Online colleges and online education more commonly have seen an huge increase in student e-learners during the last decade. 10 years ago, America saw around Two million college students learning online. This number now has almost quadrupled.
More and more students are choosing the "nontraditional" route. This typically means they go back to school as adults, attend school part-time while taking care of a professional career and/or family, or search for alternate ways to access course material. This includes applying for an online college, a convenient option that has become quite popular lately that such universities are practically ubiquitous. These schools take advantage of Modern day technology innovations to take motivated students into a virtual classroom, often seen as a video lectures, multimedia presentations, online discussion sessions, interactive modules, and much more.
Based on a 2015 report by Babson Research titled Tracking Online Education in the United States, today the amount of college students learning online exceeds 7 million. With the overall higher education student body in the U.S. currently at 21 million, that means one in three college students are taking at least one course entirely online.
Online colleges and universities, which focus on delivering course content exclusively online, have grown popular. These schools enable students to get a degree program and graduate with nothing more than a laptop and net connection.
If you're a nontraditional student or you would like to explore your choices, check out our list of the best 5 online colleges in the United States for 2015.
1 . University of Florida Distance Learning
The University of Florida, a public, sea-grant, space-grant, and land-grant research university established in 1853, enrolls more than 49, 900 students. Consistently ranked among the top universities in the United States, the University of Florida offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
A member of the State University System of Florida, the university has 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. The University of Florida has a membership in the Association of American Universities (an association of excellent North American research universities).
2 . Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University is a Catholic liberal-arts school located in Saint Leo, Florida, with a well-established Center for Online Learning. Saint Leo offers 16 undergraduate degrees in the School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Education and Social Services. Some of its more unusual online degrees include Project Management, Religion, Sociology, and Criminalistics. Students can also pair a minor with their academic degree, choosing from Accounting, Management, Human Resources Management, Hospitality Management, and Criminal Justice.
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