Online Accounting Degrees


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School Surprises


"Harder Than I Thought...
that I still need to get a bachelors to really be successful" (auditor; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Michigan, female
School: Studied Accounting at Baker College Online in Michigan; completed Associate degree in 2012



"Ease Of Use And Materials...
I was surprised to find the ease of use, it was clearly stated. Also I was surprised at the course materials, as they were presented in a manner that helpful enough to work off the site alone." (accounting; 2014)

Career: , currently based in California, male
School: Studied Accounting at Chabot College in California; completed Associate degree in 2010


"Virtual Teacher As Good As Being In The Classroom...
I was just surprised how easy it was to take an online course. I mean I thought it would be more difficult with no student to professor face to face interaction, but the teachers are really good at explaining, teaching, and helping out online." (certified accountant; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Illinois, male
School: Studied Accounting; completed Associate degree in 2010


"Very Flexible And Personal...
I was surprised at the attention I received from my professors despite not being on a campus. I was also surprised by the flexibility of the work hours I needed to put in since I was an online student." (bookkeeper; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, male
School: Studied Accounting at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"The Time It Takes To Accomplish Was Different Than What I Expected...
A surprising aspect to AIU's degree is that it does not take that much time and takes little time out of your day" (Book keeper; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Tennessee, male
School: Studied Accounting at AIU in Illinois; completed Associate degree in 2012


"The Teachers Were Very Helpful, Even Though It Was Distance...
I was surprised by how much studying it took to accomplish a degree. I was also happy with my instructors and how helpful they were even though it wasn't in person." (Accountant; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in South Dakota, female
School: Studied Accounting at National American University in South Dakota; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"The Program Allowed Me Great Flexibility To Succeed...
I was surprised on the flexibility displayed by the program and the amount of help I received from the college and faculty members to succeed. I was very surprised that when I requested help I got in almost immediately such as when scheduling appointments. They were always within a day or two." (Certified Public Accountant; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Wisconsin, female
School: Studied Accounting at University Of Phoenix in Wisconsin; completed Associate degree in 2011


"Teachers Weren't As Caring...
I was surprised by how much discipline it takes to do online classes. Yes its more convenient but you really need to make yourself. I was also surprised by how a lot of teachers seemed to care less about me because I was online." (Accounting; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in New Hampshire, female
School: at Southern Maine Community College in Maine; completed Associate degree


"Teachers More Supportive That I Thought...
I was surprised with the accessibility of the teachers when I took online courses with Penn Foster. I assumed that since it was all online, that it would be very difficult to speak with someone when I had a question or concern. But I was able to call and email professors." (book keeper; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Illinois, female
School: Studied Bookkeeping/Accounting at Penn Foster College; completed Certificate degree in 2011


"Succeeding In Online Courses...
What surprised me the most about taking an online course was the extra discipline it took to make sure that you as the student were constantly making time to keep up with your studies and follow the course outlines. It is unfortunately very easy for a student to slack off and wind up failing out. I was very happy however, with the way the University of Maryland University College gave outreach to guide students in their online classes." (Bookkeeper; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Maryland, male
School: Studied Accounting at University Of Maryland University College in Maryland; completed Professional degree in 2011


"Smooth Curriculum...
What surprised me about Devry's Business Administration program was the easy to understand nature of the program. Everything was laid out clearly for the students." (Bookkeeper; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in California, female
School: Studied Business at DeVry University in California; completed Associate degree in 2011


"Program Is Easy To Use...
I was surprised how easy using an online university is, from the set-up of the program to the actual classes itself. I was surprised that I could get a 4 year degree done in three years. I was surprised that even on-line and with classmates from all over the US, we could still work in groups." (Accountant; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Wisconsin, female
School: Studied Accounting at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Bachelor degree in 2005


"Professor's Concern...
I was surprised that professors were actually concerned with helping me succeed." (bookkeeper; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in West Virginia, female
School: Studied Business at ITT Tech in West Virginia; completed Associate degree in 2012


"Poor Instruction: Staff Treats Students Like An Irrelevant Burden...
The lack of professional behavior among the professors in the program and among the "staff" was very lacking. Professors were very slow to respond to questions and didn't care about my performance in the course. For an Introduction to Accounting course we had an assignment that required a proprietary plug-in to access the video. I downloaded and installed this plug-in and no matter the browser (Firefox or internet explorer) the video would not load. I tried contacting the school's "IT Help Desk" and they had a very long waiting line and were not helpful. They spoke to me informally like I was a drinking buddy. "Yeah dude, I think you have a problem, lol, sucks man." After much nagging, the professor changed the assignment as I was not the only one that had that issue." (accountant; 2014)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in Georgia, male
School: Studied Accounting at DeVry University in Georgia; completed Bachelor degree in 2008


