Should I go to School Online?

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So you’ve decided to go back to school for a college or graduate degree – congratulations! Now you need to decide where you want to pursue your studies – online or on a traditional campus.

Here are some factors to consider as you make your choice.

Flexibility

  • Online learning allows you to take course anytime, anywhere. Online course work can be tailored to your schedule, with most colleges using weekly formats when submitting work.
  • Traditional programs require many hours physically on campus, and classes are usually held at a set time.

Social Interaction

  • Many online universities encourage communication and interaction. Video chats, discussion boards, and recorded live lectures are a few ways that professors and students can interact without meeting in person.
  • Traditional education is a great option for students who thrive among peers. Live class settings allow students to ask questions immediately and develop a broader network with other students.

Self-Discipline

  • Online degree programs are very flexible, since students learn at their own pace. However, students must remain disciplined, as it’s up to you to log in and do your coursework and assignments each week.
  • In an on campus program, you attend courses and turn in assignments in person, which can motivate you to complete your work. 

These are just some of the factors to weigh when you consider how you want to attain your degree. Only you can decide what’s the right choice for you. For more resources to guide you as you make your decision, visit Great Start, NCU’s free, self-guided resource. Visit https://www.ncu.edu/great-start to get started.

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