What are your pros and cons about Online Degrees vs Physical College Degrees?

By | November 15, 2015

Just wondering I have allowed to many semesters to pass by, now trying to decide the best route to take.

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4 thoughts on “What are your pros and cons about Online Degrees vs Physical College Degrees?

  1. Noctiluca

    I wouldn’t go with an online degree, it would be a huge waste of time and money. They are generally not taken seriously by employers or other Universities that you may want to attend (unless they are from a well recognized school with a physical campus who offer online courses to complement regular lectures). Get a degree from a real physical university.

  2. Sophia

    Online degrees are usually scams and are not respected by most employers. It’s a very risky route to take and most often ends up being a waste of time and money. If you want a degree that is worth something, go to class.

  3. college-blogger

    I doubt employers or friends would laugh if you earned your degree from Penn State. Or Northeastern University. Or Syracuse University. Or Boston University. Or Columbia University. Or University of Massachusetts. Yep, all of these schools offer online degree programs.

    However, there is one thing they ALL have in common. These universities are NOT synonymous with online colleges. People do NOT think “online” when you mention these schools. Steer clear of ANY school that makes you think “online”… you know which colleges I’m talking about!

    Your degree (and transcript) will be identical to the degree conferred upon traditional brick-and-mortar students… Dozens of well-known, respected universities ranked in the Top 100 by U.S. News offer online programs (Penn State, Syracuse, Boston U, University of Illinois, and so on).

    Attend a well-established university that also has a campus program. State schools often have the best tuition rates and people don’t immediately think of online learning when you say you earned your degree at the University of Illinois or the University of Massachusetts.

    The best feature of an online degree is flexibility. I have attended traditional classes and online classes, and I prefer the online format. As an online student, I am able to work full-time and carry a full-time course load. You can also afford to be picky about your program of study. There are literally hundreds of colleges offering online programs.

    In terms of academics, as I mentioned previously, classes are every bit as challenging as traditional classes. In fact, I would say I work harder as an online student than I ever did when I was attending night classes. Also, if you shop around, online colleges can be more economical than traditional schools.

    Again, steer clear of schools that many consider to be for-profit (relatively new schools that offer mostly online classes). These types of schools are synonymous with online learning… and your resume will look much better with Penn State, University of Illinois, University of Massachusetts, and so on (see source below for more schools, I just named the first few on the list).

    Also, in terms of cost, remember, just because you are taking online classes doesn’t mean you aren’t eligible for financial aid. If you are enrolled in a degree program and attending at least half-time, you are generally eligible for financial aid.

    PS: I completed my BA online and had no problem gaining entrance into the law school of my choice. Now, I am pursuing my Master’s degree at Northeastern University… again, not an issue. The key is going with a GOOD CAMPUS UNIVERSITY that just “happens” to offer some online degrees. Your transcript does not say you earned your degree online. And I can tell you from experience (I’ve been a campus student and an online student), online classes are every bit as challenging, if not more so!

    I’ve included my source below if you want to check out some of the better known universities offering online degrees. You will see that there are a few schools you will want to steer clear of, but you will also notice some great state universities and Top 100 ranked universities as well.

    Good luck!

  4. Vaiveahtoish

    Everything has its pros and cons so that but that depends upon person to person. As a advantage to one can be disadvantage to other. Advantages of online education is that a person can attend his/her class anytime and any where according to his/her availability. So that gives one the liberty of doing a job or any important work along gaining education. Moreover if you are intelligent enough then you can finish your courses before the estimated time.
    Traditional on the contrary you need to attend your classes on specific time at a give place that is your classroom. But some old thinking people find traditional more effective than online. That is true in some field but not in every field.
    So one must decide online or traditional on the basis of need, not on the basis of speculation made by others.

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