Best Online Colleges for 2016-2017

Online two-year and four-year colleges represent some of the most affordable ways to enter higher education. Academic programs at the two-year level provide a solid foundation in the liberal arts and basics within certain major paths. Vocational programs take a more career-oriented track, helping students acquire specific skills they can apply on the job day one. Beyond the material itself, many junior and community colleges and universities have embraced online learning, opening their doors to a more inclusive student body – from working professionals and stay-at-home parents to those who may not be able to commute to a physical campus. The following two-year and four-year colleges offer some of the best combinations of online program volume, breadth, and affordability available today. See who stands out for 2016-2017.

1 East Mississippi Community College
SCORE99.82 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %78% TOTAL PROGRAMS62 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO12:1 GRAD RATE27%

East Mississippi Community College is part of a larger, state-wide virtual college consortium that combines to offer a vast catalogue of online courses. Classes are delivered through the Canvas online learning management system, which students use to receive and submit assignments, communicate with instructors and peers, participate in discussions and lectures, and check grades and schedules. Online classes for the spring semester begin on Jan. 17. Distance learners have access to online library materials, including research services. They also receive the same academic advising, registration assistance and counseling that is available to traditional students.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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2 Western Wyoming Community College
SCORE98.97 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %39% TOTAL PROGRAMS22 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO16:1 GRAD RATE53%

Distance learners will begin with a course that serves as an introduction into online learning. Coursework is delivered through the Blackboard learning management system. Distance learners have access to library services, a learning center and an online bookstore. Students are required to be online at least three days a week to succeed in any online program. Web-based courses are not self paced. They begin and end at the same time and on the same schedule as traditional, on-campus courses. All courses have regular deadlines and require students to interact with both peers and instructors on a regular basis.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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3 Kansas City Kansas Community College
SCORE98.55 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %22% TOTAL PROGRAMS15 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO13:1 GRAD RATE20%

Most online classes are not self-paced and require students to adhere to set deadlines and fixed stop and start dates. Coursework, however, is available for distance learners to access 24 hours a day. A support team exists to address all technical issues, but students are required to maintain a reliable Internet connection. Although most classes are delivered 100 percent online, instructors reserve the right to require some face-to-face meetings, labs or tests. The school also offers web-enhanced courses, as well as blended classes. Students must log on at least three times a week, and should be prepared for a significant level of reading.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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4 Frank Phillips College
SCORE98.53 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %30% TOTAL PROGRAMS15 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO17:1 GRAD RATE25%

Frank Phillips College uses the CAMs system to deliver coursework to distance learners. All online courses are equipped with discussion forums, which students can use to ask questions or share information. The school offers a self-assessment tool for potential distance learners who are unsure if online education is right for them, and academic advising is available to online learners in order to help them pick the right classes and succeed in their coursework. Students also have access to online counseling and advice, as well as to online tutoring services. The school is a member of the Virtual College of Texas.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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5 Tulsa Community College
SCORE98.16 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %39% TOTAL PROGRAMS15 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO17:1 GRAD RATE14%

The school offers a wide range of associate degrees and professional certificate programs. Before enrolling in online classes, all students are required to participate in an online learning orientation. There is also a self-assessment test students can take to determine if distance learning is right for them. Among the resources available to distance learners are career services, disability resources, an online library, research tools, advisement, enrollment services and IT support. Most coursework is delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, which students use to view lectures, receive and submit assignments, and communicate with professors and other students.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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6 Barton County Community College
SCORE97.58 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %71% TOTAL PROGRAMS23 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO25:1 GRAD RATE30%

Students may pursue several associate degree and certificate programs online. Most courses are available in nine- and 17-week formats, although some courses are offered in four-week intercessions. Summer sessions always run nine weeks, and since there is no minimum enrollment, classes are never canceled because too few students signed up. Credits from other colleges or universities may transfer over, and military service and work experience may also count toward a degree, as long as at least 15 credits are taken at Barton Community College. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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7 Holmes Community College
SCORE97.46 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %37% TOTAL PROGRAMS41 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO18:1 GRAD RATE25%

As a member of the Mississippi Virtual Community College, Holmes offers a large selection of courses through the statewide consortium. Courses are delivered through the Canvas learning management system. Canvas online support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by telephone and live chat, and prospective students may view a sample course through Canvas. There is also a 24-hour MyHolmes help desk. The eLearning office helps students customize their own schedules, and student services include advising academic counseling services, career services, library and bookstore services, research resources and tutoring.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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8 Pamlico Community College
SCORE97.41 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %11% TOTAL PROGRAMS13 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO9:1 GRAD RATE67%

PCC, which is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board? Electronic Campus, provides a new student orientation to all incoming distance learners. Coursework is delivered through the Moodle learning management system, and students will have access to WebAdvisor and the Campus Cruiser portal. The online technical support center is available to help students with hardware, software and connectivity issues. Distance learners have access to the Virtual Student Success Center, which offers homework assistance and tutoring, which online students can receive through Skype, Facetime or phone. Online students also receive academic advisement and counseling services.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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9 Metropolitan Community College
SCORE97.25 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %20% TOTAL PROGRAMS10 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO14:1 GRAD RATE12%

Both associate of arts and an associate of applied science degrees are available completely online, or students can take individual classes. Coursework is delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, and students should be prepared for courses that are at least as challenging as their on-campus counterparts. In many cases, there are more reading and comprehension requirements online. Web-based courses are not self paced. Students must follow deadlines, and they should expect to dedicate about six hours per week for every three credits. Distance learners are expected not just to "attend" several classes every week, but also to participate in discussions and complete assignments.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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10 State Fair Community College
SCORE97.22 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %14% TOTAL PROGRAMS17 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO17:1 GRAD RATE21%

There are different associate degrees available for distance learners, depending on whether they plan to enter the workforce right away or enter a program that results in a four-year degree. Students may also pursue professional or skills certificates. Online classes cover the exact same coursework as their on-campus counterparts. Students have direct access to both instructors and advisors, and can reach their coursework and other academic information from anywhere. Although classes can be taken fully online, some instructors may conduct an initial class face to face. There are also hybrid courses available.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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11 St Philip's College
SCORE97.01 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %15% TOTAL PROGRAMS63 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO15:1 GRAD RATE4%

Both AA and AAS degrees are available online, as are several certificate programs. Students have access to Brainfuse tutoring services, which connects them with live instructors online. There is no special software or equipment required to use Brainfuse. The Center for Distance Learning has developed a list of resources for online learners, including an online library, computer preparation and technical training, email sync and MS Office 365 instruction. The college uses Instructure Canvas as the learning management system. St. Philip's is approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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12 Northeast Community College
SCORE96.94 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %38% TOTAL PROGRAMS13 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO17:1 GRAD RATE43%

Students can choose from several online associate of applied science degrees, associate of arts degrees, certificates and diplomas. Once students log in to the My Workspace page, they can directly access their coursework, browse their calendar of events or check for class announcements. Students will also use the portal to access support services, including academic support, advisement and counseling, career planning, career services, the testing center and online support. Students who are ready to enroll can contact an advisor who specializes in distance learning. Northeast Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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13 Tyler Junior College
SCORE96.88 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %17% TOTAL PROGRAMS17 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO21:1 GRAD RATE15%

Distance learners can pursue more than a dozen degrees and certificates completely online. Some programs are designed specifically for students seeking to immediately enter the workforce, while others are geared toward students seeking transfer into a university. Although all courses can be completed 100 percent online, the brick-and-mortar institution will be available for graduates to utilize for the rest of their lives. Distance learners, who can also choose to take hybrid courses, receive a new-student orientation, tutoring, academic advising and a tech skills boot camp. Coursework is delivered through the Canvas learning management system, and students will use Microsoft Office 365.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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14 Pitt Community College
SCORE96.86 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %11% TOTAL PROGRAMS12 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO17:1 GRAD RATE13%

Distance learners can choose from 10 online degrees and many more certificates and diplomas. Coursework is delivered through the Moodle learning management system, which is also how students will observe lectures, communicate with instructors, interact with peers and participate in discussions. Distance learners have access to the Virtual Learning Community, Ed 2 Go and Upswing, which is a free online tutoring service. The PCC Library is available to distance learners, as well as to on-campus students. Online learners can schedule meetings with librarians to seek help either online or over the phone.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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15 Maysville Community and Technical College
SCORE96.83 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %9% TOTAL PROGRAMS10 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO11:1 GRAD RATE30%

