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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 Shoreline Community College Type: Public
16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133
OVERALL SCORE
85.85
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
19.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
2 Everett Community College Type: Public
2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201
OVERALL SCORE
83.01
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
3 Whatcom Community College Type: Public
237 W Kellogg Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226
OVERALL SCORE
76.01
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
20.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
4 Big Bend Community College Type: Public
7662 Chanute St NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837
OVERALL SCORE
74.7
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
13%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
5 Walla Walla Community College Type: Public
500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, WA 99362
OVERALL SCORE
70.78
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
14.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
6 Edmonds Community College Type: Public
20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036
OVERALL SCORE
70.58
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
15.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
7 Spokane Community College Type: Public
1810 North Greene Street, Spokane, WA 99217
OVERALL SCORE
69.66
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23.8%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
8 Bellingham Technical College Type: Public
3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225
OVERALL SCORE
69.02
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
13.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
9 South Puget Sound Community College Type: Public
2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512
OVERALL SCORE
67.02
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
18.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
10 Grays Harbor College Type: Public
1620 Edward P Smith Drive, Aberdeen, WA 98520
OVERALL SCORE
65.42
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40.4%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
12.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
11 Spokane Falls Community College Type: Public
3410 W Fort George Wright Dr, Spokane, WA 99224
OVERALL SCORE
60.23
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
7.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
12 Bates Technical College Type: Public
1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405
OVERALL SCORE
55.99
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
14.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
13 Tacoma Community College Type: Public
6501 S 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98466
OVERALL SCORE
54.83
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
12.7%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
14 Wenatchee Valley College Type: Public
1300 Fifth St, Wenatchee, WA 98801
OVERALL SCORE
24.98
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
15 Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Type: Public
9401 Farwest Dr SW, Lakewood, WA 98498
OVERALL SCORE
23.78
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
53.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
25.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
16 Lower Columbia College Type: Public
1600 Maple Street, Longview, WA 98632
OVERALL SCORE
16.22
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34.8%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
12.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      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 14 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section

We ranked 2,503 colleges on 14 criteria, using 2015 data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the weights specified:

  • Number of programs offered via distance education
  • Ratio of students participating fully or partially in distance education to total enrollment
  • Average in-state tuition for undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate students
  • Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases and media
  • Graduation rate
  • Retention rate
  • The availability of the following tuition plans:
    • Payment plan
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Other alternative tuition plan
  • The availability of academic/ career counseling services
  • The availability of job placement services for graduates
  • The availability of virtual reference services
  • Offers dual credit
  • Offers credit for life experience
  • Offers advanced placement (AP) credit
  • Offers credit for military training

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 2015-16 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) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed February 2017, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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