"Online Was Easier Then I Imagine...
When I decided to go to college , I was working a 50 hour plus job. At first I didn't want to take online courses because I felt like it was taking away certain important knowledge and information that only a class room teacher could give you. I had a friend that was taking online business classes at Everest and explained to me that it was like actually being in the class room. I signed up and it wasn't what I thought. it was an awesome experience and plus it worked out with my busy lifestyle. I finished right under 4 years and couldn't been any happier. Thanks" (Account Auditor; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Florida, male
School: Studied Accounting. at Everest University. in Florida; completed Bachelor degree in 2010


"Online Is Better Than In Person...
How easy it was do the course online without any problem. I thought it would be important to have a teacher in class but I didn't need one." (bookkeeper; 2013)

Career: , currently based in Wisconsin, male
School: Studied Finance at MATC in Wisconsin; completed Associate degree in 2012


"Online Courses Require More Participation Than In Person Courses...
I was surprised by how little the grades for my online courses were based of actual work and how much of them was based of participating on messages boards. 20-25% of the final grade in each of my online courses at Baker College were based off showing up 5 days a week and making two meaningful posts on a message board. This struck my as wholly unfair. You don't actually have to participate in real courses. You aren't forced to add to the discussion or face a huge drop in your grade. You show up and do the work. In my online classes you had to show up daily, do more work than the regular in person course, and faced stiffer penalties for not adding to the discussion even if you were online that day to do an assignment." (Office manager; 2013)

Career: 7 years of experience, currently based in Michigan, male
School: Studied Accounting at Baker College in Michigan; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"Online Classes Were Very Convenient And There Was Always Help...
What surprised me about the online college program was how easy it was to figure out. If you can figure your way out around a computer than you can sure figure out how to do online classes. I was also surprised how convenient it was to be able to get information you needed." (Accounts Receivables; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Nebraska, female
School: Studied Accounting at Iowa Western Community College in Iowa; completed Associate degree in 2012


"Online Classes Are Not For Everyone...
I am often surprised with how rapid the professors respond. For the most part, professor respond within an hour. I am also surprised with how many people find online learning extremely difficult, either due to lack of commitment or not being able to self teach, but online classes aren't for everyone." (CFO; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied Accounting at Southern New Hampshire University in New Hampshire; completed Master degree in 2012


"Online Learning Tougher Than It Seems...
It was a it harder than what I thought. I learn better learning in the classroom so it was a bit more challenging. Also, it can be a bit more distracting being a home especially with children around." (Accountant; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Illinois, female
School: Studied Accounting at University Of Phoenix; completed Associate degree in 2009


"Not As Challenging As I Anticipated"...
I was very surprised at the ease of the program. I had stared my MBA at Michigan State University several yeas earlier, and did not finish it. I resumed through CMU's online MBA program, and though I was expecting it to be less difficult, I am almost disturbed at how easy it really was. The program was not challenging at all, and awarding a degree under such circumstances definitely waters down its significance. I finished my MBA not out of necessity (as I already held two impressive jobs at two Fortune companies) but as more of a personal goal of finishing what I had started." (Insurance Agent currently, but have worked as Controller; seeking similar future work; 2014)

Career: 7 years of experience, currently based in Michigan, male
School: Studied College Of Business Administration at Central Michigan University in Michigan; completed Master degree in 2012


"More Work To Do Then A Class Room But Very Doable In My Own Time...
The online classes allowed me to study and do school work on my own time. I was able to work at my own pace and there's help from instructors when you need them. It was more work then I thought but with the freedom to work when you can it's a good trade." (Accounts Payable; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Texas, male
School: Studied Accounting at San Jac in Texas; completed Bachelor degree in 2010


"More Student Collaboration Than I Had Expected...
I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of interaction with other students. Being as the course was online, I was not expecting to collaborate with others so much. I took quite a few courses unrelated to Accounting, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed the experience." (Accounting Clerk; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Georgia, female
School: Studied Accounting at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Associate degree in 2012


"More Resources For Students...
I was very surprised in the resources Kaplan University had to offer being an online school. I was able to access more books and databases than I ever thought possible." (Head Business Accountant; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Pennsylvania, male
School: Studied Business at Kaplan University in Iowa; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"More Interaction Than Expected...
I was surprised by how involved the courses are, considering they are online. Discussions were required and needed to be in depth. The amount of time required for discussions was probably more than what is required in the classroom." (bookkeeper; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in New Hampshire, female
School: Studied Accounting at Southern New Hampshire University in New Hampshire; completed Associate degree in 2012


"More Helpful Than I Imagined...
I was a little nervous about taking online courses as I didn't expect to get much help from teachers. I was very shocked to realize that the teachers seemed to help a bit more. I was very pleased with this. The homework was also amazing. I got to do my work at night and during my kids' nap times was great. I loved that my teachers would email me right back with any answers to my questions. It was much more relaxing. I got better grades than I would have on campus due to my anxiety." (accountant; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Florida, female
School: Studied Accounting at Spec in Florida; completed Associate degree in 2012


"More Freedom Than I Thought...
I was surprised at how much freedom online learning gave me. I was able to do my work at any time of the day. This let me attend to other aspects of my life as needed." (Accountant; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Florida, male
School: Studied Accounting at Edison State College in Florida; completed Associate degree in 2011


"More Enjoyable Then I Thought...
Professors were available any time of the day to answer and discuss questions. The online classroom was easy to access and there were constant discussions between students." (business administrator; 2014)

Career: 6 years of experience, currently based in California, female
School: Studied Business Administration at University Of Phoenix in California; completed Master degree in 2009


"More Flexibility And Comfort...
What surprised me most about my online college program was the flexibility and comfort I got from going to school online versus in a classroom. I was able to have a full-time job with crazy hours and didn't have to worry about scheduling my classes around it or wondering if I'd be able to make it to class on time. I've always been a self-paced learner as well so this made taking classes easier on me as a learner. I enjoyed being able to come home from work at 9pm and take an exam while eating dinner in my pajamas." (Accountant; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Maryland, female
School: Studied Accounting Technology at DeVry University Online in Maryland; completed Associate degree in 2012


"Less Busy Work Than I Expected...
I was surprised by how little work was required by the online program. I assumed that because there were no in-class sessions, extra homework assignments and projects would be assigned to make sure students were keeping up. Instead, the program had the same load as any other class, except for the exception of one or two classes with weekly homework assignments." (Accountant; 2013)

Career: 10 years of experience, currently based in Illinois, female
School: Studied Accounting at University Of West Florida Online Program in Florida; completed Master degree in 2008


"Learned More Than I Expected To...
I was surprised to find out how much I learned just by taking accounting online courses. I was worried about only taking online courses, but I learned a lot and think I actually studied harder than I would have if I would have taken courses on campus. The University of Phoenix taught me everything I needed to know in order to succeed in my current accounting career and more!" (Accountant; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Minnesota, female
School: Studied Accounting at University Of Phoenix in Minnesota; completed Associate degree in 2012


"Large Gap In The Ability Of Instructors...
I was surprised at how the level of involvement and expertise of the instructors at Lakeland College varied. For example, my Business Law instructor is a practicing circuit judge, yet the instructor I had for Marketing is not exactly fluent in the English language." (Senior Accountant; 2014)

Career: 10 years of experience, currently based in Wisconsin, female
School: Studied Business at Lakeland College in Wisconsin; completed Master degree in 2012


"Lack Of Guidance...
I was surprised at how little information and specific guidance I was given. I had a mentor, but he was so general it was not a useful resource. I felt the need to have an actual professor and while there was department faculty, there was not a single human being guiding each class." (accountant; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Kentucky, female
School: Studied Accounting at Western Governors University in Utah; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"It Was An Easy Degree...
I was surprised to know how easy the program was and how much I learned." (Accountant; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied Accounting at Devry.edu in California; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"Intensive And Rewarding Coursework...
I was surprised at how comprehensive and difficult the material was. Despite what some may think, online school is even more difficult than regular campus college." (Accountant; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied Accounting at DeVry University in Illinois; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"Instructors That Wanted To Help Students...
I was surprised to see that many of the instructors was kind to the students and really wanted to help answer any questions. It made my experience more pleasant." (Accounting; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Florida, female
School: at University Of Phoenix in Texas; completed Bachelor degree


"Importance Of Online Courses Providing Video Lectures...
I was surprised how well the program was setup. For most of the classes, they had video lectures from actually on-campus classes for the same course for all of the chapters up on either YouTube or Podcast. This is very important for online courses to offer to students. It makes the only difference with taking the class online that you cannot raise your hand and ask a question. However, instead, you just either write an email to the professor or post your question on the classroom discussion board. I think it is the most important thing for online courses to have. It makes it so much easier to get done all of the same things as you would if you took the course on-campus." (Accountant; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Georgia, male
School: Studied Accounting at Georgia Southwestern State University in Georgia; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"Impersonal Admissions & Business Office...
I was surprised how much I felt like a number to the business office. They were more interested in getting my money than in my educational experience, needs, or interests." (Accounting; 2013)

