There is a clear advantage to taking classes during the day than at night. Most students who take night classes work during the day and can manage about 1 class per semester. At this rate, it will take much longer to complete an undergraduate degree. Traditional students can take anywhere from 2 to approximately 6 classes per semester. This schedule will guarantee (barring any interruptions or setbacks) the student will graduate on time.
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Night classes offer a limited choice of classes because the bulk of college students attend during the day, and so there is justification to offer more classes during that time. Most night classes are limited to liberal arts or personal development.
Frequency of Classes
Scheduling classes are less of an issue during the day because the full array is offered. There is little chance that a course you want is not available or you have to wait more than a semester.
Some night school students have to make special arrangements to take specific classes during the day to meet the requirements of their degree.
Pace of Classes
Night classes are once or twice a week for longer periods of time and have tight schedules. If you prefer to digest the material in smaller chunks, a day time schedule is your best bet. Also, the distribution of the material and the pace is slower. Night classes are advantageous for elective classes but when you begin taking your major classes this could become an issue.
Profit for Colleges
In order to justify operating expenses colleges offer the most classes to the most students. Traditional students or students who attend during the day (make up the bulk of the college’s student population) will benefit from this model.
Accessibility of Services
Administrative and support services such as Admissions, Financial Aid, or the Bursar’s Office can be accessed during the day when there is a full staff. Changes or adjustments can be easily be made while these departments are open.
There are safety issues to contend with such as going to and leaving from the campus at night. During the day campuses are bustling with students, faculty, staff, and Security. As the sun goes down crime is a reality that cannot be overlooked.
The ability to attend classes during the day versus the night is a matter of accessibility, affordability, choice, and opportunity. Every student needs to weight their options and make a decisions based on their lifestyle, schedule, and needs.