Is online college worth it? Easier acceptance, cheaper classes, and your own schedule make online college experiences very appealing.
Honest Analysis of college vs online college
In this video, we’ll learn about online college and colleges and the differences between them. But we’re also going to learn about how college has changed with the recent spike in applicants and the decrease in admissions for those applicants and how that translates to online classes becoming more popular. But are online classes as effective or even as good as traditional college classes. Let’s take a look at the pros and the cons of all options available.
The first thing you want to do no matter what is figure out if the college you are interested in is accredited. Does the college have the accreditations that your programs need? Different programs will have different accreditations and these accreditations are usually required for certain jobs.
Cost is the biggest benefit because it’s a lot cheaper. You don’t have to commute and you could even live somewhere where it’s way less cheaper to live. You also pay much less per credit than you would per college class. There is literally no hassle when it comes to online college and your freedom.
“Everyone learns at their own speed and you shouldn’t have to learn at someone else’s speed”
Not only that, everyone learns at their own speed and getting your degree online allows you to have the freedom to work at your own pace. You’re not restricted to the traditional college deadlines etc. Things are usually due at the end of the week and you pick and choose when and where you will complete your assignments. You might be able to get through two months of class in two weeks if that’s your style.
Another huge benefit is that you can have a side job or full-time job and still get your education on your own time. This is great too if you have a family to take care of or you just want more free time to live your life how you want to.
As a side note: There are many online platforms that offer courses and these could be a good option if your goal is to learn new things. But you should know that these are not real accredited classes and although there might be some really great information out there, taught by some really talented people, these are not officially college classes.
Some platforms like coursera have certificates they can award you for certain achievements but these certificates are not really as good as a degree. You’ll get the same knowledge but the certificates won’t have the same power when it comes to a job interview.
But going to traditional college has so many perks as well. The fact is if you go to a great college like Stanford or Harvard, you are going to make connections with the future CEO’s and millionaires of the world. For that reason, on-campus college is great because you can make real life connections with people that can help you throughout your life.
“On-campus colleges have great extracurricular and networking options”
The programs and activities offered at on-campus school are usually pretty great. There are often speakers and converts and events to attend. There are always career fairs and on-campus resources to help you find jobs and get that extra help you’re going to need to get you into a career.