Career: 13 years of experience, currently based in Kansas, female
School: Studied Accounting at Southwestern College in Kansas; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"I Was Taken Back At Just How Easy The Enrollment Process Was "...
I think students considering attending classes online would be surprised at not only how easy the staff makes the enrollment process but the extra time saved being able to study at your own pace and on your own schedule unlike attending physical classes"" (I do web design & bookkeeping; 2014)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in Massachusetts, female
School: Studied Bookkeeping at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Certificate degree in 2004


"I Was Surprised That The Courses Were Of Very Good Quality...
Most of my instructors were very responsive when I sent them emails with questions." (Accountant; 2014)

Career: 19 years of experience, currently based in Arizona, female
School: Studied Accounting at Rio Salado Community College in Arizona; completed Certificate degree in 2004


"I Was Surprised In How Involved I Would Be In An Online Program...
I was surprised on how much involvement was required for my program. Most of my classes had online group projects which were a huge challenge but very rewarding. I learned how to effectively communicate with others without physically seeing them, which is important in today's society." (Bookkeeper; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Missouri, female
School: Studied Accounting at Columbia College in Missouri; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"I Was Surprised By The Quality Of The Curricula At APUS...
I was surprised by the quality of the program and the curriculum. I had managed expectations for an online program, but it was quite challenging and well-developed." (Bookkeeper; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Virginia, female
School: Studied Accounting at American Public University in West Virginia; completed Master degree in 2012


"I Was Excited By The Level Of Collaboration And Team Work Needed...
I was surprised at the extent of collaboration required online. Many assignments throughout the course of study required team efforts to complete." (finance; 2014)

Career: 27 years of experience, currently based in Illinois, male
School: Studied Accounting at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Master degree in 1996


"I Was Enrolled With No Problems...
Baker college is a great online college not only for its academics, but for hiring positive, smart and professional administrative employees and professors. When ever I had a question on, when my books would arrive they were always very professional." (accounting; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied Accounting at Baker College in California; completed Associate degree in 2011


"I Enjoyed The Online Discussions And Having All Week To Do Work...
The way the classes were set up. You get your assignments on Sunday and have until Saturday to turn in your homework or take a test or exam. You had to participate in online discussions three times and comment on another student's comment as well. It was fun interacting with the other students." (Auditor; 2014)

Career: 15 years of experience, currently based in Virginia, female
School: Studied Accounting at Strayer University in Virginia; completed Bachelor degree in 2008


"Great Interviewing Topic...
When asked about my experience, most potential employers were very open to the idea of alternative education. I was able to have a nice dialogue as a result, which I may not have otherwise had had I attended a traditional college." (Accountant; 2014)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Illinois, male
School: Studied Accounting at Kaplan University in Iowa; completed Bachelor degree in 2009


"Great All Around Support...
I was surprised to get email responses very quickly. I also really liked the resources to help me get my job search on track and make sure that I would get employed." (budget analyst; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Massachusetts, male
School: Studied Business at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"Flexible Schedule...
It was easy to study on my own time and take classes when I had time that worked around my part time schedule! Was a great deal and I loved it!!" (Communications specialist; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Colorado, male
School: Studied Communications at University Of Phoenix in Colorado; completed Associate degree in 2010


"Flexibility...
I was surprised how flexible the classes were and how they worked with my schedule outside of school!" (Bookkeeper; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Colorado, male
School: Studied Finance at Westwood in Colorado; completed Associate degree in 2011


"Expensive Tuition Not Worth Education Gained...
I was surprised that the program was so expensive and I did not learn much. It was great to get a certificate but it is definitely not worth the pricey tuition." (Accountant; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied Accounting at University Of Phoenix; completed Certificate degree in 2012


"Excellent Choice For An Online Education...
The online experience provided by Capella University was above and beyond my expectations. Instructors in the business school were readily available, and had real world experience. I was thoroughly impressed how immersed you can be in the material, with real time communication, classroom forums, and instant video chats. I recommend Capella to other students looking for an alternative online education that fits their busy life." (Cost Analyst/Accountant; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Ohio, male
School: Studied Accounting at Capella University in Minnesota; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"Excellent Career Placement...
I was pleased by the career help I got from DeVry, they helped me obtain a good paying job almost immediately. They were readily available to help me with any questions I had regarding employment and I probably would not have been able to obtain the job without them." (Auditor; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied Accounting at Devry in New York; completed Associate degree in 2011


"Excellent Online Instructor Interactions...
I was surprised by the level of interaction I was able to have with my instructors. They were always available to answer questions whether it was by email or over the phone. At times I felt that I had received more personal interaction with instructors through my online studies than with previous classroom instructors." (accountant; 2014)

Career: 6 years of experience, currently based in Virginia
School: Studied Accounting at Liberty University in Virginia; completed Master degree in 2012


"Excellent Instructor Communication...
I was surprised at how much interaction I had with my professors. They all responded well to the typed questions to them during lectures and encouraged communication outside the classes via phone and e-mail. This ended up being essential to my success at ODU." (Bookkeeper; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Virginia, female
School: Studied Business Administration at Old Dominion University in Virginia; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"Easy To Get Online...
I was surprised that the courses were so easy to take. I was worried that my computer would glitch out or not have the right requirements, but I was able to set everything up easily." (Auditor; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in District of Columbia, female
School: Studied Accounting at University Of Phoenix Online; completed Associate degree in 2008


"Easy To Do...
It was easy to accomplish. I could get my degree in my spare time and never felt burdened by going to school like I did at an actual university" (Teller; 2014)

Career: 6 years of experience, currently based in Ohio, male
School: Studied Accounting at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Associate degree in 2009


"Easy To Understand Online...
I was surprised that the material was able to be presented online in a way that was understandable without being in a classroom learning environment. They did a great job with the visual examples provided online." (accountant; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Texas, female
School: Studied Accounting at Walden in Minnesota; completed Bachelor degree in 2009


"Ease Of Enrolling...
I was surprised at how easy it was to enroll in the program and get started." (Fire Department Warehouse Manager; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Arizona, male
School: Studied Public Financing at Arizona State University in Arizona; completed Certificate degree in 2012


"Discipline Is The Key To Succeeding With On-Line Classes...
What surprised me the most is even though the classes were on-line, I still I to meet the elective courses such as Science classes. The program was not an easy as I thought it would be, but I did have to develop a level of discipline to be successful." (Business Analyst; 2013)

Career: 17 years of experience, currently based in Mississippi, female
School: Studied Finance at Liberty University in Virginia; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"Caring Instructors About Education...
I was surprised that on how well the instructors were attentive to the questions I had posted to them. They promptly provided me with the answers to questions I had." (Accountant; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Texas, female
School: Studied Accounting at Eastfield College in Texas; completed Associate degree in 2012


"Cal State Fullerton's Online Program Was Just As Innovative And Inspiring As The On Campus Program. Every Time I Look Back On My School Experiences I Have Nothing But Happy Thoughts...
I was surprised at how they were able to work just as well online as on campus. I started at CSUF on campus but moved to online and the transition was seamless. All of the teacher were great and I learned a ton." (Auditor; 2013)

Career: , currently based in California, male
School: Studied Accounting at Cal State Fullerton in California; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"COURSES NOT HAS DIFFICULT AS ANTICIPATED...
THE COURSES WHERE EASIER THAN I THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE. I LEFT AFTER ATTAINING AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE. WITH THE FULL INTENTION OF RETURNING TO SCHOOL FOR MY BACHELOR'S. I DO FEEL THEY DID PREPARE ME FOR MY CAREER. I JUST WANT SOMETHING MORE CHALLENGING IN EDUCATION" (AUDITOR; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in New Jersey, male
School: Studied BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION at STRAYER UNIVERSITY in Pennsylvania; completed Associate degree in 2010


"Better Than I Expected...
I was surprised that Kaplan University was a lot different than what I had heard some people say. I've heard a few stories saying that they didn't feel they were getting a proper education, while I felt completely different." (Bookkeeper; 2013)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in Alabama, female
School: Studied Accounting at Kaplan University in Nebraska; completed Bachelor degree in 2009


"Better Advisory Program Than I Thought...
I was pleasantly surprised with how good my worker and advisors were . Whenever I had a question , or was confused about something they would patiently explain it to me , and they were very kind and thoughtful in the process." (Bookkeeper; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Rhode Island, female
School: Studied Accounting at University Of Phoenix in Rhode Island; completed Certificate degree in 2009


"Applying Work Experience To Pass College...
I was surprised to find out that I could use my actual real life work experiences to pass the classes. It made it much easier than having to learn everything out of a textbook. If you know the information already you are allowed to take the test and pass the class." (Bookkeeper; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Tennessee
School: Studied Accounting at Western Governor's University in Utah; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"A Very Interactive Learning Experience...
I was surprised to find that University of Phoenix's online accounting program was as interactive as it was, despite being a solely online program. I was provided constant feedback on my work, and generally, the responses to my question were immediate, as if I was physically present in an actual classroom." (Accountant; 2014)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in New Jersey, male
School: Studied Business And Management, Accounting at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Bachelor degree in 2008