Students who pursue a degree online will find that web-based classes have the same transferability, credit hours and degree-fulfillment requirements as similar on-campus classes. Courses are delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, which students can access through the KCTCS eLearning site. Distance learners can order textbooks and other learning materials online, and access academic resources such as Blackboard video tutorials and the MCTC Library. Distance learners have 24/7 access to tech support. Students can benefit from the service-learning program and they may receive credit for prior learning. Online tutoring is also available, as is academic advising.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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16 Gateway Community and Technical College
SCORE96.81 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %9% TOTAL PROGRAMS13 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO12:1 GRAD RATE34%

Online students are offered a one-on-one orientation to help them get acclimated with the Blackboard learning management system, which students will use to submit and receive assignments, interact with other students and instructors, and receive updates and announcements. Blackboard has a mobile app, which gives students access to their coursework from any device. All GCC students, including distance learners have access to free online tutoring through eTutoring. eTutors will also review assignments before students submit them to instructors. The school maintains an online writing center, and students have access to academic advisement and counseling.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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17 Central Texas College
SCORE96.75 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %13% TOTAL PROGRAMS20 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO18:1 GRAD RATE14%

Central Texas College added six new courses to its 2016 online catalogue, which students may be able to take even if they are already participating in a degree program. All courses last between eight and 16 weeks, but no matter the length, the coursework is the same. In most cases, students can choose to take self-paced courses if they want, or they can elect to take courses that follow schedules and deadlines. Students have access to Blackboard help and other technical support, instructional materials, tutoring and tutorials, academic advising, disability support, a student orientation and tips for succeeding with online learning.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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18 Allen County Community College
SCORE96.71 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %68% TOTAL PROGRAMS53 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO20:1 GRAD RATE23%

Students can complete degree and certificate programs completely online. Some degrees prepare students for immediate work after graduation, and others are designed to prepare students to extend their associate degrees into full, four-year degrees at a university. Distance learners have access to the same academic resources as traditional, con-campus students, including an online version of the library and the writing center. Students have access to 24/7 tech support, and all distance learners can enroll in the Online Student Resource Center. Among the available resources are an online library and a writing lab.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesNo
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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19 Madisonville Community College
SCORE96.67 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %22% TOTAL PROGRAMS11 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO14:1 GRAD RATE30%

Students can choose from more than 1,000 online classes through Madisonville Community College's partnership with the Kentucky Virtual Campus. An online learning readiness questionnaire is available to help prospective students determine if they are prepared for the pursuit of distance learning. Students communicate with instructors and submit assignments through the Blackboard learning management system. Although courses can be completed 100 percent online, distance learners are welcome to use all on-campus academic resources whenever they choose. Students are encouraged not only to log into Blackboard regularly, but to frequently check their email, as well.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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20 Amarillo College
SCORE96.64 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %17% TOTAL PROGRAMS16 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO22:1 GRAD RATE15%

Distance learning can choose from several online associate of science degrees, associate of arts and science degrees and a certificate program. Some courses are fully online, others are delivered in a hybrid format, while others are delivered as enhanced online courses, which do not require enough face-to-face instruction to meet the criteria of hybrid classes. Online coursework may be delivered to students through a series of platforms, including interactive video, web-based mediums or even through television. Distance learners have access to academic advising, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, career and employment services and help with tech issues.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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21 Laramie County Community College
SCORE96.63 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %31% TOTAL PROGRAMS10 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO15:1 GRAD RATE14%

All online courses and degree programs, which are accredited by the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission, are delivered with the same curriculum and coursework as on-campus classes. Students can choose from degrees and certificates in 15 different fields of study. The Center for Learning Technologies helps faculty expand online offerings and improve delivery methods. The school recommends that students first talk with an advisor to determine if online learning is right for them. From there, prospective students should participate in a tutorial for Desire2Learn (D2L), which is the learning management system used to deliver online coursework.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesNo
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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22 Hutchinson Community College
SCORE96.63 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %59% TOTAL PROGRAMS8 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO15:1 GRAD RATE29%

Students can pursue associate of science, associate of arts and associate of applied science degrees, as well as several certificates completely online. In total, Hutchinson offers more than 250 online courses. All programs come with tech support, and distance learners can access library services through the library's online web portal and web-based databases. Start dates are flexible, and students can work at their own pace. The school boasts high levels of personal, one-on-one interaction between distance learners and professors. Discussion boards give students a forum to ask questions and share information.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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23 Northwest Mississippi Community College
SCORE96.62 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %26% TOTAL PROGRAMS17 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO23:1 GRAD RATE18%

Both current and former Northwest Mississippi Community College students can enroll in online courses once they've spoken with their advisor. Coursework is delivered through the Canvas learning management system, which serves as a virtual classroom. Students use Canvas to check their syllabus, view announcements, participate in discussion boards, send messages and receive and submit homework and other assignments. Students should expect to devote eight hours per week to each course. In the summer, distance learners will need to spend 10-12 hours per week per class. Online students have access to a wide range of resources, including databases and other library services.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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24 Rio Salado College
SCORE96.56 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %4% TOTAL PROGRAMS16 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO20:1 GRAD RATE17%

Distance learners have access to support from the help desk 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The school, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, also provides 24/7 tutoring and library services. Prospective students are encouraged to participate in a demonstration course to get the feel for the format, and they should also speak with an advisor to ensure they choose the right classes. Courses are either 14 or 16 weeks long. For students who think they can handle concentrated coursework, some courses are available in an eight-week format.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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25 Panola College
SCORE96.48 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %24% TOTAL PROGRAMS8 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO18:1 GRAD RATE20%

Most online courses do not require students to attend any on-campus classes, but all classes have at least two proctored exams that are administered at approved testing centers. Students who have never taken an online course are encouraged to complete the SmarterMeasure assessment, which helps them get used to the online learning format. Coursework is delivered through the Canvas learning management system, which is the platform students use to receive and submit coursework and to communicate with instructors and other students. There are seven possible degrees and four online certificate programs.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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26 Crowder College
SCORE96.44 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %18% TOTAL PROGRAMS10 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO15:1 GRAD RATE22%

All online courses have semester schedules and come with syllabi that outline assignment due dates and other deadlines. Coursework is delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, but students will also likely use programs like PowerPoint and Adobe Reader to access some assignments and other materials. Online associate of arts degrees are designed specifically for transfer into a full bachelor's program, while associate of science degrees are field specific. Associate of applied science degrees may transfer to bachelor's programs, but are aimed at students who plan to enter the workforce after graduation.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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27 Stanly Community College
SCORE96.44 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %15% TOTAL PROGRAMS12 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO15:1 GRAD RATE25%

Each semester, Stanly Community College adds more online courses to its offerings for students interested in taking individual web-based classes. Distance learners can also pursue eight different full degree programs, nine diploma programs and more than a dozen certificates. Online learners have access to the virtual classroom 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The virtual classroom is where students will find all lectures and instructions, as well as references to learning materials and other relevant links. Interactive tools used to deliver coursework include pre-recorded video, live chat rooms, discussion forums, streaming video and live online classroom hours.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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28 Lenoir Community College
SCORE96.44 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %13% TOTAL PROGRAMS8 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO10:1 GRAD RATE12%

Students can pursue a wide range of online degrees, certificates and diplomas across 15 different fields of study. Students will receive coursework, submit assignments, view lectures and communicate with instructors and peers through the Moodle learning management system. Moodle works best with the Mozilla Firefox browser. Students will have access to explainers and tutorials to familiarize them with the Moodle platform. Other support resources include tutoring, counseling and library services. Students can secure online tutoring through Moodle, and math and English tutoring is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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29 Bluegrass Community and Technical College
SCORE96.36 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %2% TOTAL PROGRAMS14 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO16:1 GRAD RATE18%

The college offers a broad range of online classes in support of more than 60 fields of study, as well as several full degree programs. Although it is not required, the school strongly urges students to take a digital literacy course before getting started. Coursework is delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, and student support resources within Blackboard exist to help students learn how to navigate the platform. Distance learners should expect to dedicate around 10 hours per week to each course. In order to earn a degree from Bluegrass, at least 25 percent of all classes must be BCTC courses.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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30 Truckee Meadows Community College
SCORE96.32 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %22% TOTAL PROGRAMS11 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO19:1 GRAD RATE21%

The WebCollege program at Truckee Meadows Community College allows students to take individual classes and pursue degrees entirely online. E-learning gives students the opportunity to fulfill other time commitments and allows for accessible course content at all hours of the day. The school encourages students to commit the same amount of time and focus towards an online course as they would in an on-campus environment. New students are required to complete the Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) where they will learn important information for academic success. Expert academic advisors are also available to help students build their academic plan or learn about transfer opportunities following graduation.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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31 West Kentucky Community and Technical College
SCORE96.25 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %1% TOTAL PROGRAMS11 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO14:1 GRAD RATE38%

Distance learning at the college is offered in two ways. The Learn by Term program offers courses on the standard semester schedule. There is also the Learn on Demand Program, which offers self-paced courses and gives students the ability to earn credit for prior learning. If needed, distance learners have the same access as traditional students to Four Rivers Behavioral Health, a counseling center that addresses issues like mental health and addiction. Online students also have access to the tutoring center through the Starfish system, which lets students self-schedule with tutors, all of whom have received at least 15 hours of training.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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32 Dakota College at Bottineau
SCORE96.17 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %40% TOTAL PROGRAMS9 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO9:1 GRAD RATE28%

Associate degrees are available online across more than 10 fields of study. All programs require students to complete at least 61 credits, a minimum of 15 of which must be taken at Dakota College. There are also a dozen certificate and diploma programs. Distance learners are assigned a curricular advisor to assist with registration. The library boasts millions of online offerings, including newspapers, magazines, journals and other reference materials, which distance learners can access remotely. The college, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, maintains a portal called Campus Connection, which students use as a hub to receive updates and notifications.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesNo
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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33 Mesa Community College
SCORE96.16 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %25% TOTAL PROGRAMS8 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO20:1 GRAD RATE12%

There are three types of distance-based education options at Mesa Community College: online, web-enhanced and hybrid. Students are given the flexibility to complete coursework on their own schedules, provided they finish assignments on time. In total, there are 20 different degree and certificate programs and more than 500 individual classes available to distance learners. Prospective students are encouraged to take the online assessment survey to determine their readiness for online education. In all classes, both online and on-campus courses are designed by the same instructor. Coursework is delivered through the Canvas learning management system.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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34 Columbus State Community College
SCORE96.06 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %20% TOTAL PROGRAMS11 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO19:1 GRAD RATE8%

The college offers both web-based courses and blended hybrid courses. Web-based courses can be completed 100 percent online, but may require students to appear at a test center to take examinations. There are also web conferencing courses, which connects students and instructors face to face through video conferencing technology. There are online associate degrees, certificates and diplomas available across 17 fields of study. Coursework is delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, and students will also connect through an online portal called CougarWeb. Each student receives help from an individual college coach.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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35 Three Rivers Community College
SCORE96.04 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %17% TOTAL PROGRAMS18 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO24:1 GRAD RATE17%

The Three Rivers Extranet is an online resource that distance learners can use to connect with peers and instructors, and to learn about necessary processes and platforms. An online learning preparation tutorial is included in the resources for online students, as is the SmarterMeasure assessment. Three Rivers distance programs use the Blackboard learning management system, which students use to receive and submit assignments and coursework, communicate with peers and instructors, access their grades and receive updates and notifications. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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36 Palo Alto College
SCORE95.86 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %20% TOTAL PROGRAMS35 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO20:1 GRAD RATE13%

Distance learners can choose between a half dozen AAS degrees, 11 AA degrees, two associate of arts in teaching degrees and nearly 20 certificates. Coursework is delivered through the Canvas learning management system. There are several guides, tutorials and videos available to help students who are unfamiliar with Canvas. Programs may contain a blend of interactive video courses, Internet courses and telecourses. As part of the Virtual College of Texas partnership, students can take courses from other schools across the network. There is also a Southern Regional Education Board electronic campus for adult learners

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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37 Forsyth Technical Community College
SCORE95.81 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %N/A TOTAL PROGRAMS11 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO13:1 GRAD RATE14%

Forsyth Technical Community College offers nearly 30 associate and certificate programs completely online. The school is currently improving online advising for distance learners through the Student Success Center. Career counselors are available to help students sharpen their interview skills and build their resumes. Upon graduation, all students will receive help finding jobs. Distance education is delivered through the Blackboard learning management system. Blackboard tutorials are available for both faculty and staff, and the Center for Transformative Learning is available to help distance learners or answer any questions. The library is home to more than 42,000 reference and circulating books, all of which are available through an online catalog.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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38 College of Southern Idaho
SCORE95.78 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %46% TOTAL PROGRAMS12 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO21:1 GRAD RATE18%

Associate degrees and certificates are available across five different fields of study. The outcomes of all online programs are the same as their traditional, on-campus counterparts, and students should expect them to be at least as challenging with significant focus on reading. Distance learners will have access to the library and all of its databases, ebooks, ejournals, and online videos and music. The school offers a five-minute survey to help students determine if web-based education is right for them. The Blackboard learning management system serves as a virtual meeting place for students and instructors. Most courses are asynchronous and students are expected to participate in discussions.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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39 Sinclair College
SCORE95.76 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %28% TOTAL PROGRAMS7 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO15:1 GRAD RATE17%

Students can choose to take a class or two online, or to pursue one of the nine full associate degree programs or eight certificates offered by Sinclair. Online learners are given access to the exact same student services as traditional on-campus students. This includes registration and student records assistance, assistance with scholarships and aid, and academic advising. Advising services include My Advising Plan (MAP), career advising and a prior-learning assessment. Both programs and credits earned at Sinclair are fully accredited and transferable. How to Succeed Online is a free, 1-3 hour, no-grade, no-credit course designed to prepare distance learners for success.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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40 Southwestern Community College
SCORE95.74 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %15% TOTAL PROGRAMS7 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO15:1 GRAD RATE32%

Free, one-hour orientations are available to help get new online learners acclimated and to help familiarize them with Blackboard. Blackboard is the learning management system that students use to engage their instructors, to receive and submit assignments, and to participate in discussions. Orientations are available both in person and through video. Students are not required to participate, but it is strongly recommended. The school also offers student readiness modules to help prepare students for entry into online education. Students can attend the online portion of classes whenever they choose, provided they meet all deadlines set by the instructor.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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41 Guilford Technical Community College
SCORE95.67 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %5% TOTAL PROGRAMS13 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO20:1 GRAD RATE10%

Students can enroll in a dozen certificate programs or 11 associate in applied science technical degree programs. All prospective students must complete a degree readiness examination before they are accepted into an eDegree program. Not only do online students enjoy preferred registration status, but they have access to the same advising services as traditional students. The eDegree program is part of the SREB Electronic Campus system. In each class, the instructor determines whether or not students may work at their own pace, but students are expected to participate in discussions and complete assignments on time.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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42 Wayne Community College
SCORE95.66 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %5% TOTAL PROGRAMS8 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO11:1 GRAD RATE18%

Wayne Community College offers online associate in general education degrees, associate in arts degrees and associate in applied science degrees across several different fields of study. There are also seven certificates and four diplomas. Distance education is available through online courses, hybrid courses and web-supported courses. All distance learners have access to tech support. Coursework is delivered through Moodle, which is the learning management system students use to participate in classes, receive assignments and submit finished work. Student support services include help with admissions, counseling, placement testing, disability services and access to an Academic Skills Center.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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43 San Antonio College
SCORE95.66 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %9% TOTAL PROGRAMS55 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO19:1 GRAD RATE7%

Distance learning at San Antonio College is delivered through online courses, hybrid courses, web-enhanced courses, telecourses and interactive video conferencing. Degree options include associate in arts liberal arts degrees, criminal justice degrees and certificates, and business certificates. Most coursework is delivered through Canvas, the learning management system that students use to submit work, receive updates, check grades and communicate with peers and professors. Although classes can be completed 100 percent online, some instructors may require occasional face-to-face meetings. Microsoft Office, which is required for most courses, can be purchased at a discount by enrolled students.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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44 Central Georgia Technical College
SCORE95.65 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %N/A TOTAL PROGRAMS14 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO15:1 GRAD RATE31%

