Online Universities Versus Campus Based Universities
By: Kristine Walker of www.collegegrabber.com
When it comes to earning a college education, the options available are vast today compared to those available as recent as 10 years ago.
Traditional Four Year Schools (Public and Private)
Some students prefer the experience of living in the dorms, exploring sororities or fraternities, and getting involved in the clubs and extra-curricular activities a traditional four year school has to offer.
Junior Colleges/Two Year Colleges
Some students chose a junior college rather than a four year school.
Junior colleges tend to be less expensive than private and state four year schools.
At a junior college, students take classes to earn an associate’s degree (commonly referred to as a “two-year degree”). While junior college classes have a lot in common with four year schools, they typically don’t have the option for students to live on campus.
Another option for inbound students is to attend Online College, meaning they can complete their classes from the convenience of their own home, or anywhere else for that matter. One of the benefits of an online education is the time flexibility. Typically classes don’t “meet” at a certain time but rather teachers have their lectures posted online and students are able to review those, and complete their assignments, on their own time.
Whether you decide to attend a four year school, junior college, or Online University, make sure the school you chose is accredited; meaning approved. Regional accreditation is the highest regarded type of accreditation to achieve. State schools and Ivy League schools have this type of accreditation, but many online schools, such as University of Phoenix, are regionally accredited too.