Being a military spouse requiring frequent moves didn’t halt Cortney Landrum from pursuing an accounting degree. The busy mother of four – including a two-year-old – discovered she could continue her studies on her own schedule with an online education. “When my kids are home, I like to spend time with them,” Landrum said. “Online is convenient because I can juggle my schedule and I don’t have to drive anywhere to get to a class."

“Online is convenient because I can juggle my schedule and I don’t have to drive anywhere to get to a class."

Time management

Army Sergeant First Class Travis Patterson agreed that online education connects with his military schedule. “When you are taking classes online, you can finish up at work, get home and have the convenience and comfort of your own home to get your school work done. I’ve even heard about some soldiers doing online classes overseas while on deployment,” the psychology major explained.           

Patterson first heard about online college opportunities through eArmyU (the Army’s online learning portal).

“I listened to counselors explain how military personnel could get the same training online, at their convenience with a flexible schedule, as students sitting in a class room,” said Patterson who selected Upper Iowa University, where he plans to get his bachelor of science degree in March, and start his master’s degree in the summer semester. “Every professor or adviser is there to help you so you have everything you need.”

While both Patterson and Landrum said a certain degree of self-discipline is required for online, both agreed the instructors are well trained for long distance studies.

“You might not have a verbal class, but you can email the professors and they are very responsive,” Landrum said. Patterson added the teachers create schedules making it easy for students to stay on track in the syllabus.