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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
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL, 32611
$4,477
0.57%
99.6
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
2
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
 
3
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
 
4
Florida International University
11200 S. W. 8 Street, Miami, FL, 33199
$4,721
0.53%
97.32
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
5
University of South Florida-Main Campus
4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL, 33620
$4,559
0.5%
96.88
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
6
Florida National University-Main Campus
4425 West. Jose Regueiro (20th) Avenue, Hialeah, FL, 33012
$12,600
0.42%
96.72
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
7
Florida State University
222 S. Copeland Street, Tallahassee, FL, 32306
$4,640
0.31%
95.32
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
8
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL, 33431
$2,522
0.34%
93.72
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
9
North Florida Community College
325 NW Turner Davis Dr, Madison, FL, 32340
$2,280
0.47%
93.28
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
10
Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale
1500 NW 49th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309
$16,784
0.46%
91.76
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
11
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33314
$26,910
0.52%
90.8
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
12
Full Sail University
3300 University Blvd, Winter Park, FL, 32792
$16,561
1%
89.2
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
13
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32224
$3,853
0.32%
88.2
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
14
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 Fgcu Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL, 33965
$4,191
0.49%
86.41
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
15
Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Dr, Tallahassee, FL, 32304
$2,002
0.28%
84.73
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
16
Hillsborough Community College
39 Columbia Drive, Tampa, FL, 33606
$1,931
0.28%
82.61
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
17
The University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL, 32514
$3,735
0.54%
80.45
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
18
Herzing University-Winter Park
1865 SR 436, Winter Park, FL, 32792
$12,900
0.08%
80.21
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
19
Southern Technical College
1685 Medical Lane, Fort Myers, FL, 33907
$14,400
0.34%
79.49
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
20
Southeastern University
1000 Longfellow Blvd, Lakeland, FL, 33801
$21,840
0.69%
74.06
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
21
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
1500 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tallahassee, FL, 32307
$3,152
0.07%
72.1
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
22
Hodges University
2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples, FL, 34119
$12,720
0.72%
71.78
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
23
Argosy University-Sarasota
5250 17th Street, Sarasota, FL, 34235
$13,464
0.7%
70.46
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
24
University of Miami
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, 33146
$44,400
0.2%
67.38
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
25
University of South Florida-St Petersburg
140 Seventh Ave S., St. Petersburg, FL, 33701
$4,206
0.57%
63.66
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
26
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
1799 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33316
$17,604
0.48%
63.02
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
27
Stetson University
421 N Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL, 32723
$41,240
0.76%
61.51
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
28
Barry University
11300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL, 33161
$28,800
0.1%
61.27
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
29
Palm Beach Atlantic University
901 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL, 33401
$26,750
0.25%
58.63
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
30
South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary
1100 S Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33441
$6,000
0.27%
55.75
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
31
Everest University-South Orlando
9200 Soutpark Center Loop, Orlando, FL, 32819
$10,980
0.98%
55.67
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
32
Taylor College
5190 SE 125th Street, Belleview, FL, 34420
$10,205
0.61%
51.83
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
33
Florida Institute of Technology
150 West University Boulevard, Melbourne, FL, 32901
$38,540
0.11%
51.63
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
34
St Thomas University
16401 NW 37th Ave, Miami Gardens, FL, 33054
$27,960
0.2%
51.03
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
35
Florida Memorial University
15800 NW 42 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL, 33054
$12,384
0.21%
49.12
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
36
AI Miami International University of Art and Design
1501 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL, 33132
$17,604
0.54%
45.44
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
37
Johnson University Florida
1011 Bill Beck Blvd, Kissimmee, FL, 34744
$13,200
0.73%
44.32
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
38
Florida Keys Community College
5901 College Rd, Key West, FL, 33040
$2,483
0.34%
33.69
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
39
Lynn University
3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL, 33431
$33,450
0.27%
31.13
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
40
Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland, FL, 33801
$30,810
0.29%
28.65
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
41
Johnson & Wales University-North Miami
1701 NE 127th St, North Miami, FL, 33181
$29,226
0.02%
28.45
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
42
Virginia College-Jacksonville
5940 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL, 32207
$13,932
0.08%
27.93
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
43
Carlos Albizu University-Miami
2173 N.W. 99th Avenue, Miami, FL, 33172
$11,628
0.1%
26.29
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
44
Schiller International University
8560 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL, 33771
$21,240
0.52%
25.69
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
45
Everest University-North Orlando
5421 Diplomat Circle, Orlando, FL, 32810
$10,980
0.42%
25.09
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
46
The Baptist College of Florida
5400 College Dr, Graceville, FL, 32440
$9,600
0.58%
24.5
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
47
Ave Maria University
5050 Ave Maria Blvd, Ave Maria, FL, 34142
$17,712
0.01%
23.58
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
48
Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL, 32211
$32,620
0.34%
22.9
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
49
Digital Media Arts College
5400 Broken Sound Blvd NW #100, Boca Raton, FL, 33487
$13,968
0.08%
22.42
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
50
Everest University-Pompano Beach
225 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach, FL, 33062
$11,449
0.74%
20.58
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy