Depending on whom you speak to, there are some skeptics out there who may want to talk you out of earning a bachelor’s degree online. Florida National University (FNU) would like to enlighten you in regards to some of the advantages of online learning. One of many is that it’s possible to earn your bachelor’s degree 100% online without having to step a foot outside of your home. However, you shouldn’t just enroll into any kind of online degree program.
The Danger of Enrolling in a Non-Accredited Online Degree Program
We suspect that some of the skepticism comes from academic programs that are being offered by non-accredited institutions. There have been many unfortunate instances where students have invested all of their hard-earned time and money into a degree that pigeonholed their career. What we mean by a pigeonholed career is that the academic credentials earned for some professions are tailored to that specific line of work. Therefore, students have pigeonholed themselves into a situation where they’ll have to spend more time and money toward a broader education in order to thrive professionally.
Another unfortunate example is that students will spend time taking classes at a non-accredited institution only to find out that their college credits aren’t transferable.
You will find a great number of online bachelor courses that are offered from non-accredited colleges. These are the type of online programs you may want to steer clear from unless you’re pursuing a certain type of technical profession.
What Does Florida National University Have to Offer?
FNU is a regionally accredited university in the South Florida area. We have a long list of success stories from graduates who have graduated from degrees taken online and through our traditional classroom courses. You can read all about them here.
If you’re looking for a good reason to enroll in an FNU online degree program, here’s a list of some of the benefits:
Convenience in scheduling
When taking online college courses, you set your own schedule. There is no strict time schedule to adhere to except your own. The main tools you’ll need are a computer and a good internet connection. Once you have that, you’ll have the flexibility to create your own learning environment. Take your classroom on the road, while commuting on the train, or in the comfort of your living room or back yard. It’s where ever you want to be!
When you choose to get your bachelor’s degree online, you can work at your own pace. Online learning also gives you the advantage to work ahead of schedule. Here, you have the option of an accelerated learning course. Finish coursework in record time without having to wait for your professor to assign the next project.
Eliminates Commute Time
When you’re living in the South Florida area, you’ll quickly realize that traffic is a major obstacle many people have to deal with. Whether it’s commuting to work or school, the time spent in traffic can be anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour on average one-way! These things need to be taken into account when planning a daily/weekly schedule. Tolls, parking, and the cost of gas are also an expense students must take into consideration. As an online student, all of this just goes away. There is no commuting issue and everything that goes along with it disappears too!
Online Learning Helps Familiarize You with Computers
The Pew Research Center has calculated 77% of Americans own a smartphone. What this means is that almost three-quarters of the nation’s population is somewhat tech savvy. Although, it can be argued that many smartphone owners are only utilizing a fraction of its capabilities. At any rate, it’s safe to say that a majority of the nation is pretty familiar with computers.
Earning a bachelor’s degree online will only strengthen these skills. Online courses force you to learn how to navigate a university’s software. By becoming familiar with such platforms, you’ll also be familiarizing yourself with other tools like Microsoft Office Suite if you’re a PC user or MacOS for Apple users. This will without a doubt improve your technical and communication skills immensely as some professions use software management systems where they speak with colleagues and clients on a regular basis.
While you’re online, you can use this opportunity to join online study groups. Create one with your online class. You can also venture out and create an online study club in the subject of your interest. Here, you can harvest a great amount of valuable information that can only enhance your academic work.
Teach Yourself the Art of Management
In almost every profession—even entry-level jobs, there’s a certain responsibility of management. You may not have to manage anyone, but you’ll certainly need to manage yourself! When you enter the professional workforce, there will be an exceptional amount of responsibilities given to you and it’ll be up to you to manage it all! Management essentially means being organized and able to meet deadlines in a timely manner. Earning your bachelor’s degree online will definitely help you work on your self-discipline. Whether you’re managing a group of people or yourself doesn’t matter. If you can master the art of management, you’ll be well on your way as a successful professional.
Get More Personalized Attention from Instructors
When taking a traditional college course at FNU, you will have the opportunity to get a personable one-on-one session with your professor. However, the reality is almost everyone in your class may want some of your professor’s time too! If you’re not able to get the attention of your professor after class, you’ll likely have to schedule an appointment with him or her. When taking online courses, your instructor will have no other choice but to give you his or her undivided attention. When corresponding online, you’re typically addressing one person. This is the advantage to taking online courses. You’ll have your professor’s full and undivided attention!
Qualify for Federal Aid
When you enroll in a Florida National University online bachelor’s degree program, you will be able to qualify for student aid. Our financial aid department will assist students in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) to help determine what kind of financial assistance they qualify for.
If you’re interested in earning a bachelor’s degree online, take a look at FNU’s online programs and then contact one of our advisors to get the enrollment process started today!