5 reasons to get your degree online

About 25% of American college students take classes online, and about half of those take classes exclusively online. There are a number of very good reasons to get your college degree online. Here are the top 5.

by Brian Wilson

5 reasons to get your degree online

In an age when tasks such as shopping, travel arrangements, and banking are all done online without even a second thought, it's no surprise that more and more students are choosing college programs with some or all classes delivered online. About 25% of American college students take classes online, and about half of those take classes exclusively online.

There are a number of very good reasons to get your college degree online. Here are the top 5.

You can attend online classes any time, day or night, any day of the week.

If you're going back to school to get your degree and intend to continue working while you go to school, it can be challenging to find classes that mesh with your work schedule. Because one of the benefits of online college classes is that you don't have to show up at the same time as the professor and other students, you can easily attend class when you're available. No asking your boss for every Wednesday off. No fighting traffic to get to campus in bad weather. Simply flop down into your most comfortable chair, grab your computer, log on to your school's web site, and go to class.

Online college classes can help you save money

Online college tuition is not always lower than tuition at traditional campuses, but some of the related expenses simply disappear if you take classes online. By taking your college classes online, you don't have to commute across town and spend money on gasoline. If you're at home, you won't be buying lunch at the school cafeteria or local fast food restaurant. Many online universities provide all textbooks in digital format- sometimes for free- which means fewer expensive book bills.

Learn at your own pace

Most online colleges allow you to complete courses at your own pace. Life sometimes gets in the way of our commitments. The car breaks down. Your boss won't give you the day off. Your whole family gets the flu. If you take classes at a traditional college campus, missing one or two days can destroy your grade. But if you take colleges online, you'll find that you're able to work at your own pace, and on your own schedule. If you have to take a week off because life has gotten in the way, no problem! Just pick up where you left off. If you learn quickly and want to complete a class ahead of schedule, great! Online colleges rarely demand that you slow down to fit the pace of the other students.

You can attend colleges all over the country

In the old days, you either had to go to a college or university in your town, you had to move to another town, or you had to drive a long distance every day to attend classes at the college of your choice. These days, you have many more options. One of many benefits of online college classes is that you have many more choices for online college than for traditional colleges campuses. You can live in Ohio and get your degree from a college in California. You can even take a family vacation to Cancun in the middle of the semester, and not interrupt your class attendance at all!

There are more college programs available online

Just as you have more schools to choose from when getting your degree online, you also have a greater variety of programs available. If you want to study Medical Assisting or Computer Science and your local college doesn't have the program you want, you can still find the perfect program at an online college. This is true whether you're getting your bachelor's degree online, pursuing an online MBA, or if you're looking for an online associate's degree or professional certificate.

Online college classes aren't for everybody, but I think you'll see that there are plenty of benefits to getting your degree online.

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