Online Learning

SUNY Adirondack’s web-based courses allow you to learn any time and any place you have a computer and the Internet.

With diverse courses available during fall, spring and summer terms, online learning is a convenient way to work toward a degree or pursue personal enrichment.

Online courses start and end with the regular semester calendar. Just as in classroom-based courses, online courses have reading and homework assignments with deadlines.

SUNY Adirondack offers five degrees and a certificate program fully online.

Twenty degree programs offer at least half its courses online.  

Your SUNY Adirondack BLACKBOARD username and password are the same username and password you use to access your other SUNY Adirondack academic technology accounts.


Learn how to find your BLACKBOARD username and password to access your courses.

CONTINUING EDUCATION online offerings.


Online courses are not for everyone.

SUNY Adirondack online courses are not self-paced. You will have reading assignments and homework with due dates similar to a classroom course. Making a study schedule and sticking to it is the single most important step you can take to ensure you will successfully complete an online course.

If you typically put off tasks to the last minute, you are strongly advised to take classroom-based courses instead of online classes. When you enroll in an online course, plan to begin “attending class” the first day of the semester, just as you would for classroom-based courses.

Unlike in classroom-based courses, your instructor, your classmates and you each work at your own times and in separate locations, but you will still need to meet deadlines.

  • Computer (newer than 4 years old recommended). Mobile devices (Android, iPhone and iPad) and Chromebooks are NOT supported.
  • Internet access (broadband strongly recommended)
  • Online Blackboard software used for courses is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers. Software is built into the online system.
  • Firefox or Chrome browsers are recommended. Internet Explorer 8-10 and Safari also work, but can be problematic.
  • Some instructor may require course-specific software (e.g. Excel, MathType or textbook CDs).

Plan to work a minimum of nine hours a week for each three-credit course and 12 hours a week for four-credit classes.

  • Meeting weekly course deadlines is critical to success.
  • Expect to write a lot! Written course work is critical for success.
  • All communication, including discussions and written assignments, is done using tools built right into your web-based course.
  • The online environment gives you time to think about your questions and answers and revise what you want to say.
  • Maintain a regular login and study schedule. Don’t save all your online work for one night. Set aside several days and times throughout the week specifically to work on your online courses.
  • Begin assignments as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the due date.
  • The process of exchanging ideas and information online takes time because everyone is working on a different schedule.
  • If you have questions about homework, post them immediately to allow your instructor a couple of days to get back to you. (If you have a question about an assignment an hour before it is due, you can’t count on anyone being online to answer you.)
  • Be sure to have a technology backup plan before beginning online courses. Find a friend, relative or a public library that has a computer with internet service you can use in case of emergencies. Be sure it has any special software your course requires.
  • At the end of every work session, save copies of your homework files to a flash drive, DVD, CD or other portable storage devices. If you don’t have backups, you will lose your course work if your computer dies.

Your SUNY Adirondack BLACKBOARD username and password are the same username and password you use to access your other SUNY Adirondack academic technology accounts.


Learn how to find your BLACKBOARD username and password to access your courses.

Login directions for CONTINUING EDUCATION courses.

You can purchase books and materials for online courses at the SUNY Adirondack Bookstore in the Student Center on the Queensbury campus.


SUNY Adirondack students should first attempt to resolve complaints through internal campus processes and procedures. The SUNY Adirondack Student Handbook describes the appropriate complaint procedures. However, the U.S. Department of Education regulations require each state to have a process to handle complaints for all institutions in their state, except federally run institutions (including service academies) and tribal institutions such as tribally controlled community colleges. For purposes of HEA eligibility under these regulations, the state remains responsible for responding to complaints about institutions in the state regardless of what body or entity actually manages complaints.

Institutions delivering courses by distance education are required to provide students or prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with the state approval or licensing entity in the student’s state of residency and any other relevant state official or agency that would appropriately handle a student's complaint.

Contact information for each state has been collected by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO).

"I decided that SUNY Adirondack was the right fit for my new life. I was now a full-time, working mother and student ... I decided to take online classes here, and it gave me the opportunity to work a 9-to-5 job. Dropping out was not an option for me, and SUNY Adirondack made it so that a degree was always within reach."

Marissa Sweet
Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences, Class of 2016