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The Best and Worst States for Online College Students 2014: Full List of 50 States

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Wondering what states nearly made the cut as one of the Best States for Online College Students or if your state almost joined the list as one of the Worst States for Online College Students? Refer to the full 50-state ranking list below for more details.

These rankings compare states based on several factors, including educational opportunity and cost, as well as post-graduation earning and employment potential. A proprietary metric, "Education and Earnings Quality" is driven by several ranking data points, including the following:

  • Internet Quality, based on data from Ookla
  • In-state tuition rates, based on data from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
  • Distance education programs, based on data from IPEDS
  • Industry growth for 2008 - 2018, 2010-2020, and 2012 - 2022, based on data from state departments of labor
  • State job growth, based on data from Arizona State University
  • Median salary for Bachelor's degree holders, 2013, based on data from the US Census Bureau

Starting with the top-ranked state for online college students, here is how all 50 states fare in this year's analysis:

1. Texas

2. Washington

3. Georgia

4. Utah

5. Florida

6. Louisiana

7. Virginia

8. Kansas

9. Colorado

10. Arkansas

11. Michigan

12. California

13. Nevada

14. Oklahoma

15. North Carolina

16. Kentucky

17. Alabama

18. New Mexico

19. Tennessee

20. Ohio

21. Arizona

22. Wyoming

23. Illinois

24. Wisconsin

25. Missouri

26. Nebraska

27. Indiana

28. Iowa

29. North Dakota

30. Pennsylvania

31. Maryland

32. West Virginia

33. Delaware

34. Massachusetts

35. Montana

36. New York

37. South Carolina

38. Idaho

39. Mississippi

40. New Jersey

41. South Dakota

42. Hawaii

43. Minnesota

44. Oregon

45. Connecticut

46. New Hampshire

47. Alaska

48. Rhode Island

49. Maine

50. Vermont