workers using a single physical work station or surface during different time periods).

To maintain the quality of a Woodbury University experience, there are no plans to reduce tuition and fees at this time. The university continues to function in order to achieve our mission, which is to educate students who will become innovative professionals contributing to a global community. We understand the student experience in 2020 is different than we all imagined because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but our dedicated faculty and staff are still working to help students progress toward earning their degrees. Importantly, tuition covers the ongoing payroll and benefits costs of our faculty, staff, and administration; and fees cover other current costs associated with campus-based support activities. Furthermore, we also have new costs associated with the shift to online instruction which include, but are not limited to, software licensing and technological upgrades.

Another new cost is associated with implementing safety measures while we cautiously provide a minimum of three days of in-person, on-campus access to all students for all program learning outcomes that necessitate activities beyond lecturing, group discussions, or student presentations. Some of the services that will be open include the Library, Making Complex, Computer Labs, Fashion Design Studios, Soundstage, Film Equipment Cage, and other spaces designated on a case by case basis.

Virtually every part of the university is working diligently to identify feasible academic solutions given the constraints driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Full communication of all course activities including which portions will be face-to-face or remotely taught is ongoing. We are currently in the process of setting up a web-based site where students can go to find the latest information about their courses. Please look out for this information in the near future.

Our faculty have been working diligently to provide quality education that is relevant and engaging to all students at Woodbury University. If any of the courses in which you are enrolled, have an in-person experience component, we highly recommend you attend them. However, we understand that students may decide to participate in in-person activities remotely. If activities in courses are designed for in person delivery, faculty will provide alternative online learning activities for students who cannot attend or feel uncomfortable attending activities on campus.

In the event that all of your courses are taught 100% online, you are not required to come to the campus, but please know we will provide a minimum of three days of in-person, on-campus access to all students for all program learning outcomes that necessitate activities beyond lecturing, group discussions, or student presentations. Some of the services that will be open include the Library, Making Complex, Computer Labs, Fashion Design Studios, Soundstage, Film Equipment Cage, and other spaces designated on a case by case basis.

To see how much time each course will be spent online and how much time each course will be spent in-person for the fall 2020 semester, please review the Course Delivery Information Document. Specific course activities will be described in the course syllabus. Course syllabi will be posted in the Syllabi Library by Aug. 10.

International students must be registered for a full course of study in classes (12 credit units for undergraduates, 6 credit units for graduate students) to maintain their student visa. If you are an international student and have questions about face-to-face or online course delivery and what it means for you, please contact Lauren Seo, Senior International Student Advisor & Designated School Official (DSO) at lauren.seo@woodbury.edu or 818-252-5265 for more information.

Faculty have identified how much time each course will be spent online and how much time each course will be spent in-person for the fall 2020 semester here: Course Delivery Information.  Specific course activities will be described in the course syllabus. Course syllabi will be posted in the Syllabi Library by Aug. 10. Once you know how each of your registered classes will be conducted and decide that you no longer wish to be in housing, please email housing@woodbury.edu to cancel your application. Housing will then offer a bed space to the next applicant.

If you need more time in making a decision for housing because you are waiting to confirm how your registered classes will be delivered, please contact housing@woodbury.edu for an extension.

Please rest assured that Housing is developing plans and procedures to keep the residential living environment safe and comfortable for residents while following physical distancing requirements and guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.

Residents will be required to wear a face-covering whenever they are outside of their dorm room. For meal plans, residents will be able to access Woody’s and use their meal plans during service hours. They will also be able to retrieve mail from Central Services, and access the Security, Health, and Housing offices should they need assistance during business hours.

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.

Yes, there have been a few changes in Housing. Please read the latest update below:


Dear Housing Applicants,

We thank you for your continued patience as we continue to navigate these uncertain times.

We know that for many of you, housing is an integral part of your college experience. We want to continue providing you with an option for on-campus housing while also ensuring that we keep the safety and wellbeing of our resident’s priority.

