Choosing a college for online classes

William Jessup University

WJU is a local, Christian university that is a good friend of Thrive School’s and Bayside’s. WJU offers special pricing to Thrive Students, so let them know when you begin your inquiry. If you want the opportunity to take Bible classes, take advantage of their close proximity, utilize their large library, or attend WJU after Thrive, it is a great place to start. 

Liberty University

Liberty is known for it’s online user-friendliness. They truly cater to their students from creating an academic plan to registering you for your classes. If you plan on finishing your degree online, I would suggest checking out what Liberty has to offer. Liberty also has Bible classes and a special pricing for Thrive students, so be sure to let them know when you begin your inquiry. 

Community College

Check out your hometown’s local community college, or if you are a California resident, we have some great, local community colleges here. Usually community college has the cheapest tuition for tackling your general education in those first two years of college. Local community colleges include: Sierra College, American River College, and Folsom Lake College. Because community colleges are economical, they tend to have a lot of students, so it can sometimes be a challenge to get the classes you want/need. If you choose to enroll in community college, be sure to start that process right away and to choose your classes the same day that your registration time opens. If you have any questions about which classes to choose, you can ask your school’s academic counseling department. You may also field those questions to me; I am happy to answer and may be quicker in responding. 

What classes do I take?

College Freshman: If this will be your very first semester in college, I recommend taking some general education courses that interest you. Courses like English, history, or science are good places to start if you enjoyed those in high school. Classes like these are mandatory for general education and if you like them, it’s a nice way to ease into college. If your interests lay more in the arts (e.g. History of Art), humanities (e.g. Foreign Language), or social/behavioral science (e.g. Psychology), those areas are also required for your general education. Thrive does not recommend taking an online mathematics course, because most students find that it is more difficult to comprehend math without the teacher there to give an explanation. 

College Sophomore: If you haven’t already, be sure to map out an academic plan for which courses you will be taking and when. If you don’t have a plan, I am more than happy to help you develop one that will help you stay on track for transferring or graduating.