"My institution offered many of its courses online, including junior and senior level accounting and finance courses. (Many classes were also offered in-person.) A great benefit I found, was that it felt more like real world experience because of the remote communication. It helped to prepare me for a job where managers and clients were in remote contact better than in-class instruction did." (Salesperson; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Arizona, female
School: Studied Business Administration, Management at NAU Distance Learning in Arizona; completed Bachelor degree in 2007


"I was surprised at the depth of knowledge that the online course had. It was really well represented. I was also surprised at the ease of use, I had thought going to school online was going to be really technical, but it was concise and easy to learn." (Bookkeeper; 2013)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in Michigan, female
School: Studied Accounting at Macomb Community in Michigan; completed Associate degree in 2000

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Best School Tips


"Preparing For College...
to be organized" (auditor; 2013)


"Online Saves You Time...
Don't be afraid of online courses. I know it is easy to think it will be more difficult, but the teachers are really good, and you will be happy with the process of learning and the results." (certified accountant; 2013)


"Great Resources And Tools...
Use the tools available to you that are provided by the University. Professors are here to help, so don't be afraid to reach out to them and ask questions." (business administrator; 2014)


"You Need To Be Discipline...
One needs to be discipline if you are taking online courses. You still have to study hard. Most of online universities require you to come to their facilities to take tests." (Accountant; 2014)


"Work Hard In All Courses...
My biggest piece of advice for future Accounting students in this program is to strive to do your very best in all of your courses. Even if these courses do not initially interest you, they will help you to become well rounded in your career." (Accounting Clerk; 2013)


"Work At Your Own Pace Always Staying Ahead And Never Behind...
With online classes you can work at your own pace. So you're able to work ahead of the schedule as much as you like. You should always stay ahead and don't fall behind. The online classes are a lot more work then a normal class room. So be ready for many hours of work and study. Since it's on your own time, just plan ahead and work it out." (Accounts Payable; 2014)


"Work Ahead...
Try and work ahead whenever it's possible" (Fire Department Warehouse Manager; 2013)


"Work Hard...
Work hard and study everything! The more you practice the better you'll get at what you do." (Bookkeeper; 2013)


"Work Ahead Of The Syllabus...
One tip is to work ahead as much as possible. If you are able to get your syllabus before the class begins. Start working on the reading. There is so much more reading through the online courses and you can easily get behind if you do not stay on top of it." (accountant; 2014)


"Utilize Career Placement...
Utilize all career resources the college has to offer you, you are paying for them you should use them to benefit you, they will help anyone who is serious about obtaining employment." (Auditor; 2013)


"Using University Resources To Your Advantage...
I would suggest that if you are interested in taking Accounting courses at UMUC that you first get very familiar with the Academic assistance center that is available to all students. This will provide you with most of the resources that you will need to keep pace with your online courses." (Bookkeeper; 2014)


"Use Materials Available To You...
Take time to learn the online site, and accessing the materials available to you, as well as the tutoring. Even if you don't think you need it, it doesn't hurt to know where it is if you do." (Accountant; 2014)


"Use An Alarm Calendar...
I would make sure you get a good system down for remembering due dates. Online college is a little bit harder to remember dates because you do not have to commute. An alarm calendar would be great if you have a smart phone with this feature." (Head Business Accountant; 2014)


"Try Your Work First...
Even if you can not figure out the work, try it! Professors are much more likely to help you if you show you care about your work." (bookkeeper; 2013)


"Try To Complete Your Program On-Campus...
If possible, attempt to complete your desired degree in-person at a college or University campus. Though more and more common, online degrees are sometimes frowned upon or devalued in an increasingly competitive market where even a four-year degree is not that impressive anymore. However, if you must work full-time, the online option is definitely attainable, as most online programs are not as rigorous as those on-campus." (Insurance Agent currently, but have worked as Controller; seeking similar future work; 2014)


"Try To Absorb As Much From The Education As Possible...
Make sure you gain as much knowledge as possible in order to maximize benefit associated with costs. If you don't really pay attention you are just wasting money to get a certificate." (Accountant; 2014)


"Tough But Worth It...
Writing 5-15 page papers every 6 weeks, with a few page paper thrown in here and there was stressful at times, but I did it and even graduated. If you procrastinate and aren't willing to put in the effort then this is definitely not the school for you." (accounting; 2014)