The university has decided that all housing spaces will be converted to singles for the Fall 2020 term to maintain physical distancing. All rooms, regardless of size, will be priced at $5,613 per semester (the single room rate).

We will also be instituting the following additional changes:

  • Residents will not be allowed to have any guests (overnight or visiting)
  • North Hall lobby will be closed to resident access

Housing will also be:

  • Increasing cleaning of community bathrooms and kitchens
  • Three times per day on weekdays and two times per day on weekends
  • Providing residents with access to additional personal protective equipment such as hand sanitizer stations, hand washing, masks, etc.

Our housing team is working hard to continue to provide opportunities for residents to engage and interact with each other. Please make sure that you are checking your email for additional information as it becomes available.

Thank you,
Woodbury University Student Housing

Admitted Students

You can text Financial Aid at (818) 600-6593 or email them at finaid@woodbury.edu.

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

Yes, there have been a few changes in Housing. Please read the latest update below:


Dear Housing Applicants and Admitted Students,

We thank you for your continued patience as we continue to navigate these uncertain times.

We know that for many of you, housing is an integral part of your college experience. We want to continue providing you with an option for on-campus housing while also ensuring that we keep the safety and wellbeing of our resident’s priority.

The university has decided that all housing spaces will be converted to singles for the Fall 2020 term to maintain physical distancing. All rooms, regardless of size, will be priced at $5,613 per semester (the single room rate).

We will also be instituting the following additional changes:

  • Residents will not be allowed to have any guests (overnight or visiting)
  • North Hall lobby will be closed to resident access

Housing will also be:

  • Increasing cleaning of community bathrooms and kitchens
  • Three times per day on weekdays and two times per day on weekends
  • Providing residents with access to additional personal protective equipment such as hand sanitizer stations, hand washing, masks, etc.

Our housing team is working hard to continue to provide opportunities for residents to engage and interact with each other. Please make sure that you are checking your email for additional information as it becomes available.

Thank you,
Woodbury University Student Housing

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; to date, there are no known cases of COVID-19 at Woodbury.

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

Yes. We have extended the enrollment deposit deadline. Please reach out to your admissions counselor for details.

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.

Current Students

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

  • Current students: Woodbury will maintain I-20 in active status for those who will be enrolled in 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 I-20 is in active status.
  • Returning to the U.S.
    • Students who continue to make normal progress in their course of study and maintain I-20 in active status are allowed to return to the U.S. However, students should refer to their local S. embassy website for any updates about visa issuance and travel restrictions before making a travel plan. Also, Department of Homeland Security and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) websites provide information about current travel restrictions to the U.S.
    • Once the COVID-19 emergency is over and Woodbury resumes normal in-person operation, students should seek to return to the United States within 30 days of the next available semester start date.
  • 60-day grace period: SEVP recognizes that some students may find it difficult to return home during the COVID-19 emergency due to limited or cancelled flights or travel restriction on inbound flights from the U.S. Please contact Lauren Seo at Lauren.Seo@woodbury.edu to discuss alternative options.

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

Yes, both Burbank/LA and San Diego campuses will deliver fall 2020 courses in a hybrid manner, meaning a blend of online and specific in-person experiences, such as labs and practical exercises.

The University has published a Course Delivery Information that lists all of the fall 2020 courses indicating how much time each course will be spent online and how much time each course will be spent in-person.

Course syllabi will be posted in the Syllabi Library by Aug. 10.

To maintain the quality of a Woodbury University experience, there are no plans to reduce tuition and fees at this time. The university continues to function in order to achieve our mission, which is to educate students who will become innovative professionals contributing to a global community. We understand the student experience in 2020 is different than we all imagined because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but our dedicated faculty and staff are still working to help students progress toward earning their degrees. Importantly, tuition covers the ongoing payroll and benefits costs of our faculty, staff, and administration; and fees cover other current costs associated with campus-based support activities. Furthermore, we also have new costs associated with the shift to online instruction which include, but are not limited to, software licensing and technological upgrades.

