Thinking about going back to school? Do you have a good Wi-Fi connection? If the answer to both of those questions is “Yes,” then you might be able to earn your degree from the comfort of your home. Back in the day, many institutes of learning offered “correspondence courses.” They would send you a stack of LP records (yes, records!). You would then listen to the recordings, take a test and send everything back for scoring.
Today, the vast majority of universities and colleges offer some form of online learning. Some of these courses can be completed strictly online. Other require some minimal class time. The good news is that you can find a course to meet your needs. The even better news is that many employers are hold online degrees from accredited institutions on the same level as a traditional “classroom centered” degree.
Here are some of the best online colleges to consider:
University of Florida-Online
The University of Florida-Online consistently ranks in the top ten online degree programs. They offer dozens of undergraduate and graduate degrees. A bachelor’s degree from UF can provide opportunities in the fields of biology, cell science and nursing. There are also over six dozen master’s degree programs to consider, as well. You can apply from out of state but in-state students can save up to 75% on tuition.
Colorado State University-Global Campus
The popular online programs over at CSU-Global include bachelor’s degrees in accounting and criminal justice. You can also obtain a master’s degree in finance and professional accounting. Classes start each month, which provides a lot of scheduling flexibility. You can also tap into the tutoring, writing and technical support offered for students.
Penn State World Campus
Penn State World Campus is part of the impressive Pennsylvania State University system. This institute has been offering online learning since 1998. That has given them a unique ability to work on a learning model that is extremely beneficial to long-distance learners. There are over 150 degree and certificate programs offered online including such programs as nursing, nutritional science and geographic information systems.
Arizona State University-ASU Online
The ASU program boasts an impressive online student body of over 25,000 degree seekers. The university prides itself on allowing student to customize their learning endeavors to match up with career goals at all levels. Among the top degree programs are a masters of arts in criminal justice, master of business administration and MBA in industrial engineering. Online support includes tutoring services that all students can take advantage of.
University of Illinois at Chicago
As an actual campus, this is the largest university in the Chicago area. Their online programs have been around for over a decade. The learning management system includes tech tools like videos, audio lectures, blogs and active discussion boards. Courses are taught by the same full-time faculty offered to campus students. You can obtain a bachelor of science in nursing and health management along with a master of engineering degree.
There are a lot of opportunities to be found with online learning.