College degrees were traditionally obtained in-person by attending classes. Some universities have since offered virtual, or online classes due to an increase in students. For example, the University of Floridaâ€™s School of Business has such a large student body, that there are not enough classes to accommodate them. Therefore, there is an option of virtual classes that many students choose.
Some colleges are strictly online. They tend to attract those who are looking for a specialized certification and to older adults who want to go to school on a part-time basis.
Be careful about virtual schools, as some of them are not accredited.
Choosing between taking classes in a traditional university setting and online depends on a certain factors:
â€¢ Your discipline. You might benefit more from taking classes in-person for certain majors. Examples include art, journalism, criminology, and music. Business and computer engineering are examples of disciplines that are likely candidates for virtual schools.
â€¢ Your time schedule. Virtual classes accommodate students that have particularly tight schedules due to families and work. If you take classes on campus, you will need to have a more flexible schedule.
â€¢ Your learning styles. Some students are more independent and learn best through reading on their own. Others require constant interaction with professors and other students.
â€¢ Your time management abilities. When you take classes on-campus, you have a set schedule that you need to stick to. Although there is some flexibility in terms of homework and studying, there is no question as to when you go to class and dive directly into your learning materials. Although you might be provided with the same materials when you take classes online, when you actually take the class is up to you. This may seem appealing but can be dangerous if you are procrastinator. You can risk not studying at all during the entire semester until your final test, since you may not be held accountable beforehand.