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Getting an Online Bachelor Degree While you’re Still in High School

Updated on January 28, 2010

I was one of those smart kids in high school.  I took all the Advanced Placement classes I could.  Unfortunately high school wasn’t that challenging for me.  If that sounds like you or someone you know you may want to consider getting an online bachelor degree while you’re still in high school.  This may sound crazy but there are several advantages to taking this approach. 

Now if this sounds like something you even remotely want to do, I have to caution you.  It’s going to take a fair amount of research to find the right online degree for you.  There are many accredited online universities that offer just about every degree program you can think of, so you’re going to want to check out each program’s website to get all the facts.  If you need help evaluating online degree programs check out the resources below.

As I stated before getting an online bachelor degree while you’re still in high school will give you several benefits:

1. An online degree program will provide you with additional challenges.  If high school is easy for you then perhaps you’re ready for a more challenging curriculum.  AP classes can be great but they really only give you one step up over high school.  An online degree program will give you more challenging material, give you larger scoped projects that requires collaboration with people online. 

2. An online education will make you more accountable.  Online degree programs require you to manage your time by completing your assignments and projects on a deadline, require you to network and collaborate with students and participate in interactive discussions with the professor.

3. Taking online classes will give you a chance to test out a major.  Oftentimes it’s difficult to decide what major you want to choose.  Taking online courses will allow you to test whether or not you want be a business major, or teacher, or nurse.  Even if you do change your mind, some colleges will allow credits to transfer.  Just make sure to research that first!

4. Starting an online degree while you’re in high school will give you a head start on the rest of your life.  Chances are if you’re reading this that you’re an intelligent, self-motivated student.  If you start your degree while you’re in high school you’ll be able to finish it in 2-3 years (quite possibly before you finish high school) and be ready to take on a real world job or get started on your next degree.

5. Speaking of next degree, if you find that you’re interested in getting a different bachelors degree, you’ll be still be able to get into college (way easier this time.  Imagine what you’re college application will look like with a degree already on there).  You’ll be better prepared because you’ve done it before, you’ll know what you’re looking for and you might be able to take fewer classes because of overlaps (even if not you’ll know all the material that overlaps anyhow).

There are going to be numerous challenges such as balancing current school work with your online education, getting your parents on board (especially to pay for it), getting accepted as some online universities have certain age requirements, and dealing with people who are much older and have much different experiences as classmates.  All of these are manageable and if you’re willing to put in the hard work just to get accepted you’ll have no problems succeeding in you online education bachelor degree program.

More Online Education Resources:

How to evaluate online education bachelor degrees.  A quick guide that gives you several tips for how to evaluate online bachelor degree programs and what to look for.

Online Education Bachelor Degree Selection.  Several tips on how to research and select online degrees to help you through the process.


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      cmellon86 6 years ago

      This is a great time saver not to mention cost cutter. Thanks for the article!

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      1000Ways 7 years ago

      I'm glad that you found it helpful. Unfortunately, there weren't nearly as many online bachelor degree programs while I was in high school, so this really wasn't an option. After my college experience, I would say that it's definitely doable, just be careful how many other extracurricular activities you sign up for. Best of luck!

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      He-who-must-not-be-named 7 years ago

      Hey, this was really helpful for me. I'm definitely considering this already, but I was also wondering if you have done this (taken a degree while in high school) and, if so, how it went, how colleges saw it, what the pressure was like, etc. Thanks so much.