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Learn How to Find an Online College

written by: SeemaAdnani•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 12/9/2009

Do not leave any stone unturned while selecting the dream online college for you. In order to move in the right direction, you need to be aware of this important information before making a decision. Read on to know what to look for when searching for the right school.

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    The task of evaluating online colleges against each other is a challenging activity. Even if people are aware of the kind of program that they are looking for, it is not an easy job to narrow down certain programs only. Before the student decides to enroll for any online college, proper comparison of the programs and schools is essential. Let's find out how to do this successfully.

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    Accreditation is the most important factor that needs to be considered when online colleges are compared with each other. Schools that enjoy regional accreditation are the safest choice because credits transfer and reputation is key. For example, CHEA accredited schools have acceptance among employers and schools. This helps you make your decision.

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    Class Schedules

    Course scheduling is an important thing that must be considered. Some colleges allow students to finish courses at their pace whereas others demand that the students strictly adhere to a schedule.

    You must always determine the method to suit your learning ability when selecting course schedules. The decision should be made according to what will motivate you to learn. Some students like to opt for courses that have steadfast deadlines whereas others like to go for more liberal class times.

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    Residency Requirements

    Some online colleges require students to attend physical classes on campus for one or more semesters, whereas others require summertime forums or weekend seminars. Some online courses require absolutely zero physical attendance requirements on the students. But in any case, one should always consider the proximity of the college to the home.

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    Admission Requirements

    The admission requirements of different online learning schools vary from one another. Some colleges ask the students to undergo an elaborate application process that includes recommendation letters, essays and interviews whereas some other colleges are quite liberal in their application process and students are allowed to get started with their program within a week.

    Desired date of commencement and ability to meet the admission requirements are two more important factors to be considered while comparing colleges.

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    Almost each and every online college requires students to finish the course examinations as per the testing requirements. Some colleges ask the students to appear for exams at monitored testing centers, whereas others allow open-book tests and online evaluation.

    Potential students should always consider the manner in which they would prefer the examination process prior to selecting a college. Proximity to evaluation centers must be considered, if monitored testing centers are preferred over online evaluations.

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    Still Unsure

    Apart from the factors listed above, there are various other factors that govern the decision of how to find an online college.

    One should always plan elaborately by listing the school preferences and information to be gathered before making an informed and wise decision. This also includes the activity of listing questions that you want answered before making any decision.

    With proper planning, a fulfilling learning experience is surely guaranteed. Reading the wealth of information about online degrees, colleges and programs right here at Bright Hub is a great place to begin.