Long gone are the days of being limited to simply deciding which college to attend. Today’s incoming college freshmen have the choice of an on-campus program, an online program, or a combination of the two. But which option best fits you?
Making the Choice
Here are four factors to consider when determining which option will work best for you.
LOCATION AND SETTING
When you consider going away to college, it is important to not only consider the qualities of the school but also the location and the setting. How far away from home is optimal? Do you want to be close enough for parents to visit you easily or further away to truly get a sense of being out and on your own?
An online college program allows you the flexibility and independence to remain in your current location and setting. Will you have the space and quiet time you might need in order to set aside time for studying and completing assignments? Consider talking with those in your home about how this might be an adjustment for both you and your parents.
Moving to a college campus appeals to many students. There are many opportunities to meet new people and make new friends in the dorms, in classes, and at campus activities.
Even in online programs, many colleges build in community experiences or options. Would you prefer to interact with your peers in an online environment through chat sessions, virtual meeting rooms, and discussion forums? In addition, some online programs offer travel and study learning experiences such as internships and study abroad opportunities.
TIME MANAGEMENT & STUDY STRATEGIES
On-campus programs typically require attendance in on-campus classes. Do you prefer to attend face-to-face classes? Do you learn best when you participate in hands-on activities and listen to direct instruction and lectures?
Online programs typically offer content in weekly modules, with mid-week and end-of-week due dates to guide students through the course. Does having the flexibility to adjust your weekly schedule to meet due dates appeal to you? Do you have the skills to learn independently of in-person instruction?
BLENDED AND HYBRID OPTIONS
Blended and hybrid options typically allow students to choose both on-campus and online learning based on course offerings and specific needs. Benefits of a blended or hybrid college program are that you get the best of both worlds, having the flexibility to study from home some semesters and the benefits of studying on a campus community other semesters. Be sure to ask if this is an option when you are considering your potential college home!
The Ohio Christian Solution
Ohio Christian University offers both on-campus and online degree options. Our main campus in Circleville, Ohio, offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. Students can either commute or live on campus, attend weekly chapel services, participate in small groups, and more! Additionally, OCU offers online bachelor’s degrees through Online Plus. This program allows you to complete 100% of your degree online, plus choose from options to study abroad, complete internships, spend a semester on campus, and more!