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Utica College: Online or On-Campus Education - A Comparison

While an on-campus education has a long tradition, at Utica College, we believe that successful learning can take place anywhere, any time. Our online programs provide the same quality education you will find in our classrooms, in a format that responds to the evolving needs of students in today's world. Faculty teach both on-campus and online, and the degree you receive does not state whether it was obtained via online or on-campus learning.

This chart compares the key features that students look for when choosing their degree program. Consider your own educational, life and work needs as you review the chart to see which mode suits you best. Have questions? Fill out the information form or call us at 315-732-2640 or toll-free at 866-295-3106 to speak with a program manager today.

Factors to ConsiderOnlineOn- Campus
To a graduate school or employer, there is no difference between a degree from an online or campus-based program.
Online students can choose a program based on its course and degree offerings without being tied to a geographic area or set schedule.
Online courses share the same standards and outcomes as classroom instruction.
24/7 Access
Online courses can be accessed 24/7, so you can work at the most convenient time for you and at your own pace. Students who are self-motivated and good time managers succeed at online learning.
Set Schedule
Many students prefer the structure of on-campus classes, with its defined schedule and clear boundaries between class and personal time.
Transferable Credits
Most schools accept transfer credits from both brick-and-mortar (traditional on-campus) and online courses, as long as they are from accredited institutions.
Interaction with Students and Professors
Classroom education provides face-to-face interaction while online learning offers virtual interaction through discussion boards, video, chat, and email.
Online schools and programs must be accredited and meet the same standards applied to their on-campus counterparts.
Consider whether your program or its faculty have received national awards and recognition from leading professional organizations.
You save the time and expense of a commute when learning online.
Student Campus Life
Being on campus puts student life within easy reach, with access to sports, extracurricular activities, and social and cultural events.
In an online learning setting, you have the opportunity to interact, network, and do coursework with other students who could be across the U.S., or even in another part of the world.
Balancing Work, Life, and Education
Offering a more flexible schedule and the option of accelerating your coursework to complete your education faster, online learning facilitates a balance between work, life, and education.
Graduation Day
Whether you attend classes online or on campus, you will have the option to participate in a graduation ceremony to celebrate your accomplishment.
The online degree you earn will appear exactly the same on your resumé as that obtained on campus. Your mastery of online and social technologies could, however, enhance your technical credentials.

Source: Johnson, Kevin, and Manning, Susan. Online Education for Dummies®. Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana Copyright © Wiley 2014

To learn more about online programs at Utica College, call 315-732-2640 or toll-free at 866-295-3106 to speak with an admissions advisor or click here to request information. If you are considering campus-based programs, visit