What are the pros and cons of a online university versus a physical campus and their degrees?

By | September 16, 2015

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5 thoughts on “What are the pros and cons of a online university versus a physical campus and their degrees?

  1. USA

    Online college isn’t going away. Many many colleges are now offering online degree programs. The pros are that it’s convenient, and it’s on your schedule. The only con is that there is a stereotype on those who earned their degree online. People seem to think that it’s easy to earn a degree online.

    There really aren’t any pros to going to a campus. It’s full of arrogant liberal professors and crackpots who’ll love to kill you.

  2. skip742

    Online works for some people, but not everybody finds that they can work as well in that format. I’d encourage you to try one course each over the summer so that you can know for sure which works better for you before you fully commit. Or, better yet, go to a school that offers both formats of learning.

    One thing you want to be sure of is to attend somewhere that still has accreditation, and is relatively well known as a legitimate university, so that you don’t suffer from a reputation crisis when you go to get a job, and they ask you if its a real college, and you have to explain why you didn’t want to show up in person.

    There are other advantages to live in-person college experiences. For example, half of what you learn is not in the classes, but from other students. Online, you also miss out on valuable networking opportunities. You just need to decide which works better for you.


    It depends on the discipline/major, your lifestyle, qualities that your looking for, and your finances. Some online universities/colleges don’t offer certain programs but, in your case 85% of them offer psychology. PLEASE, PLEASE check out accreditation, this is a major issue, Some accrediting bodies don’t accept credits from certain schools. For example Florida Atlantic University doesn’t accept credits from UoP or Walden university. FAU has regional accreditation, while UoP and Walden have national accreditation. FYI: regional accreditation is higher than national. I wish people would stop lying about that national is better b/c it’s not. It depends on where the school is located if you want to do a combination of classes such as Keiser Uni. they give you the option of taking classes in onground and online format. Here are some decent online schools: Drexel University, University of Maryland University College, Herzing University, Post University, Keiser University, and Argosy University. Just make sure you do your research. I hope this helps you in anyway. Good luck!!

  4. CoachT

    Ms Gucci, UoP and Walden are regionally accredited.

    Check them here:
    UoP: http://www.chea.org/search/actionInst.asp?CheaID=1404
    Walden: http://www.chea.org/search/actionInst.asp?CheaID=1442

    I’m not saying I like either one – just that they ARE regionally accredited and the fact that many people don’t like them doesn’t change that fact.

    The question at hand:
    based on my experience – I’ve done both. Your mileage may vary

    Pros: Locational flexibility – you can do your work anywhere you want, any time you want. You can study at colleges across the world without moving there. You save money and time on commuting.

    Cons: You MUST be highly motivated and self-directed. Nobody will remind you each day to do your work. You WILL read the textbook, there aren’t usually lecturers telling you what the book said. You will probably write a lot and won’t do as many ‘multiple guess’ quizzes. Some subjects are REALLY hard without a teacher right there to help you. Some subjects just can’t easily be done online – you need labs or people.

    pros: It’s traditional (people like that). There are professors and other students around to help with your assignments and to remind you when they’re due. It’s easier to be motivated when you have to be in place X at time Y every week.

    cons: location – you’re restricted to studying only what is offered where you happen to be (or where you are willing to go). Time – you must be in class when it’s time for class, not when it fits your schedule. Distractions – there are people there that aren’t going to pass/graduate and they’d like you to join them. Traffic, cost of gas, parking.

    * Online is easier, cheaper, and/or faster. Not a legit program. It’s often harder, costs more, and takes longer.

    * You learn more in a classroom. Some people do. The US Dept of Education tells us that you learn more online + classroom, then online, then classroom.

    * Employers don’t like online. The common example is that “XYZ company won’t pay for their employees to go to University of Phoenix (etc)” Reality is that those employers won’t pay for that college whether online or classroom – they don’t like the college. Most employers have come to realize that online delivery is now normal and that in many positions it has significant advantage.

    Network: Straw-man argument. Unless you’re going to a top school, the network you establish anywhere isn’t all that strong. Your classmates are in the same position as you are. But, with some online programs you’ll find yourself in class with people that have some real power and contacts. This is because most online programs are being attending by working adults and not fresh out of high school kids.

    “The college experience”: If you’re 17-18 and fresh out of high school then a classroom is a pretty good place to learn to grow up a little. If you’re in your 20′s and work 9-5, have a husband and two kids, have bills to pay and things to do — “the college experience” with a bunch of kids that think getting stone-faced drunk is fun is the last thing you need to add to your life.

    just a few thoughts… online is not the best approach for most people. Most people can’t do a 100% online degree and succeed. A hybrid is always a good option and just about every college in the country teaches online these days.

  5. PE2008

    Depends on what you want — an education or a degree. An education, for thousands of years, has meant spending extended time in a community of learners and scholars. What goes on outside class, is often as important to the entire educational experience as what goes in inside class.

    Online education can be likened to looking at education through a small window. You will see what is in front of you, but nothing else. I’m an engineer, but one of my most “educational” class was English Literature, taught by an absolutely mesmerizing professor. Students arrived early to his lectures get a good seat. He taught as much by raised eyebrow as formal notes. This kind of intimate transfer of “soft” knowledge is mostly lost with online education.

    On the other hand, online education is possible under some circumstances. Probably, online courses make more sense in graduate education than for first degree education. Some undergraduate courses can be taught effectively online.

    On a more practical level, employers still greatly prefer on-campus degrees — 95% according to one recent survey of employers. This is reflected in the great lengths online student go to hide the online nature of their degree. They’re terrified they’ll be found out…

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