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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 University of Florida Type: Public
Gainesville, FL 32611
OVERALL SCORE
99.6
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
56.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
2 Saint Leo University Type: Private
33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, FL 33574
OVERALL SCORE
99.56
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
71.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
9.7%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
3 University of Central Florida Type: Public
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816
OVERALL SCORE
99.4
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
52.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
12.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
4 Florida International University Type: Public
11200 S. W. 8 Street, Miami, FL 33199
OVERALL SCORE
97.32
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
52.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
5 University of South Florida-Main Campus Type: Public
4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620
OVERALL SCORE
96.88
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
49.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
8.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
6 Florida National University-Main Campus Type: Private
4425 West. Jose Regueiro (20th) Avenue, Hialeah, FL 33012
OVERALL SCORE
96.72
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
0%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
7 Florida State University Type: Public
222 S. Copeland Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306
OVERALL SCORE
95.32
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
5.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
8 Florida Atlantic University Type: Public
777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431
OVERALL SCORE
93.72
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
10%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
9 North Florida Community College Type: Public
325 NW Turner Davis Dr, Madison, FL 32340
OVERALL SCORE
93.28
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
47.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
10 Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale Type: Private
1500 NW 49th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
OVERALL SCORE
91.76
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
11 Nova Southeastern University Type: Private
3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
OVERALL SCORE
90.8
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
52.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
12 Full Sail University Type: Private
3300 University Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32792
OVERALL SCORE
89.2
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
99.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
0%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
13 University of North Florida Type: Public
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
OVERALL SCORE
88.2
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
14 Florida Gulf Coast University Type: Public
10501 Fgcu Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL 33965
OVERALL SCORE
86.41
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
49%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
15 Tallahassee Community College Type: Public
444 Appleyard Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32304
OVERALL SCORE
84.73
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
8.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
16 Hillsborough Community College Type: Public
39 Columbia Drive, Tampa, FL 33606
OVERALL SCORE
82.61
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
17 The University of West Florida Type: Public
11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514
OVERALL SCORE
80.45
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
54.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
10.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
18 Herzing University-Winter Park Type: Private
1865 SR 436, Winter Park, FL 32792
OVERALL SCORE
80.21
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
8.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
5.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
19 Southern Technical College Type: Private
1685 Medical Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33907
OVERALL SCORE
79.49
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
19.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
20 Southeastern University Type: Private
1000 Longfellow Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33801
OVERALL SCORE
74.06
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
68.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
8.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
21 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Type: Public
1500 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32307
OVERALL SCORE
72.1
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
22 Hodges University Type: Private
2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples, FL 34119
OVERALL SCORE
71.78
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
72.4%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
14.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
23 Argosy University-Sarasota Type: Private
5250 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 34235
OVERALL SCORE
70.46
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
69.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
2.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
24 University of Miami Type: Private
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33146
OVERALL SCORE
67.38
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
25 University of South Florida-St Petersburg Type: Public
140 Seventh Ave S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
OVERALL SCORE
63.66
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
57.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
26 The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Type: Private
1799 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
OVERALL SCORE
63.02
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
47.8%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
9.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
27 Stetson University Type: Private
421 N Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL 32723
OVERALL SCORE
61.51
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
76.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
2.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
28 Barry University Type: Private
11300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33161
OVERALL SCORE
61.27
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10.4%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
7.7%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
29 Palm Beach Atlantic University Type: Private
901 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
OVERALL SCORE
58.63
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
7.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
30 South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary Type: Private
1100 S Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
OVERALL SCORE
55.75
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
31 Everest University-South Orlando Type: Private
9200 Soutpark Center Loop, Orlando, FL 32819
OVERALL SCORE
55.67
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
97.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
32 Taylor College Type: Private
5190 SE 125th Street, Belleview, FL 34420
OVERALL SCORE
51.83
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
61.4%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
65.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
33 Florida Institute of Technology Type: Private
150 West University Boulevard, Melbourne, FL 32901
OVERALL SCORE
51.63
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10.8%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
34 St Thomas University Type: Private
16401 NW 37th Ave, Miami Gardens, FL 33054
OVERALL SCORE
51.03
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19.8%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
2.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
35 Florida Memorial University Type: Private
15800 NW 42 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33054
OVERALL SCORE
49.12
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
36 AI Miami International University of Art and Design Type: Private
1501 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132
OVERALL SCORE
45.44
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
54.4%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
9.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
37 Johnson University Florida Type: Private
1011 Bill Beck Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34744
OVERALL SCORE
44.32
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
73.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
12.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
38 Florida Keys Community College Type: Public
5901 College Rd, Key West, FL 33040
OVERALL SCORE
33.69
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
39 Lynn University Type: Private
3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33431
OVERALL SCORE
31.13
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
7.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
40 Florida Southern College Type: Private
111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland, FL 33801
OVERALL SCORE
28.65
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29.4%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
41 Johnson & Wales University-North Miami Type: Private
1701 NE 127th St, North Miami, FL 33181
OVERALL SCORE
28.45
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
2.4%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
42 Virginia College-Jacksonville Type: Private
5940 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207
OVERALL SCORE
27.93
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
8.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
8.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
43 Carlos Albizu University-Miami Type: Private
2173 N.W. 99th Avenue, Miami, FL 33172
OVERALL SCORE
26.29
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
9.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
2.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
44 Schiller International University Type: Private
8560 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33771
OVERALL SCORE
25.69
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
51.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
0%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
45 Everest University-North Orlando Type: Private
5421 Diplomat Circle, Orlando, FL 32810
OVERALL SCORE
25.09
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
7.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
46 The Baptist College of Florida Type: Private
5400 College Dr, Graceville, FL 32440
OVERALL SCORE
24.5
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
13.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
47 Ave Maria University Type: Private
5050 Ave Maria Blvd, Ave Maria, FL 34142
OVERALL SCORE
23.58
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
1.4%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
48 Jacksonville University Type: Private
2800 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32211
OVERALL SCORE
22.9
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
49 Digital Media Arts College Type: Private
5400 Broken Sound Blvd NW #100, Boca Raton, FL 33487
OVERALL SCORE
22.42
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
7.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
0%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
50 Everest University-Pompano Beach Type: Private
225 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach, FL 33062
OVERALL SCORE
20.58
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
74.4%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
10.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      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/
, if applicable,