Is Online College the Right Choice for You?

by Online Education Specialist · 9 comments

Going to college online makes earning a degree more convenient for working adults as well as younger students. However, this doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for everybody. You should take a number of factors into consideration before enrolling in an Online Degree Program. Some of those factors include cost, convenience, your comfort level using computers and the Internet, your work and family responsibilities, and whether you prefer to learn alone or in a classroom setting surrounded by other people.

You should first ask yourself whether or not you can afford online college. Many people believe that it is less expensive to attend classes online. This is not always true. Sometimes it costs universities more money to provide the technology that facilitates online classes than it does to provide traditional classes, and the universities pass those added costs along to students. However, at some colleges, online classes can be a bargain. It’s good to shop around and compare the cost of tuition for online programs versus traditional, classroom-based programs. Another financial matter to consider is how much money you will save on fuel costs by not commuting to a college campus, particularly if you live in a suburban area where the closest college might be an hour or more away from your home.

Secondly, you need to consider whether or not you are disciplined enough to learn on your own or if you need face-to-face interaction with an instructor or professor. When you are at home by yourself, it’s easy to get distracted or caught up watching television or surfing the Web instead of focusing on your online classes. If you have a spouse or children, concentrating on your classes can be even more difficult for some students. There is no professor present to keep you on focused and on-task. This is why going to school online requires a greater level of discipline and effort than going to school traditionally. Online learners need to be comfortable with self-study and willing to communicate by e-mail and instant message with their teachers and fellow students. If you need to have a teacher in front of you and students to interact with, than you may need to seek a traditional classroom setting.

Third, take a look at your work schedule and ask yourself if online classes could help you go to college at the same time. An advantage of online colleges is that the classes you take are flexible, allowing you to access them at any time of the day. This is very useful for individuals who work irregular hours and would never be able to commit to attend traditional classes at the same set time every day. If you do have a consistent work schedule, it may work out for you to take night classes at a traditional college. If there are only a limited number of night classes available, however, online classes may be your only available option.

Finally, it is important to remember that in many cities, you don’t necessarily have to choose one option over the other. Many online universities have physical buildings nearby where you can take traditional classes along with your online classes. By taking online classes and traditional classes in the same semester, you have the best of both worlds and can judge for yourself which type of course you prefer.


This guest post is contributed by Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics of online college courses. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: angelita.williams7

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Seo Friendly Shopping Cart October 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Yup it is useful for me and it might be for others too like me. I am sure that it won’t be a bad experience to have an online learning to complete your studies while doing a job too. I think you got my opinion and it surely offers some advantage too…


Dan October 28, 2010 at 9:46 am

I have recently been considering online classes. I love the idea about being able to go to school from any place in the world (as long as you get broadband internet). Online classes are also heaps more convenient, making them the choice for the busy student.


dania November 16, 2010 at 10:03 am

many advantages of studying online, I really like this. :)


Curtain Clothes Delhi November 18, 2010 at 5:19 pm

I think online education is best for those youngsters or adults who are working and don’t have so much time to go for classes in colleges or institutes. Even one of my friends also taking online classes.


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Daryl @ top ranked online universities December 13, 2010 at 7:59 pm

To be successful with an online education I especially agree with point 2 above about being self disciplined. It’s a fairly autonomous education where you set your schedule for learning so you have to be motivated. One other point I’d like to make is that you should choose a top online university that has been providing quality education online for a while. Some schools do online education very well while others are very poor.


Julie January 8, 2011 at 1:56 am

This is a great guide of all of the things you should consider before enrolling in college online. I think the benefits of face to face interaction that are somewhat lost through online learning will eventually be recovered as eLearning develops and incorporates more advanced media, interaction and communication.


karthik January 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

Online education important for developing conuntry like india.. so we more like online education
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George @ Scholarships For Moms June 8, 2011 at 4:45 am

Online college can be quite challenging. I tried taking a few online classes and they were hard.


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