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Top Colleges 2016

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s newly redesigned Top Colleges 2016 tool. 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.

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Methodology and Sources

Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either “Four or more years” or “At least 2 but less than 4 years”
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section

We ranked 2,868 colleges on 11 criteria, using 2014 data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the weights specified:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education: 25%
  2. Percentage of students participating in distance education classes: 7%
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate students: 17%
  4. Average out-of-state tuition for undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate students: 7%
  5. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases and media: 7%
  6. Availability of academic/ career counseling services: 9.5%
  7. Availability of job placement services for graduates: 9.5%
  8. Offers dual credit: 4.5%
  9. Offers credit for life experience: 4.5%
  10. Offers advanced placement (AP) credit: 4.5%
  11. Offers credit for military training: 4.5%

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools’ tuition amounts are based on 2014-15 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Sources

  1. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2014-15, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed February 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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1
American Public University System
111 W Congress St, Charles Town, WV, 25414
$5,925
100%
100
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
2
Great Basin College
1500 College Parkway, Elko, NV, 89801
$2,535
79.23%
99.96
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
3
Central Georgia Technical College
80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, GA, 31088
$2,040
43.57%
99.93
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
4
East Mississippi Community College
1512 Kemper Street, Scooba, MS, 39358
$2,200
45.02%
99.89
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
5
Capella University
225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor, Minneapolis, MN, 55402
$13,293
100%
99.86
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
6
Fayetteville Technical Community College
2201 Hull Rd, Fayetteville, NC, 28303
$2,304
64.68%
99.82
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
7
Liberty University
1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, VA, 24515
$14,830
90.06%
99.79
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
8
Holmes Community College
#1 Hill St, Goodman, MS, 39079
$2,000
47.4%
99.75
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
9
Wake Technical Community College
9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, NC, 27603
$2,304
41.92%
99.72
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
10
Kaplan University-Davenport Campus
1801 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA, 52807
$11,262
99.89%
99.68
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
11
Central Texas College
6200 West Central Texas Expressway, Killeen, TX, 76549
$2,790
48.84%
99.65
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
12
St Petersburg College
6021 142nd Ave N, Clearwater, FL, 33760
$2,483
51.52%
99.61
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
13
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
1 University Ave, Lowell, MA, 1854
$1,546
41.57%
99.58
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
14
St Philip's College
1801 Martin Luther King Dr, San Antonio, TX, 78203
$5,470
49.29%
99.54
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
15
Rio Salado College
2323 W 14th St, Tempe, AZ, 85281
$2,016
61.76%
99.51
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
16
Western Wyoming Community College
2500 College Dr, Rock Springs, WY, 82902
$1,992
42.08%
99.47
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
17
Granite State College
25 Hall Street, Concord, NH, 3301
$7,358
79.18%
99.44
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
18
Rasmussen College-Minnesota
226 Park Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN, 56301
$10,764
94.01%
99.4
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
19
Barton County Community College
245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend, KS, 67530
$1,984
34.9%
99.37
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
20
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
495 N Indian Creek Dr, Clarkston, GA, 30021
$2,136
45.98%
99.33
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
21
Stanly Community College
141 College Drive, Albemarle, NC, 28001
$2,304
81.06%
99.3
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
22
Pamlico Community College
5049 Hwy 306 South, Grantsboro, NC, 28529
$2,304
65.12%
99.26
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
23
Saint Leo University
33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, FL, 33574
$14,091
85.74%
99.23
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
24
Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S Washington St, Marion, IN, 46953
$16,981
66.42%
99.19
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
25
Bismarck State College
1603 Edwards Ave., Bismarck, ND, 58506
$2,808
58.65%
99.16
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
26
San Antonio College
1300 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX, 78212
$5,470
29.48%
99.12
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
27
Post University
800 Country Club Rd, Waterbury, CT, 6723
$11,424
91.86%
99.09
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
28
North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN, 55445
$3,962
38.41%
99.05
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
29
State Fair Community College
3201 W 16th Street, Sedalia, MO, 65301
$3,288
53.46%
99.02
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
30
Mesa Community College
1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ, 85202
$2,016
36.43%
98.98
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
31
Northern Arizona University
1900 S. Knoles Dr, Babbitt Administrative Center, Flagstaff, AZ, 86011
$8,178
37.91%
98.95
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
32
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
One Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, GA, 30161
$2,136
42.3%
98.91
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
33
Fort Hays State University
600 Park St, Hays, KS, 67601
$3,272
75.18%
98.88
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
34
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Ave, Kansas City, KS, 66112
$2,190
37.82%
98.84
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
35
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus
52 University Blvd, Roswell, NM, 88202
$1,536
44.47%
98.81
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
36
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA, 71497
$5,336
67.07%
98.77
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
37
Southern New Hampshire University
2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH, 3106
$24,042
95.51%
98.74
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
38
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
4089 Val Tech Rd, Valdosta, GA, 31602
$2,136
33.12%
98.7
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
39
Guilford Technical Community College
601 High Point Rd., Jamestown, NC, 27282
$2,016
40.45%
98.67
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
40
University of Alaska Fairbanks
505 South Chandalar Drive, Fairbanks, AK, 99775
$6,517
45.51%
98.63
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
41
University of Maryland-University College
3501 University Blvd East, Adelphi, MD, 20783
$7,314
99.97%
98.6
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
42
Peninsula College
1502 E Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles, WA, 98362
$4,000
53.07%
98.56
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
43
Mitchell Community College
500 W Broad Street, Statesville, NC, 28677
$2,304
73.02%
98.53
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
44
Northwest Technical College
905 Grant Avenue SE, Bemidji, MN, 56601
$5,190
71.68%
98.5
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
45
Metropolitan Community College Area
30 & Fort Street, Omaha, NE, 68111
$2,385
30.77%
98.46
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
46
College of Southern Nevada
6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 89146
$2,535
39.97%
98.43
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
47
San Juan College
4601 College Blvd, Farmington, NM, 87402
$984
32.51%
98.39
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
48
Albany Technical College
1704 South Slappey Boulevard, Albany, GA, 31701
$4,005
60.69%
98.36
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
49
East Carolina University
East 5th Street, Greenville, NC, 27858
$4,091
38.68%
98.32
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
50
Lenoir Community College
231 Highway 58 South, Kinston, NC, 28502
$2,304
66.04%
98.29
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy