Satellite campus

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A satellite campus or branch campus is a campus of a college or university that is physically detached from the main university or college area, and is often smaller than the main campus of an institution.

In many cases, satellite campuses are intended to serve students who cannot travel far from home for their education because of family responsibilities, financial limitations, or other factors. The availability of branch campuses may increase higher education enrollment by nontraditional students.James W. Fonseca and Charles P. Bird, , University Business magazine, October 2007

Electronic communications technology has helped to facilitate the operation of satellite campuses. Classes taught at one campus can be transmitted to other locations via distance education, students at branch campuses can access library materials on the main campus electronically, and technology allows institutions to administer registration, admissions, and financial aid transactions remotely.

One growing trend is the establishment of international branch campuses.Rosa Becker, , The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, January 9, 2009 These are satellite campuses of a parent institution that is located outside the country where the satellite campus is located. The number of international branch campuses worldwide grew from 35 before 1999 to 162 in 2009, including 78 branches operated by United States...
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