There are many factors that potential online college students should consider before choosing a program. That includes the program of study, reputation, cost, convenience, and many more. However, it turns out that more and more online learners choose online schools that are closer to their homes.
Experts suggest that online students should look at the factors beyond proximity. However, in case you are already considering to enroll in a program near your home, here are some reasons why this is the right choice.
Personal access to faculty and student services
Most online courses allow virtual communication between students and their professors or support staff. However, OSU academic adviser Josie Miranda said that some students like to have a face-to-face interaction better. This is because it allows them to build stronger relationships. Windy Hanson, an online student at Eastern Oregon University, said that when her instructors would not respond to her email quickly, she could foster connections by visiting their offices.
Get connected personally
Online Learning Consortium chief knowledge officer, Karen Pedersen, said that some online students still want to feel that they are part of the campus community. However, they prefer traveling on their own time. For instance, online learners can attend on-campus events or join on-site student clubs.
Enjoy familiar environment
Learning House chief academic officer, Dave Clinefelter, said that when students choose the programs that are closer to their home, they are often familiar with the school. They trust its brand and its reputation too. Their current or prospective local employer may also feel the same way.
Attend on-ground classes
Some online programs have in-person components. However, for those that don’t, some students still prefer to have the option of having face-to-face interaction to tackle subjects that they find more challenging. On the other hand, experts suggest that online students should determine if enrolling in an on-campus course would impact their tuition or financial aid.