Select The Right Online School For You
Choosing one of the many online schools for your online education is a daunting task. However, selecting the appropriate online school for you is crucial in your quest for an online degree. It is important to ask yourself certain questions as you explore all your options.
Question 1: Which online degree do I want to earn?
There are several online degrees to choose from. You can choose among a high school diploma, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and PhD. You should also determine what area you would like to study, i.e., nursing, accounting, advertising, etc. If you are unsure or undecided, contact an Academic Advisor for advice.
Question 2: Which types of online schools work best with my studying style and schedule?
One of the biggest advantages of online schools is flexibility. Most, if not all, of them will allow you to study and learn at your own pace. Some will require you to log in at certain times for cyber class discussions. Some programs will even require you to make a certain number of campus visits for face-to-face interaction with your instructor and classmates. Ask yourself how much face time you want with your instructors. Think about how much in-person interaction you want with your classmates. Then pick the program that is most compatible with your studying style and schedule.
Question 3: What should I consider when searching for an online school?
First and foremost, find out which online schools are accredited. That is the most important factor in choosing an online school. Getting a degree from an unaccredited institution will mean nothing to potential employers and will be a waste of your money. After that, find out whether the online school offers the degree you seek and in your area of interest. Then review the curriculum, the faculty and administration, and the tuition. If you have credits you would like to transfer, find out whether the school will accept them. Or if you plan to transfer the credits you earn, find out whether they will be transferable.
Question 4: What are the top accredited online schools that offer the degree I seek?
After determining which degree you want and the area you wish to study, find out which online schools offer what you seek. Then research which ones are the most highly respected in your field of interest. It is important to get your online degree from an institution that has a solid reputation and is well regarded by employers.
Question 5: What are the requirements of my online degree program?
Make sure you meet the requirements to pursue the degree you are seeking. For instance, if you are seeking an online bachelor’s degree, you must already have a high school diploma. If you are seeking a master’s degree, then you must possess a bachelor’s degree.
Online programs require a computer and Internet access. If you do not own a computer, make sure you have easy access to one. Public libraries and Internet Cafés offer computers with high-speed Internet, but keep in mind they might not always be open during the hours you choose to study.
Question 6: Am I eligible for the online school in which I’m interested?
Once you come up with a list of potential online schools, contact each one to confirm there is room on the roster and whether you meet all the prerequisites required of the program in which you are interested. You can go to each school’s website to request an information packet or you can request information packets directly through our website. You can also call each school and ask for more information if you prefer.
Question 7: Can I afford the online program in which I’m interested?
Find out how much each online program costs before you hand over any money. Make sure your cost calculations include equipment, student fees and any other miscellaneous costs associated with the program. You should also research what your financial aid options are and look into scholarships that are available.
Question 8: How strong is the alumni network?
You can find out the strength of an institution’s alumni network by contacting several alums and asking about their experience getting their online degree and how it helped them get the job they currently have. Alumni information can usually be found on the school’s website or by calling the alumni office. It is better to receive an online degree from a school with a strong alumni network because it will help you in your job search after you earn your degree.
We hope this helps you choose one of the many online schools available – good luck!