Universities have a large support and care system for their students including seminar groups, professors with open doors, counselors, coaches and chaplains. Studying for a degree is a tough job and very hard to do on your own.
Let’s face it, there are many reasons to go to a real life college and its not just about your course. It is independence, partying and a chance to make lifelong friends and associations. While online programmes allow you to connect with other users it is never the same as the bonds formed over a team project or a particularly hilarious ‘dutch oven’.
The chance to join a society is a great advantage of college. Often, your membership of a society or hobby group can swing your eventual job interviews especially if you become president of a student society. Also, if you happen to be at an Ivy League university, you get the chance to be initiated into the illuminati which is not something yet offered by online courses.
There is only so much fun you can have in front a screen, at home, in your underwear. Campus life is party central and a hedonists dream. Or if you prefer activities that are less hostile to your liver, there are photography clubs, theatre groups and martial arts to name a few.
Any university will host one-off lectures, workshops and seminars for non-majors to expand their knowledge in other areas. The fact you are sharing physical space with other learners throws up many opportunities for extra-curricular learning.