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Is it better to go to college on a campus or online?

Topic: Academics | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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Deciding whether to go to college online or on campus depends on your situation and work habits. If you can get to class on time and get assignments done like every other student without it interfering with your job or personal life, then your set to go. Otherwise, online school is your best bet. Online school is great if you have kids, have a busy or unpredictable work schedule regarding your job, or if you just can't keep up with the pace of regular college. Do not worry about being below average either if you take online classes. Most students take online classes their first year to help them get used to college curriculum and there's nothing wrong with it. It is a great way to help you balance your personal life and school. I did it myself my first year and I loved it! Best of luck^_^

Answered by: Santiago Sky T. | about 4 years ago
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When choosing a college, the choice of either enrolling in an online degree program or a residential program can vary according to each individual applicant. Online degree programs are most convenient for those who have families or are already working full-time. With an online program there is more flexibility in course scheduling and often you can learn at your own pace. Residential programs are great for those who haven't begun their career and are fresh out of high school. Residential programs provide you with exposure and experiences, through being on campus and within the college environment, that you may not receive through an online degree program.

Answered by: Miss Knowitall X. | about 4 years ago
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When you consider on campus college or online college, you must think about your personal circumstances before deciding which would be better for you. For example, if you just graduated high school and have not been out on your own, living on campus is a good step to take. However, if you are older and already have a family and other obligations, you may want to take online classes. If you are working, an online class is a good option because you can work at your own pace. Going to class will cost you extra gas money to commute, where an online class can be taken at home. I think both are great options. You really have to consider your own personal situation, and weigh which might be better for you in regard to your time constraints and your budget.

Answered by: Sarahsparks T. | about 4 years ago
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Each have their pro's and con's. Online colleges offer the freedom to do classes when one wants. Campus colleges provide a social atmosphere. It also easier to learn from people most times. When taking classes online people are often distracted by multitasking. Campus colleges can often help people get jobs after colleges.

Answered by: Average Joe V. | about 4 years ago
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It looks better if you go to college on campus than if you get a degree online in terms of reputation. However, getting a degree online is better than getting no degree at all. An online degree provides people with the opportunity to get an education when their life would otherwise not allow them to do so, since many times online courses can be completed when you have the time. But if you have a choice you should go on campus. Its more lecture but less reading than an online course and you get to know your professors in person.

Answered by: Coleb Q. | about 4 years ago
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Both attending college on campus or online are popular and successful ways of getting a degree. It all depends on your life and your schedule. Do you have children? Do you work a full time job? If so, it may be easier for you to attend online. Is the college student life important to you? Do you want to travel away from home? If so, attending at a campus might be best for you.

Answered by: Coleb Q. | about 4 years ago
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On a campus. No contest. Online education is great for people who are under major time work family constraints or are not near a campus. This isn't usually an issue for traditional students, however. In a live class, it's much easier to ask questions and discuss the material with other students. Also, with online education, you miss out on the social component of college life, which is often fondly remembered by many alumni.

Answered by: Null Terminator N. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on your needs. Online college programs are usually designed to offer flexibility, so you can continue to hold a day job, care for children, or stay home for medical or financial reasons. On the other hand, a physical campus offers many distinct opportunities. A campus often has things like extra-curricular activities, close interaction with professors and classmates, and non-lecture textbook based learning. Decide what matters most to you.

Answered by: Kissaguard S. | about 4 years ago
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It is better to go to an actual, physical campus than an online school. Most online colleges are not very highly regarded and so a degree from them may not impress any employers you wish to work for. If you want a degree online, you should go to an actual campus and see what courses they offer online. Some of the best schools in the country have entire programs for degrees where all the classes needed can be taken online. Also, it is best you do not fully resign yourself to an online school because online classes have much more work which needs to be done in less time, simply to assure the school that the student is doing the work and learning. You may be better off going to a class on campus if you are easily distracted in the computer or cannot handle large amounts of work in short periods of time. Also, being in an actual class enhances the learning experience and students tend to pay more attention and hold on to the information longer.

Answered by: Mayell U. | about 4 years ago
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Both classroom studies and online studies have different pros and cons. Studying online allows students flexibility, many of whom use that to carry on full-time working schedules during their studies. Additionally, many online programs are cheaper than those on campus. Studies in the classroom allow a student to connect with the professor and classmates on a more intimate level, however, and may allow the student to be more engaged in his studies.

Answered by: Adamkendallz V. | about 4 years ago
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My son is doing both. He is commuting for some of his classes and he is taking some online. Some of the classes don't require lecture so it saves money on gas when he takes classes online. Some of his computer classes only involve doing labs from a book. In those classes all the professor does is tell them to do specific labs out of a book. Those are the type of classes he takes online. His school has been good when it comes to online classes. His professors answer emails and they provide an online website similar to a social networking site where he can interact with other students taking the classes. The teachers also post test results and homework grades on the colleges website in a timely manner so he knows how he is doing with the classes that he is taking online.

Answered by: Turker Y. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on your personal preference! If you want the "college experience", then attending college on campus is obviously the better choice for you. If the college experience doesn't so much matter and you have a lot of other things on your plate, online is nice because you can do the work in your free time and can still maintain your other priorities (jobs, kids, etc). Just remember that online school takes a lot of discipline! Another option for you is to enroll in a college that offers classes online as well! Almost all universities and even community colleges offer online courses (typically in your lower division courses). This way, you can choose your schedule to either be purely on campus, purely online, or a mixture of both!

Answered by: Christie18 L. | about 4 years ago
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While there are obvious benefits to attending college online, most college graduates would agree with me that attending college was an experience we are very thankful for and look back on positively. College is not only a time to learn, it is also a time to make friends and establish lasting connections that may one day help you find a job and a career. Sure, you may be able to attend those inline classes in your pajamas, but wouldn't it be more fun to meet a group of friends who can agree to wear pajamas to class every Monday with? You may be able to obtain a decent education online, but college is not only about academics.

Answered by: Collegegrad10 I. | about 4 years ago
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Online classes are really convenient and more cheaper than campus classes. It really depends on which one will fit your schedule. Campus classes allows you to socialize with other students though.

Answered by: Apple Tarte X. | about 4 years ago
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It all depends on your schedule. If you don't have a very demanding job or kids at home, consider going on campus. It's a lot of fun because you'll meet tons of great people. Online courses are great for those that DO have kids at home and a hectic schedule but still want to learn. I, for one, go to school online because I have a baby. Everyone is different. Just remember that going online will take more determination because you're learning on your own time.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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The answer to this question really depends on your preferences and needs. All other things being equal, I would say that campus living provides you with many learning and social opportunities that are not available with online programs. On the other hand, online education may be better for you if you cannot relocate to a University that offers your field of interest, or if you require a more flexible schedule because of work or family responsibilities. You should always keep in mind the quality of the program and consult several sources about the reputation of the schools that you're interested in, and make sure that the program you chose belongs to an accredited school.

Answered by: College Informer J. | about 4 years ago
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I highly recommend attending college on a campus. Having recently graduated, I can attest to the benefits this will give you not only during the 4 years that you will be studying for, but also in your future quest to find employment. Nothing compares to the wonder and experiences you will get studying on a campus. You will meet and interact with all kinds of people, have the ability to spread your wings and pursue a number of interests in the different school organizations and be a more well rounded person because of it. Though an online education also has it's merits, the social experiences you will gain on a campus will always be more of an advantage to you. Employers are always on the look out for potential employees who not only possess a degree, but who are also equipped to handle everyday interactions with clients and fellow employees that a college education on campus can provide and which an online one cannot.

Answered by: Pseudopsychologist E. | about 4 years ago
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That depends on a lot of factors. First you need to decide how you learn. Will it simply suffice reading from a book, working from a work book, and some PowerPoint shows? Or would you do better with hands on, lectures, and a professor live and in person for questions or problems? Some people do better on their own, using a book and not being confined to a classroom. Others thrive in the live setting. You also need to consider your daily life. Do you have a job that might conflict with class hours? Would you do better to plan your school around your life or do you need to sit down and have individual class time with no interruptions? Basically, online is freeing, convenient, and less in your face, however you lose one on one of classroom learning with a person adapting their lectures to their class and the strictness that keeps some people on task. Talking to a professor one on one is much easier in person than online. There are equal pro's and con's. Just consider your learning habits, and your daily life to decide which is better for you.

Answered by: Drakonia13 T. | about 4 years ago
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Online colleges are less expensive than on campus ones. It depends on your schedule because on campus colleges take up more time and may be less convenient for you. Though on campus colleges allows you interact personally with other students and professors and networking may be easier.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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It is OK to take some online classes but there is no way that they can replace the experience and depth of learning in a classroom on campus. There just isn't the interaction and discussion and the professor is so remote online. If you are looking at a very large college than you won't get individual attention anyway so online may be able to replace classes where there are hundreds of students. Get some of the required courses out of the way online but take your classes that you are majoring in on campus.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | about 4 years ago
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It is better to go to school at a campus because you can actually see your teachers. They can help you if you can't understand a topic. You also have your classmates for support and help for studying. In my experience it is easier to stay on top of your work this way.

Answered by: Bbyui J. | about 4 years ago
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Online colleges are great if your schedule or location makes it difficult to attend a physical campus. However you want to make sure you thoroughly research any possibilities. There is a lot of potential for scams online.

