How to Find the Best Online Bachelor Degree Programs

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).

Have you decided to earn a bachelor degree online? If so, you'll find there are a wide variety of online bachelor degree programs at your fingertips. How will you choose?

Decide on a degree program

First, decide what area you want to study. Do you wish to advance in your current employment field or switch careers? Once you select your degree program — a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree — and your major, locate the online university that offers the programs you want.

Check the accreditation

Make sure your school is regionally or nationally accredited — or both. A non-accredited degree program may not be accepted as valid by other schools if you wish to transfer credits, or by employers when you begin your job search or request a promotion. Check with www.chea.org to make sure the accreditation is valid.

Look into costs and financial aid

How will you pay for school? Is financial aid available if you need it?

Evaluate the school

What’s the learning environment like? Will you get to work one-on-one with an advisor? Are instructors and fellow students available through chat and email to discuss course materials? Do you feel comfortable with the different ways you’ll learn — through online lectures, eBooks and podcasts?

Each of these factors is important as you select an online university to earn your bachelor's degree.