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More UMass students are getting their degrees online

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FOR 22NEWS. RYAN: MORE UMASS STUDENTS ARE GETTING THEIR DEGREES ONLINE. 22NEWS REPORTER MIKE MASCIADRELLI FOUND OUT WHY SOME STUDENTS ARE DITCHING THE CLASSROOM FOR AN ONLINE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE. MIKE: OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS, ONLINE ENROLLMENT INCREASED BY ALMOST 40 PERCENT AT UMASS. THESE ONLINE COURSES ARE CONVENIENT AND ALLOW STUDENTS FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD TO TAKE THEM. MORE STUDENTS AT UMASS ARE GOING ONLINE TO GET THEIR DEGREES. MORE THAN 75 THOUSAND STUDENTS ENROLLED IN UMASS ONLINE COURSES LAST YEAR, UP 6 PERCENT FROM THE PREVIOUS FISCAL YEAR. HANNAH BOYD: JUNIOR, UMASS AMHERST SOMETIMES ONLINE CLASSES CAN BE A LITTLE LESS RIGOROUS, YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TO CLASS ALL THE TIME. IT JUST MAKES IT EASIER TO GET THOSE EXTRA CREDITS. ONLINE PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED AT ALL OF UMASS’ FIVE CAMPUSES, AND ARE AVAILABLE YEAR ROUND. BUT THEY’RE NOT FOR EVERYONE. PRITHVI JRDCHAKRABARTY: GRAD STUDENT, UMASS AMHERST THE REASON WHY I WANTED TO GO TO GRAD SCHOOL IN THE FIRST PLACE WAS TO INTERACT WITH PROFESSORS AND OTHER STUDENT. I’M NOT SURE IF YOU HAVE THE SAME DEGREE OF INTERACTION IN ONLINE COURSES. UMASSONLINE OFFERS 150 DEGREES AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS, ALONG WITH MORE THAN 1500 COURSES. ONE OF THEIR MORE RECENT ONLINE PROGRAMS ALLOWS STUDENTS TO OBTAIN A GRADUATE CERITFICATE IN BUSINESS ANALYTICS AT UMASS AMHERST. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: WORKING FOR YOU WITH MORE STUDENTS CHOOSING TO GO ONLINE, IT’S ALLOWED UMASS TO REACH A RECORD HIGH IN ENROLLMENT ACROSS ITS FIVE CAMPUSES. THE CLASS OF 2017 WAS THE LARGEST IN UMASS HISTORY WITH MORE THAN 17,700 STUDENTS EARNING DEGREES. ALL UMASS STUDENTS PAY THE SAME TUITION, NO MATTER IF YOU LIVE ON CAMPUS OR AT HOME. UNDERGRADUATE COURSES COST BETWEEN $125 AND 2 THOUSAND DOLLARS WHILE GRADUATE-LEVEL COURSES RANGE FROM $1200 TO $2250. MIKE: WE HAVE A LINK ON WWLP.COM SHOWING YOU WHERE YOU CAN REGISTER FOR UMASS ONLINE COURSES. LIVE FROM THE HAMPSHIRE COUNTY BUREAU, IN NORTHAMPTON, MIKE

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