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For the modern-day freshman, the road to graduation may detour around daily classes and instead, lead you on a high-speed journey down the Information Superhighway.

Just look at Rogers State U., Claremore, which has offered online classes since 1993. A program originally designed to encourage distance-learning turned out to be a real hit among typical students. Kevin Cook, the online marketing director at Rogers, says 75 percent of the students who take advantage of the 35 to 40 online classes live either on campus or near it.

But online classes aren't just offered at small, obscure schools. The State U. of New York, Arizona State U., Seton Hall U. and Washington State U. are just a few of the hundreds of schools allowing students to take classes online. And the U. of Colorado's online class system, CU Online, has Internet classes for each of its three campuses.

Sunny Knott, a senior at CU who took an online course, says, "It was the same type of class work, but I didn't have to drive to campus and we could log on at any time. Dealing with the computers is the difficult part, but when you're dealing with computers I think you have to expect some slight problems."

Knott makes a point echoed by most who have entertained the thought of Internet classes. If you're not Net-literate, the information superhighway will be a bumpy ride. So if you haven't figured out those pesky computers, learn quick.

By Wayne Carlson, Minnesota State U., Mankato

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