Minerva University: A Harvard education at half the cost?

Posted on May 15th, 2013

Imagine getting an ivy-league caliber education–for half the cost of an elite private school.

Online education has been touted as a way to minimize college costs and prevent students from taking out expensive loans for college. But critics argue that taking online classes can’t compare to interacting with other students, experiencing dorm life, and participating in the full college experience.

Located in downtown San Francisco, the Minerva Project is the first university to combine traditional and online higher education techniques. At Minerva, students take all of their courses online, but live together in traditional college dorms. There will also be opportunities for international students to take classes in 7 different countries.

The university is currently in the initial planning stages, but its first full class will commence in September 2015. Students of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

With the cost of traditional education skyrocketing, we’ll continue to see innovative higher education institutions and opportunities for real-world training at more reasonable prices. We’ve already noted the rise of places like App Academy, which offers a unique tuition model where students only pay if they get a job after graduating.

Choosing a college can be enormously stressful for students and parents. Though Minerva won’t accept students until 2015, it’s important for current high school students and their parents to be doing their research early in the high school career. If you’re struggling with your college decision, we can help you compare costs and financial aid packages. Contact us for advice or call us toll-free at 1-888-234-3907.

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