Yes, I have been able to make friends through online school, although it isn’t as easy to bond with people when you can’t see them in person. Now that I am in my senior year, there are several other communications majors who have been in every one of my classes, so we have gotten to know each other somewhat. We chat on Facebook and through our discussion forums while we are working on homework.
I would advise online students to take every opportunity to communicate with your classmates. It might feel a little awkward at first, but a good start is to read everyone’s biography at the start of class. Maybe you have something in common that you wouldn’t have expected which will help you to spark a conversation. Just keep in mind that you have to be the one to reach out.