TUCSON — Just under 45,000 students attend the University of Arizona during this fall semester, according to the Arizona Board of Regents.
However, some students are not coming onto campus at all thanks to a big rise in online classes.
“It’s broadening our borders beyond the main campus,” Associate Vice Provost for Digital Learning Melody Buckner said.
Campus officials say the number of undergraduates taking one or more online classes is up more than 45 percent compared to a year ago.
“This is really appealing for young people today,” Buckner said. “They feel comfortable in virtual environments. Students will always want to be on campus, students will always want to engage face to face. But the convenience and access to content online is really important for our students so they can get that experience anytime, anywhere.”
The University of Arizona offers nearly 500 unique online courses this semester.