Students are encouraged to take the college's online learner self-assessment test before enrolling to see if they have the hardware, computer literacy, lifestyle and personality needed to succeed in distance education. Once students do decide to enroll, the school offers an online orientation, and there is a self-paced orientation within Blackboard Learn. Online students can access library services through the library's home page, and all GCTC students have access to tutoring through the Academic Success Center. Some classes do require occasional campus visits, so it is important to contact the individual instructor to find out before enrolling.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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45 Owensboro Community and Technical College
SCORE95.62 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %4% TOTAL PROGRAMS10 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO13:1 GRAD RATE30%

Owensboro is part of the statewide Kentucky Virtual Campus (KYVC), which gives online students access to a vast network of courses and resources. Students are welcome to preview a sample course to prepare them for online education, which is delivered through the Blackboard learning management system. The school offers an online success guide for students who are unfamiliar with distance learning. Online learners can pursue associate degrees, associate to bachelor's degrees and certificates across nearly two dozen fields of study. Library distance learning services include access to thousands of full-text journals and more than 310,000 full-text electronic books.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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46 Fayetteville Technical Community College
SCORE95.61 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %1% TOTAL PROGRAMS17 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO20:1 GRAD RATE7%

Over a dozen associate degrees, two diploma programs and large selection of certificates are available to distance learners at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Fayetteville uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver online education. Login assistance and tech support for Blackboard is available every day, 24 hours a day. Students will also use WebAdvisor to access necessary online tools and resources. Fayetteville Technical Community College, and all of its programs and degrees, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Special programs and considerations are available for military personnel.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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47 Diablo Valley College
SCORE95.53 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %N/A TOTAL PROGRAMS17 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO27:1 GRAD RATE39%

Diablo Valley College uses both the Desire2Learn (D2L) and Canvas learning management systems to deliver online education. Students will also use a range of media players, websites, and multimedia to learn and share information. Distance learners should download the Chrome browser, which works best with Canvas, and they should also expect to use free Google platforms such as Docs. A compatibility test is available for prospective students to determine their chances for success in the world of distance education. Distance learners will have access to enrollment assistance and academic advisement.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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48 Somerset Community College
SCORE95.51 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %8% TOTAL PROGRAMS11 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO18:1 GRAD RATE25%

Somerset Community College offers distance education in three formats: Learn By Term, Learn on Demand, and ITV live two-way interactive instruction, all of which offer different levels of structure and flexibility. No matter the path, however, most coursework will be delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, which students can access with the same login information from their KCTCS email and PeopleSoft accounts. More than 1,100 courses are available online, all of which can be applied to degree programs, or for credits that can be transferred. Distance learners have access to online advising and help with enrollment.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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49 Southwestern Oregon Community College
SCORE95.50 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %51% TOTAL PROGRAMS6 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO16:1 GRAD RATE20%

Through a combination of the Internet and the eLearning system, distance learners will be able to participate in discussions, complete assessments and submit assignments. Online courses have due dates just like on-campus classes, and students can "attend" classes whenever they want, 24 hours a day. Courses are divided into weeks or modules, and students participate in readings, PowerPoint presentations and interactive websites instead of listening to live lectures. Distance learners can access online library services, including online databases, learning tools and practice tests. Distance classes can be taken in either the hybrid or fully online formats.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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50 Haywood Community College
SCORE95.47 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %9% TOTAL PROGRAMS7 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO6:1 GRAD RATE20%

Students can pursue more than a dozen associate, diploma and certificate programs completely online. Services for online students include the distance learning help desk, which exists to remedy problems with the Moodle learning management system or with distance learning in general. Students also have access to learning assistance like tutoring and other academic help. Student services offers assistance with registration, aid and veterans affairs. The HCC bookstore is available online, as are many useful resources from the library. The school offers distance learners a new student orientation, which they can take either online or on campus.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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1 University of Southern California
SCORE99.83 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %59% TOTAL PROGRAMS54 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO9:1 GRAD RATE90%

An online education earned at with the University of Southern California will give graduate students the tools to take charge of their futures and succeed in their field of choosing. Graduate students at USC have the option to either earn their master’s degrees or a graduate certificate to further specialize their employment marketability. In addition to providing specialized learning to students who are looking to advance their current employment positions, USC also works with students who are looking to change careers. Qualifying students will also have the option to lighten their financial burden with financial aid packages.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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2 Harvard University
SCORE99.70 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %56% TOTAL PROGRAMS38 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO8:1 GRAD RATE97%

Harvard University provides its online students with all necessary services and materials to meet their goals in a quicker and more convenient manner. Students will have access to all the same benefits that on-campus student are provided with, including counseling services, academic advisement, and tutoring assistance specific to their field of study. Just like many of Harvard’s traditional, in-class courses, a great many online sections are transferrable to other institutions of higher education, giving students the chance to complete their education at whichever location they are most comfortable with. Online classes at Harvard may also be covered by financial aid.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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3 Drexel University
SCORE99.60 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %93% TOTAL PROGRAMS71 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO10:1 GRAD RATE65%

Drexel University students have the opportunity to complete their degree—either whole or in increments—with a variety of online course sections. These classes offer the same educational opportunities as traditional courses, including opportunities for credit transferability. Students will work with teachers familiar with the online format and who are equipped with the skill needed to effectively provide a quality educational experience for their students. All necessary course materials will be afforded to students in online courses, so they will be able tailor their educational schedule to fit into their daily routine. Online students may take advantage of all student services offered to traditional students.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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4 Canisius College
SCORE98.84 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %99% TOTAL PROGRAMS17 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO12:1 GRAD RATE68%

Students attending Canisius College have the choice to complete their master’s degree or graduate certificate through a wide variety of online courses. These degrees can be completed in either entirely an online format or in a hybrid formats, giving students the unique opportunity to design their academic schedule to fit into their everyday lives. Students who choose to study in a hybrid format may also engage in numerous campus activities, including several student-run clubs, Greek life chapters, and intramural or club sports teams. Online students can be assured that they will receive the same education in their virtual course a traditional student would receive in a Canisius College classroom.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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5 Concordia University-Wisconsin
SCORE98.78 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %98% TOTAL PROGRAMS38 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO13:1 GRAD RATE59%

With over 50 specialized online degrees available to students, Concordia University of Wisconsin has built an environment—both physical and virtual—that is designed to streamline a student’s educational experience and get them into their careers as soon as possible. Online students can make use of any of the student services offered at the CUW campus. Academic advisement services will help students to find the correct online sections to allow the flexibility they need in their school schedules. Online students also have the option to choose whether they want to complete their degrees as a full-time student or a part-time student.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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6 Webster University
SCORE98.67 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %94% TOTAL PROGRAMS27 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO13:1 GRAD RATE64%

Webster University offers online programs at the certificate, baccalaureate, and graduate level, all of which vary through several fields of study. Students taking online classes will be able to construct their own schedules and complete their coursework at their own pace. Further freedom of schedule is available for students completing their work part-time. Students also have the choice of completing their classes in a hybrid format, splitting their academic time between home and the Webster University campus. Online students will also be provided with all necessary student services to secure their success, including career counseling and tech services.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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7 Champlain College
SCORE98.62 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %94% TOTAL PROGRAMS58 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO14:1 GRAD RATE64%

Students studying at Champlain College may take advantage of a wide variety of online course offerings to expedite their academic career. With more than 50 programs offered in a 100 percent online format—ranging between certificate, bachelor’s, and master’s programs—students of all levels may supplement their education with coursework completed entirely from home. Champlain College may accept up to 90 credits of transferable credit from other institutions, guaranteeing that prior scholarly effort will be recognized and students may not need to repeat previously completed courses. Certain online courses taken with Champlain College also may be transferred to other institutions.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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8 Johns Hopkins University
SCORE98.61 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %48% TOTAL PROGRAMS24 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO9:1 GRAD RATE92%

Students enrolled at Johns Hopkins University no longer need to be on campus to complete their courses. Several degree programs offered at JHU, ranging in level, may be completed entirely from the comfort of home. With dozens of classes being offered in online sections, students may also choose to supplement some of their traditional courses with online work. Utilizing online learning allows students to build more flexible schedules, ensuring student work is getting completed at a comfortable pace. The JHU admissions department is willing to work with any incoming transfer student to find any applicable areas for transfer credit to be utilized.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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9 Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale
SCORE98.53 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %77% TOTAL PROGRAMS36 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO12:1 GRAD RATE60%

Keiser University at Fort Lauderdale provides its students with several opportunities to complete the entirety of their coursework with online classes. Online courses are taught by teachers who have several semesters of experiencing teaching in an online format. All coursework and supplementary materials will be provided online, and students will have the option to complete their work at their own pace. Financial aid is administered in the form of loans, scholarships, and federal aid, and online students have the same opportunities to receive aid as traditional students. Online students may complete their coursework in full-time or part-time formats.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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10 North Carolina State University at Raleigh
SCORE98.49 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %50% TOTAL PROGRAMS35 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO16:1 GRAD RATE71%

Fitting school into a busy schedule is rarely a simple process; that’s why North Carolina State University at Raleigh offers several of their programs in a format that can be completed from a distance. Utilizing online learning at NCSU means that students get to choose when and where they complete their studies, and when to focus on life’s other commitments. Students taking online courses will have opportunities to make use of facetime with their professor through video chat sessions, and will participate in several discussion boards that will allow them to socialize with their peers.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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11 Southwestern College
SCORE98.47 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %95% TOTAL PROGRAMS47 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO8:1 GRAD RATE51%

Several online programs, ranging from certificate to graduate, are available to students enrolled at Southwestern College. Online students may choose to complete one of these programs without ever having to actually be present on the Southwestern College campus. Other students interested in online learning may wish to consider a hybrid learning format, where they will split their academics between online and in-person learning. Hybrid students can make use of the flexibility afforded through online learning while also participating in many of the extracurricular activities available on the Southwestern College campus. Online classes are just as likely to be covered by financial aid as traditional courses.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesNo
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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12 University of St Francis
SCORE98.39 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %100% TOTAL PROGRAMS25 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO11:1 GRAD RATE56%

Over 120 classes offered at the University of St. Francis are available in online formats, many of which go towards degree programs that can be completed entirely from home. Online students will benefit from more flexible coursework schedules and will be able to save the money a traditional student would need to spend on transit and parking. Student resources are available to all St. Francis students, including any distance learnings. Online support is available at all hours, guaranteeing students will be able to complete their schoolwork at whatever time they wish. Online credit earned at the University of St. Francis may be accepted at other institutions of higher education.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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13 Indiana Wesleyan University
SCORE98.33 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %50% TOTAL PROGRAMS69 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO16:1 GRAD RATE70%

At Indiana Wesleyan University, students will be able to receive an affordable and convenient education. By taking advantage of one of Indiana Wesleyan’s online programs, students will be able to complete their academics at a pace with which they are comfortable. Just like traditional learners, online students will have several opportunities to receive financial aid to make earning a college education a less stressful pursuit. Online students will also receive all necessary support from the Indiana Wesleyan University faculty and staff. Faculty members have several years of experience in teaching online courses, and are prepared to help all incoming online students reach their goals.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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14 Siena Heights University
SCORE98.27 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %99% TOTAL PROGRAMS45 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO11:1 GRAD RATE43%

Not only does Siena Heights University offer some of the country’s most successful online degree programs, but students are also able to select from four minors that can be completed online, as well. More than 80 full-time faculty members are employed at Siena Heights University, several of which have many semesters of experience teaching online students. A great many of Siena Heights students receive financial aid in some form, be it scholarships, grants, or federal aid. Online students may also wish to study in a hybrid format, and split their time evenly between home and the Siena Heights campus.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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15 Clemson University
SCORE98.25 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %59% TOTAL PROGRAMS35 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO16:1 GRAD RATE82%

By studying in an online program at Clemson University, students will be able to access their coursework from whichever location they feel will best support their productivity. Online students have the benefit of not only choosing their location, but also choosing when to complete their studies. Clemson University employs highly-trained faculty members who are aware of the special circumstances that many online students are working around, and are prepared to help all student reach their goals. Students will be able to interact with their teachers and peers through message board communication and video chatting, helping to build a productive virtual community.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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16 Columbia University in the City of New York
SCORE98.24 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %46% TOTAL PROGRAMS20 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO6:1 GRAD RATE95%

Graduate students may be interested in continuing their education with an online program offered at Columbia University in the City of New York. Online programs lead to either a master’s degree or a graduate level certificate of professional achievement. Online students who wish to integrate with their campus community may wish to consider studying in an online format, which will allow the student to spend half of their time at home and the other half on the Columbia University Campus. Hybrid students will have more schedule flexibility, as well as the option to participate in campus clubs and organizations.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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17 University of Florida
SCORE98.13 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %29% TOTAL PROGRAMS52 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO21:1 GRAD RATE85%

At the University of Florida, online students can be assured they will receive a thorough and affordable education that will lead to the career of their dreams. In addition to the benefit of schedule flexibility, online students will also save money that other students will have to devote to transportation. Incoming transfer students will be able to put several of their previously earned credits to use at the University of Florida, ensuring the completion of their degree will involve as little backtracking as possible. Credits earned through online classes are just as likely to transfer to other institutions as credits earned in a traditional classroom setting.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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18 Saint Joseph's University
SCORE98.10 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %95% TOTAL PROGRAMS21 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO13:1 GRAD RATE79%

Many of the graduate level degrees offered at Saint Joseph’s University may be completed without ever being present at the Saint Joseph’s campus. Online learning allows students who are busy with external responsibilities to take charge of their education and complete their degree without disrupting their schedules. Paying for college is made easy with Saint Joseph’s several financial aid opportunities, available to online and traditional students alike. Online students will also be able to make use of SJU’s many student services, including tutoring, tech support, and career counseling. SJU will honor as many applicable transfer credits as possible to ensure timely student success.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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19 Saint Joseph's College of Maine
SCORE98.03 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %97% TOTAL PROGRAMS34 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO11:1 GRAD RATE51%

At Saint Joseph’s College of Main, students have the beneficial opportunity of completing their academics in an online format. A wide variety of majors and minors are available to be completed entirely from home, helping busy students to fit academics into their daily lives. Because online learning is a unique academic format, Saint Joseph’s guarantees that each online section is taught by a professor who has several semesters of experience and is conscious of the busy lives of their students. Online students may make use of all the same benefits traditional students can, including receiving online tutoring and advice from personal advisors.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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20 Texas A & M University-College Station
SCORE98.00 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %54% TOTAL PROGRAMS58 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO20:1 GRAD RATE80%

A distance-learning degree earned at Texas A&M University will provide students with the same tools for success that are available to students attending classes on campus. An online degree covers the same education and leads students to the same fulfilling careers. Online credit is also just as transferrable as traditionally earned credit, if a student is interested in finishing their education at a different institution. Students also have the option to develop a hybrid schedule, completing half of their work on campus and the other half from their homes. Hybrid learning allows students to develop a personalized schedule, but also ensures they will be able to enjoy the traditional social college experience.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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21 Penn State World Campus
SCORE97.99 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %37% TOTAL PROGRAMS53 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO17:1 GRAD RATE86%

As one of the first institutions of higher education to offer entirely online degree programs, Penn State World Campus has had several years to hone their online teaching methods. Faculty members entrusted with teaching online students are familiar with the busy schedules online students need to work around, and are prepared to help students succeed in any way they can. Online degrees range from baccalaureate to graduate, allowing students of all any level to advance their education without disrupting their schedules. Penn State utilizes video chats, emails, and social media to help students stay connected with their peers and teachers.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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22 Hampton University
SCORE97.94 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %47% TOTAL PROGRAMS21 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO9:1 GRAD RATE59%

Hampton University helps busy students find the time to further their education with several web-based degree programs. Students studying online can either complete all of their work from home, or they have the option to split their time between in-person classes and online work. While these hybrid students have the opportunity to participate in on-campus activates, online students will be able to make use of all of Hampton University’s student services. Online tutoring is available, and personal academic advisors are ready to provide students with the quickest path to their success.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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23 Iowa State University
SCORE97.90 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %75% TOTAL PROGRAMS31 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO19:1 GRAD RATE71%

Making an academic schedule fit around work and family commitments is made easy with the online degree programs offered at Iowa State University. Distance learning provides students with all the necessary tools to take charge of their own education. Following along with structured lesson plans, students learn at their own pace and complete their work when is most convenient for them. Online students still have access to the student services offered on the Iowa State University campus, and are more than welcome to receive help from the tutoring service center, the writing center, or the academic advisement office.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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24 Granite State College
SCORE97.90 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %N/A TOTAL PROGRAMS43 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO12:1 GRAD RATE50%

