Going to college once meant packing up your car, moving to into a dorm on campus, and attending class in ivy-covered brick buildings.
Today that traditional experience is still available, but it’s not always a realistic choice for everyone who wants to pursue a college degree.
Twenty-first century students are moms, managers, active military, and more—and pausing life to physically attend school is not always an option. That’s exactly what makes online learning such an appealing choice: As long as you have dependable Internet service, you can earn your degree from respected, accredited institutions anytime, anywhere.
Here are some reasons that students and alumni chose the Johnson & Wales University College of Online Education to earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Perhaps you will relate to their stories—and discover that online learning is a good choice for you, too.
I work full-time.
“The Johnson & Wales online MBA program has allowed me to go back to school while working a full-time job. I am able to challenge myself in the classroom and obtain the knowledge that I will need to get ahead in the life.” — Gregory Laporte, ’17 MBA – Human Resource Management
I wanted to advance my career.
“I’ve worked for Marriott for 20 years in leadership roles from sales to marketing to, now, revenue management. I have noticed that many of the senior leadership jobs within the company require an MBA — even if they don’t, I know it would help set me apart. I work 60 hours a week, so an MBA program with a classroom component wasn’t going to work for me. I looked into Johnson & Wales, and it’s phenomenal. Every class I’ve taken has been relevant.” — Christal Byars, ’17 MBA
I trusted JWU’s reputation.
“I received my associate and bachelor’s degrees from the Charlotte Campus in May 2010 and loved the entire experience. I have always wanted to obtain my master's degree but never found the right graduate school that fit my needs or educational and career goals. Then I received an email from the alumni association about the online graduate studies that changed everything. I have nothing but positive and encouraging words to say about this school. I am proud to be a Wildcat and will be proud to receive my master's degree from this university.” — Amanda Schade, ’10, ’16 MBA – Hospitality
I was looking for a school that was military friendly.
"I heard about JWU Online through a work associate that helped me look for a solid program that was military friendly and regionally accredited. The JWU professors are very helpful whenever I’ve had any issues. Additionally, I felt they provided sufficient information weekly to help me grasp what was going on and lead me to succeed." — Andrew Cook, ’19 BS – Business Administration
As a parent, it was how I balanced my career goals with my family time.
“My daughter was my main motivation to pursue my degree, I wanted to show her that she could do anything she set out to do, and I wanted to be successful in my career for her. Being in the banking industry for 15 years, I knew that regardless of your experience, it is important to have a bachelor’s degree to truly find success in the future. JWU Online was a great fit for me because of the flexibility that the classes gave me. I can do schoolwork after my daughter is in bed, and I am still available if my employees need me instead of being in a classroom.” — Carrie Spaziano-Charello, ’16 BS – Business Studies
I enjoy the diverse student perspectives.
“This is my second year with the online MS – Finance program. I have been challenged to think critically about subjects I have studied, as well as work with fellow students all across the country.” — Kate Howarth, ’19 MS – Finance
It allowed me to achieve one of my life goals.
“The opportunity to enhance my knowledge and continue my education with an MBA has been one of my lofty goals. I learned about the JWU College of Online Education and appreciate that it allows you the greatest opportunity and flexibility to earn a master's degree while continuing to work. The online program is challenging and demanding; however, it’s easily attainable for serious students. Remember: Education is a gift that none can take away, and one you will forever be grateful.” — Richard Siravo, ’16 MBA – Nonprofit Management
To learn why more students chose Johnson & Wales University College of Online Education, visit our Student Testimonial page. If you’re ready to learn more, complete the “Request Info” form on this page or call 855-JWU-1881 or email [email protected]