GEORGETOWN, Ky., Jan. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As demographic shifts reduce the number of graduating students beelining from high school to higher ed, colleges increasingly look to working adults and those with families to pick up the slack. Finding a work/school/life balance has students re-evaluating "Is online college for me?"
TheBestSchools.org, a preeminent student resource tracking trends in online education since 2011, answers that question in online college students' own words:
Real & Surprising Insights from Online Students
"An online program allows me the flexibility to study from anywhere there is an Internet connection. I currently travel between Pennsylvania and Ohio to visit family. A traditional degree program would limit when I could travel."
— Fermi S., Penn State University
"I am able to stay home more with my family. I have been able to listen to lectures and presentations at hours that do not conflict with family time. ... I have attended class in the car, in the airport, at the beach and even on a cruise ship!"
— Rachael B., East Carolina University
Personal Interaction Benefits
"I find that professors are more available and responsive to me, and I feel that I get more individual attention than I ever would in a traditional program."
— Ryan D., Arizona State University
"The students also give feedback on our assignments through discussion boards, and I feel as though I have grown through hearing what my peers have to say about my work."
— Lydia M., Liberty University
"One of the most positive experiences of my online program has been connecting with people in similar situations taking courses from all over the world."
— Hilary L., Northern Arizona University
"Another positive of online courses is I have found them to be more rigorous. I have been challenged to become a knowledge seeker rather than a receiver of knowledge as in traditional classrooms."
— Cheryl S., Grand Canyon University
"At first, I was wary of online professors and how they would stack up compared to in-person professors. To my surprise…some of the same professors that were in-person also taught online. This means that you know you are getting top-quality teaching at a pace you enjoy…"
— Kyle B., University of Florida
Role Modeling Benefits
"One positive experience I have had thus far with online college is to be a role model for my kids that you can always reinvent yourself, think outside of the box, and reach your goals no matter what your age."
— Julie H., Texas Tech University
"Real students, real lives, and real answers — all overwhelmingly positive," says Dan Edelen, communications manager for TheBestSchools.org. "Students enrolled in online colleges report their learning and interactional experiences not only meet their academic and lifestyle needs but also exceed their expectations, which supports the findings of the '2017 National Student Satisfaction and Priorities Report' (bit.ly/RNLreport). Online college students do enjoy a higher satisfaction with school than their traditional college counterparts do."
One reason the students cited praise their experience may be that each attends a college ranked highly by TheBestSchools.org:
50 Best Online Colleges & Universities 2019
This guide also lists the top online colleges in each state. Additionally, it provides deeper guidance for students considering online college and who require authoritative resources to find a program that will likewise be, as Regent University student Elise C. shares:
"...a catalyst to change my life for the better."
TheBestSchools.org is a leader in school rankings — high school, college, postgraduate, online, and on-campus. As an organizational member of both the American Council on Education and the National Association for College Admission Counseling, TheBestSchools.org upholds the highest standards to meet the requirements of more than one million monthly visitors and to help them find the best school for their needs. TheBestSchools.org staff and advisory board believe learning transforms lives for the better and should be a lifelong pursuit.