"Test The Online Course Format...
Tip Example 1: "Sample the schools online programs prior to attending. This will get you more used to the online format that the courses use which can be overwhelming if not looked at until the first day of the semester. Most Universities have trial classes you can test out prior to enrolling or attending so that way you know what to expect when you start taking your online courses."" (Accountant; 2014)


"Teamwork Is Key - Even Online ...
Make sure that you team up with students who will have the time and motivation to work together as a team." (finance; 2014)


"Teachers And Guidance Should Be Easily Accessible...
Spend time doing the research on your different options and make sure that you look into all that the school can do to help you during your courses and with career placement." (book keeper; 2014)


"Talk To Your Professors...
Don't be afraid to ask questions! Your instructors are excellent sources of information inside and out of the classroom, and can advise you on a lot more than just your course material." (Bookkeeper; 2013)


"Talk To Strayer University Today. You'll Be Glad You Did...
Call Strayer University and talk to an admissions specialist about the careers they have. They are extremely helpful and explain everything to you and help you every step of your education." (Auditor; 2014)


"Take Your Time And Be Smart...
I would make sure that you can complete the work. IF you can't and might struggle, it would be best to wait until you can be successful." (budget analyst; 2014)


"Take A Tutorial Of Online Learning...
Take a tutorial of what it is like to have an online class. This will help to decide if this is something you can really do." (Accounting; 2014)


"Support For Success...
Look to your academic advisor for suggestions. Just because the program is online doesn't mean you don't get the same support as traditional students." (bookkeeper; 2014)


"Study Hard And Remain Diligent For The Future After School...
Become an expert in the topics you are studying because it will assist you greater than the degree will" (Book keeper; 2013)


"Self-Made Student...
Be prepared to teach yourself." (accountant; 2013)


"Run Away: Go To A Real School Instead...
It's a giant waste of money. The only exceptions are if the school is regionally accredited (national accreditation isn't worth anything). It isn't easy for those of us who are going back to school, but a community college or such is a much better choice." (accountant; 2014)


"Read Everything And Ask Questions...
One tip that I would give before enrollment is to make sure to read and understand all of the literature provided and don't be afraid to ask if you have any questions at all" (I do web design & bookkeeping; 2014)


"Prepare Before You Decide On Your Course Of Study...
Take the time to research for many hours before you decide to choose your major course of study. This heavily determines where you will end up after school. Also, do not hesitate to stop and switch majors if your choice is not up to par after at least 2-3 full class courses." (Cost Analyst/Accountant; 2014)


"Pick A Prof...
Research the online professors before you register for their course (pickaprof.com, etc.)." (Accountant; 2014)


"Pay Attention To Due Dates...
Pay close attention to due dates. They can sneak up quickly. It is very important to complete assignments on time." (Accountant; 2013)


"Pay Attention To Deadlines...
Spend a lot of time paying attention to the syllabubs. There is a limited amount of time in a semester so it important that you are aware of all deadlines." (Auditor; 2013)


"PAY ATTENTION TO SUCCEED...
PAY ATTENTION IN CLASS. AS DRY AS SOME OF THE SUBJECT MATTER CAN BE AT TIMES, THE REWARDS OF GRADUATING ARE GREAT." (AUDITOR; 2013)


"Online Programs Are Not For Everyone...
Online programs are not for everyone. You need to be disciplined and self-motivated in order to succeed in such an environment." (Senior Accountant; 2014)


"Online Resources...
I would focus on making sure you are aware of all the resources available on the online module." (accountant; 2013)


"Make Your Career Path A Priority...
This college is a tremendous resource for those people in my area with a busy schedule who truly want to achieve a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. The program has everything you need to complete your degree, including accessible professors and close-knit teams of classmates. The time flies by from enrollment to graduation, so have your career in mind from the outset. If you are not sure about where you will end up after graduation, try attending the career fair for your local university campus. Finding your career path is often much more difficult than coursework." (Salesperson; 2013)


"Make Time For Your School Work...
Make sure you are really ready. Online courses take a lot of discipline. You have to make time to do your work and not fall behind." (accountant; 2014)


"Make Time For The Class...
Make sure that you set aside time for the course. It's easy to procrastinate till the last minute. You need a schedule." (bookkeeper; 2013)


"Learn To Use Online Resources As Well As Professors...
Learn to work your way around their online databases, they have plenty of useful information. Be in contact with professors, as they are a useful resource as well." (Accountant; 2014)


"Learn The Process...
Spend time getting familiar with the online school process. Make sure you are comfortable with the transition from going to a real school to doing it all online" (Teller; 2014)


"Learn About The Specifics As Soon As Possible...
Always spend more time than you think you will need to learn the procedures and policies of the program." (Certified Public Accountant; 2014)


