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Colleges with Online Degree Programs

Online Colleges and Universities

What is an online degree?

Colleges and universities with online degree programs provide students with the flexibility to study from home or from any location where they can access the internet. In addition, online colleges often offer courses with flexible scheduling, which can be advantageous for people who work during the day and want to take classes at night. An online degree still requires the same amount of credits to graduate as a traditional campus-based university. For example, an online bachelor’s degree requires 120 credits, the same as a bachelor’s degree from a traditional college.

How does online education work?

Online education varies depending on the college, the degree program and the particular courses. Typically, students access the classroom remotely through a website or student portal. This environment is used for classroom lectures and to interact with teachers and classmates. Portals may also include common online features such as chat rooms, forums and private messaging capabilities. As technology advances, more courses are using special whiteboards that allow the content to be displayed directly on a student’s computer screen. Students also use the portal to access handouts and assignments or to download lectures.

To turn in assignments, students have several options depending on the class. For some programs, students submit their homework through the portal, while others may just email assignments directly to their professor. For online courses associated with local colleges, students may have the option of dropping off assignments in person during office hours.

In online education, class times can vary by program, school and teacher. Some courses have flexible schedules where students can download lectures and study at times that work for them. In this format, lectures come in the form of handouts, presentations and videos. For other courses, students may be required to attend lectures at set times. In these situations, it is common for classes to be held in the evening for people who work during the day. Flexible scheduling is one of the many advantages of an online education as it allows people to work while they further their education.

Can students interact with teachers and classmates online?

One argument against online education is the presumed lack of student-teacher and student-student interactions. To promote social interaction, many teachers will require a minimum amount of online participation during chat sessions. Advocates of online education note that students are often more likely to ask questions online versus in traditional classrooms where peer pressure may prevent people from talking during class. Students also interact with teachers and fellow classmates through email and forums. Finally, with technological advances, such as video messaging and Skype, students and teachers can have “face-to-face” conversations without actually being in the same location.

How do you take tests with online education?

There are several different types of tests a student may experience when taking courses online. Unlike traditional college courses, it is not possible to regulate the use of textbooks or other study aids for tests taken at home. For some classes, students may be required to log into the portal and complete the test within a certain time limit. In other situations, the exams may require more research than traditional college tests. Finally, for online courses taught by a local university, some classes will require the students to take the exams in person, in a classroom or at a testing facility. When looking into an online degree program, this is definitely a good question to ask an admissions counselor.

Colleges with Online Degrees

 
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Founded in 1946 and located in the heart of central New York, Utica College is a regionally accredited, independent, private institution that features many of the advantages of a large university — such as undergraduate and graduate degree options, excellent academics, and outstanding faculty — with the intimacy and high degree of personal attention more closely associated with smaller private institutions.

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Fremont College traces its roots to Platt College’s founding in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1879, and the Southern California branch campus was established in 1986.

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Penn Foster College

Penn Foster College offers a complete learning experience for busy adults looking to advance their education around their schedule. With Penn Foster College, you can earn your degree or undergraduate certificate online and at a pace that’s right for you.

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Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) offers industry-relevant knowledge and training for in demand careers in healthcare.

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Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

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Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges.

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Study at Wake Forest University, a university dedicated to educating the whole person since 1834.

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Adelphi University’s roots reach back to 1863 and the founding of the Adelphi Academy, a private preparatory school in Brooklyn, New York. The Academy was incorporated in 1869 and its Board of Trustees was charged with establishing a first class institution for the broadest and most thorough training, and to make its advantages as accessible as possible to the largest numbers of our population. The school quickly gained a reputation for its innovative curriculum, particularly in physical culture and early childhood education.

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Hofstra University is a private institution whose primary mission is to provide a quality education to its students in an environment that encourages, nurtures and supports learning through the free and open exchange of ideas for the betterment of humankind.

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Since 1888, The University of Scranton has grounded its education in Catholic and Jesuit principles based on intellectual growth and integrity, all of which shape the online master’s and certificate programs.

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Study for your graduate education with University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

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Founded in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher learning.

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Wilkes University’s School of Nursing offers CCNE-accredited online degrees and certificate programs ideal for working health care professionals, instructed by experienced, respected faculty dedicated to mentoring and personalized support for every student.

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The University

With over 80 years of academic achievements, Jacksonville University is a traditional, longstanding institution consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best colleges.

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Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) offers career relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners.

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Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

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