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How Many People Go to College Online?

Online CollegeAlthough the idea of online learning has been around about as long as the Internet, many people are still uneasy about the idea of attending an online college or university. Fortunately, studies show that the idea of online learning has gone mainstream in recent years with more and more educational institutions offering the online option and an increasing number of students — including many working adults — taking advantage of these opportunities for self-improvement.

IES Study Examines Online Education

In 2008, the Institute of Education Sciences’ (IES) National Center for Education Statistics issued a study titled Distance Education at Degree-Granting Postsecondary Institutions. Covering the years 2006 and 2007 (the most recent years for which statistics were available), the IES report looked at both the number of colleges and universities offering online programs and the number of people taking them.

Study highlights included:

  • In the 2006-2007 academic year, 66 percent of two- and four-year postsecondary institutions offered online, hybrid/blended online or other distance education courses.
  • Sixty-five percent of institutions offered degree programs.
  • In the 2006-2007 academic year, approximately 12.2 million people took college-level distance education courses. Of those, 77 percent were online.
  • Of all U.S. colleges and universities, 32 percent had degree or certificate programs designed to be taken 100 percent online. This amount to a total of approximately 11,200 programs.
  • Of the 11,200 online college-level programs offered during the 2006-2007 academic year, approximately 75 were “asynchronous,” meaning they could be accessed at any time.
  • The major reasons college offered programs online were:
  • Students demanded flexible schedules (68 percent)
  • Providing access to students who could not otherwise attend (67 percent)
  • Making more courses available (46 percent)

Online Education Available at Everest University 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.

Everest University Online offers associate and bachelor’s degree programs in some of America’s most popular career fields, including:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Computer Information Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Homeland Security
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Coding
  • Paralegal

For more information on programs, schedules, accreditation and costs, contact Everest University Online today! Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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