Surprising Growth in Online College Studying

This article, published by Inside Higher Ed on Friday, highlighted some very interesting trends in online college enrollments. The data tracks all college students from 2012 through 2016.

Online College Studying

Here are some of the most surprising stats:

  • The total number of college students in the US is basically flat, dropping 0.2%
  • The number of students enrolled in at least one distance course has increased 24.7%
  • Proportion of all students enrolled in at least one distance course has increased from 24.8% to 31%
  • Students enrolled in for-profit colleges dropped from 1.54 million in 2015 to 1.46 million in 2016
  • University of Phoenix (for-profit) enrollment dropped 19.95% from 2015 to 2016
  • American Public University System (for-profit) dropped 7.1% from 2015 to 2016
  • Kaplan University (for-profit) dropped 17.3% from 2015 to 2016
  • DeVry University (for-profit) dropped 9.1% from 2015 to 2016
  • Western Governers University (nonprofit) enrollment increased 19.5% from 2015 to 2016
  • Arizona State University (nonprofit) increased 39.5% from 2015 to 2016

You will need to keep in mind that this data is from 2012 through 2016 and doesn’t include 2017, but there appears to be a few clear trends here. The total number of Americans going to college is basically flat or slightly declining. The percentage of college students taking at least one distance course is growing rapidly. For-profit colleges are losing huge market share to not-for-profit online college options.

The bottom line is that for-profit colleges are no longer the only players in the online college space. You still see them in TV commercials because of their huge advertising budgets, but their enrollment numbers are dropping significantly. Students are voting with their enrollments, and online distance learning at not-for-profit colleges is winning, big.

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If you want to find out how you could be testing out of a bachelor’s degree from home, quickly and cheaply – check out my free 10-step checklist here. 

National vs. Regional Accreditation

I keep getting questions about regional vs. national college accreditation. People seem to think that regional accreditation makes an online college seem somehow lesser than a nationally accredited college. This article by TESU outlines the differences.

The national and regional labels are actually counterintuitive.

The bottom line is that it’s a fragmented system. Colleges and universities are accredited by different bodies. Most brick and mortar colleges are regionally-accredited by one of the six regional accreditors.

“Nationally accredited schools are generally profit oriented or religion affiliated and offer vocational or technical programs. They award both certificates and degrees. Requirements are not as standardized as regional accreditation because of the specialized nonacademic focus.”

The “Big Three” are all regionally accredited. They all provide the opportunity to transfer almost 120 credits and graduate quickly. This is very different from for-profit online schools.

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Charter Oak State College – Apply FREE Until 1/5/18

If you were considering Charter Oak State College, then now’s the time to apply. They’re waiving the $75 application fee, now until 1/5/18. Charter Oak is one of “The Big Three” schools. These are schools that will allow you to transfer in close to 120 credits.

Charter Oak State College

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I’m not affiliated with the school in any way. I am all about frugality, though. $75 is $75. Between now and Friday, you could apply for free, get a free transcript, and take some free courses. What are you waiting for?

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Happy First Birthday One Year Bachelor

Happy New Year and Happy First Birthday to One Year Bachelor. That’s right, it’s been an entire year. This is a good time to reflect on the past year and make some plans for 2018. On January 1, 2017, I created this blog. My intention was to get my bachelor’s degree in one year or less and blog about it.

Happy Birthday One Year Bachelor

Here we are January 1, 2018, and I got my degree with plenty of time to spare. (I actually finished studying and testing in September). It cost a little over $5,000, all in. $5,000 is a lot of money, but it’s nothing compared to the price tag of most 4 year degrees. (I saved around $100,000).

In my rush to finish in under a year, I selected some options that were a little more expensive. I was hoping I could knock them out a little more quickly. It worked. I finished in under ten months, and didn’t even need to. Also, I had a lot of help from and others, but I still had to figure out so much of my degree plan on my own. I could have finished even faster and cheaper with some more guidance. Luckily you get to learn from my experiences.

I’ve made it even easier to get started. Here is my FREE 10-Step Checklist to get you started, right now. You could earn FREE college credit, today, January 1st. This is not a sales pitch.


Whether you’ve never been to college or went to college and dropped out because life got in the way, I’m confident you can finish your college degree in one year or less. What better New Year’s resolution? Maybe this year instead of joining a gym on January 1st, you could finally get your college degree. How would that impact your life?

One Year Bachelor 10-Step Checklist

TEEX ACE Credit to Expire 2/28/18

One of the best free sources of credit out there is TEEX’s Cybersecurity. They have three courses – 101, 201, and 301. They’re worth 2 credits a piece, for 6 total. As of right now, the TEEX ACE credits are set to expire on 2/28/18. TEEX ACE

Many people have New Year’s Eve and Day off from work or school. This would be a perfect time to knock out a few free credits. They’re not the easiest courses in the world. There is some overlap so they get easier as you go.