A student attending Granite State College may wish to consider completing part or all of their degree with online classes. Granite offers online associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees, as well as several minors. Tuition at Granite is reasonably cheap, but students will be able to further simplify their financial obligations with several financial aid opportunities, such as scholarships and federal aid. Students transferring from another institution may be able to receive credit for previously completed classes, reducing the likelihood of having to repeat courses. Just like traditional courses, online classes are often transferable.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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25 East Carolina University
SCORE97.86 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %50% TOTAL PROGRAMS57 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO18:1 GRAD RATE58%

The online degree programs offered at East Carolina University utilize a course management system that ensures convenient accessibility for both the student and their professor. Several programs offered at ECU can be completed without ever attending any traditional, in-person classes, but some students prefer splitting their time between campus and home. This kind of hybrid program is beneficial for its flexibility, but still allows students to build the social connections that make the college experience truly rich. From point of enrollment to graduation, online students will receive academic support from several departments—including academic advisement and online tutoring—to guarantee their success.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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26 Ball State University
SCORE97.86 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %47% TOTAL PROGRAMS38 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO15:1 GRAD RATE57%

Students attending Ball State University have the option to consider completing their degree from home. With online learning, students are put in charge of their schedule, allowing them to focus on non-academic pursuits while working through their degree. While they do not need to attending class on campus, online students will be in consistent contact with BSU’s support services throughout their program, ensuring that they are staying on the right track to achieve their goals. Many student resources, like tech support, library services, and the BSU writing center, can be accessed online, as well, further reducing the number of trips taken to the campus.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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27 Missouri University of Science and Technology
SCORE97.81 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %81% TOTAL PROGRAMS37 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO18:1 GRAD RATE65%

Whether a student is transferring, returning, or continuing on to the next highest degree, Missouri University of Science and Technology provides online students with the academic resources that will guarantee a quick and productive college career. Students interested in professional development also have the option to take part in online learning opportunities, and will be able to access online conferences, seminars, and field specific training. New students interested in online learning will receive all the training they need to succeed from home—specifically, how to find the right classes, how to locate important dates and deadlines, and how to navigate their online course hub.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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28 Lehigh University
SCORE97.81 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %49% TOTAL PROGRAMS17 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO10:1 GRAD RATE88%

Online students attending Lehigh University will receive a well-rounded education that will allow them to obtain a position in their field of interest. Online learning at Lehigh is characterized by specialized virtual programs, experienced faculty members, and convenient accessibility. Students will be able to stay in contact with their peers and professors through video chats, discussion boards, and emails. If a student is looking to experience a more traditional college experience, but also wants to maintain the flexibility of online learning, they may wish to consider dividing their study time between home and school with a hybrid program.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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29 Washington State University
SCORE97.78 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %51% TOTAL PROGRAMS27 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO15:1 GRAD RATE67%

Between the undergraduate and graduate focuses, Washington State University offers nearly two dozen entirely online programs for busy students to work through. These online courses are specially designed with the busy student in mind. Faculty is flexible and willing to work with their students to help them meet their goals. Students completing their schoolwork from home will also have access to online writing labs, tutoring, and 24/7 tech support. Online students will receive the same diploma as a traditional student, and will have saved money on travel and parking expenses. Students will be in contact with academic advisors who will help them stay on track to graduation.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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30 Illinois Institute of Technology
SCORE97.72 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %100% TOTAL PROGRAMS17 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO13:1 GRAD RATE68%

Several degree programs—ranging from bachelor’s to master’s—are offered at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Because online learning puts a lot academic control into the hands of the student, they are able to further develop their initiative, time management skills, and self-discipline. Course material is delivered directly to students, allowing them to choose the best time to complete their work. Student services—such as tutoring and academic advising—will be provided to online students to make sure they are staying on the right path to receive their degree. Just like traditional courses, online classes at IIT are fully accredited.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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31 Dallas Baptist University
SCORE97.64 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %86% TOTAL PROGRAMS29 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO13:1 GRAD RATE54%

Dallas Baptist University offers a state-of-the-art distance learning system that allows online students to cultivate the knowledge needed to achieve a successful future. Online degrees offered at DBU range from associate’s degrees to master’s degrees, and also include several undergraduate and graduate certificates. Students who choose to work from home will have the freedom to approach their academics when best fits into their schedule, reducing the likelihood that life’s other commitments are interfered with. Online classes are fully accredited, and are honored at other institutions of higher education all around the country.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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32 University of Virginia-Main Campus
SCORE97.62 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %29% TOTAL PROGRAMS20 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO15:1 GRAD RATE93%

By utilizing the University of Virginia’s distance learning program, students are able to stay on top of their daily commitments while still working towards a college degree. These programs can be completed with a fully online approach, or students could choose to spend part of their time studying on campus with a hybrid program. Hybrid students will be exposed to the rich academic culture that has developed at The University of Virginia, and have the opportunity to live in modern and comfortable student housing, join one of UVA’s numerous student organizations, and attend campus events.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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33 Duquesne University
SCORE97.61 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %100% TOTAL PROGRAMS18 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO13:1 GRAD RATE74%

The convenience afforded with a Duquesne University online degree has guaranteed several years of students have been able to meet their goals without having to break their daily routine. At Duquesne, online students will be part of a student-centric program, which ensures the development of close relationships between peers and faculty members. Students will be supported by a network of Duquesne staff members, ranging from academic advisement to online tutoring. In addition to the well-rounded education received in an online program, distance learners will also cultivate time-management skills, a refined initiative, and self-discipline.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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34 University of Denver
SCORE97.59 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %81% TOTAL PROGRAMS16 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO11:1 GRAD RATE76%

Both bachelor students and graduate students have the opportunity to complete an entire degree online while studying at the University of Denver. These programs are perfect for students with jobs, students in the military, or students who have familial obligations that need to be put first. Online learning permits these students to continue with their lives while working towards a brighter future. Online students at the University of Denver will be learning from experienced teachers who are prepared to make learning in a virtual environment as approachable as possible. Online students have the opportunity to take advantage of all resources provided for traditional students.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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35 Gardner-Webb University
SCORE97.54 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %96% TOTAL PROGRAMS46 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO13:1 GRAD RATE45%

Students enrolled at Gardner-Webb University are able to personalize their daily schedules by taking advantage of distance learning opportunities. Because getting an education is such a time consuming pursuit, the faculty and staff at Gardner-Webb work to help ensure students are able to succeed without having to make sacrifices along the way. Online students will receive guidance from a network of staff members at Gardner-Webb, including personal advisors, online tutors, and tech support. By taking advantage of the financial aid options available at Gardner-Webb, students will be able to minimize financial stress and focus on their studies.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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36 Prescott College
SCORE97.51 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %90% TOTAL PROGRAMS50 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO9:1 GRAD RATE45%

Learning in an online program at Prescott College promotes self-discipline, accountability, and a strong sense of initiative. Not only does the faculty in charge of online classes have several semesters of experience teaching in a virtual format, but that also have several years of professional experience, ensuring students will be learning the skills they need to succeed in their future careers. If a student chooses to study in a hybrid program, they may also choose to use their extra campus time to participate in a number of campus activities. Students may also join one of Prescott’s several clubs and organizations.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesNo
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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37 LeTourneau University
SCORE97.51 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %97% TOTAL PROGRAMS20 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO14:1 GRAD RATE61%

Being able to learn in a comfortable environment is often one of the greatest keys to student success. That’s why LeTourneau University gives students the chance to complete their coursework from the comfort of their home with one of their numerous online degree programs. Online classes are fully accredited and lead to the same great careers achieved by taking traditional classes. Also like traditional classes, online classes offer the same opportunities to be transferred, if a student decides that he or she would like to finish their education at a different institution. Full-time faculty teaching online classes have many years of field-specific training.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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38 University of Missouri-Columbia
SCORE97.49 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %62% TOTAL PROGRAMS30 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO20:1 GRAD RATE71%

Online learning at the University of Missouri, Columbia, is an excellent opportunity for students in the military, students will occupational commitments, and students with families to look after. With online learning, students get to make their own schedule, guaranteeing that these previous commitments are not overlooked. While distance learners have access to all campus resources, they also have the option to make use of several online resources, including tech support and tutoring. The wide variety of programs available in entirely online formats allows students from almost any field to advance their education at a pace they feel supports their productivity.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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39 Auburn University
SCORE97.49 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %65% TOTAL PROGRAMS23 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO17:1 GRAD RATE68%