"Know What You're Getting Yourself Into...
Make sure you really understand how much work it is. Just because it's online doesn't make it any less difficult." (Accounting; 2014)


"Know What You Want...
Make sure that you really know what you want to study before you commit to registering to an online university, because it is expensive. Make sure you use all available resources in finding scholarships, grants, any federal program that can help you fund your education." (Accountant; 2014)


"Keep Yourself Organized And Scheduled...
I would advise potential students to make a schedule of their reading and homework assignments, and when each needs to be completed, and stick to it. I bought a day planner and wrote everything down at the beginning of the semester, so every week I could see what was do at a glance. Because you aren't going to scheduled classes and some classes don't assign homework and just expect you to do the reading, it's very important to keep yourself on schedule." (Accountant; 2013)


"Introduce Yourself To Your Classmates...
Network with the people in your class and get to know them, email and ask questions if you don't understand." (Business Analyst; 2013)


"How To Succeed In College...
Take the work seriously and make sure your good at math!" (bookkeeper; 2013)


"How To Succeed In An Online Program...
Keep on top of the material and don't fall too far behind. If you cover everything you should at the pace prescribed by the program's schedule, you will learn and succeed in the end." (Accountant; 2014)


"Have A Good, Solid Foundation In Economics And General Business Principles...
A prospective student should definitely have a good foundation in economics and business courses. Accounting is just numbers if you have no context." (Bookkeeper; 2013)


"Graduating Early...
Try and take as many classes in possible in the 6 month period you are given. That way you will save money and will be able to graduate faster than if you went to a traditional college." (Bookkeeper; 2013)


"Get To Know Professors...
Email the professors beforehand and get to know them. This will help you gauge how the nature of the course will be." (Bookkeeper; 2013)


"Find Interesting Courses...
As if college courses weren't boring enough! Make sure to take something interesting every session or you will burn out." (Accounting; 2013)


"Don't Get Distracted...
Study outside of the online program and try to not get distracted around the house." (Accountant; 2014)


"Don't Fall Behind...
Read through your syllabus and stay on top of your homework each week. Do not fall behind." (Accounts Receivables; 2014)


"Don't Dive In Right Away...
I would try out a class or two that doesn't count for credit before diving into a full course load. Online classes are very different from in class classes." (CFO; 2013)


"Don't Be Afraid , Talk To Your Advisor...
If you get very confused when you first start , don't feel bad everyone has been there . Talk to your advisor , that's what they are there for . If you don't feel like your getting the best from your advisor , you can always ask for a new one." (Bookkeeper; 2013)


"Dedicate A Lot Of Time Towards An Online Degree Program...
The one tip is to dedicate a lot of time to online learning. Online classes require at least three times the work as a normal class, considering the amount of material you are expected to learn as well as the amount of assignments given." (Bookkeeper; 2013)


"Class Times...
Take nighttime classes after work." (Communications specialist; 2013)


"Choose Your Program Wisely...
Make sure you research the program you decide on extensively. You don't want to end up in a program that you will regret choosing. Don't just settle for something that seems vaguely interesting, choose something you know you will like. You will be more likely to stick with a program and do well if you enjoy it." (Accountant; 2013)


"Challenge Yourself...
Challenge yourself with an online education. You will be amazed on what you can accomplish. Online education is easier than one thinks and will help you attain your educational goals." (Accountant; 2013)


"Be Prepared For Extra Work In An Online Course...
While you may save money by not driving to school or being forced to miss work for classes, online courses are likely going to be much more work than an in person course." (Office manager; 2013)


"Be Prepared...
Spend a lot of time learning what the professors need. Call if you need to. Sometimes questions can get misconstrued via emails. Know exactly what your assignments are." (Accountant; 2014)


"Be On Time And Pay Attention...
Always go the class on time and pay attention while there. Sit in the front of the class if you can." (accounting; 2014)


"Be Careful With Tuition Costs...
Be cautious of for-profit schools, their tuition costs are very high and you will be paying off your loans for years and years." (Accountant; 2014)


"Ask For Help...
Always ask for help if you think you need it. It is better to feel stupid for asking a question that seems obvious than it is to get behind because you don't understand what you are doing." (Bookkeeper; 2013)


"Ask For Help...
Don't be afraid to ask for help! The university has many people that are there specifically for this purpose." (Auditor; 2013)


"Advice For New Accountants...
Take as many math classes as you can, the ideas stay fresh when it is applied everyday." (Bookkeeper; 2013)


"Accounting Made Easy Online...
Online is a great option for any body that has a busy life because it's flexible and could be accessed from any computer with Internet." (Account Auditor; 2013)