Open Letter

Thinking of enrolling in our Internet Academy? Read this.

We want you to be successful in your online courses! We hope that these key takeaways from our many years following the progress of our students will help you make an informed decision. Online courses are not for everyone. It is up to you to decide if they are right for you!

Internet courses are a lot of work. For each 3-credit course during a full term, on average, you will be required to log on at least three times per week for a minimum of two hours each time.

The most successful students log on more frequently. Your professor will require on-time posting of discussions and assignments. Remember, Herkimer College online courses are not self-paced, and mini-semester courses require more participation more often.

Good time-management skills are essential. There is no fixed schedule of classes you must attend, but while this flexibility can be very convenient, it also means having to stay on top of logons/participation and completion of assignments. We have observed that students who allow themselves to fall behind rarely manage to catch up.

Your own computer is a must for success. Herkimer College Internet Academy courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have your own computer, you can access your courses when it is most convenient for you. If you must depend on the use of someone else’s computer, you are more likely to fall behind.

You cannot be late to enter a class. All of our online courses "go live" several days prior to the first day of classes. You should access the course as soon as possible and begin working through the initial activities. Students who are late to enter an online course are less likely to be successful.

So, are you up for the challenge?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your decision to take courses online, please contact us at (315) 574-4006 or 1 (844) GO-4-HERK x8742 or email


Linda Lamb, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs