Online or On Campus? How to Pick What’s Best for You

Published on May 6, 2016 by arothstein

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With online learning now an option, students have more flexibility than ever for completing their degrees. But with more options comes more questions about what kind of learning is right for you. If you’re on the fence between online and on-campus learning, here are a few things for you to consider:



  1. What are your challenges for going back to school? If your location, or transportation or mobility issues, are holding you back from attending a traditional university, then online education may be a great solution.

If your challenges are time constraints or work commitments, online learning might also be a great option, but you still might be able to consider on-campus learning. Broadview University offers CareerPath, an opportunity that makes it easier than ever to be a full-time student even while managing work obligations.


  1. What are your strengths? If you’ve always been on top of time management, and are self-motivated when it comes to meeting deadlines, then you might be an ideal student for an online program. If you think that having the obligation of showing up to campus for class will help you stay motivated throughout your degree program, then maybe traditional learning is a better bet for you.


  1. What do you want to pursue? There are more options now than ever for online learning, so chances are there’s an online program that’s right for you. Consider Broadview, for example—you can earn online degrees in subjects from Criminal Justice to Exercise Science. But some degrees, like fine arts degrees, might still be easier to pursue on campus. Think about your educational goals, and if there’s a format that might be best for your area of interest.


  1. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Knowing your personality might be the key to knowing which learning environment you’ll thrive in best. If you love social interaction, being on campus might be an essential part to thriving in a college program. Or maybe the opposite is true, and being in an online classroom will help you to avoid social distractions! If you’re a quiet person, the idea of studying alone and self-directed might be a dream come true. In the end, you know yourself best!


  1. Are you up for the challenge? If you’re thinking about an online degree because you think it’s easier than a traditional on-campus program, think again! Online classes are just as challenging, and sometimes more challenging, than their on-campus counterparts. Remember, too, that if you aren’t already computer-savvy, enrolling in an online degree program will come with a learning curve as you become used to the online classroom technology. If you’re ready for a challenging learning environment that rewards hard work and self-direction, then maybe an online program is right for you.


No matter what you decide is right for you, Broadview University offers both in-person and online degree programs. If you’re interested in enrolling at Broadview, you can contact our admissions office for more information.

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