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Top Colleges 2017

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s newly redesigned Top Colleges 2017 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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STATE
TUITION
INSTITUTION TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL
MILITARY BENEFITS
RELIGIOUS AFFILATION
1 American Public University System Type: Private
111 W Congress St, Charles Town, WV 25414
OVERALL SCORE
100
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
2 Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion Type: Private
4201 South Washington Street, Marion, IN 46953
OVERALL SCORE
99.96
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
66.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
10.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
3 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Type: Public
201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802
OVERALL SCORE
99.92
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
0.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
4 East Carolina University Type: Public
East 5th Street, Greenville, NC 27858
OVERALL SCORE
99.88
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
5 Northern Arizona University Type: Public
1900 S. Knoles Dr, Babbitt Administrative Center, Room 200, Flagstaff, AZ 86011
OVERALL SCORE
99.84
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
6 East Mississippi Community College Type: Public
1512 Kemper Street, Scooba, MS 39358
OVERALL SCORE
99.8
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
48.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
18.7%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
7 Pamlico Community College Type: Public
5049 Hwy 306 South, Grantsboro, NC 28529
OVERALL SCORE
99.76
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
52%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
10.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
8 Champlain College Type: Private
163 S Willard St, Burlington, VT 05401
OVERALL SCORE
99.72
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
10.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
9 Great Basin College Type: Public
1500 College Parkway, Elko, NV 89801
OVERALL SCORE
99.68
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
81.4%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
5.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
10 Liberty University Type: Private
1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, VA 24515
OVERALL SCORE
99.64
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
90.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
7%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
11 University of Florida Type: Public
Gainesville, FL 32611
OVERALL SCORE
99.6
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
56.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
12 Saint Leo University Type: Private
33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, FL 33574
OVERALL SCORE
99.56
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
71.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
9.7%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
13 Texas A & M University-College Station Type: Public
JKW Administration Building, Suite 100, College Station, TX 77843
OVERALL SCORE
99.52
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
7.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
14 Indiana State University Type: Public
210 N 7th St, Terre Haute, IN 47809
OVERALL SCORE
99.48
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
36.4%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
5.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
15 Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Type: Public
107 Whitehurst, Stillwater, OK 74078
OVERALL SCORE
99.44
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
5.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
16 University of Central Florida Type: Public
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816
OVERALL SCORE
99.4
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
52.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
12.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
17 Western Wyoming Community College Type: Public
2500 College Dr, Rock Springs, WY 82902
OVERALL SCORE
99.36
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41.8%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
1.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
18 University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Type: Public
2624 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45221
OVERALL SCORE
99.32
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38.8%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
19 University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus Type: Public
660 Parrington Oval, Norman, OK 73019
OVERALL SCORE
99.28
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27.8%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
20 Holmes Community College Type: Public
#1 Hill St, Goodman, MS 39079
OVERALL SCORE
99.24
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
48.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
15%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
21 Old Dominion University Type: Public
5115 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23529
OVERALL SCORE
99.2
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
8.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
22 Southern New Hampshire University Type: Private
2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106
OVERALL SCORE
99.16
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
92%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
8.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
23 Drexel University Type: Private
3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
OVERALL SCORE
99.12
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
24 Sam Houston State University Type: Public
1806 Ave J, Huntsville, TX 77340
OVERALL SCORE
99.08
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
12.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
25 Johns Hopkins University Type: Private
3400 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218
OVERALL SCORE
99.04
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
35.8%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
0.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
26 North Carolina State University at Raleigh Type: Public
2101 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27695
OVERALL SCORE
99
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
36.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
27 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Type: Public
100 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
OVERALL SCORE
98.96
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19.8%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
28 University of Missouri-Columbia Type: Public
105 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211
OVERALL SCORE
98.92
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29.8%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
29 Texas Tech University Type: Public
Broadway and University Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79409
OVERALL SCORE
98.88
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
8.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
30 Ohio University-Main Campus Type: Public
020 Chubb Hall, Athens, OH 45701
OVERALL SCORE
98.84
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
5.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
31 Concordia University-Wisconsin Type: Private
12800 N Lake Shore Dr, Mequon, WI 53097
OVERALL SCORE
98.8
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
5.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
32 Kansas State University Type: Public
Anderson Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506
OVERALL SCORE
98.76
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
5.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
33 Towson University Type: Public
8000 York Rd, Towson, MD 21252
OVERALL SCORE
98.72
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
17.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
9.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
34 Ball State University Type: Public
2000 University Ave, Muncie, IN 47306
OVERALL SCORE
98.68
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
35 San Joaquin Delta College Type: Public
5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95207
OVERALL SCORE
98.64
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41.8%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
36 The University of Alabama Type: Public
739 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
OVERALL SCORE
98.6
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
37 City University of Seattle Type: Private
521 Wall Street, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98121
OVERALL SCORE
98.56
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
13.7%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
38 Georgia Piedmont Technical College Type: Public
495 N Indian Creek Dr, Clarkston, GA 30021
OVERALL SCORE
98.52
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
49.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
33.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
39 University of Southern Mississippi Type: Public
118 College Drive # 0001, Hattiesburg, MS 39406
OVERALL SCORE
98.48
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
40 University of Toledo Type: Public
2801 W Bancroft, Toledo, OH 43606
OVERALL SCORE
98.44
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
35.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
41 Fort Hays State University Type: Public
600 Park St, Hays, KS 67601
OVERALL SCORE
98.4
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
77.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
16.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
42 Regent University Type: Private
1000 Regent University Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23464
OVERALL SCORE
98.36
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
86.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
43 Clemson University Type: Public
201 Sikes Hall, Clemson, SC 29634
OVERALL SCORE
98.32
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
44 George Mason University Type: Public
4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030
OVERALL SCORE
98.28
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
45 University of Massachusetts-Lowell Type: Public
1 University Ave, Lowell, MA 01854
OVERALL SCORE
98.24
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
8.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
46 George Washington University Type: Private
2121 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052
OVERALL SCORE
98.2
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
1.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
47 Texas Woman's University Type: Public
304 Administration Dr, Denton, TX 76201
OVERALL SCORE
98.16
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
57.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
9.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
48 Indiana University-Bloomington Type: Public
107 South Indiana Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405
OVERALL SCORE
98.12
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
9.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
1.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
49 Stanly Community College Type: Public
141 College Drive, Albemarle, NC 28001
OVERALL SCORE
98.08
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
80.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
50 University of Massachusetts-Amherst Type: Public
374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA 01003
OVERALL SCORE
98.04
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy

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/
, if applicable,