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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
Central Georgia Technical College
80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, GA, 31088
$2,040
43.57%
99.93
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
2
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
495 N Indian Creek Dr, Clarkston, GA, 30021
$2,136
45.98%
99.33
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
3
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
One Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, GA, 30161
$2,136
42.3%
98.91
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
4
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
4089 Val Tech Rd, Valdosta, GA, 31602
$2,136
33.12%
98.7
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
5
Albany Technical College
1704 South Slappey Boulevard, Albany, GA, 31701
$4,005
60.69%
98.36
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
6
Columbus Technical College
928 Manchester Expy, Columbus, GA, 31904
$2,136
37.7%
97.87
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
7
Southeastern Technical College
3001 E First St, Vidalia, GA, 30474
$2,136
32.59%
96.16
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
8
Athens Technical College
800 U.S. Hwy 29 North, Athens, GA, 30601
$2,136
18.08%
95.91
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
9
Southern Crescent Technical College
501 Varsity Rd, Griffin, GA, 30223
$3,204
44.28%
95.29
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
10
Lanier Technical College
2990 Landrum Education Dr, Oakwood, GA, 30566
$2,670
44.68%
94.8
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
11
Southwest Georgia Technical College
15689 US Hwy 19 North, Thomasville, GA, 31792
$2,136
31.73%
93.79
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
12
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
1189 Deepstep Rd, Sandersville, GA, 31082
$2,136
41.71%
93.58
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
13
Savannah Technical College
5717 White Bluff Rd, Savannah, GA, 31405
$2,136
35.51%
93.37
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
14
Bainbridge State College
2500 E Shotwell St, Bainbridge, GA, 39819
$2,128
40.69%
92.6
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
15
Gwinnett Technical College
5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA, 30043
$2,136
37.56%
92.53
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
16
Ogeechee Technical College
One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd, Statesboro, GA, 30458
$2,136
44.53%
92.18
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
17
Albany State University
504 College Drive, Albany, GA, 31705
$3,597
36.19%
91.21
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
18
North Georgia Technical College
1500 Georgia Hwy 197 N, Clarkesville, GA, 30523
$2,136
37.33%
90.79
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
19
Atlanta Technical College
1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA, 30310
$2,136
40.5%
90.4
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
20
West Georgia Technical College
176 Murphy Campus Blvd., Waco, GA, 30182
$2,136
27.97%
90.33
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
21
Dalton State College
650 College Drive, Dalton, GA, 30720
$2,363
23.65%
89.98
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
22
Moultrie Technical College
800 Veterans Parkway North, Moultrie, GA, 31788
$2,136
26.85%
86.95
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
23
Chattahoochee Technical College
980 S Cobb Drive Dr SE, Marietta, GA, 30060
$2,136
39.95%
86.64
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
24
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Rd, Kennesaw, GA, 30144
$5,329
27.72%
86.32
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
25
Columbus State University
4225 University Ave, Columbus, GA, 31907
$4,671
36.67%
85.55
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
26
College of Coastal Georgia
One College Drive, Brunswick, GA, 31520
$2,990
17.69%
84.82
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
27
Georgia Southwestern State University
800 Georgia Southwestern State University Dr., Americus, GA, 31709
$3,507
57.73%
84.02
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
28
Middle Georgia State College
100 College Station Drive, Macon, GA, 31206
$2,392
31.36%
82.69
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
29
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
2802 Moore Hwy, Tifton, GA, 31793
$2,392
4.57%
81.44
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
30
Coastal Pines Technical College
1701 Carswell Ave, Waycross, GA, 31503
$4,005
22.71%
76.21
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
31
Augusta Technical College
3200 Augusta Tech Drive, Augusta, GA, 30906
$2,136
24.2%
76.07
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
32
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple St, Carrollton, GA, 30118
$3,876
41.82%
75.58
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
33
South Georgia Technical College
900 South GA Tech Parkway, Americus, GA, 31709
$2,136
8.26%
74.74
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
34
Darton State College
2400 Gillionville Rd, Albany, GA, 31707
$2,328
15.99%
70.87
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
35
University of North Georgia
82 College Circle, Dahlonega, GA, 30597
$3,617
15.29%
69.93
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
36
Fort Valley State University
1005 State University Dr, Fort Valley, GA, 31030
$4,473
31.07%
67.42
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
37
Brenau University
500 Washington Street SE, Gainesville, GA, 30501
$16,488
57.22%
65.43
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
38
South University?Savannah Online
709 Mall Blvd, Savannah, GA, 31406
$15,741
100%
63.96
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
39
Savannah State University
3219 College Street, Savannah, GA, 31404
$3,624
12.66%
63.55
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
40
Atlanta Metropolitan State College
1630 Metropolitan Parkway, SW, Atlanta, GA, 30310
$2,128
38.73%
61.14
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
41
Georgia College and State University
231 W Hancock Street, Milledgeville, GA, 31061
$6,032
22.5%
60.79
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
42
Thomas University
1501 Millpond Rd, Thomasville, GA, 31792
$12,890
100%
59.99
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
43
Paine College
1235 15th St, Augusta, GA, 30901
$11,880
22.88%
59.5
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
44
Reinhardt University
7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska, GA, 30183
$13,278
20.82%
58.87
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
45
East Georgia State College
131 College Cir, Swainsboro, GA, 30401
$2,660
32.23%
58.49
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
46
Georgia Southern University
Brannen Hall, Room 2015, 2670 Southern Drive, Statesboro, GA, 30460
$5,357
26.85%
58.17
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
47
Georgia Perimeter College
3251 Panthersville Rd, Decatur, GA, 30034
$2,130
37.75%
57.44
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
48
Herzing University-Atlanta
3393 Peachtree Road, Suite 1003, Atlanta, GA, 30326
$14,130
0.31%
55.28
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
49
Interactive College of Technology-Gainesville
2323-C Browns Bridge Rd, Gainesville, GA, 30504
$8,400
100%
54.44
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
50
Interactive College of Technology-Morrow
1580 Southlake Parkway Suite C, Morrow, GA, 30260
$8,400
100%
54.44
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy