College Degrees are Still Worth the Investment

With unemployment hovering at 9 percent and college costs outpacing inflation, there is growing doubt about whether a college degree is worth the investment. Yet studies show that over the long term, college graduates fare better than high school graduates in many facets of life, ranging from career satisfaction to parenting skills.

The most commonly cited advantage of attending college is its impact on income. For 2008, the median salary of bachelor’s degree recipients working full-time year-round was $55,700, compared with $33,800 for a high school graduate, according to Education Pays 2010, a new report released by the College Board, the nonprofit association that administers the SAT.

Over the course of a 30-year career, college graduates earn about $400,000 more than high school graduates, according to a study conducted by PayScale for Bloomberg Businessweek. Yet beyond earnings, college graduates also have higher job satisfaction. The College Board report shows that about 58 percent of college graduates and individuals with some college education were very satisfied with their jobs, compared with 50 percent of high school graduates.

“People have to keep in mind that a college degree should be looked at as an investment rather than an expense,” says John Rooney, co-author of Preparing for College: Practical Advice for Students and Their Families (Ferguson Publishing, 2010). “An automobile is an expense. It depreciates over time. A college degree is an investment. It pays off over time.”

In the labor market, college graduates have higher success in finding jobs and staying employed than high school graduates. In January 2011, the unemployment rate for individuals with a bachelor’s degree was 4.2 percent, while for high school graduates it was 9.4 percent, according to a U.S. Department of Labor report.

“The market is really getting tough,” says Steve Langerud, director of professional opportunities at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. “Attorneys are competing with people with bachelor’s degrees. The pool is a lot deeper. There are a lot of people who haven’t found jobs so they are applying for positions.”

In his State of the Union Address delivered on Jan. 25, President Obama said, “Over the next ten years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education that goes beyond a high school degree. And yet, as many as a quarter of our students aren’t even finishing high school.”

While many can find jobs without attending college, they will not be able to advance as easily in their careers without at least a bachelor’s degree, says Jim Charkins, an economics professor at California State University, San Bernardino.

“There’s a ceiling in many jobs you can’t go beyond without a four-year degree,” says Charkins, executive director of the California Council on Economic Education. “A lot of kids think, ‘I’m just going to go work for the Forest Service.’ Then they get there and they say, ‘I want to make a lot more money in the forest service.’ But in order to do that, you need a college degree.”

Besides income and employment, there are other benefits of college that can improve your quality of life. College graduates, for example, are much more likely to exercise on a regular basis, according to the College Board report. Among four-year college graduates between the ages of 25 and 34, 63 percent exercised vigorously before being surveyed in 2008, compared with 37 percent of high school graduates.

College graduates are also less likely to be obese, the College Board report shows. Among 25- to 34-year-olds, 20 percent of four-year college graduates were obese, compared to 34 percent of high school graduates. In addition college graduates are less likely to smoke. In 2008, 9 percent of four-year college graduates smoked, compared with 27 percent for high school graduates.

There are multiple benefits for children if their parents are college graduates. Parents who have earned a bachelor’s degree are more likely to read to their children; among college graduates , 68 percent read to their children daily in 2007, compared to 41 percent of high school graduates. In addition, college graduates participate more frequently with their school-age children in a range of activities, from visiting a library to attending a concert.

College graduates are also more involved in their communities and are more likely to vote in elections and volunteer for organizations, according to the College Board report.

“Their lives are just so much better, not just in terms of income, but in terms of the style of life that they have,” says Rooney, a professor emeritus of psychology and director of the master’s program in clinical counseling at La Salle University in Philadelphia. “You just learn to appreciate a lot of things in life, like reading and enjoying the various types of entertainment, such as theater, music and art.”

“But it’s a little more than that. I think it’s the sense that you understand better what’s going on in the world — your relationship with politics and community. You’re freed from a narrowness that many of us might grow up with in terms of neighborhood and family. We build on that and go beyond it.”

That is what happened to Neil Gussman, a Philadelphia communications professional who initially decided to work on a Teamster loading dock outside Boston after graduating from high school. During his apprenticeship, Gussman realized that many of his coworkers on the loading dock were in their 50s and 60s and were earning the same salary he was.

After serving in the army for seven years, Gussman finally utilized his military education benefits to enroll in college and eventually earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg. Today, he works as a strategic communications and media relations manager at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, a library and museum in Philadelphia.

“Just becoming an expert in something gives you a different way to look at the world,” Gussman says. “If you have a degree in anything, people will know you’re adaptable and you can learn things. You have so much better a chance of getting a job. And in this economy, having options is a really good thing.”

Choosing the Right College

Higher Education and Reputation: The Sad Truth

Written by: Nicole Foxx

This writing is a strategic effort to enlighten high school seniors, college students and parents of college and high school age children on the importance of choosing the right college or university. Your goals should be clear as to what you expect to take away form a higher education institution along with your degree of satisfactory completion of the academic program you’ve chosen. There are many things to consider that may not necessarily concern prospective college students however they definitely will affect them upon graduation.

Although some aspire to be life long learners and go to college for the pure enjoyment of obtaining a plethora of knowledge. It is typically the case that students seek rewarding career that will impede higher earning potential. Nevertheless, depending on the college or universities reputation this is sadly not the outcome for many. While a prestigious school such as Harvard renders it gradates an evitable high paying a highly competitive career. Less established schools, Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU; Saginaw, MI) for example cannot ensure that it graduates find jobs in Michigan and chances for gainful employment outside of Michigan are slim to none. Students at SVSU and Harvard may in fact receive similar education and the same degree; the Saginaw Valley graduate will fall short most time when up against the stiff competition of a Harvard graduate. Now, does this mean for the SVSU graduate; six months to a year of unemployment and a job that doesn’t even require a college degree; possibly.  This is especially true if the SVSU graduate chooses a general major, such as; general business over a specific major; accounting. While, some students options are limited it is vitally important to keep in mind what specific jobs they want to pursue after graduation and allow time for Co-op and internship opportunities, all in which will increase their chances of finding work in their field of study. Thoroughly research the industry and find out what type of degrees are required for the positions of interest and tailor your education to meet those requirements.   Another pertinent aspect to remember is GPA, GPA, GPA, this can not be stressed enough, the higher the GPA the better the competitive advantage.

If you were thinking any school will provide a better opportunity than not attending one. Stop! Before taking on $20,000-$40,000 in student loans, this is the average college borrower’s debt. Research the schools that will more closely aid in your employment search.  Reputation of the school plays a key role in whether you put in 100 job applications or 1.

Best University of India –illumination future of million students


Delhi  university popularly known as DU is an esteemed university of north India.  It was established -which offer various graduates and post-graduate courses. In the year 1933, the Delhi University campus was shifted to the Viceregal Lodge Estate which became its permanent residence. Even today the main campus of the Delhi University, which includes the central administrative offices, examination offices and the sports complex, is situated at the Viceregal Lodge Estate.

It has received various prestigious awards. Its science departments namely Chemistry, Geology, Zoology, Sociology and History in Arts  have been awarded the status of the Centres of Advanced Studies.

Many of University departments are receiving grants under the Special Assistance Programme of the UGC.  Departments like – Germanic, Hindi, Persian, Geography, Music, East Asian Studies, Anthropology, Mathematics etc are receiving grants under DRS.  English, Buddhist Studies, Social Work Departments are getting grants under AISHSS.  The University today run as many as 15 big libraries apart from libraries in colleges which is itself huge.


It offers courses at the both level whether it is undergraduate or
post-graduate at its two campuses namely north campus and south campus
in the nor them and southern part of the Delhi respectively. The first
convocation of Delhi University was held at Assembly hall of Old
Secretariat Building which now houses the Legislative Assembly of
Delhi on 26 March 1923 with Sir Md. Jahan and Sir Hari Singh Gaur, the
first vice chancellor of University.

Various Courses at Delhi University –

Arts – Language Courses – English, Hindis, Urdu, German etc

Education – B.Ed, MEd, M.Phill, Ph.D etc

Science – Zoology, Botony, Chemistry, Physics etc

Law – Civil Law, LLB, MCL etc.

Medicine – Anatomy, Forensic Medicine, Pathology, ENT, Physiology etc

Mass Comm – Journalism, Social Work etc

Diploma Courses – German Language,  Russian Language, Persian etc

PG Diploma Courses –  Tourism, Computer Application, Linguistic, Slovak Language.

Law Courses

The faculty of law at Delhi University has been recognized as one of the leading law departments in the world.Students passed out of Delhi University have gone ahead to become some of the leading lawyers judges and legal academics of the country. They have entered into a large number of fields such as civil service, politics, sports, journalism and publishing. The department of law at Delhi University offers the following programs:

  • Master of Legislative Laws (L.L.M.)
  • Master of Civil Law (M.C.L.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Civil Laws (D.C.L.)


Getting Into College Without the Sat

We all know teenagers who don’t test well.There are all sorts of legitimate reasons why some students, even bright ones, can’t earn decent numbers on the dreaded SAT test.

It used to be that parents and students could rail all they wanted against the test, but it wouldn’t matter. Colleges and universities wanted to know what their applicants’ scores were. And these scores could make or break a child’s academic plans.

The SAT boogyman, however, doesn’t look as intimidating anymore. In the face of growing criticism about the SAT’s fairness and relevance, a growing number of colleges and universities are now offering an escape route. It seems like every week another institution announces that it is making its school SAT optional. Wake Forest University is one of the latest to make the switch.

According to The National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest), nearly 760 schools now no longer require that applicants take the SAT or the ACT, which is the other standardized test.The SAT rebels include some of the most prestigious schools in the nation. In fact, about one third of the top 100 liberal arts colleges, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, now don’t require the SAT.

Many of the schools, which have dropped the SAT requirement are liberal arts colleges. These colleges typically have the luxury of evaluating a child holistically. Lots of public universities, which may have tens of thousands of applicants, are still more inclined to use grades and the SAT as major admissions factors. The Ivy League school are also clinging to standardized testing to measure their applicants.

You can find a list of all SAT optional schools here.

Supporters for making the SAT optional argue that the move makes the college admissions process fairer. Frankly, the test is currently rigged in favor of students from more affluent households who can afford to take SAT prep classes or pay for private tutors. Ditching the test would help level the playing field for all students.

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) argues quite persuasively that SAT scores are a lousy predictor of how a student will fare in college. FairTest argues that two better predictors of a student’s success in college are grade point average and class rank.

FairTest’s position isn’t just a hypothetical. Bates College in Maine, for instance, dropped the SAT requirement more than 20 years ago. The college says the student performance has remained strong. Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, says that five years worth of data indicates that students who don’t submit SAT scores do slightly better academically than those who do.

Things You May Need in College

When the end of summer comes, for some people it means the returning to studies.  If you are high school graduates, the next academic year will be your first year at college and you go to live at college campus. Have you already thought about things which can be very necessary for you during your living at college campus? Here is a list of things which are recommended to buy:
1. Laptop computer is necessary and its importance is obvious. You make notes in it during classes; write necessary works for studies and many other things. The best laptops are produced by Dell, Lenovo and Mac.
2. Cell phone or smart phone is necessary as well as laptop, because it is one of the main ways of connection with people today.
3. External Hard Drive is necessary for reasons of safety. At campus can be problems with electricity because of storms and other similar things, that’s why you risk losing important information which is stored on your laptop. That’s why it is wise to store important information on external hard drive.
4. Printer is necessary just in case. Printers there are at campus and at college, but you are working lane night and you need to print something, it is better to do it with your own printer and don’t wait till the morning or look for printer at night.
5. WiFi Router. This is useful thing which can add comfort to your life at campus.
6. USB Flash Drive. Today flash drive or memory stick is very convenient thing, because you can easy exchange information with your friend by means of their laptops and your flash stick.
7. TV-set. The necessity of TV is obvious, because it is one of the most popular ways to relax. You don’t need to buy big one, just usual modest TV.
8. Digital Camera is necessary because with help of this device the history of your student life is making. In several years photos made by that camera will be priceless.
9. Laptop Bag is necessary for the safety of your laptop and your convenience and comfort.
10. Surge Protector is necessary for the same reasons as external hard drive. Sudden problems with electricity may destroy your laptop or you may lose important files.

Career Opportunities in the World of Animation and Multimedia

These days, it is not uncommon to see Indian children talking about mythological stories of Indian culture like Ramayana, Mahabharata and the legendary characters such as Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesha and many more. This reintroduction to the fast-fading Indian culture can be attributed to the fascinating animated movies that have recapitulated the good old Indian epics for our young generation. And who can forget the ever-so-famous characters of Tom & Jerry, Mowgli, Stuart Little, Popeye, and many others that were brought to life by animation. In the endearing world of animation, lifeless images are brought to life through different tools and techniques.


With the expanding world of media, the demand of animators is also on the rise. Be it movies, television, cartoon film making, advertising, media or gaming, good animators rule the roost. In the world of animation, reality meets imagination and impossible becomes possible. Unthinkable graphics, special effects and evolved technologies come together to create a world that sweeps you off your feet. This upcoming industry has opened new doors to opportunities. A lot of creative people are choosing multimedia and animation as full-time careers and making good money out of it.


Multimedia means combining text, graphics, animation, video, sound, interactivity and conveying a message in an appealing manner. Therefore, just being creative is not enough. One has to be technically sound too. Although one has to have a good drawing hand to become a good multimedia expert. Thus, if you are blessed with immense creativity and imagination, there is no dearth of job opportunities. One can find a good full-time or freelancing job in the fields of television, cinema, video production, advertising agencies, publishing, web design, preparation of CD ROMs, fashion designing, textile designing, interior design, etc.


When it comes to training, there are numerous computer-training centres that offer training in multimedia and animation. It is good to check out the facilities and faculty at the institute before joining any institute. One can enroll in a Visual Communication and Design course straight after 12th standard. However, if one is already a graduate in fine arts with an aptitude for drawing, one can join production houses or studios as a trainee. National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad offers a course in Animation Film Design. In private institutes, Arena Multimedia offers basic as well as advanced courses. Even NIIT has developed a special programme called Maxi media to help learners build the skills needed for this market. Then, there is Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics that offers advanced courses in multimedia and animation.


Professional training is a must to handle animation and multimedia software like 3D Studio Max, Maya for 3D Animation, Animo and US Animation for 2D animation, along with skills set in Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and so on. All the institutes mentioned above provide training in these and there are advanced courses to acquire specialization.


One can choose from the following type of courses to make a career in this segment:

The foundation courses offer an introduction to the fascinating world of multimedia, and its tools and techniques. Digital printing and publishing courses provide training in designing products for the publishing segment. Digital web authoring trains you in website creation. Digital film animation is all about creating professional animators. Digital interactive multimedia course acquaints students with the new media like mobile, Internet, etc. An advanced diploma in digital visual communication and animation gives hands on knowledge of this industry and prepares one for careers in animation, multimedia, special effects, games and others.


One must understand that all courses offered are not of the same calibre. Before joining any institute or course, one must contact these institutes and discuss in detail with the faculty and understand their individual strengths. Also, it is a good idea to meet people in the industry and ask questions. Try to find out if the institute offers practical experience. Also, find out if they can help you find a job once you have finished the course.


After completing an appropriate and acquiring the appropriate skills, one can be absorbed at various levels such as graphics designer, visual artist, supervisor, digital film animator, senior animator, web designer or web author. Of late, this industry has become very high paying and salaries are almost on par with the software industry. There is also demand for Indian animators in the international markets due to the low costs incurred here for 2D and 3D content development.


In India, leading animation houses are in cities such as Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram. Companies such as UTV Toons, Zee Institute of Creative Arts (ZICA), 2NZ Studios, Prasad Studios, Crest Communications, Films Division, Maya Entertainment, Silverton Studio, Acropetal, jadooWorks, Color Chips, Toonz Animation, Heart Animation, etc. some of the premier ventures that deal in the world of animation and special effects.


Top 8 Careers With a Computer Science Degree

If you enjoy working with computers, learning new programs or testing out the latest computer software products, earning a computer science degree is necessary if you want to find a well paying job in the computer or IT field. Popular hot jobs you can apply for after you graduate include:

  • Database administrator
  • Software Support
  • Software engineer
  • Computer engineer
  • Interface designer
  • Systems analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Network Administrator

Each of these careers is rewarding and necessary as more and more companies are in need of those who can use this technology to further their businesses.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, over half of all computer programmers have at least a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field. This means that earning a computer science degree online will increase your chances of finding your dream job.

What will you learn through an Online Computer Degree Program?

A computer science online degree will prepare you for a career in IT, Computer Security or any of the above positions in the same way as a traditional classroom degree. But instead of having to go to class, rearrange your work schedule, or disturb other areas of your life, you can take classes online, study at your convenience and not have to worry about the added costs of parking or leaving work early to attend classes.

When you take online courses, you can expect to learn any of the following and more:

  • Hardware and software design
  • Software development
  • Troubleshooting
  • Networking
  • Data Security
  • Database management
  • Web design
  • Develop security plans

Because most companies use technology systems to carry out business processes and communicate with employees, customers, vendors and others, more and more companies are creating IT departments that employ those who understand how networks function and how to keep them secure. Computer systems and manufacturing companies are also looking for talented individuals to create new software and hardware for consumers.

While you earn your degree, you will be able to explore different fields to find one that suits your personality and interests.

Choosing an Online Computer Degree Program

When looking for an online degree program, it’s important to determine which direction you want to move toward in terms of your career. While some areas of computer science, such as computer programming, have seen a slow decline in the number of open positions since 2006, other areas such as computer support and information security have seen an increase.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, over the next few years, computer support positions are expected to increase by 13%. This means that you should choose a program that allows you to easily find employment immediately upon graduation. A computer degree online that focuses on a certain area within computer science is best if you have a particular talent in that area. You can also choose to become a generalist that specializes in a number of areas. Another pointer is to ensure you choose a computer science or IT program from an online college that is accredited.


Earning a degree in computer science or one of the many disciplines listed above can help you advance your career in one of the hottest fields today. There are many opportunities for employment once you graduate. While some fields as not a plentiful as others, your chances of finding employment are increased if you have a college degree in Computer Science or IT. Launches a Database of Worldwide Universities

New York, NY — Universities.AC, an online leading provider of academic information announced today that the company managed to build an online comprehensive directory for universities around the world. According to John Metis, company’s CEO, the database contains information about education systems and thousands of higher education institutions including details about their academic divisions, the degrees and diplomas they offer, Location and classification, General Details, Facilities, Statistics and more.

Michael Hill, Co-Owner of Universities.AC says: “The database is both extensive and user friendly. We established Universities.AC in order to create the ultimate database solution for worldwide universities. Most of us were students or plan to be. As former students we have experienced first hand the unique needs of future students who are looking to choose a college or university from what seems to be an endless and cumbersome selection… that’s way we decided to build this massive directory.”

With this new site, Universities.AC intends to control the online higher education field, their strategy to deliver targeted traffic for universities around the globe is a new and refreshing approach to online degrees directories.

Alistair Simpson, Universities.AC’s President says: “I think it’s a fantastic tool for students to stat preparing for their college education. Whether our visitors are planning to start a bachelor degree, a master degree or even a doctorate we offer everything they could possibly need in order to choose the right institute.”

Universities.AC directory consists of over 18,500 universities and colleges. The database contains information about the variety of colleges and universities of over a hundred and ninety countries, together with details of the credentials (qualifications) of each institution. Simpson adds: “The universities site provides information about the different academic institutes of most countries, their admission requirements, recognition of foreign credentials, student life, finances and national scholarship bodies, detailed information about credentials, their level, details of examinations, certificates and the grading system.”

To search Universities.AC new database visit

About Universities.AC

Founded in 1997, Universities.AC was established in order to send targeted traffic of potential students to universities worldwide. Founded by students and for students the site the company operates meets the expectations and needs of students in over a hundred and fifty countries.

Universities.AC is the largest and most efficient database of universities to date, offering extensive information on over 18,500 universities and colleges around the globe and is committed to serve students and potential students in finding their academic home, wherever it maybe.

Online Education Degree – 7 Things You Must Do Right to Succeed

The ability to obtain an online education degree has opened the educational doors for many students who cannot afford to attend school on campus as a full-time student.  Distance learning courses definitely provide some advantages over the traditional college education. But, because of the methods of delivering and receiving the material, students must consider the 7 things necessary in approaching an online education successfully.

