We all know the high levels of acclaim that are given to graduates of Ivy League universities, so it is no surprise that students are now vying for the chance to enroll in online degree programs at these very same institutions. While this is an ongoing process (many Ivy League schools only offer limited courses rather than full degree programs online), students have remained enthusiastic about the prospect of earning an online BA from Harvard or Yale without relocating to New England. The benefits are nearly endless for this type of degree which is so close in our future!
Columbia is one school that currently offers students the opportunity to earn an engineering degree via online classes. While it offers a multitude of other courses that can contribute to a BA, currently there are limited options for a full degree program in the arts. Harvard offers many students similar options as Columbia; while there are no full degree programs that are offered through its distance learning program, the school still offers many different courses without the full degree.
Earning a BA online from an Ivy League school is one such hope for many online students who want to put this on their resume. Thus far, however, it still remains in the future as many Ivy League universities are hesitant to offer an entire bachelor’s program through the internet. Dartmouth is another school which offers limited online enrollment through its Tuck Business Bridge Program that allows its liberal arts graduates to gain “total immersion” into business programs. While this type of program is only available for professionals hoping for a better understanding of the business world, it is a sign that Dartmouth at least is on the way to offering a full degree program online. Yale is one school that surprisingly has yet to offer a BA through its online course listings. This Connecticut Ivy League school was one of the first to jump on the distance learning bandwagon, and even offers “open courses” (free courses) to students around the country who wish to gain a deeper understanding of a specific subject. However, the school has not yet offered any degree programs online and seems stuck in its offerings from years ago, rather than offering new courses with each semester.
We have yet to truly appreciate the offerings Ivy League schools have to give us, but as the years pass, we can only hope that they let down their walls and allow online education in. Earning a BA from an Ivy League university is an acclaimed feat for any person, and allowing degrees to be offered to students across the country will be an even larger feat for the university to accomplish, not to mention the joy it would bring thousands of students.