Debunking six myths about online learning

May 17, 2022 · 3 min read · By ASU Online
While online learning has continued to gain popularity, certain misconceptions persist. Learn about the top six myths about online learning and how they’ve been debunked.

Despite the explosive growth in online degree programs in recent years, there are still some common myths and misinformation about the online learning experience. With answers to everything from academic rigor to opportunities to connect with peers, we’re here to set the record straight. Read about the top six myths related to earning a college degree online below.


Myth: It’s too late for me to earn a college degree.

Now is the perfect time to pursue your educational goals. Online education has leveled the playing field for learners who choose to pursue a degree later in life. Whether it’s your first time in college, you’re returning after a hiatus or you want to obtain a graduate degree to advance your career, online courses allow you to learn anytime, from anywhere.


Myth: Online degrees aren’t accredited.

Arizona State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer all of our online programs through ASU Online.

Myth: Employers respect on-campus degrees more than online degrees.

Despite this misconception, U.S. News & World Report found recruiters valued the reputation and accreditation of the institution over the format in which the degree was obtained.

At ASU Online, you’re taught by the same top-tier faculty, using the same curriculum, as the university’s on-campus programs.


Myth: Online students don’t qualify for financial aid.

Same as with traditional on-campus students, most U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens can receive financial aid for ASU Online if they demonstrate financial need and are enrolled in a degree or certificate program.

Learn more about your ASU Online financial aid options.

Will my ASU Online degree say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Myth: I don’t have enough time.

The online learning experience comes with the benefit of flexibility. It allows you to prioritize professional and family obligations, all while pursuing your educational goals.

Ultimately, your degree completion timeline is dependent on you. At ASU Online, you’re allowed to enroll in up to 18 credits hours for spring and fall semesters and seven credits for each summer session. And our online courses are accelerated with most being just 7.5 weeks long.

Check out our 5 time management tips for online college students.


Myth: The online learning experience is lonely

Your Sun Devil community awaits. While you may think studying online means you’ll have a disconnected experience, this couldn’t be further from the truth. There are a number of ways to interact with students and faculty within Sun Devil Nation, including:

You’ll also have access to a dedicated success coach throughout your time at ASU. Your coach will provide support and resources from day one all the way through graduation.

Whether you’re ready to take the next step and apply for an ASU Online program or you’re just gathering information, we hope you’ve gained confidence in the benefits you’ll receive from the online learning experience.


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