Auburn University brings a student’s education to their living room. With one of Auburn’s various undergraduate and graduate online degree programs, students earn college credit while keeping up with life’s many obligations. Students working from home will be taught by faculty members with many years of on-the-job training, as well as numerous semesters working with online students. Distance learners will build a productive and social virtual community with their peers, utilizing message boards, video chats, and emails to keep in touch with one another. Online students will earn the same credits and, ultimately, the same degree as a traditional, on-campus student.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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40 Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
SCORE97.49 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %73% TOTAL PROGRAMS26 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO20:1 GRAD RATE62%

Established in 1890, Oklahoma State University now offers online learning programs that allow students to earn college credit at any place and any time. These programs are ideal for student workers and students with familial obligations. Distance programs put the task of time-management into the hands of the student, helping to cultivate the self-discipline necessary for success. Students will receive academic support in the form of tutoring, writing services, and career counseling to make sure they meet their goals within their timeframe. Several scholarships are available to all qualifying students, distance learners included.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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41 Regis University
SCORE97.49 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %95% TOTAL PROGRAMS67 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO14:1 GRAD RATE59%

Students requiring a more flexible academic schedule may consider enrolling in one of the online programs at Regis University. With a variety of online programs offered at the undergraduate, graduate, and certificate levels, prospective students are likely to find a program that meets their needs. The faculty at Regis University is comprised of professors, associate professors and affiliate faculty that are well-versed in their respective area of study which may ensure that students receive a comprehensive education in their field. Some of the student resources offered may appeal to distance learners including personal and academic counseling, financial aid, and learning support services.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesNo
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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42 Buena Vista University
SCORE97.48 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %100% TOTAL PROGRAMS16 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO9:1 GRAD RATE51%

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Buena Vista University’s online programs allow students to pursue their academic goals through the virtual classroom. Students are able to fulfill other time commitments by enrolling in online programs that are accessible at all hours of the day. Small class sizes give students the opportunity to receive individual attention from faculty members as well as creating more accessible communication between peers and instructors. Online courses at BVU are designed to be as engaging as traditional on-campus programs.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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43 New York University
SCORE97.44 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %52% TOTAL PROGRAMS16 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO10:1 GRAD RATE83%

Distance learners have the opportunity to reach their academic goals in one of New York University’s online programs or courses. Students can enroll in degree and certificate programs along with nearly 700 individual courses that are delivered entirely online or through hybrid or low-residency delivery formats. Fully online degree programs are offered in a variety of areas including law, engineering and health sciences. Online courses are taught by experienced faculty who are trained to educate students in an online format.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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44 University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
SCORE97.44 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %54% TOTAL PROGRAMS37 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO18:1 GRAD RATE62%

The distance learning program at the University of Cincinnati began in 1984 with an open learning program for firefighter advancement. Now, distance learners are able to enroll in degree and certificate programs and individual courses that can be completed entirely online and off-campus. Before beginning their e-courses, students must first complete a self-guided orientation to online learning where they will learn strategies for academic success in the virtual classroom. Distance students are also provided with access to academic advising, proctoring, tutoring and technical support resources.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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45 Saint Leo University
SCORE97.44 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %99% TOTAL PROGRAMS54 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO15:1 GRAD RATE43%

Saint Leo University’s Online program is designed to help nontraditional adult learners succeed by making higher education more accessible. In the virtual classroom, students will receive a comprehensive education in their field of choice that are taught by dedicated instructors who are trained to teach online courses. While the school was built with Catholic roots, online learners are welcomed into this learning community regardless of their religious affiliation. Before beginning their online courses, students may also receive a free e-book that contains tips to succeed in an online learning environment.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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46 Villanova University
SCORE97.44 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %53% TOTAL PROGRAMS18 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO12:1 GRAD RATE88%

Founded in 1842 as a Roman Catholic institution, Villanova University strives to help students reach their academic, professional and personal goals while following Augustinian ideals of truth. For non-traditional learners, the school provides comprehensive online programs in areas such as business, law, nursing, and liberal arts at the undergraduate, graduate and certificate levels. Distance learners also have access to the Learning Support Services where they can receive academic help through online workshops including tutoring sessions, study groups, and learning skill workshops.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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47 University of South Carolina-Columbia
SCORE97.43 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %47% TOTAL PROGRAMS38 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO18:1 GRAD RATE72%

The University of South Carolina-Columbia makes higher education accessible through their online education program. Prospective distance learners can choose to enroll in one of the undergraduate degree completion programs that are delivered through Palmetto College or one of the fully online graduate degree programs in areas such as engineering, public health and education. To help students reach their full academic potential, the school offers academic success resources such as academic advising, peer tutoring and a writing center. The Student Success Center is also designed to help students with everything from study skills to transfer success.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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48 The University of Alabama
SCORE97.36 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %53% TOTAL PROGRAMS28 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO21:1 GRAD RATE67%

At the University of Alabama, non-traditional learners are able to reach their academic goals through online courses and degree programs. Fields of study include law, nursing, business and arts and sciences along with many others to meet the increasing demand for non-traditional learning formats. Students can research and enroll in their courses through the school’s online portal, myBama and then access e-course content through the online learning management system, Blackboard. A technical support team is also available for help with technical issues or general technical questions.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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49 University of Idaho
SCORE97.35 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %78% TOTAL PROGRAMS23 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO17:1 GRAD RATE56%

Prospective students who are unable to enroll in a traditional learning environment may greatly benefit from one of the University of Idaho’s distance education programs. These programs allow students to complete various course entirely online while still exercising valuable learning skills such as critical thinking, communication and self-motivation. Through the school’s distance and extended education, students are able to complete individual courses, degrees, and certificates entirely online. Since online learning is becoming an increasingly popular option among students, the University of Idaho is constantly developing more courses and programs each semester.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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50 Kansas State University
SCORE97.33 TUITION & FEES FINANCIAL AID %65% TOTAL PROGRAMS45 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO19:1 GRAD RATE58%

Earning an online degree from Kansas State University may prepare students to enter or advance their career in their field of choice. Online programs are offered at various levels including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and certificate. The school also allows students to enroll in online programs as nondegree-seeking students so they can decide which academic path is right for them before becoming a formal student. Powered by the online learning system, Canvas, students will be able to access course content such as assignments, grades and communication methods for instructor interaction.

  • Additional Benefits:
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
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Online College Navigator & Comparison Tool

The search tool below has been designed to help simplify the process of comparing online colleges and programs. Users can evaluate distance learning options based on important factors such as enrollment, tuition, and academic program availability. Armed with this information, students can make an informed decision about which online university fits their personal, educational, and professional needs.

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Online College Majors

The number of online learning options continues to grow across majors, with students earning degrees in accounting, criminal justice, psychology, and even nursing. While online programs have core elements across these majors, each one requires a targeted content and delivery to ensure graduates have the flexibility they need without sacrificing quality. Browse the pages below to learn how online education works in each major.

Online Colleges by State

Although online learning has removed many time and place barriers, it’s important to see which colleges in your state offer online programs. Attending a local college or university with online programs makes it easier to take advantage of physical resources or, if necessary, enroll in a hybrid program. Select a state below to learn more about its online learning landscape.

Understanding Online Colleges: Finding Your Match

To be successful, prospective distance learning students need to match their lifestyle, learning style, academic aspirations, and ultimate career goals to their program of study and higher education institution. As with traditional, campus-based options, students should understand the different types of online programs available. These different options cater to a diverse range of students. The table below can help distance learners discover what type of learning environment may be right for them.

Benefits Drawbacks Best for…
Two-Year College

Lower tuition rates – average tuition for public community colleges was $3,347 in 2014-2015.

Flexible scheduling – community colleges typically design class schedules with working professionals and individuals with families in mind.

Academic variety – community colleges offer credit and non-credit programs in a wide range of disciplines.

Credit transfers – credits earned in an associate degree program can be used to transfer into a four-year bachelor’s degree program.

Lack of academic award choices – two-year colleges traditionally only offer diploma, certificate, and associate degree programs.

Fewer career options post graduation – students with associate degrees may be eligible for a narrow selection of careers. Some fields and/or career titles require a bachelor’s degree at minimum.

