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Questions about Going Back to College?

August 29, 2019 by Karen Grossman |

laptop with books, headphones, and water bottleGoing back to college as an adult student may be a little different from the first time you applied. This time, you may be looking to advance your career instead of touring campuses for the perfect college experience.

Your concerns may be more grown up now too. Will you find time? Can you afford it? The good news is, there are programs that were created specifically with students like you in mind.

Can You Commit?

With work, a family, and other obligations, finding time for your studies needs to be a priority too. Online programs like those offered at UNC Greensboro allow you to schedule coursework around your busy life. You’ll have the flexibility to work at your own pace with one or two courses at a time, complete course assignments on your lunch break, plan out your week, and finish your degree in a time frame that works for you.

Can You Afford It?

A college education is no small expense, but online degrees usually cost less than traditional ones. There are also less fees. As an online student, you qualify for financial aid, scholarships, and grants. Your employer may also help pay for tuition through a reimbursement plan. Check with your company’s human resources department to find out.

Will You Fit In?

Students of all ages go back to college to earn their degrees, from young parents looking for a career change to grandparents who want to try something new during retirement. And each provides a unique perspective to class discussions. 

Can You Learn the Technology?

True, college courses rely more on technology than they used to. UNCG has a great tool to help you decide whether online learning is right for you. The Ready to Learn site shows you the technology you’ll need and how to get set up. Class presentations won’t be in front of the class anymore, but get that webcam ready.

Is the Degree Reputable?

An online degree is just as reputable as one earned on campus. In fact, nothing on the degree indicates you graduated from an online program. UNCG online faculty are the same expert faculty who teach on-campus courses, which provide the same academic quality and rigor.

Do You Meet the Requirements?

As an adult student with transferable credits, you don’t need to submit SAT or ACT scores. Online students do have to meet requirements for degree completion.

Here’s what you need to know for admission:

  • You need to have 24 transferable credit hours from an accredited institution to qualify for degree completion. To see how credit transfers to UNCG, check TES. Students with less than 24 credit hours must meet freshman admission standards.
  • Students must be eligible to return to the last institution they attended.

Ready to Apply?

Visit the Admissions webpage for online students for more information.


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