Degree Seekers Stay Home in Top Cities for Online Learning

The quest for knowledge is greatest in America's largest city, New York, that can now boast to having the biggest number of prospective students who seek online programs.

eLearners.com, the leading resource for connecting students with online education, analyzed its database of prospective students and the results showed that the largest metro areas are the leading top 10 cities for people seeking an education online.

The Top 10 Online Learning Cities are:

1. New York-Newark-Edison - NY-NJ-PA
2. Los Angeles-Long Beach - Santa Ana, CA
3. Atlanta-Sandy Springs - Marietta, GA
4. Chicago-Naperville-Joliet - IL-IN-WI
5. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria - DC-VA-MD
6, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington - PA-NJ-DE
7. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach - FL
8. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington - TX
9. Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land - TX
10. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont - CA

"One might expect that the largest saturation of those seeking online education would be in America's largest cities," said eLearners.com Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andrew Gansler. "But remember, these cities also offer the largest selection and availability of campus-based alternatives, so it's encouraging to see online education flourishing in these population centers."

When the results were adjusted for population, the results were even more interesting. On a per capita basis, the data compiled by eLearners.com revealed a different set of top cities for prospective online learners.

Top 10 Cities for Online Learning, Per Capita are:

1. Hinesville-Fort Stewart - GA
2. Fort Polk South - LA
3. Jacksonville - NC
4. Fayetteville - NC
5. Fort Leonard Wood - MO
6. St. Marys - GA
7. Oak Harbor - WA
8. Ketchikan - AK
9. Warner Robins - GA
10. Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood - TX

Six of these top ten cities are the post or home base for members of the United States military. "Online learning is a perfect fit for servicemen and women," adds Gansler. "Thousands of members of the military are turning to online education because it offers the flexibility needed to fit their schedule."

Estimates by Eduventures show that at the end of 2005, fully online higher education accounted for 7 percent of all higher education enrollments in the U.S., an estimated 1.2 million students.

A recent survey commissioned by the Sloan Consortium found that the number of students enrolled in al least one online course was up 35 percent over the previous year, and totaled 3.2 million.

This year eLearners will connect over 5 million users to educational programs with its directory of more than 5,900 post campus based institutions and offer college and universities a quality method to increase exposure and enrollment.