"Harrison College has helped me better myself. I have a really good job with a local software company and I wouldn't have been able to do that without my education here at Harrison." Colby, Alum
Colby, Alum

How is Harrison different from other colleges with online classes?

With so many online degree programs to choose from today, it can be a challenge to know which one can provide the best education and support for you. At Harrison, we pride ourselves on being more than just a college—we are a support network for our students, so you will get the help you need when you need it.

You will receive a comprehensive online experience with your classmates and instructors, with an online learning management system that contains everything students need for class in one easy-to-access location. We have a variety of academic programs in associate and bachelor’s degrees, so you can earn the degree that suits your career goals. 

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Why should I choose Harrison?

One concern you might have with an online program is lack of direction. If you have the fear of being thrown into a program without any instruction, do not worry. We will guide you through every step of the process.

We also provide you with login information for our online learning system, where you can access your class information, including assignments, quizzes and tests. You will also receive your schedule, syllabus and other course materials before starting class.

Our learning management system affords you the opportunity to communicate with other students in the class, as well as your professors. This is a more personal aspect of our online education, as it provides a way for you to reach out to classmates for help on difficult subjects, interact with instructors and even develop new friendships.

There are no scheduled campus meeting times or online check-ins required, so you have the option of completing your work when it is most convenient for you, though it is important to check in regularly to complete your weekly tasks and assignments.

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What do I need to keep in mind to succeed in online classes?

While you do not have to attend classes at certain times or commute to campus, you will have to turn in assignments on time and take exams. You will not be able to rely on someone else to keep you accountable—you have to be responsible and organized enough to study for tests and complete homework by deadlines.

It is also important to remember that online classes are not necessarily easier classes. You will get the same educational challenges as an on-campus student would. So, do not expect to pass your courses without putting in a lot of hard work. 

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What college classes can I take online at Harrison?

If you have been putting off earning a degree due to job responsibilities and other time constraints, consider applying to one of our Online Degree programs. Most of our degrees can be earned through online college classes, allowing you to continue working while in school.

We offer an extensive selection of online classes—in both associate and bachelor’s degrees—in a number of subject areas.

View our full list of Online programs.

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How can I earn a degree online?

Our Online Degree programs were designed with you in mind. We understand that not everyone can afford to spend a full day (or week) in a classroom, but that should not keep you from earning a degree and improving your career.

You will still need to turn in work assignments on time, take exams and complete projects, but with no commuting to campus, scheduled class times or required check-ins, you have the flexibility to earn your degree on your time. The “Online Studies” section outlines what to expect from online classes and provides tips for how to succeed in your online classes. Do not let work and other responsibilities get in the way of achieving higher education.

Remember, we are there every step of the way to support you as you succeed.

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With Harrison, will I need my own computer for online classes?

Having access to a computer and the Internet is essential if you want to take online classes. If you do not have a computer or access to the Internet yet, do not worry. We can help.

Visit the resources for online students page to view technology requirements and other useful resources.

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Once I have enrolled in online classes, how do I log in to take a class?

After signing up for online courses, we provide you with a username and password that allows you to log in to our online learning system, where you can review all your class information. Make sure to check your email and postal mail often, as we may contact you with important information. 

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What kind of online tests will I take?

The tests you will take for Online programs are similar to tests traditional students take. You are still urged to study and pay attention to class instruction in order to be successful. 

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Do you get the same attention from professors in Online programs as you do in a traditional, on-campus classroom setting?

With on-campus classes, you can usually receive help on course work from your instructors before or after class, but can you expect the same attention from instructors if you are taking online college programs?

At Harrison, we try to provide as much or as little interaction with instructors as needed. With our online learning system, students can interact with each other and with professors. If you are struggling in a particular area, you can reach out to your professor or lean on fellow classmates for help.

In addition to being available online, our instructors and other representatives are typically available during the day—all you have to do is make a phone call or send an email. If you live near one of our campuses, you can even schedule an in-person appointment with your instructor or an available tutor.

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Are online classes right for me?

Online programs typically require students to be independent. Not having to meet regularly for class allows flexibility, but it puts more responsibility on the student to keep track of due dates and exam times and to manage projects.

Those considering online classes should be self-motivated, organized, independent and have excellent time management skills. Online classes are a great way for those with full-time schedules to be able to earn a degree and continue focusing on other responsibilities. 

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What is the difference between on-campus and online courses?

Online classes do not necessarily provide traditional experiences, such as living in dorms or participating in campus social activities, but they offer more flexibility than some on-campus courses. Most Online Degree programs do not require students to commute to a campus location, so it is possible to work full-time and earn a degree at the same time.

Online programs require the same course work as traditional schools—homework, tests, quizzes and other assignments must be done on time. If commuting to campus is a problem for you, online classes may be beneficial.

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Is an online degree as credible as a degree from a traditional university?

Online degrees have come a long way in recent years.

Attending a college that offers accredited online courses helps ensure that you are getting an online education from a reliable school. Harrison is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)—an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Our goal is to help you successfully earn your degree in whatever way is best for you. That is why we offer a variety of academic programs both online and at multiple on-campus locations.

Online classes do not necessarily give you the exact same experiences as on-campus classes, but they are a great option if you desire a flexible class schedule and independent learning.

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