What are Online Colleges?

Online Colleges offer a variety of options for students and provide online degree programs which are cheaper compared to the traditional brick-and-mortar universities and hence they are more convenient and flexible. Scroll down to know more.

Updated by Sunny Aloisius on 7th February 2019

What are Online Colleges?

Online Colleges provide credit-granting course or education training programs through the internet. Students can log in anytime, anywhere to gain access to the lectures and assignments allowing you more flexibility in learning.

What are the advantages of joining an Online College?

  • Wide choice - There are varieties of the online course or degree programs available for students.

  • Low Cost- There is no transportation cost and E-books are available for online courses which reduces the overall costs.

  • Flexibility - Students can plan their study timings according to their choice. 

  • Comfortability - A student need not attend classes, he/she can study anytime, anywhere according to their feasibility.

  • Professional Development - Online courses give freedom to continue on your current jobs along with an academic degree program.

  • Transfer Credits - Students can transfer their credits if they want to continue their courses at some other college.

What courses do they Offer?

Online Colleges offer a number of courses in different fields.

Associate Degrees Bachelors Degree
Business Management Accounting
Information Systems Law
Computer Science Nursing
Music Media Studies

Political Science


Masters Degree Doctorate Degree
Criminal Justice Information Technology
Public Administration Sociology
Arts Aviation
History Theology
Engineering Literature

What are the steps for joining Online College?

  •  Step 1: Search for University
    •  Before applying for an online degree course you need to shortlist universities which offers a candidate list of programs.

  •  Step 2: Admissions and Deadlines

    •  In the U.S admission cycle has three intakes – Fall, Spring, and Summer. Mostly the programs start in Fall. Also, check the deadlines of the course you are applying for. Different courses have different opening and closing dates.

  •  Step 3 : Contact/Request Information

    •  You can contact the program director to get the information about that particular course you are applying for. Go to the college website for contact details.                              

  •  Step 4: Apply for the best program

    •  A student can apply and enroll online degree program of their choice. This way you will get the right collage-at the right cost, and with the right structure.

Technical requirements for Online Education

Online learning is one of the greatest revolutions in the field of education recently.

This brought about a huge change in the system and also paved the path for everyone to pursue what they want, wherever they want from any part of the world.

Thus, truly making it possible that education is for everybody.

There are people who are opting for online colleges for the various factors that are attached to it.

But, for pursuing a course of online education apart from the knowledge aspect there are few technical requirements like computer and internet minimum specifications etc.

Computer and Internet Connection

Most of the online colleges have an almost same type of technical requirements unless you are going for specialized courses where the specifications might be different.

But for a regular course the requirements are:

  • You will want regular access to a laptop or PC with an internet connection.

  • High-speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is extremely recommended for the optimum learning experience.

A Macintosh, Laptop or PC system with these minimum requirements:


  • Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1

  • Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher


  • Compatible Operating System: OS X

  • Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari


  • A valid email address, which is checked frequently, would be required.

  • Most of the colleges provide a University supplied email address which is our preferred and recommended option.

  • This will help you avoid issues with Spam blockers and other problems that may prevent you from receiving an email from your professors.


  • Many courses may have additional software requirements, which may include video or audio playing software or a specific software application.

  • Most courses would also require word processing software.

  • In some instances, it may be necessary for some users to upgrade their Flash or Java versions. 

  • In these cases, the college will tell prior to the start of the course. So that you can have enough time to make the required arrangements.

Other Devices

  • Depending on the University and the way the course is being delivered, you may access and interact with most course elements, readings, multimedia, email and discussions through tablets and smartphones.

  • But they are not guaranteed to work in all areas.

  • Make sure you have a PC or Mac based computer available to complete coursework.

Accelerated online degrees what you need to know?

This course stays true to its name as offers students with a legitimate way to complete certification or a degree program much faster than any traditional program.

This would help them to save time and money and also this would give them a headstart to their career.

These programs help students to be motivated and achieve their career goal at a shorter span of time.

Many colleges are experimenting and trying different things so that they can make this degree program in such a way that it can serve busy adults with short timelines who are motivated to complete their degree fast and to earn a credential.

Popular online accelerated programs

  • Management - MBA

  • Bachelors in Computer Science

  • Bachelors in Information Technology
  • Masters in Accounting

The example curriculum for Bachelors in Information Technology is given below.

Semester 1 or Quarters 1-2

  • Writing

  • Ethics

  • Management information systems

Semester 2 or Quarters 3-4

  • Business statistics

  • Database design

  • Network administration

Semester 3 or Quarters 5-6

  • Data security

  • Information technology seminar

  • Project Management

Online accelerated degrees Pros and Cons

Pros of accelerated degrees 

Cohort learning is a new type of structure online programs practices as this facilitate students to work and learn in a group rather than individually.

Money saving is one of the most important factors why people choose online courses. As the course is of less time and since it is an online course they might save even on tuition and academic fees.

It has a defined plan from the way the classes are arranged and conducted, credits received per class to the time allotment everything is well planned.

Getting degree faster, and means the sooner the students get their graduation degree the sooner they can advance to their professional career.

Focused and faster learning as these programs is focused on two or three programs at a particular time.

Cons of accelerated degrees

Such type of thing in most cases is not possible due to time constraints. Sometimes students have to leave their part-time work to do an Accelerated Program.

Since all courses cannot be sped up, therefore the options of courses available are less.

While this is not common in most of the colleges, but certain programs require the students to have a certain credit to apply for that degree.

Students have to spend 20-30 hours per week outside of the class studying and this in most cases is not possible for students. As they might have their work or even other courses.

Some courses reduce classes into a short period that forces students to work hard after class to retain knowledge over time.


An online college is preferred by individuals who want to study from their home or who are currently working. It is the best way of getting an education degree and certificates without going to classes in a traditional college.