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Online College Comparison Guide

Updated on June 24, 2010

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Online College Comparison

Distance learning has become increasingly popular over the last few decades. More recently, growth has been exponential as a result of technological advancements and strong demand. More than likely you’ve seen a television advertisement or website banner touting its advantages. As with other worthwhile endeavors, there are pros and cons to going back to school online, which you will need to examine.  In addition, you should also consider your own motivations and goals to determine whether it’s the right choice for you.

As a first step, you should do proper research so that you can compare the schools themselves and the individual degree programs of interest at those respective schools. For example, your school should have a regional accreditation, and have a broad selection of degree levels, subjects and specialties to choose from. Another key criteria that should be considered is cost. Most online colleges charge by the credit hour. Yet another important criteria that should be weighed is the online university's prerequisites (requirements) that you'll need in order to qualify for your degree of interest.  Since there are literally hundreds and hundreds of schools, each with its own set of characteristics and requirements, you will need a comparison tool to efficiently research and compare degrees on an apples-to-apples basis, so that you can select the school and degree program best fit for you.

There are a number of online colleges that provide an excellent education to their adult learners, who go on to achieve tremendous success in their careers. Research has shown that the higher your degree the higher your earnings, so there's no wonder why millions have decided to get their degree online. Online degrees offer you that opportunity, but since not all schools are created equal, make sure you do your research, and thus increase your chances for distance learning success.


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    • ecamper23 profile image

      ecamper23 6 years ago

      I know this is a repost but thanks for the hub anyways! It helps narrow down the choices of colleges I want to attend!

    • cmellon86 profile image

      cmellon86 6 years ago

      I've been looking for something to help me compare and contrast these schools, thanks!

    • agent007 profile image

      agent007 6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the link! If there's any other please post them!

    • bdouble28 profile image

      bdouble28 6 years ago

      Good hub! There's so many schools to look at it gets confusing at times.