1. Choosing the best education online institution – Make sure the institute for higher education chosen has adequate resources and accreditation recognized by the proper authorities.  Unless authenticity can be verified, find another school.  Sadly, unscrupulous degree mills offer degrees with short-term or no real education. Thus, the diplomas are bogus and absolutely worthless. Find a school that provides solid education, ample student support, and the facilities necessary to succeed in your distance learning.

2. Evaluate the cost and benefits – Generally, obtaining an online education is a costly venture. Most people do not realize the cost is often more than a traditional education.  So, it is important to evaluate the desired online education degree, and determine whether the benefit of future income opportunities will offer the reward for gaining an online degree.

3. How do employers view an online education degree? – There are many instances where employers were skeptical about the legitimacy of online education degrees. With so many “diploma mills” out there, it’s warranted for employers to be cautious. Although an online education degree might be legit, it would be very helpful to the employer if you provided the type of accreditation your college has beforehand to avoid any misunderstanding. By letting the employer know in advance that your institution was accredited by an institution that is recognized by CHEA and US department of Education, you will be a step ahead in qualifying for that dream job.

4. Discipline, determination, and time – First time distance learning students are often surprised by the amount of discipline necessary to stay on task and complete the online assignment.  It takes unfaltering determination to achieve an online education. In addition, without regularly scheduled classes, it is essential to exercise good time management skills. To keep focused, without the physical presence of educator and peers, it is important to establish communication with other students to have another push toward success in your education degree online

5. Utilize all the facilities provided – Online courses generally provide online lectures and email correspondence to ensure a means of communication with instructors, tutors, and fellow students.  Take advantage of every opportunity to utilize these resources of motivation and encouragement, as well as establish a sense of connection with the college or university.

6. Make use of credit transfers – Many online education degree colleges allow students to transfer their credits from courses they took in previous colleges, whether online or traditional. By doing this, it means students don’t have to repeat courses they learnt before. For this to be effected, it’s important for a student who intends to pursue an education online to make sure they get transcripts and results from their previous universities or colleges and make them available to their accredited online college so they can be passed as transfer credits.

7. Make use of the educational technology – Accredited online universities offer a plethora of opportunities for doing necessary research and other facilities to ensure adequate completion of the course.  Normally, the cost of virtual libraries, the programs to access online lectures, and even student online access and e-mail accounts are factored into the cost of the course. Therefore, it only makes sense to use all the technology available to make the most of the educational opportunity in achieving an online education degree.

The Lowdown on Finding an Online LPN Program

What is an LPN?

LPN stands for “licensed practical nurse”. This type of nurse usually works under the supervision of a registered nurse and can be responsible for a variety of caretaking tasks, including patient feeding, medical record updating, patient call answering, and vital sign monitoring. In some states, an LPN is allowed to administer intravenous medication as well. In California and Texas, an LPN is referred to as an LVN (licensed vocational nurse). On the nursing hierarchy, an LPN takes on more responsibility than a certified nurse assistant, but not quite as much as an RN.

Becoming an LPN

In order to become an LPN, one must hold his/her high school diploma or equivalent and then complete a two-year practical nursing program. Upon course completion, a candidate must pass the NCLEX-PN to become officially licensed as an LPN. LPNs can expect to earn approximately $16 per hour, which is the national average.

Comparing Online LPN Programs

There are many colleges that offer LPN training online, so that anyone can learn from home in his/her spare time without having to quit his/her job. Some things to consider when looking for an online LPN program include time flexibility, cost, prerequisites, and professor availability.

Ask yourself first how much spare time you have to study in an online LPN program. You should be able to complete your training online without having to sacrifice your day job. Maybe you also have family to consider. Additionally, you should be sure to look at cost to make sure that enrolling isn’t going to put a huge dent in your budget.

Also be sure to consider any prerequisites that a program may have. Most online LPN programs will require nothing more than a high school diploma, but it never hurts to double check this. Also consider your computer system requirements as well. Make sure you have a reliable Internet connection and a sturdy Word processing program and you should be good to go.

Finally, it is usually helpful if you can get in touch with professors during the course of a class term. Some programs allow for more communication than others, so you will definitely want to consider this factor as well.