6 questions to ask online colleges before applying
Enrolling in an online program is a big educational step. Students who decide to study online should fully understand how distance learning works as well as the details about each college, program and course to which they want to apply. To get a better understanding, start by asking these six questions.
1.) Are you accredited, and by whom?
Accreditation, the process of a third-party agency reviewing and approving a school to offer courses, is essential to education in India. A number of fake universities offer training without a legal right to confer degrees. The UGC has either established or recognised a number of accrediting bodies, including the following:
• All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
• National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE)
• National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)
• Indian Council for Distance Learning Education (ICDE)
You must always be sure that the college or university you’re considering is accredited, and that the accrediting agency is recognised by the UGC.
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2.) What degree programs are available?
No two universities are alike, and those differences begin with the programs. From basic distinctions like graduate, post-graduate, research and diploma/certiﬁcate programs, you’ll ﬁnd a rich variety of degree options. Your own educational goals will help dictate which degree path you choose; it’s important to make sure that each school on your list offers the options you’ll consider.
3.) What kind of career placement services do you offer?
Some online universities may provide you with resources and personal assistance to help you secure a job after graduation. Resources might include internship placement assistance, resume counselling, job interview preparation courses and more. Ask for more information from each college you consider.
4.) What resources are available to students?
Just like you’ll ﬁnd at a traditional university, online universities typically provide support and resources for students. When inquiring about the types of material available, you might ﬁnd the following:
• Online or ofﬂine libraries, including article and publication databases like JSTOR
• Technical support, available during business hours only or all day and night
• Tutoring labs and one-on-one resources, both online or in-person
• Instructor support, available by email, phone, chat or in-person
5.) What are the admission requirements?
Requirements vary depending on whether you’re interested in online technical education, university, bachelor’s or master’s degrees. If you’re considering online colleges in the U.S. as an international student, you’ll need to pass the TOEFL exam to prove your ﬂuency in English.
Other requirements may include these four elements:
• Proof of secondary school graduation
• Entrance exams for professional degrees in medicine, law, engineering and more
• Competitive test scores on SAT and ACT for undergraduate education
• Proof of residency for ﬁnancial aid purposes
6.) What are your continued enrolment requirements?
You may ﬁnd that your chosen online college requires its students to meet certain standards for enrollment. These requirements may include that you take a certain number of courses per term, or that you retain residency in a certain location. For ﬁnancial aid programs, you could be asked to maintain a minimum grade point average or take part in extracurricular activities.
Answering each of the questions above is a simple matter of contacting enrollment departments, ﬁnancial aid ofﬁces and international student departments at your potential online colleges. Though the online college application process requires some research, you’ll ﬁnd your reward in attending a program in which you can take pride.
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