Another new cost is associated with implementing safety measures while we cautiously provide a minimum of three days of in-person, on-campus access to all students for all program learning outcomes that necessitate activities beyond lecturing, group discussions, or student presentations. Some of the services that will be open include the Library, Making Complex, Computer Labs, Fashion Design Studios, Soundstage, Film Equipment Cage, and other spaces designated on a case by case basis.

Virtually every part of the university is working diligently to identify feasible academic solutions given the constraints driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Full communication of all course activities including which portions will be face-to-face or remotely taught is ongoing. We are currently in the process of setting up a web-based site where students can go to find the latest information about their courses. Please look out for this information in the near future.

Our faculty have been working diligently to provide quality education that is relevant and engaging to all students at Woodbury University. If any of the courses in which you are enrolled, have an in-person experience component, we highly recommend you attend them. However, we understand that students may decide to participate in in-person activities remotely. If activities in courses are designed for in person delivery, faculty will provide alternative online learning activities for students who cannot attend or feel uncomfortable attending activities on campus.

In the event that all of your courses are taught 100% online, you are not required to come to the campus, but please know we will provide a minimum of three days of in-person, on-campus access to all students for all program learning outcomes that necessitate activities beyond lecturing, group discussions, or student presentations. Some of the services that will be open include the Library, Making Complex, Computer Labs, Fashion Design Studios, Soundstage, Film Equipment Cage, and other spaces designated on a case by case basis.

To see how much time each course will be spent online and how much time each course will be spent in-person for the fall 2020 semester, please review the Course Delivery Information Document. Specific course activities will be described in the course syllabus. Course syllabi will be posted in the Syllabi Library by Aug. 10.

International students must be registered for a full course of study in classes (12 credit units for undergraduates, 6 credit units for graduate students) to maintain their student visa. If you are an international student and have questions about face-to-face or online course delivery and what it means for you, please contact Lauren Seo, Senior International Student Advisor & Designated School Official (DSO) at lauren.seo@woodbury.edu or 818-252-5265 for more information.

Faculty have identified how much time each course will be spent online and how much time each course will be spent in-person for the fall 2020 semester here: Course Delivery Information .  Specific course activities will be described in the course syllabus. Course syllabi will be posted in the Syllabi Library by Aug. 10. Once you know how each of your registered classes will be conducted and decide that you no longer wish to be in housing, please email housing@woodbury.edu to cancel your application. Housing will then offer a bed space to the next applicant.

If you need more time in making a decision for housing because you are waiting to confirm how your registered classes will be delivered, please contact housing@woodbury.edu for an extension.

Please rest assured that Housing is developing plans and procedures to keep the residential living environment safe and comfortable for residents while following physical distancing requirements and guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.

Residents will be required to wear a face-covering whenever they are outside of their dorm room. For meal plans, residents will be able to access Woody’s and use their meal plans during service hours. They will also be able to retrieve mail from Central Services, and access the Security, Health, and Housing offices should they need assistance during business hours. Note that Housing will continue to communicate updates to residents via your Woodbury email address.

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.
We look forward to seeing you!
For life threatening emergenices, always dial 911.  Call campus security at 818-252-5208 for general emergencies.

Visit https://portal.office.com/
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.

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.

Woodbury University continues to welcome students from around the world.  We are closely monitoring the situation and will adhere to any decisions made by the US government.

In all circumstances, such students should avoid travel to China or Iran at this time.

Additionally, it is essential that such individuals maintain valid student status while waiting in the U.S. for their Woodbury program to begin and they become eligible to transfer to Woodbury for study here. Since this group would already be in the U.S., no new visa stamp would be needed from the U.S. consulate since a valid visa stamp is only needed at the time of entry into the U.S.

After admission to the program, Woodbury will advise this population upon receipt of a request for immigration documentation.

Disability

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.

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

We are in the process of updating our forms and will be posting all new forms in mid-July. Stay tuned!

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.

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.

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