Answered by: Jas Po Sf P. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on the student. Many colleges have online classes also so you can take courses on campus and/or online. And you can even take hybrid classes where you take half of the course online but half on campus. Some students find they have a better success rate finishing if on campus, others are self motivated and can finish online. Just make sure the online college is accredited (not a scam) and if you choose that route make sure it's a format you can and will finish.

Answered by: Dream Scaper X. | about 4 years ago
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It is always better to go on campus. But for some people, that is not always an option. Online schools are wonderful, because they open up higher education to a whole new set of people. If you have the means and the option to attend college on a campus, that is always a better option. Online classes are grueling, and often you can only take one or two a semester. You will finish faster on campus.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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I feel that being on campus is the better choice. I assume most jobs prefer it. You also get to interact with other students. If online classes are necessary, than it is not a bad choice.

Answered by: Bowz N. | about 4 years ago
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Online colleges are less expensive than on campus ones. It depends on your schedule because on campus colleges take up more time and may be less convenient for you. Though on campus colleges allows you interact personally with other students and professors and networking may be easier.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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It is OK to take some online classes but there is no way that they can replace the experience and depth of learning in a classroom on campus. There just isn't the interaction and discussion and the professor is so remote online. If you are looking at a very large college than you won't get individual attention anyway so online may be able to replace classes where there are hundreds of students. Get some of the required courses out of the way online but take your classes that you are majoring in on campus.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | about 4 years ago
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It is better to go to school at a campus because you can actually see your teachers. They can help you if you can't understand a topic. You also have your classmates for support and help for studying. In my experience it is easier to stay on top of your work this way.

Answered by: Bbyui J. | about 4 years ago
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Online colleges are great if your schedule or location makes it difficult to attend a physical campus. However you want to make sure you thoroughly research any possibilities. There is a lot of potential for scams online.

Answered by: Jas Po Sf P. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on the student. Many colleges have online classes also so you can take courses on campus and/or online. And you can even take hybrid classes where you take half of the course online but half on campus. Some students find they have a better success rate finishing if on campus, others are self motivated and can finish online. Just make sure the online college is accredited (not a scam) and if you choose that route make sure it's a format you can and will finish.

Answered by: Dream Scaper X. | about 4 years ago
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It is always better to go on campus. But for some people, that is not always an option. Online schools are wonderful, because they open up higher education to a whole new set of people. If you have the means and the option to attend college on a campus, that is always a better option. Online classes are grueling, and often you can only take one or two a semester. You will finish faster on campus.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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I feel that being on campus is the better choice. I assume most jobs prefer it. You also get to interact with other students. If online classes are necessary, than it is not a bad choice.

Answered by: Bowz N. | about 4 years ago
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I have done both, and they each have their pros and cons. Online classes are great if you have a busy schedule, a job, or small children. You can do your classwork when you want to, from the comfort of your home. You also do not have to make a commute. However, classes on campus are great too. You get to socialize and meet people who may be able to help you as you advance in your major. You also get to meet with your professors face to face. I find it is easier to understand the subject matter in on campus classes, because you have people to ask questions to. Both options are great, and they are both worth trying!

Answered by: Terri Teaches I. | over 4 years ago
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It really depends on what type of person you are. If you are able to manage things by yourself and don't need an instructor to tell you about everything, you may be right for online school. If you need an instructor the majority of the time, you might want to go to campus in person. If you can't decide, try doing a hybrid class, which is both in person and online. You can then get a feel for what suits you best.

Answered by: Tonya S H. | over 4 years ago
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It is better to go to college on a campus. It is faster/easier to get a degree online, however the student will not get the full experience of going to college. By physically attending college the student will get the personal interaction with professors and other students that is necessary to really learn the material in classes and the social interaction necessary to be successful in the workplace.

Answered by: Wx0589 T. | about 4 years ago
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Campus is far more beneficial if you want to learn from the school. Online courses will help you complete a degree in the least amount of time. If a degree is required for your job and you already know how to do the job then I would suggest online. If you don't know much about the industry and how it works I would suggest a campus.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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That depends a great deal on the person. I have attended classes both online and in the campus setting. I will say that the online classes require nearly twice as much time, and there is nearly double the work compared to the traditional on campus classes. And, you must be highly disciplined and able to manage your time effectively to be successful in online classes. If you have a lifestyle that is not conducive to traditional campus learning (full time job, children, married, etc.) I would recommend online learning for you. However if this is your first college experience, I would recommend that you try at least one semester on campus before trying online learning.

Answered by: Onlinecollegechick H. | about 4 years ago
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It is definitely better to go to college on the campus. Student life on most campuses is worth experiencing. I also find it easier to do work on campus. When taking an online course without anyone there to push you alone or help you when have trouble, it is much easier to let things like work and grades slide. The benefits of staying on the campus far outweigh the cost you might save by taking an online degree. Also I think most employers would like to see you with a degree from the campus.

Answered by: Hirise5190 G. | over 4 years ago
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