The description of the average American college student has gone through some radical changes over the last few decades. There was a time not so very long ago that a college education was pretty much limited to healthy young white men from prominent families. Today, almost anybody goes.
Even so, there may be some factor or another that limits or restricts a person’s access to the traditional college education, replete with college campus, dorm rooms, football games, and parties, parties, parties.
With thanks given to the computer age, even people who consider themselves nontraditional can find the desired education by enrolling in one of the many distance education degrees that are becoming available to students everywhere. Today, there’s little need to spend time in the more traditional classroom environment if learning elsewhere is more beneficial.
Who are some of these students who might pursue a college education by enrolling in distance education degrees? Each student presents a unique situation but if you find yourself in one of these general descriptions, you might want to research attending college online instead of on campus.
Sometimes a medical condition or physical handicap makes attending traditional college classes an undesirable journey but many such students find distance education degrees that meet their physical needs while stimulating their intellectual yearnings, all from the comfort and safety of home.
Parents juggling family and work commitments often find that distance education degrees offer the flexibility to schedule study time so that it doesn’t interfere or distract from other obligations. Most of the classes held in the traditional, on-campus setting happen during workday business hours, making it difficult for people in this situation.
People who travel for extended periods of time, such as performing artists on tour, find it almost impossible to get to class as needed, especially when on the road for weeks or months at a time. In order to stay on track, distance education degrees can be earned from anywhere there is an internet connection.
So what’s a good description of the traditional college student of today? With the growing popularity of distance education degrees, the only description that seems to come close is that, today, everybody goes.