  • Non-traditional students, including adult learners returning to college.
  • Students pursuing vocational or professional development skills specific to an occupational field.
  • Students seeking additional training or certification.
  • Those seeking to save money on general education classes before transferring into a four-year college.
Four-Year Public University

Affordable tuition – the tuition for four-year public universities was $9,139 in 2014-2015.

Larger breadth of education – four-year public universities offer a wide selection of majors, minors, and academic specializations.

Multiple academic choices – students can select from bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree options.

Limited class availability – because of the size of public universities, some classes may have a limited number of offerings for each course and popular classes may reach capacity quickly.

Less individualized attention – due to large class sizes, it may be difficult for professors to give every student individualized attention and guidance.

  • Students who want a well-rounded education.
  • Students that want a wide selection of degree options in a variety of academic disciplines.
  • Individuals interested in pursuing more advanced degrees.
Private Not-For-Profit College

Smaller enrollment sizes – the average student population of private, non-profit institutions is 1,900.

Shorter completion time – on average, students graduate in four and a half years versus six years at public universities.

More financial aid opportunities – private, non-profit universities typically have competitive financial assistance packages, strong alumni donor support, and additional scholarship opportunities.

Higher tuition rates – the average tuition for a private four-year college was $31,231 in 2014-2015.

Stringent admissions requirements – private colleges are typically more competitive and selective when it comes to applications and admission.

Fewer online options – the most recent data from AASCU shows that public universities offer double the number of online programs than private nonprofit colleges.

  • Students who want an education at a specialized institution (e.g. religious-affiliation)
  • Students who wish to attend a more selective institution that may have greater prestige in the job market.
  • Students who are high academic achievers looking for a challenging program of study.
     
Self-Paced Real-Time
Timing Self-paced, or asynchronous learning, is a form of instruction where students study at their own time and pace. In this format, students and teachers may not interact in real-time and instruction is conducted through self-study elements such as pre-recorded lectures, individual assignments, and reading course materials. Real-time, or synchronous learning, is a form of instruction where the instructor and students are present at the same time. Instruction is facilitated in real-time by a teacher and includes traditionally classroom-based elements such as group discussions, team projects, and lectures.
Tools Used

Email to communicate to peers and instructors.

Streaming audio and video for instructional material delivery.

Discussion boards to facilitate class dialogue.

Web-based learning applications and course management systems/platforms for student instruction and assignment delivery.

Wikis for student collaboration and communication.

Web conferencing to share information and conduct presentations.

Instant messaging to participate in quick, real-time conversations.

Video conferencing to conduct in-person discussions and lectures.

Audio conferencing for student and instructor discussions and meetings.

Online whiteboard to share ideas and collaborate.

Best for…

Students with the following characteristics and learning style may benefit most from self-paced online programs:

  • Disciplined
  • Self-motivated
  • Goal-oriented
  • Wants a slower learning pace
  • Has strong time management skills
  • Doesn’t want or need personalized instruction
  • Requires flexible learning schedule

Students with the following characteristics and learning styles may find real-time instruction to be the best fit:

  • Collaborative learner
  • Good interpersonal communication skills
  • Self-directed
  • Organized
  • Motivated
  • Wants peer-to-peer and instructor interaction
  • Has strong time management skills
  • Prefers regimented learning pace

Accredited Online Colleges: Process and Importance

Accreditation is a voluntary process of review and regulation that ensures institutions of higher education offer programs that meet acceptable quality standards. Although the Department of Education oversees accreditation, it does not conduct accrediting reviews. Third-party agencies and organizations approved by the Department of Education manage the accreditation process.

Institutions pursuing accreditation undergo a rigorous review process, which includes the examination of elements such as curriculum planning, course offerings, faculty, admissions standards, graduation rates, facilities, and financial resources. Accredited institutions and programs must undergo regular evaluation to ensure compliance with the standards set forth by the accrediting bodies.

Accreditation is regional, national, and programmatic in nature, with 15 accrediting agencies currently recognized by the Department of Education to conduct regional and national accreditation. Specialized accrediting organizations handle subject- and program-based review in areas such as community and social services, healthcare, law, and counseling. Choosing an accredited program of study is important because students receive a level of assurance their institution provides an education that is of value. It also important because it ensures the following:

  • Program accountability
  • Program compliance
  • Credits are transferable to other institutions
  • Academic credential or degree is recognized by employers

The Rise of the Not-for-Profit

Online learning is transformative, not only reshaping how students learn, but how colleges and universities deliver instruction. Non-profit colleges and universities (both two- and four-year) have quickly adopted online education as a way to improve academic access and program diversity for students. Furthermore, the growing acceptance of online learning at non-profit colleges is important because—in most cases—non-profit colleges represent the best educational choice for adults who have jobs or family commitments that preclude traditional campus attendance.

According to research from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), more than 80 percent of public universities and at least half of private colleges offer online programs. A 2014 study from the Babson Institute estimated that 71 percent of all public-, degree-granting institutions provide distance learning opportunities to students.

Enrollment Trends

The most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics reveals that approximately 2.6 million college students enrolled in fully online degree programs, while more than 5.5 million students were taking at least one online class. In 2013, according to AASCU, 65 percent of online students attended a nonprofit college and of those students, 45 percent attended public colleges and 20 percent attended private nonprofit institutions.

Although enrollment in online degree programs has continued to tick upwards during the past decade, it has recently slowed in the past few years. However, both public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities continue to experience respectable increases. From 2012 - 2013, research from the Babson Institute shows that enrollment in online classes rose nearly 5 percent at public institutions and almost 13 percent for private nonprofits. Here’s a closer look at the growth numbers by volume for online learners by institution type in 2013.

Based on the numbers, it’s clear that nonprofit online colleges are doing something right, and in a big way. Students are turning to these educational options in droves, thanks to several key areas in which online colleges are out-pacing their brick-and-mortar counterparts.

Fields of Study

Based on nonprofit universities that offer online programs, healthcare-related fields of study and business are the two most commonly offered academic programs at AASCU institutions. The table below outlines the common fields of study offered online by AASCU non-profit institutions.

Undergraduate % of Institutions Graduate % of Institutions
Healthcare-related professions 67% Education 72%
Business 56% Healthcare-related professions 56%
Liberal arts 41% Business 49%
Social sciences 33% Criminal justice/paralegal studies 25%

According to the most recent market research from Eduventures (2013), the bachelor’s degree remains the most popular online degree option. According to their study, 42 percent of students choose a bachelor’s degree, 29 percent are enrolled in online associate degree programs, and 24 percent are in master’s degree programs.

Reputation

To a certain degree, online degrees have had a persistent stigma—a reputation that they are not on-par with those earned on-campus. However, the tide seems to be shifting because non-profit colleges (both private and public) have created online programs that rival those traditional degrees. In fact, a recent study shows that 76 percent of academic leaders agree that online degrees are equal to their on-campus counterparts.

Flexibility

A central reason for the increasing demand for online education is flexibility. Whether the student is seeking to go back to school, is a recent high school graduate that wants to attend a college in another state, or is a career advancer who wants to pursue a graduate degree, online college allows them to complete an education on their own terms. Online education helps students to craft a schedule that fits their lives, which is typically not possible in the traditional classroom. School can be woven into the student’s working and home lives instead of the other way around, making online classes the number one option for many in pursuit of a higher education.

Affordability

Students, regardless of state of residence, will often enjoy in- state tuition costs when enrolling at an online college. Savings can also be found in the form of living expenses, like dorm and travel costs, as well as lowered costs for class and study materials, which can instead be obtained virtually.

Resources

Even though online students may never set foot on campus doesn’t mean they don’t have access to the same support and student resources. Regardless if the student is on-campus or online, nonprofit colleges traditionally offer an array of resources to their students, ranging from libraries to access to laboratories. Below is a list of commonly offered support services for online students at nonprofit colleges:

  • Online student orientation
  • Online learning management systems
  • Dedicated online education website and departments
  • E-libraries and digital textbooks
  • Online student advising
  • Counseling services
  • Academic tutoring and support programs

Resources for Online Learning

Online education’s legacy will be access—it has fundamentally altered how, when, and where students learn. Students can use the resources below to access free college courses from respected universities and private companies, get help with various academic subjects, and connect with other online students.