The Best States for Online College Students 2015

Over 7 million students took at least one online higher education course in 2013. Students have…

Georgia (Aug 21, 2015) — Over 7 million students took at least one online higher education course in 2013. Students have more access to online learning opportunities than ever before, and many people are taking their college-level studies completely online. For students who are considering going the virtual classroom route, choosing where to study is as intricate a process as it is for their classroom-based counterparts.


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While the beauty of online education is that you don't necessarily have to live and work in the same state in which you attend school, location can still play a significant role to play in terms of educational and early career opportunities.

And it seems online students actually prefer a degree of proximity to their online college, either because they sense a stronger connection to their program, or like the option of going to the campus if needed. A 2015 study by Learning House revealed that two-thirds of the undergraduate online students polled attended online college within 100 miles of home.

We've decided to help online students with their research by crunching the numbers to determine which states are currently offering top-notch educational opportunities and post-degree job prospects. Some of the factors that went into this list include: distance education availability, Internet accessibility, economic factors like starting salary and student loan burden, as well as job outlooks and industry forecasts.




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