In addition to being able to attend school while still working, there are many benefits to attending night school you might not be aware of. The idea of a condensed schedule and long classes can be a deterrent, but some students prefer it. If you are unsure of whether or not night school is right for you, take a look at some of the advice from students we spoke with about their experience.
Classes didn’t interfere with my work schedule.
“Night school helped me work full time while completing my master’s degree. I was able to enroll in an accelerated full-time program that was 1 night a week and did not interfere with my work schedule. I was able to make payments and complete my degree on time without accumulating any additional student debt. I am so glad that this was an option otherwise I would not have been able to pursue my goal to complete my master’s program!” – Chris R.
My professor became my mentor, which helped me advance in my career.
“My professors were all adjunct, meaning they all worked during the day and taught at night. Almost every one of them had a job that related to the course work. They really were subject matter experts and I was able to learn a lot from them. One of them actually had a job in a similar field that I was working in.
I was interactive in class and demonstrated how I was applying the course work to my job. I ended up having routine follow-ups with my professor to bounce ideas off of them and built a mentor-type relationship with one of my professors. They really helped me in my advancement and in fact, we keep in touch even though I already graduated. Having someone to talk to as a mentor has really helped me develop professionally.” – Tim A.
Since I was able to keep my full-time job, I qualified for tuition assistance.
“Being able to work and attend night class was the greatest thing I did. Not only was I able to keep my job, but my company offers tuition assistance! I was able to save so much money, keep my job, and have someone else pay for my degree. I made too much money working full time so I could not qualify for a lot of financial aid, but since my employer could pay enough in Tuition Assistance to cover the classes, I did not have to worry about it!” – Katie H.
Making connections with classmates helped me get a better job after graduation.
“Going to business school at night really helped me understand the importance of networking. I was in class with people that wanted to be there and that were full-time employees with reputable companies. I kept in touch and started to build out a LinkedIn profile and added a lot of my classmates. It turned out that after I had my degree, one of my classmates reached out about an opportunity with their company. This helped me get a foot in the door and land a better job after I graduated. I am very thankful and grateful for the opportunities that night class has afforded me and would do it all over again if I had to.” – Maddie G.
As you can see above, there are many benefits when choosing to attend night school. Night school provided flexibility for students to continue their education and even led to new opportunities for some. Additional benefits not outlined above include:
- Having more time to prepare before class
- Smaller class sizes
- A more flexible schedule
Studies also show that taking classes in the evening could make it easier to concentrate and retain what’s being taught.
Night classes might be challenging at first, but if you stick with it, you may find that they have a lot to offer and set you up for future success.