Choosing an online undergraduate program is an important decision. The best online program for you is one that fits your needs, budget, and schedule.
To find the right program for you, use online resources and do some research. A 2021 survey by Wiley Education Services, Voice of the Online Learner, found that 30% of online students surveyed said their desire for personal growth was the most influential factor in their decision to pursue a degree, followed by career advancement or promotion in their current profession at 26%.
Think about your desired field of study and how it can allow you to enter different industries. Cost, flexibility, and the format of an online program are other factors that come into play when choosing a program. Make sure the programs you are interested in are fully online or in the ideal format for you.
Then look at admission requirements and application fees and compare financial aid options. Review school details, such as fees you’ll have to pay in addition to your tuition – including fees for books, course materials and online delivery – and information about student services and faculty. The availability of support services for online learners can show how much the school values the student experience. Students transitioning from face-to-face learning to an online format may need technical support, for example.