Earning a Degree Online v. Earning a Degree on Campus

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 comfortable working independently? If you don’t see anyone but the mailman all day, are you okay with that? Or do you thrive in a high-energy environment where people buzz about constantly, freely exchanging thoughts and ideas? If you need to spend time around people everyday, an online college degree program may not be right for you — or it might! Did you know that an online university provides a level of interaction and networking opportunities unmatched by a college campus? The Internet has no boundaries of time or space. You may meet people from across the world. And you may choose to speak with them at 2 am.

Your mentors, advisors and professors can guide you through email, at hours that are convenient to you. Or you can schedule a phone call or Internet-based chat for a mutually convenient time. Either way, you won’t have to rush to campus to make it there in time for your instructor’s office hours.

An online college degree program isn’t for everyone. You’ll want to attend college on a conventional campus if:

  • You’re uncomfortable working with technology.
  • You’re uncomfortable with phone or email communication and prefer to meet face-to-face with people.
  • You want to live the college lifestyle.

On the other hand, if you possess self-discipline, know your way around a computer keyboard, and thrive with written and phone communications, consider accredited online degree programs to advance your career.