Comparing Online Schools

The following short article is written to provide general advice about online education and degrees, not just information specific to WGU. If you have specific questions about WGU, feel free to inquire online or speak with an enrollment counselor (1-866-225-5948).

Getting a quality education online

Comparing online schools can be a challenge, but with a little diligence and intelligent searching, you can conduct a meaningful study that will help define your best choices. Your evaluation criteria should include all items that you feel are important to your education goals. At least two subjects are critical to any meaningful comparison, however. They are 1) cost and affordability and 2) the quality of the affordable online school and the degrees it offers.

These two primary comparison criteria should be studied first. The results you generate will eliminate some options fairly quickly. This will save you time by directing you to concentrate on those options for affordable online degree programs that meet or exceed your primary considerations.

Carefully consider the advantages/disadvantages of three major categories of online schools:

  1. Two-year versus four-year colleges and universities
  2. Private versus public institutions
  3. For-profit versus not-for-profit affordable online schools

While there is no perfect affordable online university, there will be one or two that fit your interests. By objectively comparing online schools in light of those factors, in addition to the major considerations noted above, the right institution and affordable online college degree program for you will emerge.

Be objective in your comparison. Save any subjective impressions as tie-breakers.