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How Do Online and On Campus Education Compare?

Online or On-Campus Education—A Comparison

Making the decision to go back to school is no small feat. With so many options nowadays, one of the factors you may be considering is whether to study on campus or online. Queens University of Charlotte has a long tradition of providing transformational educational experiences on campus, and we now proudly offer the same quality of education in our selection of online degree programs. If you are considering applying to one of our online programs or are new to studying online, you may be wondering about the differences between online vs. traditional education.

This chart compares the key features that students look for when they compare degree programs. As you read the chart, think about how these considerations factor into your own educational and life/work needs.

Factors to Consider Online On Campus

Degree

To a graduate school or employer, there is no difference between a degree from an online or campus-based program.

Flexibility

Online students can choose a program based on its course and degree offerings without being tied to a geographic area or set schedule.

 

Quality

Online courses share the same standards and outcomes as classroom instruction.

24/7 Access

Online courses can be accessed 24/7, so you can work at the most convenient time for you and at your own pace. Students who are self-motivated and good time managers succeed at online learning.

 

Set Schedule

Many students prefer the structure of on-campus classes, with its defined schedule and clear boundaries between class and personal time.

 

Transferable Credits

Most schools accept transfer credits from both brick-and-mortar (traditional on-campus) and online courses, as long as they are from accredited institutions.

Interaction with Students and Professors

Classroom education provides face-to-face interaction while online learning offers virtual interaction through discussion boards, video, chat, and email.

Accreditation

Online schools and programs must be accredited and meet the same standards applied to their on-campus counterparts.

Credibility

Consider whether your program or its faculty have received national awards and recognition from leading professional organizations.

Commute

You save the time and expense of a commute when learning online.

 

Student Campus Life

Being on campus puts student life within easy reach, with access to sports, extracurricular activities, and social and cultural events.

 

Demographics

In an online learning setting, you have the opportunity to interact, network, and do coursework with other students who could be across the U.S., or even in another part of the world.

 

Balancing Work, Life, and Education

Offering a more flexible schedule and the option of accelerating your coursework to complete your education faster, online learning facilitates a balance between work, life, and education.

 

Graduation Day

Whether you attend classes online or on campus, you will have the option to participate in a graduation ceremony to celebrate your accomplishment.

Résumé

The online degree you earn will appear exactly the same on your résumé as that obtained on campus. Your mastery of online and social technologies could, however, enhance your technical credentials.


Still have questions about whether learning online or on campus would be best for your individual needs? To learn more about online programs at Queens University of Charlotte, call 866-313-2356 to speak with an admissions advisor or request information. If you are considering campus-based programs, visit www.queens.edu.


Source: Johnson, Kevin, and Manning, Susan. Online Education for Dummies®.
Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana

Copyright © Wiley 2014

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