Have you been thinking about going back to school and finally earning your degree? Have you finally mentally committed to doing so, but you’re just not sure where to begin to look for your degree program? Are you unsure about what colleges and universities even offer online degree programs?
There are many resources out there that can help you find or even offer online degree programs, but these three Internet destinations are some of the most popular options around.
Purdue Global University
Purdue Global University is a great, accredited online school that can help you finally earn your degree (1). The West Lafayette, IN-based university offers associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, certificates, doctorate degrees and even master’s degrees that you can complete online. There are 175 online programs to choose from and some of subject areas you can major in include:
- Criminal justice
- Fire sciences
- Health sciences
- Human services
- Information technology (IT)
- Legal studies
- Professional studies
- Public policy
- Special military programs
Each class you take is typically 10 weeks long. If you aren’t sure of what program is right for you, there a few different ways Purdue Global University can help you figure it out.
First, you can take the school’s Career Assessment in order to help you pinpoint your interests and find the program the school offers that best matches those interests.
Second, you can enroll in an undergraduate program and enjoy an introductory three-week trial period of the classes. If you find at the end of the three weeks that the program—or school for that matter—isn’t right for you, you can opt-out without any penalty against you. You are under no financial obligation to pay for your classes during the introductory period and there’s no cost to apply. The only time you would be asked to pay would be if you continue your studies past the three-week trial period.
Purdue Global University also provides you with personalized support with a network of financial, student, and admissions advisors. You can also take advantage of the online university’s math, science, technology and writing centers that always have professors available to help you and support you.
The university also offers its Center for Career Advancement where you can receive one-on-one support from your first day as a student until even after graduation in important areas such as career planning, job searching, networking, resume building and other workplace skills.
Purdue Global University will also honor any past school credits you’ve previously earned, so you can graduate even faster. In fact, the average time it takes to complete a degree with Purdue Global University is as little as two years. Plus, students tend to save around 45% on tuition costs as well.
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University is one of the most popular, 100%-online universities that can help you achieve your dreams of going back to school and earning a career-focused degree while you navigate the ups and downs of daily “adulting” (2). Since 1932, the university has been reinventing the methods of how people receive a higher education and that’s no different than what the school is doing today. In fact, it was even named US News and World Report’s Most Innovative College in 2021 thanks to the ways it puts its students’ success above everything and anything else.
The Manchester, NH-based online university offers over 200 affordable and accredited online degree programs that range from associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and even master’s degrees.
Some of Southern New Hampshire University’s most popular degree programs include those in the fields of:
- Business administration
- English and literature
- Creative writing and English
- Software engineering
- Healthcare administration
- Accounting and finance
- Art and design
- Criminal justice
- Data analytics
- Environmental and natural resources
- Game design and development
- Human resources
- Liberal arts
- Math and science
- MBA online
- Operations and project management
- Psychology and counseling
- Public administration and political science
- Social sciences
- Sport management and athletic administration
One of the more unique features about Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is it has frozen tuition rates since 2012 (10 consecutive years!) which makes it one of the most affordable online universities to attend. Plus, military members and their spouses can receive up to 30% discounts on their tuition. Other financial aid packages are also available to those students who qualify for them. There is also no undergraduate application fee for when you apply.
The university also allows you to transfer up to 90 undergraduate credits and up to 12 master’s degree credits to help you graduate from SNHU as fast as possible.
SNHU provides its students with all the support they could ever need, in and out of the classroom. Students have ample access to admissions counselors, academic advisors, career advisors, career services and SNHUconnect, which is the school’s exclusive online community for students.
In fact, your personal academic advisor will call you at least once per week or once every other week throughout the term to check in on you to see how school is going, provide guidance on what classes you should take next and encourage you to continue to achieve academic success.
The professors and instructors of each class at SNHU also have tons of real-world experience and are specially trained to teach what they do, so you know you’ll be receiving just as good of an education as if you were to attend classes in-person at a college in your area.
As an SNHU student, you’ll also have access to world-class student services such as an online bookstore, online library, tutoring, 24/7 tech support, webinars, internships and so much more in order to help you succeed academically and to help you advance in your career.
Think Big Colleges
Another great destination to help you earn your degree online is Think Big Colleges. This is a free online service that can help students young and old get matched with a higher education degree program. Adult students, college students and high school students (as long as they’re over 18 years old) can sort through nearly 13,000 degree programs on the website thanks to personalized searches. These searches can also lead to you being directly connected to the schools that are offering the degree programs.
In fact, when you first register with Think Big Colleges, you can find degree program matches in as little as 10 seconds and financial aid may even be available to you if you meet the qualification criteria.
Some of the degree programs you can be connected with thanks to Think Big Colleges include:
- Business management
- Criminal justice
- Information technology (IT)
- Law enforcement
- Social work
While there are many places to turn to in order to help you go back to school and earn your degree, these three Internet destinations are some of the most resourceful and helpful options when it comes to assisting you with earning your degree online.
(1) – Purdue Global University