Online Education 8 Celebrities Who Went to College Online

Everybody’s busy. If you’re trying to juggle family and career, there are only so many hours in a day, regardless of where you work. This really presents a problem if you decide to go back to school, because now you have to add yet ONE MORE thing to your already overloaded day.

Which is why so many people chose to get their college degrees online. Since distance learning has become extremely popular many of the old school, diehard, brick-and-mortar colleges and universities now offer the same degree programs online (and in some cases with the same instructors) that you’d get if you commuted to campus and personally showed up for class.

This makes it handy for the busiest of people to successfully go back to school—so much so that even the rich and famous are discovering the convenience of online education. Several well-known people have taken advantage of this concept, which dates back longer than you may think. To illustrate how everybody has to budget their time and money (just like the rest of us) check out how these high-profile people figured out a way to fit college into their busy schedules with the help of distance learning and online classes.

  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  2. Shaquille O’Neal
  3. Didiayer Snyder
  4. Marcia Cross
  5. Mary Peters

Other honorable mention celebrities that have used distance learning to help them achieve their degrees include actor James Franco, who finished up his studies at UCLA with online classes and now utilizes Columbia’s distance learning program; NBA player Jalen Rose, who received his bachelor’s in management via online classes from University of Maryland; and rapper Lil’ Wayne, who is currently taking classes online from University of Houston with the goal of obtaining a degree in political science.

Whether you’re a celebrity or not, going back to college (or starting it if you’ve never been) is always a good idea. But with everything we have going on in our lives making that commitment can be a little scary. Getting over that hump, and finally enrolling, is never easy. But once you do, that alone makes you a rock star.


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