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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
Spokane Community College
1810 North Greene Street, Spokane, WA, 99217
$2,829
23.77%
97.24
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
2
Spokane Falls Community College
3410 W Fort George Wright Dr, Spokane, WA, 99224
$2,829
37.37%
96.44
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
3
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, WA, 98133
$3,427
33.7%
92.46
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
4
Bellingham Technical College
3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham, WA, 98225
$2,645
26.64%
89.36
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
5
Everett Community College
2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA, 98201
$3,523
31.43%
86.29
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
6
Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA, 98663
$3,410
27.5%
80.57
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
7
Edmonds Community College
20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA, 98036
$4,000
33.58%
79.7
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
8
Renton Technical College
3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, WA, 98056
$3,590
14.29%
70.84
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
9
Bates Technical College
1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA, 98405
$4,224
4.23%
70.49
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
10
South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA, 98512
$4,000
30.03%
68.5
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
11
Whatcom Community College
237 W Kellogg Rd, Bellingham, WA, 98226
$4,180
15.35%
66.58
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
12
Walla Walla Community College
500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, WA, 99362
$4,376
17.56%
65.5
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
13
Big Bend Community College
7662 Chanute St NE, Moses Lake, WA, 98837
$4,150
26.79%
61.63
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
14
Grays Harbor College
1620 Edward P Smith Drive, Aberdeen, WA, 98520
$3,523
37.39%
59.53
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
15
Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom
9401 Farwest Dr SW, Lakewood, WA, 98498
$3,522
51.17%
57.37
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
16
Tacoma Community College
6501 S 19th St, Tacoma, WA, 98466
$3,984
30.42%
53.5
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
17
Wenatchee Valley College
1300 Fifth St, Wenatchee, WA, 98801
$3,523
22.36%
44.61
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
18
Lower Columbia College
1600 Maple Street, Longview, WA, 98632
$3,988
35.82%
44.05
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
19
Everest College-Everett
906 SE Everett Mall Way, Ste 600, Everett, WA, 98208
$13,500
2.44%
12.06
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy