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Should I do online college or on campus for a business administration?

Would it be better to have a class online or to go in person?

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Christopher’s Answer

Hi Brandon,

I believe both forms of going to school have their advantages and disadvantages! It really all comes down to what your own personal preferences are and your life situation.

In terms of personal preferences, how well do you learn online versus in an in-class environment? From my own personal experiences, online learning was difficult as it required a lot of self-management and discipline to pay attention to the remote instruction, reading the assigned materials independently, and keeping up with coursework. Falling behind in an online class can really cascade into a big backlog if you're not careful, and much more quickly than if you were to fall behind with an in-class environment. In this regard, I personally preferred in-class instruction over online instruction. Plus, I built better, longer lasting relationships with my classmates during in-class instructions compared to my online lessons, which made college more fun for me overall.

However, online classes opens the door for you to significantly more opportunities than in-class. In-class you are restricted to a physical location, and depending on where you live, you may not have a lot of choices. With online classes, you can attend lessons from any parts of the country --- and beyond (colleges outside the country?)! Depending on the structure of the class, and if you are on top of your self-managing skills, online classes allow you the flexibility of learning at your own pace and schedule. So if you're busier during the day, and have more free time in the evenings, you can attend classes that way.

These are just a few generic suggestions based on my own personal experiences, and does not define which version of college is better.

In summary: What do YOU prefer? Also, do your research on the schools you are interested in. There are good schools and not-so-good schools for online and traditional versions.

Pro-Tip: First two years of college is typically exploratory; You can always transfer to a different school if you find the one you picked doesn't fit your needs!
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Karen’s Answer

Hello Brandon,

Your question is excellent and you have received two great answers with advice to consider.

You want to choose whichever way will help you be supported and successful. A lot of factors will go into your personal recipe for success and you will figure this out as you go.

I recommend that you start out with classes on campus so you will be guided and supported by your instructor, classmates, advisors and other college staff who are there. Colleges have dedicated staff who help orient you to the library, tutoring resources, campus culture, academic expectations, etc. The college experience can be very different than your high school one.

Once you understand the system better and know how to navigate it, then you will have more information and a better sense of what works for you. You are fortunate to have these choices and I wish you well as you embark on your career pathway!
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Khushboo’s Answer

Hello,

The cost of your degree is less when you are pursuing the degree online. Online degree is flexible and you can complete it part-time as well.
If you go towards the traditional campus route , it will be more structured and you will have to complete it full-time.

It's up to your preference, what works best for you. I majored with business with campus classes. I learned a lot from in-person than virtually, as I was able to connect with my peers and instructors. From building those relationships, it was easier to get recommendations from instructors and get my first internship.
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Wei’s Answer

Some classes are better off in person. I remember when I had my program management class, the in classes discussion, social interactions definitely can't be done through online exp.
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Joseph’s Answer

Two thing:

Depending on finances online is always cheaper. If you want the College experience then maybe on campus for your freshman year.
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