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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
St Petersburg College
6021 142nd Ave N, Clearwater, FL, 33760
$2,483
51.52%
99.61
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
2
Saint Leo University
33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, FL, 33574
$14,091
85.74%
99.23
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
3
Daytona State College
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL, 32114
$3,134
45.6%
97.31
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
4
Broward College
111 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
$1,810
24.16%
97.13
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
5
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL, 32611
$7,624
52.98%
97.07
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
6
Seminole State College of Florida
100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, FL, 32773
$2,365
37.38%
96.79
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
7
Florida State College at Jacksonville
501 W State St, Jacksonville, FL, 32202
$2,095
40.6%
96.37
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
8
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL, 32816
$5,697
50.9%
96.26
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
9
Eastern Florida State College
1519 Clearlake Rd, Cocoa, FL, 32922
$1,892
33.23%
96.19
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
10
College of Central Florida
3001 SW College Rd, Ocala, FL, 34474
$1,910
45.74%
95.22
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
11
State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota
5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL, 34207
$2,365
39.42%
94.9
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
12
Florida SouthWestern State College
8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL, 33919
$2,436
31.43%
94.87
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
13
Florida Gateway College
Highway 90 East, Lake City, FL, 32025
$2,369
53.19%
93.16
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
14
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33314
$20,916
53.83%
91.83
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
15
Miami Dade College
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132
$2,483
13.89%
91.17
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
16
Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Dr, Tallahassee, FL, 32304
$2,002
20.35%
90.72
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
17
Pensacola State College
1000 College Blvd, Pensacola, FL, 32504
$2,051
29.01%
89.71
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
18
Palm Beach State College
4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL, 33461
$2,358
24.35%
89.6
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
19
Hillsborough Community College
39 Columbia Drive, Tampa, FL, 33606
$1,931
25.77%
88.59
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
20
Polk State College
999 Avenue H NE, Winter Haven, FL, 33881
$2,483
35.75%
87.16
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
21
Lake-Sumter State College
9501 US Hwy 441, Leesburg, FL, 34788
$3,172
31.95%
86.98
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
22
Hodges University
2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples, FL, 34119
$12,300
65.54%
83.64
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
23
Gulf Coast State College
5230 West U.S. Highway 98, Panama City, FL, 32401
$2,042
41.09%
83.18
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
24
Santa Fe College
3000 Northwest 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL, 32606
$1,872
33.91%
82.83
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
25
Pasco-Hernando State College
10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, FL, 34654
$2,297
36.91%
81.58
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
26
Valencia College
190 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL, 32801
$1,984
35.91%
79.1
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
27
Sanford-Brown College-Online
7702 Woodland Center Blvd Suite 100, Tampa, FL, 33614
$15,438
100%
77.15
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
28
Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale
1500 NW 49th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309
$18,528
59.32%
76.87
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
29
Indian River State College
3209 Virginia Ave, Fort Pierce, FL, 34981
$2,496
34.45%
74.71
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
30
North Florida Community College
325 NW Turner Davis Dr, Madison, FL, 32340
$2,280
36.15%
74.64
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
31
Northwest Florida State College
100 College Blvd, Niceville, FL, 32578
$2,313
37.14%
74.43
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
32
Chipola College
3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL, 32446
$2,365
27.64%
73.45
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
33
South Florida State College
600 W College Dr, Avon Park, FL, 33825
$3,135
28.31%
73
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
34
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL, 33431
$3,995
22.79%
72.13
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
35
University of South Florida-Main Campus
4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL, 33620
$6,455
44.35%
72.09
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
36
Southern Technical College
1685 Medical Lane, Fort Myers, FL, 33907
$12,672
38.05%
71.46
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
37
Southeastern University
1000 Longfellow Blvd, Lakeland, FL, 33801
$14,876
47.37%
69.75
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
38
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
1500 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tallahassee, FL, 32307
$5,586
2.91%
68.32
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
39
Florida International University
11200 S. W. 8 Street, Miami, FL, 33199
$6,817
47.79%
68.29
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
40
The University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL, 32514
$5,412
52.11%
65.64
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
41
University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee
8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL, 34243
$6,278
64.48%
65.05
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
42
University of South Florida-St Petersburg
140 Seventh Ave S., St. Petersburg, FL, 33701
$6,278
55.04%
61.52
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
43
Warner University
13895 Hwy 27, Lake Wales, FL, 33859
$12,316
50.47%
61.45
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
44
Full Sail University
3300 University Blvd, Winter Park, FL, 32792
$17,071
99.22%
61.24
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
45
Saint Johns River State College
5001 Saint Johns Ave, Palatka, FL, 32177
$2,700
31.75%
61.21
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
46
Florida State University
222 S. Copeland Street, Tallahassee, FL, 32306
$7,162
26.54%
60.58
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
47
Bethune-Cookman University
640 Dr Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL, 32114
$13,470
100%
59.57
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
48
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 Fgcu Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL, 33965
$5,562
54.29%
58.73
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
49
Herzing University-Winter Park
1865 SR 436, Winter Park, FL, 32792
$12,570
0.08%
57.45
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
50
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32224
$6,212
31.02%
56.15
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy