Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Online Colleges
Posted Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 by
Curious about online schools? How they work? What benefits they offer?
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about online schools.
Q. Are online schools as good as “traditional” schools?
A. Many online schools are divisions of their namesake “traditional” schools. As such, they offer many of the same programs with the same courses and perhaps even the same professors as their ground campuses. The only difference is how you take the courses, not the courses themselves.
Q. Are online schools accredited the same way “traditional” schools are?
A. Most online schools are accredited by the same organizations that accredit traditional ground schools. If an online school is part of a larger “traditional” institution, chances are they carry identical accreditation.
Q. Are online credits transferable to “traditional” schools?
A. Whether or not to accept another school’s credits is always up to the individual learning institution. This is true for ground schools as well as online schools.
Q. Are there fixed times for online lectures and discussions?
A. One of the online world’s biggest selling points is flexibility. Although specifics vary from school to school, most online schools and universities allow you to “attend” online lectures whenever you are able. Discussions, usually in small groups, may occur an agreed-upon times using either instant messaging or Internet-based voice conferencing.
Q. How do I take online tests?
A. Again, this depends on the institution. But most online schools and universities simply have you download, complete and then resubmit electronic test forms or upload essays.
Q. Do online schools allow me to ask instructors questions?
A. Absolutely. Most online schools allow you to engage in student-teacher discussions via e-mail, instant messaging or voice/video conferencing.
Q. How long does it take to complete an online program?
A. That depends on the student and his/her circumstances. Some students have the time, energy and resources to take a traditional quarter or semester’s worth of courses while others prefer to take just one or two courses at a time. If working at the pace one would at a traditional ground school, a student can expect to graduate from an associate degree program in 18 to 24 months, while a bachelor’s degree program usually takes 36 to 48 months. Some online schools accept transfer credits from other schools, which can cut the number of courses needed to complete a program.
Everest University Is Available Online
Are you someone who could benefit from a degree but just don’t have the time or opportunity to go to a traditional school? Online degree programs are available now from Everest University Online, a division of Everest University. For more information on programs, schedules, accreditation and costs, contact Everest University Online today! Financial aid is available for those who qualify.