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Getting Serious About Online Education

Thanks to advances in technology, there’s never been a better time to be a college student. Now there are more options for students who want to earn a degree but might not have the time to attend classes on a traditional campus. If you’re ready to get serious about your education, you could consider an online degree from AIU Online.

Campus: traditional vs. virtual

AIU - The Serious UDepending on the size of your college campus, getting from class to class can be a real challenge. If you attend a commuter campus, just finding a place to park can take more time than you can afford. With a virtual campus, getting to class is as simple as powering up your laptop. Socializing with classmates and visiting professors during office hours can be left to chance: if you’re on campus the same time as your friends and teachers, whether they have time to meet with you. On a virtual campus, contacting an instructor can be as simple as sending an e-mail or using a class chat session.

Career services office vs. career services online

For most students, finding a job after graduation is a top priority. Colleges and universities that offer career services are tailored to serve the needs of their students and recent graduates. The resources provided by career services departments can be valuable to students. AIU understands the value that could be gained from one-on-one attention from a career services advisor, so we’ve incorporated that into our model. Getting serious about your career at AIU Online means access to career services advisors and useful career resources. Since online campuses aren’t bound by walls, locations or office hours, students can work with career services advisors.

Campus library vs. online library

Nowadays, most college campuses have libraries that are open 24 hours a day—but that doesn’t always mean you could have access to the materials you need to finish a paper at 3 a.m. With online campuses, the virtual library is available when you need it. Traditional campus libraries also have online resources available for students, but our virtual campus library is built with our students in mind: digital resources at your fingertips, with source materials that could help you with your research.

Attending a traditional campus can offer you a unique college experience, and so can attending an online campus. If you’re ready to take charge of your education and jump start your education, get serious about completing your degree at AIU Online.

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