More students are considering studying online, according to a new survey from the National Center for Education Statistics.
While less than 5 percent of those surveyed in October said they were enrolled in courses online, that number rose to 8 percent in December, the survey found.
A majority of students, 59 percent, said they had decided to study online in the past year.
About a quarter of students said they planned to enroll in courses through an online school.
About half said they would like to work in an online field or internship.
The survey, based on responses from 6,711 college and university students, also found that only 35 percent of students say they feel confident in their ability to do online courses.
The report also found an increase in the percentage of those students who said they felt like they were making progress toward graduation.
About 1 in 4 students in the U.S. have not taken a class in the last year, up from less than 1 in 5 in 2013.
In 2017, the U of I. reported a graduation rate of 75 percent for undergraduate and graduate students, up 4 percentage points from 2016.
The number of students completing courses online is expected to reach 2 million by 2025, according the report.