What's the Online Education Industry Look Like?

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).

Are you seeking a flexible degree program? The distance learning and online education industry is thriving. If you choose to obtain a quality online degree, you’ll join more than 12 million students using distance learning to receive all or part of their college education.

Of the 12.2 million students enrolled in college-level distance learning programs, 77% have enrolled in online courses, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The largest online school has an enrollment three times the number of students receiving their education on Ohio State University’s main campus.

Some other interesting statistics also point to the increasing popularity of distance learning and online degree programs:

  • The number of students completing at least one online course rose by 12 percent between the Fall 2006 and Fall 2007 semesters.
  • The overall higher education student population increased by only 1.2% in that time.
  • 11, 200 college-level distance learning programs were offered in 2007.