5. You need access to the latest technology and you don’t currently have it.
If you don’t have an up-to-date computer and fast internet connection, then an on-campus college is the right way to go. On-campus colleges have computer labs where you can work on the latest equipment with your fellow students, explore the library, and even visit the career center. Some colleges also offer discounts for students to buy laptops.
If you’re studying one of the sciences or a field of study that requires lab work and research, an on-campus college is a great choice for all it can offer you. About the only thing you can’t do online is complete science and nursing labs; although I have seen some digital dissection labs online which are interesting. For careers like nursing, scientific research, chemistry, psychology, etc. you need access to a good lab or clinical rotation to perform research. Hands-on fields of study require time on campus, even if it’s just for one week during a semester.
In conclusion, there are benefits to both types of schools and there are cons to both. For my college experience, it worked well for me to go to both types of schools. If I were to go back to school now for a graduate degree, I would hands-down choose an online college or university due to the ease and flexibility of fitting it into my schedule. If I were sending my child to college for the first time, I would probably encourage them to choose an on-campus or commuter school to start out. There are always special circumstances if your child is looking to study something like coding etc. that’s mostly online. And if they’re already involved in social groups and don’t necessarily need that interaction on campus, then maybe online would work for them as a freshman. However, most on-campus colleges/universities today offer some online courses, so your student could have the best of both worlds.
There are many wonderful schools that fall into the online, on-campus, and hybrid categories. It’s really about your preference, your budget, and your lifestyle. And as parents, it’s all about preparing your child mentally and emotionally for the college transition whether they’re commuting, living on campus, or starting classes online.
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