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Free 10 Step Checklist That Will Change Your Life

I made it, just under the wire. I graduated from Thomas Edison State University with a bachelor’s degree in just under a year. More importantly, I tested out of all of the credits required to graduate. I didn’t attend any classes, in person or virtually. It cost me a little over $5,000 (and could have cost me a lot less). A little over a year ago, I didn’t even know this was possible. Frankly, if I’d have known, I’d have done it years ago. Now that I’m all done studying, I want to spend some time helping others to get their degrees also. Instead of going back and reading all 100 posts so far to date, I wanted to offer a quick guide to get you started on the right foot. Here is my 10 Step Checklist to testing out of a bachelor’s degree.

If you are working full-time or are a stay at home Mom or Dad, this is a particularly good option for you. It can be done in well under a year, for FAR less than the cost of a 4-year brick and mortar college. These aren’t fly-by-night for profit colleges either. This is a strategy to test out of a real, regionally-accredited college quickly and inexpensively.


What’s in it for me you ask? Nothing as of now. I am not charging for consulting. Not charging any subscription fees. Not getting any kickbacks. As the site continues to grow, I plan to make some small, affiliate commissions when I suggest companies or products that I really truly believe in. That’s it. Good luck finding that kind of honesty and altruism on the internet.

If it seems too simple and inexpensive, that’s because it is. Make a new year’s resolution to get your bachelor’s degree in 2018 for less than you would pay for most used cars. This is something that will stay with you always. It might help you to get a new job, get a promotion at your current company, help you move internationally, or even just satisfy that chip on your shoulder because you never went to college or dropped out because life got in the way.

My 10 Step Checklist will change your life, and it’s free. 

It’s Official – I’m a College Graduate

On December 15th, I graduated from college. I did it, start to finish, in under one year. Now when I have to fill out demographic surveys, I can select “college graduate” instead of “some college.” It was a little anticlimactic, a typical Friday at my new job, really, but I was still super psyched.

If you’ve been following my journey, then you’ve noticed I’ve been MIA for about six weeks. That’s because I was interviewing for and starting a new job. I started my new job December 1st and I’m very happy so far. I work with a great group of people, earning more money, in a much less stressful environment. Not to speak badly about my former employer, they did a lot for me, I’m just much happier in my new position.

TESU College Graduate

Today I received a letter in the mail from Thomas Edison State University congratulating me. This was a nice touch. My degree will be coming in the mail any day. I’m very grateful to TESU for making this possible. For a working married Dad, full time brick & mortar college simply wouldn’t have been possible.

As the new year quickly approaches, you could make a typical resolution to lose 5 pounds, join a gym, or start a new hobby… or you could make a resolution to go out and get your bachelor’s degree in one year or less. I did it while working 50+ hours a week as a full time dad with two kids.

In the coming days, I will be putting together a post that is a “quick-start guide” of sorts. With the help of schools like TESU, all the resources available on the internet, communities like, websites like mine, and the flexibility to do it on your own schedule, there really are no excuse not to do it. Best of luck in the new year!

What’s Next? Considering Part-Time or Online MBA

After I  applied for graduation last month, I decided to take a little time off to relax. I went to one of my favorite car shows and spent a weekend at the lake with my family. I’m feeling reenergized. I want to start my part-time or online MBA (or possibly a master’s in a more specific field. More on that later). Living in Charlotte, NC, I’m fortunate that there are some really excellent programs to choose from. It’s actually a little overwhelming.

There are 8 MBA programs in Charlotte, the 4th best online MBA program in the country, as well as a brand-new competency-based online option:

WGU North Carolina Online MBA

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What 3 Lessons Can We Learn From Austin Rogers?

I love Jeopardy. I watched it with my grandparents as a kid, love to watch it as an adult, always take the online tests every year, and my wife was even on the show last year. Jeopardy contestant Austin Rogers just finished an unbelievable run of 12 straight Jeopardy wins. His $413,000 in winnings moved him past Arthur Chu into 5th all time among Jeopardy contestants.

Austin Rogers - Jeopardy

What 3 lessons can we learn from his success?

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After 9 Months and 6 Days – I’m Done

Last night I submitted my final paper for English Comp II and my last video for Intro to Communication. I’ve already applied for graduation and paid the fees. All I have left do to graduate is submit my ACE transcript in a few days, and I’m done. It took me 280 days start to finish.

I feel relieved. It felt weird waking up this morning without having to study or take any exams. I’m very grateful for the help I got along the way from the advisors at Thomas Edison State University and several helpful people at

Please continue to follow along. I will continue to post about how to earn your bachelor’s degree online. TESU’s commencement will be on a Saturday in December (more on that in future posts). On a personal note, I plan to study for and take the GMAT test in the coming months. Once I’m done with that, I plan to take what I feel is a well earned break from studying for a few weeks.

In the next few days I will post a final cost breakdown, but here is a final list of all my courses:

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