Earn a Bachelor Degree Online

Having a Bachelor's degree can really boost your earning potential and help you achieve a great amount of personal satisfaction. The responsibilities of work, family and life have kept some people from fulfilling their dreams of earning a college degree, but thanks to the Internet, that no longer has to be the case. It is now possible to earn an undergraduate degree from a well-respected, fully accredited school from the comfort of your own home.

Here are some schools that offer you the option of earning your undergraduate degree online.

University of Maryland
The University of Maryland's Virtual University has more than 90,000 students worldwide. Many of these students are US military personnel stationed overseas. UMUC has over 60 years' experience providing college educations through distance learning. UMUC offers 21 majors, ranging from gerontology to global business, as well as offering 26 minors and 25 certificate programs.


University of Illinois
The University of Illinois Online offers undergraduate degrees in eight different majors, including mathematical sciences. It is a collaboration between the U of I Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield campuses and therefore, upon completion of your studies, your diploma will come from one of those campuses, not U of I online.


State University of New York (SUNY)
SUNY learning offers undergraduate degrees in more than 30 majors, including Homeland Security management, veterinary technology management and broadcasting. Upon completion of their studies, students will earn diplomas from the SUNY campus that oversees their online-degree program.


Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University's year-round classes and streamlined curriculums are designed to help students complete their degrees quickly, sometimes in as little as 18 months. Their emphasis is on efficiently providing a practical education that is immediately useful in the workplace without a lot of fluff courses added in.


University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix, the nation's oldest and largest online college, can help working adults get college degrees quickly. Their degree programs are designed to allow students to get a bachelor's degree in two to three years while taking only one course at a time. University of Phoenix also makes enrollment in their program very easy by assigning students their own personal enrollment counselor, who will help walk them through the application process.


Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University offers online undergraduate degrees in some very interesting majors, including parks and recreation management and hotel and restaurant management.


Colorado State University
Colorado State University offers online degree programs that are targeted primarily to students who have previously completed some undergraduate work or have extensive work experience in the field of their desired major. They offer online bachelor's degrees in three majors, including fire and emergency services administration. They also have extensive online coursework in agricultural and veterinary science, among other things.


Texas Tech
Texas Tech offers an online degree in horticulture as well as in general studies.


Boston University
Boston University offers an online degree-completion program for people who have previously completed at least half of their undergraduate degree. Their aim is to offer intellectually stimulating and challenging coursework, including courses entitled Genetics, Ethics and the Law and Issues in Assisted Reproduction.


St. John's University
St. John's University, based in New York City, was founded in 1870 and is one of the leading Catholic universities in the United States. St. John's University offers online bachelor's degree programs in liberal studies, administrative studies and criminal justice. Full-time online degree students will receive their own IBM laptop upon enrollment.


This list barely scratches the surface of the online educational opportunities that are available. If you've always dreamed of getting a bachelor's degree, there's no time like the present to hit the book. Best of all, you can do it without leaving the comfort of your own home.

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How do you know if getting your degree online is the right choice for you? Start by identifying what you want from your academic experience, then evaluate your lifestyle and your budget, and be honest about how self-disciplined you are.

Online degree programs offer students flexibility and tuition is generally more affordable than in-class tuition. Be sure the online school you choose is accredited by a recognized accreditation agency, has been offering online degrees for more than two years and the student-teacher ratio is no more than 20:1.

Online finance degrees are available at the certificate, bachelor's and master's levels and can prepare you for jobs in corporate finance, financial planning and investment banking, but any program you choose be accredited by a recognized accreditation agency.

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