- Over 6.1 million US students took at least one online course during the fall of 2010, according to Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States 2011 (PDF). That's 560,000 more students than the previous year.
- 31% of all students enrolled in US higher education programs took at least one online course, as stated in Going the Distance.
- $11.7 billion was spent on online education in 2007-2008 according to Eduventures. (Silber and Condra, Education and Training, 2011)
- 42% of fully online students in the fall of 2009 attended for-profit educational institutions. Given that only 9% of post-secondary students attend for-profit institutions, that means for-profit intsitutions have a disproportionate share of the market. (Silber and Condra, 2011)
- At the undergraduate level, computer science and business students are more likely to participate in distance classes and degree programs. In 2008, 24% of business students took a distance learning class and 6% were enrolled in a distance learning degree program.
- One third of online students study business, mostly business administration and management, making it the most popular area of study online for both undergraduate and graduate programs according to Online College Students 2012. One third of students get their online degree to qualify for a promotion or a salary increase.
- Older undergraduates, full-time workers, parents, and married students are more likely to enroll in online classes and degree programs, per the Learning at a Distance report.
- The majority of online students -- 46% -- get their degree to advance their careers. (Online College Students 2012) One third of students get their online degree to qualify for a promotion or a salary increase.
e-Learning Statistics [MBA Friday Facts]Written by Nicole Willson
e-Learning continues to increase every year, especially amongst business students. Read these e-Learning Statistics to find out who the most common online students are and why they decided to get their degree online.