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Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s newly redesigned Top Colleges 2016. We ranked more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. The result is a list of the best online colleges in the U.S. that is built into this interactive tool. The filters on the left let you create customized lists of schools based on the factors that are most important to you, including location, price and religious affiliation, among others. Choosing the right school is the first step toward success in higher education, and we’re excited to help you get started.

Top Online Colleges
1American Public University System
2Great Basin College
3Central Georgia Technical College
4East Mississippi Community College
5Fayetteville Technical Community College
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Top Online Colleges in California
1Cerro Coso Community College
2Ashford University
3Foothill College
4National University
5Saddleback College
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Top Online Christian Colleges
1Saint Leo University
2Siena Heights University
3Saint Joseph's College of Maine
4University of Mary
5Regis University
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Justin R. Louder
Assistant Vice Provost at Texas Tech University
"I see online education continuing to grow as more and more students want the flexibility of learning anytime and anyplace."
Sabrina Cox
Director Of Distance Education, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
""Online learning will continue to grow because of the convenience and flexibility it offers. Educators must produce quality online courses that are rigorous and meet accreditation standards to ensure student learning outcomes are met."
J. Kim McNutt
Dean of the College of Extended and International Education, California State University-Dominguez Hills
"Do a little research, and you’re likely to find the online program that fits your needs. Look for a college or university that is regionally accredited."

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