When it comes to choosing a degree that supports your goals, the options can seem overwhelming. You may have narrowed the search to online programs, but when choosing a university, it’s important to assess what matters. From academic reputation to world-class faculty and student support, you should take the time to explore which factors will help you achieve future success.
ASU Online students and alumni come from diverse backgrounds with individual academic needs. To help you simplify your search, we spoke to current students and alumni who shared what mattered most to them when it came to selecting their program and why ASU Online was the right fit for them.
5 key factors for selecting the right degree online
1. Find a program that supports your lifestyle.
It can be challenging to create a balance between life, livelihood and learning. Each student has their own unique path and flexibility is key for accomplishing the tasks at hand. We recognize learning solutions look different for everyone, so personalized support is essential.
Homestead, Florida, resident Lauren Dohr studies organizational leadership and history and prioritizes flexibility to maintain her endeavors outside of being a student.
“One of the biggest aspects that stood out was that it was 100% online. It allowed for flexibility. I wouldn’t need to take time off work for classes or request a schedule change again. I could enroll in classes and do them around my family time, volunteering and life. I have the freedom to continue with my adventures while completing my degree online,” Dohr said.
Arizona-based sustainability student David Burgess echoes this sentiment.
“One of the great things about studying online is that you get the full capacity of Arizona State University — all the resources and all the instructors — but you can be anywhere in the world. Studying online has allowed me to be a full-time father, husband and dialysis technician in area hospitals,” he said.
2. Seek industry-relevant curriculum.
Your industry is not stagnant, so what you learn should reflect the latest developments to prepare you to be a leader in your profession. At ASU Online, your learning doesn’t begin and end behind a book. Our leaders and faculty are dedicated to actively engage and challenge students, so they can distinguish themselves with knowledge that fuels positive career outcomes.
Lily Urmann, an ASU Online alumni from Berkeley, California, found her passion for biomimicry at a conference. Wanting to dive deeper into the potential of the field, she chose to study at ASU Online because it is “not your average online program.”
“I was incredibly impressed with the intention and structure of the curriculum. Much of it aimed at conducting research outside, discussing ideas in forums, and collaborating with colleagues on real-life and relevant projects,” she said.
Upon graduation, she became the program coordinator at ASU’s Biomimicry Center where she was hired to help create and launch one of the world’s first undergraduate certificates in biomimicry at ASU.
“I am very excited to continue to expand the reach of biomimicry at ASU and beyond,” Urman said.