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Top Colleges 2016

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.

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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
Great Basin College
1500 College Parkway, Elko, NV, 89801
$2,640
0.79%
99.95
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
3
Central Georgia Technical College
80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, GA, 31088
$2,136
0.44%
99.91
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
4
East Mississippi Community College
1512 Kemper Street, Scooba, MS, 39358
$2,400
0.45%
99.86
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
5
Fayetteville Technical Community College
2201 Hull Rd, Fayetteville, NC, 28303
$2,304
0.65%
99.81
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
6
Holmes Community College
#1 Hill St, Goodman, MS, 39079
$2,000
0.47%
99.76
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
7
Liberty University
1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, VA, 24515
$14,189
0.9%
99.72
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
8
Wake Technical Community College
9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, NC, 27603
$2,432
0.42%
99.67
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
9
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
1 University Ave, Lowell, MA, 01854
$1,454
0.42%
99.62
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
10
Central Texas College
6200 West Central Texas Expressway, Killeen, TX, 76549
$2,940
0.49%
99.57
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
11
St Petersburg College
6021 142nd Ave N, Clearwater, FL, 33760
$2,483
0.52%
99.53
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
12
Kaplan University-Davenport Campus
1801 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA, 52807
$13,284
1%
99.48
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
13
Rio Salado College
2323 W 14th St, Tempe, AZ, 85281
$2,016
0.62%
99.43
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
14
St Philip's College
1801 Martin Luther King Dr, San Antonio, TX, 78203
$5,470
0.49%
99.38
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
15
Western Wyoming Community College
2500 College Dr, Rock Springs, WY, 82902
$1,992
0.42%
99.34
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
16
Barton County Community College
245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend, KS, 67530
$2,176
0.35%
99.29
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
17
Granite State College
25 Hall Street, Concord, NH, 03301
$7,032
0.79%
99.24
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
18
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
495 N Indian Creek Dr, Clarkston, GA, 30021
$2,136
0.46%
99.2
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
19
Stanly Community College
141 College Drive, Albemarle, NC, 28001
$2,304
0.81%
99.15
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
20
Pamlico Community College
5049 Hwy 306 South, Grantsboro, NC, 28529
$2,304
0.65%
99.1
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
21
Saint Leo University
33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, FL, 33574
$20,150
0.86%
99.05
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
22
Bismarck State College
1603 Edwards Ave., Bismarck, ND, 58506
$2,861
0.59%
99.01
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
23
Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion
4201 South Washington Street, Marion, IN, 46953
$24,728
0.66%
98.96
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
24
San Antonio College
1819 N. Main Ave.,, San Antonio, TX, 78212
$5,470
0.29%
98.91
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
25
North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN, 55445
$3,962
0.38%
98.86
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
26
Mesa Community College
1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ, 85202
$2,016
0.36%
98.82
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
27
Post University
800 Country Club Rd, Waterbury, CT, 06723
$15,258
0.92%
98.77
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
28
State Fair Community College
3201 W 16th Street, Sedalia, MO, 65301
$3,360
0.53%
98.72
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
29
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
One Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, GA, 30161
$2,136
0.42%
98.67
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
30
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus
52 University Blvd, Roswell, NM, 88202
$1,656
0.44%
98.63
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
31
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Ave, Kansas City, KS, 66112
$2,580
0.38%
98.58
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
32
Fort Hays State University
600 Park St, Hays, KS, 67601
$3,574
0.75%
98.53
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
33
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
4089 Val Tech Rd, Valdosta, GA, 31602
$2,136
0.33%
98.49
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
34
Guilford Technical Community College
601 High Point Rd., Jamestown, NC, 27282
$2,016
0.4%
98.44
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
35
Northern Arizona University
1900 S. Knoles Dr, Babbitt Administrative Center, Room 200, Flagstaff, AZ, 86011
$8,400
0.38%
98.39
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
36
Mitchell Community College
500 W Broad Street, Statesville, NC, 28677
$2,304
0.73%
98.34
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
37
Peninsula College
1502 E Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles, WA, 98362
$4,000
0.53%
98.3
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
38
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA, 71497
$5,180
0.67%
98.25
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
39
Metropolitan Community College Area
30 & Fort Street, Omaha, NE, 68111
$2,520
0.31%
98.2
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
40
Southern New Hampshire University
2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH, 03106
$30,006
0.96%
98.15
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
41
University of Alaska Fairbanks
505 South Chandalar Drive, Fairbanks, AK, 99775
$5,656
0.46%
98.11
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
42
San Juan College
4601 College Blvd, Farmington, NM, 87402
$1,104
0.33%
98.06
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
43
College of Southern Nevada
6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 89146
$2,640
0.4%
98.01
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
44
Lenoir Community College
231 Highway 58 South, Kinston, NC, 28502
$2,304
0.66%
97.96
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
45
Northwest Technical College
905 Grant Avenue SE, Bemidji, MN, 56601
$5,190
0.72%
97.92
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
46
Ozarks Technical Community College
1001 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, MO, 65802
$3,528
0.33%
97.87
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
47
University of Maryland-University College
3501 University Blvd East, Adelphi, MD, 20783
$6,696
1%
97.82
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
48
Albany Technical College
1704 South Slappey Boulevard, Albany, GA, 31701
$2,140
0.61%
97.78
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
49
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA, 01003
$11,684
0.22%
97.73
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
50
East Carolina University
East 5th Street, Greenville, NC, 27858
$4,157
0.39%
97.68
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy