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Online vs. Campus Classes - What is the Right Choice?

Deciding whether or not to pursue your degree online or on campus can be a tough choice. Both online and campus-based classes offer a number of significant benefits to students. Some students are served best by the flexibility and convenience of online courses while others need to be in the classroom to truly succeed. As you make your decision between attending classes online or on campus with Bryant & Stratton College, consider this questions before making your final choice.

  1. What is my ultimate academic goal? If your major area of interest lies in business administration, IT, or the administrative and managerial-oriented aspects of health services, an online program can be an efficient way to go at your own pace. You can take classes around your work/life schedule and get the theoretical and book-based learning you need for those fields. However, there are careers in which face-to-face, guided instruction and/or hands-on practice with supervision are required. In these cases a campus program, or a program that integrates both campus-based and online classes, is your best option.
  2. What kind of person/learner am I? Are you self-motivated? Do you find you are adept at creating step-by-step plans to achieve your goals? Or are you an extroverted learner who needs to be physically present with others in order to feed off their energy and enthusiasm to fuel your learning process? Make a list of your learning characteristics and your choice will become more clear. The best online students are those who are disciplined enough to make the time to do their work, rather than needing a specifically scheduled time or place where they must be physically present on a regular basis. An online school is also advantageous for those who struggle to sit in one place for extended periods of time because you have the freedom of timing, space, and movement as you learn.
  3. What is my financial situation? If you will have to work part- or full-time in order to maintain your life while you attend school, online classes are the answer to your conundrum. You can create a personalized academic schedule that works around your professional time clock. Saving money on gas, wear-and-tear on your car, and/or transportation fees is a big advantage in online learning. Also, government financial aid and loans can usually be applied to accredited online schools.
  4. Do I live near a reputable college campus? Moving away from home to attend a college campus that offers the program you want is not always possible. An online school can be attended from literally anywhere on the planet with computer and internet access. Geographic limitations are nonexistent with online classes. Online schools have made continued education available to millions of people who live in rural environments, economically depressed areas, or far from the academic program of their choice.
If you are still not sure as to which type of college would be best for you, contact the admissions counselors at Bryant & Stratton to discuss your concerns. We are an accredited online school, offering a wide range of certification and degree programs. Our admissions counselors want students to be successful and will provide professional input as to the best learning environment for you.

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