With thousands of schools nationwide offering hundreds of degree and certification programs the question is; what is the right school? The first step in answering that question is to narrow down the schools that offer the area of study you are looking for. Once you have narrowed your search down to the schools that offer your area of study, you will then want to ask yourself if you are looking to earn your degree online or at campus based school. Some programs simply have to be done at a campus location due to the fact that an area of study such as engineering requires you to physically perform a lot of your work to graduate. Other programs such as business administration and internet technology programs can be done 100% online. That being said, before you decide to earn a degree or certification program you must determine the amount of time you have set aside to allocate to your education. If you must attend a campus to earn your degree or certification, there will be set days and times that you will have to attend class. If your area of study gives you the ability to take your courses online, this allows you to be more flexible as to when and where you choose to take your courses. Both campus and online programs have their pros and cons. Online programs require a great amount of self discipline due to the fact that you do not have a structured classroom setting. There are great benefits to taking an online course, especially if you are employed and need to work around your busy schedule, or you are a stay at home mom and have kids to care for. As you can see, the most important decision when choosing your major is to do your research and make sure you are not only choosing the area of study that you enjoy but that your pursuit in higher learning fits your lifestyle.