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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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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
$6,480
1%
100
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
2
Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion
4201 South Washington Street, Marion, IN, 46953
$24,728
0.67%
99.96
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
3
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
201 Old Main, University Park, PA, 16802
$16,572
0.3%
99.92
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
4
East Carolina University
East 5th Street, Greenville, NC, 27858
$4,157
0.42%
99.88
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
5
Northern Arizona University
1900 S. Knoles Dr, Babbitt Administrative Center, Room 200, Flagstaff, AZ, 86011
$8,400
0.41%
99.84
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
6
East Mississippi Community College
1512 Kemper Street, Scooba, MS, 39358
$2,400
0.48%
99.8
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
7
Pamlico Community College
5049 Hwy 306 South, Grantsboro, NC, 28529
$2,304
0.52%
99.76
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
8
Champlain College
163 S Willard St, Burlington, VT, 05401
$37,436
0.44%
99.72
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
9
Great Basin College
1500 College Parkway, Elko, NV, 89801
$2,640
0.81%
99.68
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
10
Liberty University
1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, VA, 24515
$14,189
0.9%
99.64
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
11
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL, 32611
$4,477
0.57%
99.6
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
12
Saint Leo University
33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, FL, 33574
$20,150
0.71%
99.56
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
13
Texas A & M University-College Station
JKW Administration Building, Suite 100, College Station, TX, 77843
$6,614
0.08%
99.52
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
14
Indiana State University
210 N 7th St, Terre Haute, IN, 47809
$8,380
0.36%
99.48
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
15
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
107 Whitehurst, Stillwater, OK, 74078
$4,620
0.29%
99.44
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
16
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL, 32816
$4,478
0.52%
99.4
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
17
Western Wyoming Community College
2500 College Dr, Rock Springs, WY, 82902
$1,992
0.42%
99.36
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
18
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
2624 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH, 45221
$9,322
0.39%
99.32
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
19
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
660 Parrington Oval, Norman, OK, 73019
$4,296
0.28%
99.28
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
20
Holmes Community College
#1 Hill St, Goodman, MS, 39079
$2,000
0.48%
99.24
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
21
Old Dominion University
5115 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA, 23529
$6,175
0.38%
99.2
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
22
Southern New Hampshire University
2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH, 03106
$30,006
0.92%
99.16
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
23
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104
$41,744
0.39%
99.12
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
24
Sam Houston State University
1806 Ave J, Huntsville, TX, 77340
$5,172
0.46%
99.08
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
25
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD, 21218
$48,710
0.36%
99.04
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
26
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
2101 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC, 27695
$6,220
0.36%
99
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
27
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
100 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455
$12,240
0.2%
98.96
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
28
University of Missouri-Columbia
105 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO, 65211
$8,286
0.3%
98.92
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
29
Texas Tech University
Broadway and University Avenue, Lubbock, TX, 79409
$5,277
0.41%
98.88
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
30
Ohio University-Main Campus
020 Chubb Hall, Athens, OH, 45701
$11,075
0.37%
98.84
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
31
Concordia University-Wisconsin
12800 N Lake Shore Dr, Mequon, WI, 53097
$26,840
0.34%
98.8
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
32
Kansas State University
Anderson Hall, Manhattan, KS, 66506
$8,517
0.2%
98.76
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
33
Towson University
8000 York Rd, Towson, MD, 21252
$6,430
0.17%
98.72
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
34
Ball State University
2000 University Ave, Muncie, IN, 47306
$8,836
0.42%
98.68
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
35
San Joaquin Delta College
5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA, 95207
$1,104
0.42%
98.64
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
36
The University of Alabama
739 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487
$10,170
0.26%
98.6
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
37
City University of Seattle
521 Wall Street, Suite 100, Seattle, WA, 98121
$16,500
1%
98.56
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
38
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
495 N Indian Creek Dr, Clarkston, GA, 30021
$2,136
0.49%
98.52
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
39
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive # 0001, Hattiesburg, MS, 39406
$7,224
0.43%
98.48
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
40
University of Toledo
2801 W Bancroft, Toledo, OH, 43606
$8,052
0.36%
98.44
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
41
Fort Hays State University
600 Park St, Hays, KS, 67601
$3,574
0.77%
98.4
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
42
Regent University
1000 Regent University Dr, Virginia Beach, VA, 23464
$15,900
0.86%
98.36
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
43
Clemson University
201 Sikes Hall, Clemson, SC, 29634
$13,022
0.2%
98.32
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
44
George Mason University
4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA, 22030
$7,976
0.23%
98.28
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
45
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
1 University Ave, Lowell, MA, 01854
$1,454
0.29%
98.24
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
46
George Washington University
2121 I Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20052
$48,222
0.18%
98.2
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
47
Texas Woman's University
304 Administration Dr, Denton, TX, 76201
$4,760
0.57%
98.16
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
48
Indiana University-Bloomington
107 South Indiana Ave., Bloomington, IN, 47405
$9,087
0.09%
98.12
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
49
Stanly Community College
141 College Drive, Albemarle, NC, 28001
$2,304
0.8%
98.08
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
50
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA, 01003
$11,684
0.24%
98.04
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy