How to Pick the Right Online College

How to Pick the Right Online College

If you want to further your education, but your schedule or family situation doesn’t allow you to attend a traditional university, enrolling at an online college may sound appealing to you. The convenience of learning on your own time from anywhere in the world makes online education very appealing.

The trouble is not all programs are created equal. Some are even outright scams. To make sure you pick a reputable, affordable online college from which to earn your degree, follow these tips.

Look for Accreditation

Receiving a stamp of approval from a local or national educational organization is proof of an online college’s credibility. It also tells future employers that your degree has truly prepared you to enter the workforce.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana’s global campus, eNSU, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialists, and doctorate degrees. Individual programs are also accredited by relevant organizations. For example, the Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and our business degrees are accredited by the Association for Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Consider Degree Programs

For your education to be worthwhile, the online college you choose must offer the program you want to study.

At eNSU, we offer 40 online degree programs, from an Associate’s Degree in General Studies to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration to a Doctorate Degree in Nursing Practice. Whether your goal is to further your current career or prepare to enter the workforce for the first time, our programs will help get you there.

Find Out if Your Credits Will Transfer

If you began your college career somewhere else, you undoubtedly want to transfer your credits. Choosing an online college that recognizes the coursework you’ve already completed allows you to pick up where you left off, so this is an important part of picking the right online college for you.

Your credits will most likely transfer to your eNSU program, but you’ll need to have a registrar evaluate your transcripts to be sure.

Compare Tuition Rates

Even if you don’t attend classes in person, enrolling in an online program requires you to pay tuition. After making sure the school is accredited, offers the degree you want, and will accept past college credits you’ve already earned, it’s time to weigh the costs.

Online-only students enrolled in an eNSU program pay the same tuition rate as in-state students taking classes at the NSULA campus. This makes it very affordable for anyone to earn a college degree from anywhere!

By now, it could be clear that NSULA’s global campus, eNSU, could be the right online college for you. The next step is to begin the application process, so you can start down the path to earning a higher education. We’ll assist you every step of the way.

For answers to any remaining questions you have, please contact us today.