wikiHow to Get a Bachelors Degree Online

Three Methods:Finding a ProgramGetting through CourseworkGraduating

Getting a bachelor's degree online is a convenient solution. Many students live far away from a university campus or have obligations such as work or family that make it difficult for them to attend classes at a brick-and-mortar university. In addition to deciding which online bachelors degree to pursue, raising the necessary funding, and evaluating whether you have the necessary commitment and technological skills, it's important to find out how existing students rate their online education experience at the educational institute you're considering.

Method 1
Finding a Program

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    Evaluate whether you have the necessary qualities. Getting a bachelors degree online can be lonely and requires self-motivation, time management and commitment in order to complete the program in the usual 4 years. Also, not everyone may benefit from attempting higher education.[1] It is important to consider what is the most helpful set of options for you.
    • There are many profitable career options that do not require college education.
    • If you need to get your GED, you might have to wait a year before you have the necessary diploma.
    • If you have already completed an associates or bachelors degree in a related field, speak to your study coordinator to find out which of your credits you may transfer. If you are allowed to transfer credits, you'll need to take fewer online courses and might even be able to complete your bachelors degree in less than the average 4 years.
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    Make sure you meet the entry requirements. These requirements exist in order to maintain the quality of a program. Selectivity also helps to limit class size. Each program has its own specific requirements, but in general, you'll need the following:
    • A high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) credential.
    • Your SAT/ACT scores.
    • A personal essay that states why you want to pursue a course of study.
    • Personal, educational, or professional references.[2]
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    Research schools that offer the curriculum you want to study online. It is important you are able to find a program that fits your educational goals. Because you are taking your classes online, you are not limited by distance. Take your time to find a program that offers what you want.
    • Make sure that the educational institute is accredited,[3] recognized by the department of education in your country. This ensures that the quality of education meets the standards expected of a school in your country.
    • Find out which classes they offer as a part of your studies and make sure they cover the subjects in which you're interested.
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    Research your school. Find out what current or former students say about their online learning experience at the educational institute you're considering. Reviews are a great way to know more about a school. There are also a great number of ranking websites that can provide similar information, such as US News and World Report. Be sure to know your program and your school's reputation before you study with them. Check the 4-year degree completion rate and overall graduation rate for any school you wish to attend.
    • Be wary of predatory schools, like University of Phoenix, that are expensive and have low graduation rates.
    • You can contact former students by contacting the school's alumni association and asking them for references. They can put you in touch with people who completed the major in which you're interested.
    • Find out if the students feel they were assisted properly in selecting classes and their majors.
    • Ask if they were assisted properly in evaluating their ability to learn online.
    • Inquire how flexible and engaging they find the instruction to be, and whether there are group sessions and assignments as well as individual assignments.
    • Find out whether the school helps students find internships and work. Many schools offer great placement programs that can be extremely helpful to graduates.
    • Ask whether the students feel that they got value for their money.
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    Enroll in the program of your choice. This is very important, as you cannot usually just take classes. You must enroll first. Make sure that you take all the necessary steps to fully enroll in your school.
    • Submit the necessary application materials.
    • Be prepared to do an admissions interview, either in person or by phone.

Method 2
Getting through Coursework

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    Make sure you have access to the necessary equipment. You'll need a computer with Internet access in order to participate in classes, upload your assignments and access the study materials. Text books may be required.
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    Manage your time effectively. Successful college students know how to take charge of their time. With online degrees, it can be easy to let other activities take priority. Procrastination can injure your chances at success. Take care to manage your time such that you stay on top of your coursework.
    • Make a study calendar. Online students need structure. By making a strong schedule and planning your calendar ahead of time, you can help ensure you get your work done.[4]
    • Know when to relax and when to pull an all-nighter. There are definite times to celebrate, take it easy, and relax during a semester. But if you don't know when to fire on all pistons, you may put your grades at risk.
    • Do a little bit of schoolwork every day. This can make classes seem less overwhelming.[5]
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    Follow all guidelines. It is easy to overlook a detail, but that is not the same as being lazy. Read everything carefully. Deadlines and instructions are not negotiable in most cases. You do not want to jeopardize your academic career by not carefully considering all the guidelines in each assignment, class or program.
    • Pay close attention to any syllabus you are given.
    • Double check periodically on particular deadlines.
    • Keep a schedule of due dates for easy reference.
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    Pick classes you are more likely to do well in. If you find yourself unable to pass a class, look for another way to satisfy the requirement. Talk to an academic counselor or adviser with your program to see if any accommodations can be made. Remember that your school wants you to graduate as much as you do.
    • Students are more likely to succeed with material they find engaging.[6]
    • Take a college transition class if offered. These “college skills” courses are designed to help people ease into college. For people who have struggled in the past, these courses can make a big difference in student outcomes.[7]
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    Free up your schedule to accommodate your classes and necessary study hours. If necessary, make arrangements to postpone or reschedule other responsibilities that conflict with your online study times. School is a top priority. You are not only supposed to treat it with the respect you might give a paying job, you have to pay for it. Don't waste your money or disrespect your hard work by not giving school the proper time.
    • Take fewer hours at work.
    • Reduce time spent on leisure activities.[8]
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    Ask for help. If you're finding it difficult to use the online software or maintain your study schedule, talk to your student adviser and ask for assistance. Your teachers are there to provide you with help. In addition, many schools offer other kinds of supplementary assistance.

Method 3

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    Make certain you have met all degree requirements. The last thing you want to do is find out you have one last class to take, right before you graduate. Pay careful attention that you meet every last requirement for graduation. Contact registrar or student services to see if your requirements will be met on time.
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    File to graduate on time. Many schools require that you file or announce your intent to graduate by a certain date.[9][10][11] In some cases, you may not be permitted to graduate if you have not filed to do so on time. Even if you have met the requirements, you may be made to wait until the end of he next term to graduate. This could potentially harm employment chances or moving on to other postgraduate education.
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    Pay your tuition and fees. Many schools will withhold a diploma until you pay all the fees associated with attending the program.[12][13][14] Be sure that you will have covered any due costs you may have incurred, to insure you graduate in a timely manner.
    • See if there are special fees associated with graduation.
    • Make sure you do not owe any fines for lost or damaged materials if you rented them from your school.
    • Be sure that you are current with your tuition.
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    Accept/order your diploma. This is one of the best parts for most people. It is possible to decline the diploma, and so it is a step that you must choose in order to complete the degree. Unless you have a well-thought and supported reason to do so, you should not decline the degree.

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