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Does anyone know of any reputable online undergraduate programs? I've kept meaning to finish a degree but I've never had the chance to go to school during the day, and for some reason NO real schools around here(or anywhere, that I've seen) offer core undergraduate courses in the evenings(arrggh, why is this when there are so many evening master's programs?). So, I'm left with something online.

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justplainbryan
Feb. 27th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
It would be so killer, though, if there were undergrad evening courses available. I wouldn't mind closing up some gaps in my college education.
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sarahpolk
Feb. 27th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
I'd look into the University of Phoenix (phoenix.edu). They are accredited, have a real campus (in Phoenix), and they have an extensive online/distance ed outreach program that they started over a decade ago.
pucette
Feb. 28th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Oddly enough, when I went to an info session at Columbia for people who already had BAs but needed to take a bunch of prereqs, they suggested University of Phoenix. My jaw dropped. But there you go.
delphica
Feb. 27th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
For real world colleges, how far are you willing to go?

The New College has an undergraduate evenings and weekends program
http://www.newcollege.edu/humanities/
and they're accredited by an actual accrediting body (in your area, you're looking for the seal of approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges). They look a little hippy-dippy to me, but hey, you live in Northern California so I'm sure you're used to that.

Dominican University in San Rafael
http://www.dominican.edu/academics/adult/pathways/index_html.html

This one at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park seems to allow students to do some BA completion coursework at community colleges, including Santa Rosa:
http://www.sonoma.edu/exed/degrees/ls/index.html

For online, schools that have a solid reputation in the real world generally have decent online programs (if you're googling them, a lot of places call it "distance learning" to make it sound tonier than online), so for example Boston University has a program that I hear is pretty good.
http://www.bu.edu/online/

The catch is that the pricing is generally aligned with the tuition cost of the regular college, so BU, for example, is an insanely overpriced private college. I would be amazed if California State didn't offer something like this somewhere in the system, which would probably cost something more normal.

I would suggest asking a lot of questions at the onset about what your transcript (more important than your actual diploma) will look like -- does it say "Boston University" and then something about online, or is "Boston University" down there in the fine print?


delphica
Feb. 27th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
PS I also wanted to mention that adult education is HUGE, even for BA/BS programs, but a big problem is that every school has to give it some crazy inspirational name which might make it hard to find on a web site. So try looking for things like Adult Education, Continuing Education, Returning Students, Non-Traditional Students or even worse, names like Life Education.
democritus
Feb. 27th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Whoa, you rule! Thanks so much!
delphica
Feb. 27th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
If you look through those links, let me know what you think. There's really a lot out there, but it's a little scatter-shot.
democritus
Feb. 27th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
Actually that SSU program looks perfect(even though it's for a BA)! I've looked on their site so many times and never saw that. I already have a call in to the director of that program and to the veteran's affairs office(to use my GI Bill). Thank you SO much. That would be awesome if I could graduate from SSU!
microknot
Feb. 28th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
Yes SSU is a good choice, 10 minutes down the road.

alias Granola U, it is in the campus constitution that students have the right to walk around naked.

It might be too cold doing that for night classes, but dammit you have the right.

You went to the ranch so your probably are familiar with the campus.

I have been thinking of doing an evening MBA somewhere, but as I went to SSU for undergrad I would probably want to get it somewhere else.
xviragox
Feb. 27th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Drexel has a distance learning program too, but it looks like they offer a fairly limited selection of undergrad degrees.
sheepi83
Feb. 27th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
My mother-in-law is getting her masters online from the University of Scranton.
seadiver
Feb. 28th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Ooh, good luck with this! Online or on campus, school is just plain stimulating. Plus, think of the graduation presents!
thesquirrelfish
Feb. 28th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
I believe SF State, Berkeley, and Sonoma State all have online courses. You have to apply for some of them, or at least get prior approval to skip around with prereqs but it's possible to take all the courses. But mostly I've just looked into taking one or two classes rather than taking a whole set/program/degree.
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