Getting your own degree at a distance university can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life! While at times it can be challenging, it's a great experience as well. It has wonderful rewards, and you will not only experience them once you graduate, they will come through the duration of the time that you are in the program.
Some people say that the degree that you earn, say online, is not as valuable as one that is earned at a traditional university, one where you go in and actually sit in the classroom. I think they are both just as valuable. As long as the school is accredited I personally do not see a problem with that. But that is a decision that you have to make.
Distance universities are so convenient for those who are, say single parents. Or if you work 40 plus hours a week and you do not have much time to attend class. You can not make it to morning, noon or evening classes. The faculty and staff understand this and they will work around your schedule. However, do not expect a cake walk. You are expected to put forth the effort that is required of you. They almost expect even more effort that if you were physically in the class? Why, because sometimes when you interact via email or by phone, you are expected to produce much more valuable information. The interaction is much more personal, so more is expected from you.
Back in the day, distance universities used to be referred to as correspondence courses. The name has changed a few times, but the end result lasts the same. This type of distance education takes advantage of technology and computers to deliver the curriculum to the student. Again, this has to be the most convenient type of learning that has ever been developed. Do not underestimate the power of this type of education.
One thing to watch out for is schools that claim to be accredited. While an overwhelming major of schools and school information that you research will be honest, there have been reports of schools being dishonest and saying that they are accredited when in fact they are not. So it is essential that you do your research, request more information from the institution and find out for your self. Most universities are more than happy to provide you with all the information you need. Also, speak with the student advisors if you have more questions and are in doubt about anything. They are there to help you.