Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

Is SCSU Online right for you?

Is SCSU Online right for you?

These questions will help you to determine whether an online education at St Cloud State University is a good fit for you. 

  • Do you have a computer with internet access?  An online program offers a lot of flexibility.  In order to get the most out of this benefit, a personal computer with internet access is essential for completing assignments and interacting with others.
  • Are you self-motivated?  Success in any classroom- college or university- is directly related to the degree of motivation you possess.  The online environment is no different.  You will need to motivate yourself to complete assignments, find a suitable proctor to administer your exams, and interact with fellow students and your instructor from within since you will not have a formalized class time or lecture to keep you on schedule.


  • Are you organized?  Since there will not be the face-to-face interaction common to on-campus courses, online classes frequently have deadlines for exams, projects and assignments, and student discussions.  These are the only means available for your teachers to interact with you and determine whether you are learning course content.  You will need to develop an effective personalized system to keep your busy schedule organized. 
  • Do you travel a lot?  If you are constantly on the move or away from your computer, you may find it extremely difficult to submit assignments and meet other course deadlines set by your professor.  Although this is not an impossible circumstance, it can present a challenge- particularly if you do not have laptop computer and wireless internet access.


  • Do you have strong written communication skills?  Online classes rely almost exclusively on the written word to communicate with students and faculty.  As a result, if you are not able to clearly convey your thoughts in writing, you may want to take a writing refresher course to become more comfortable expressing yourself.
  • Do you function best in group situations or alone?   Due to the lack of face-to-face communication, the online environment can feel isolating to students at times.   Although you will be able to communicate with students in a variety of locations, you will ultimately need to be able to work alone.


  • How much time do you have available?  Online students are busy people.  Many have jobs, families, and other commitments.  Before you apply for an online program, you should take stock of the amount of time you would truly be able to devote to completing an online class.  Flexibility and convenience are two strengths of an online education, but you will still need to devote time to reading, studying and completing assignments. 


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