Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are the fastest growing trend in education. In 2003 college students taking at least one MOOC made up only 11.7% of the total enrolled student population, in 2011 they made up 32%. Supporters of MOOCs praise this growth saying it shows the growing democratization and spread of college education. However, as many critics have pointed out, these proponents overlook some of the key aspects of a college education. In the classic model of college education students have the opportunity through various social experiences and interactions with both professors and other students to discover who they really are, find their true interests, and to develop themselves into better citizens. All of these opportunities are missing in an online education. Therefore, while an online education may develop students who are just as successfully academically, in purely quantitative terms, this doesn’t mean that they are not missing out on one of the most important lifetime experiences, to their serious detriment.