What to Consider When Applying to Online Schools

If you’ve made the decision to apply to an online program, you probably have questions about a range of topics that are connected not only to the online college experience, but the general college experience as well.

Every day, Lindenwood Online talks to prospective students who would like to apply to our award-winning online program. We review the following list with them so that they can make an informed decision about academic quality, student resources, and support.

  • Review Accreditation, Rankings, and the Quality of Programs. Online programs are not created equal. The schools that you choose to apply to should be accredited by a national or regional agency. Accreditation means that a college’s programs are verified by an external authority and guarantees that certain educational standards are being met. For instance, Lindenwood Online is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and is an ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business School and Programs) member. Lindenwood Online programs are also highly ranked by publications such as S. News & World Report.
  • Decide How You Will Schedule Your Class Time. One of the many advantages of an online program is that it can be completed on your own time. If you travel frequently, have a job with varying shifts, or can only study at times when traditional classes do not meet, then an online program allows you to advance your career or begin the path to a new career. You’ll want to decide how to manage your free time—whether it’s early in the morning or in the middle of the night—and choose when to study, listen to lectures, or take tests. These programs are designed for those who can be in front of the computer once a day, or up to several times a day.
  • Identify Needed Technology and Equipment. Generally, online programs require that you have a fairly new computer (desktop or laptop), high-speed Internet connection, speakers, and a printer. You may also need a webcam and DVD/CD player. Each program will provide you with a list of requirements. If the equipment that you have isn’t capable of connecting to the online classroom, then you should start shopping for supplies that you’ll need to fully participate in the program. In addition to learning through lectures and reading, you take assessments and be involved in discussion threads and single student/group student projects.
  • Range of Student Support. As an online student, you may be returning to school after an absence or starting a program without having traditional college experience under your belt. You should expect the same support that is provided to a university’s traditional students. This includes built-in career services, tutoring, and financial aid.

Lindenwood Online’s accredited programs include five undergraduate degrees and nine graduate degrees.  Call or contact Lindenwood Online today to find out how to take the next step in a successful career.