Finding a good school to go to is difficult for any student. You have to consider location, degrees and majors offered, cost, reputation, and other details that concern you. Finding online college degrees is just as difficult as finding a program at a brick and mortar school, but there are some benefits. Many times online college degrees are cheaper, can be done quicker, and have the same quality as a traditional degree program. Here are some tips to use in order to find the best program for your needs.
Importance of Accreditation
When looking at online college degrees, it is very important to find a program that is accredited. Accreditation ensures your program follows the same standards and regulations as other programs, and is important for many reasons. First, if you ever find yourself needing to transfer, or wish to go on to graduate school, accreditation is a requirement. Your credits will not count for transfer if they come from an unaccredited school. Secondly, many employers will not hire you if your degree comes form an unaccredited school. Finally, if your profession requires a professional license of some sort, you will not be able to obtain it unless your program is accredited. There are multiple accreditation agencies to look out for, and the specifics depend on your state and your intended career.
Choose your major wisely
You will need to make a decision on the type of degree you wish to have (associates, bachelors, masters, doctorate, or certificate), as well as the type of program you are interested in (psychology, computer science, etc). Although there are hundreds of majors represented online, not everything will be available. Sometimes a major is available online but has the requirement that some classes will need to be taken in person, such as certain labs. It is best to figure out these details beforehand, so that it doesn't sneak up on you and cause you to be unable to finish your degree.
You will want to research your online college in order to find out its reputation. You will want to attend a rigorous and high quality program. Think Harvard versus a community college - quality matters. You will want to research the professors, graduation rate, reviews, complaints, and the value you will be getting for your money.
Now you are well on your way to obtaining the advanced degree you've always wanted. This is a great way to advance your career and increase your earnings. Now all you need to do is apply, pass your classes, and graduate!