On-Campus vs Online Education

Whether you prefer a traditional classroom setting or the flexibility of an online program, students today have more options than ever before to earn higher education degrees. Learn more how on-campus education compares to online education.

Education Comparison Infographic

Student Experience

On Campus

  • Students learn in a face-to-face environment
  • Fixed schedules that provide a level of accountability and consistent routine for students
  • Students can participate in on-campus activities, social experiences, and peer interactions

Online

  • Students learn via the latest digital platforms and technologies in remote environments
  • Professor and peer contact is easily accessible through interactive message boards
  • Classes can be synchronous and/or asynchronous, giving students variety in how they learn

Student Accessibility

On Campus

  • Students have direct access to professors, advisors, and study resources
  • Local campuses are convenient to student’s homes and/or employment
  • Access to tools, technologies, or resources some students may not have available at home

Online

  • Online education is convenient for working professionals or students with families
  • Students can enroll in any school with online programs from around the world
  • Coursework can be completed on your own time and at your own pace

Credentialing

On Campus

  • On-campus programs are more widely available at institutions around the country
  • Students may find it easier to locate an accredited program at a traditional learning institution
  • Students may benefit from other credentials such as alumni status of family members or undergraduate studies

Online

  • Top accredited institutions are offering more programs for online learning settings
  • Most classes are taught by the same faculty teaching in traditional on-campus settings
  • Online degrees have the same distinctions has on-campus degrees