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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 Georgia Piedmont Technical College Type: Public
495 N Indian Creek Dr, Clarkston, GA 30021
OVERALL SCORE
98.52
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
49.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
33.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
2 Central Georgia Technical College Type: Public
80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31088
OVERALL SCORE
97
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
14.7%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
3 Albany Technical College Type: Public
1704 South Slappey Boulevard, Albany, GA 31701
OVERALL SCORE
96.84
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
57.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
5.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
4 Georgia Southwestern State University Type: Public
800 Georgia Southwestern State University Dr., Americus, GA 31709
OVERALL SCORE
96.16
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
5 Ogeechee Technical College Type: Public
One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd, Statesboro, GA 30458
OVERALL SCORE
94.48
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
15.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
6 Georgia College and State University Type: Public
231 W Hancock Street, Milledgeville, GA 31061
OVERALL SCORE
92.68
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
7 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Type: Public
One Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, GA 30161
OVERALL SCORE
92.44
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
45.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
15.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
8 University of West Georgia Type: Public
1601 Maple St, Carrollton, GA 30118
OVERALL SCORE
91.48
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
9 Luther Rice University & Seminary Type: Private
3038 Evans Mill Rd, Lithonia, GA 30038
OVERALL SCORE
90.76
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
96.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
10 University of Georgia Type: Public
Administration Building, Athens, GA 30602
OVERALL SCORE
89.92
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
6.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
11 Albany State University Type: Public
504 College Drive, Albany, GA 31705
OVERALL SCORE
89.88
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
7.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
12 Brenau University Type: Private
500 Washington Street SE, Gainesville, GA 30501
OVERALL SCORE
87.96
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
54.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
9.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
13 Columbus State University Type: Public
4225 University Ave, Columbus, GA 31907
OVERALL SCORE
87.6
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
8.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
14 Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Type: Public
225 North Ave, Atlanta, GA 30332
OVERALL SCORE
86.77
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
14.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
1.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
15 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Type: Public
4089 Val Tech Rd, Valdosta, GA 31602
OVERALL SCORE
86.49
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
9.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
16 Lanier Technical College Type: Public
2990 Landrum Education Dr, Oakwood, GA 30566
OVERALL SCORE
85.61
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
7.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
17 Atlanta Technical College Type: Public
1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
OVERALL SCORE
83.25
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
45.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
23.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
18 Southeastern Technical College Type: Public
3001 E First St, Vidalia, GA 30474
OVERALL SCORE
80.41
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
10.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
19 North Georgia Technical College Type: Public
1500 Georgia Hwy 197 N, Clarkesville, GA 30523
OVERALL SCORE
79.01
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
20 Georgia Southern University Type: Public
Brannen Hall, Room 2015, 2670 Southern Drive, Statesboro, GA 30460
OVERALL SCORE
78.89
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
21 University of North Georgia Type: Public
82 College Circle, Dahlonega, GA 30597
OVERALL SCORE
78.29
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
17.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
22 Savannah Technical College Type: Public
5717 White Bluff Rd, Savannah, GA 31405
OVERALL SCORE
78.13
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
21.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
23 Athens Technical College Type: Public
800 U.S. Hwy 29 North, Athens, GA 30601
OVERALL SCORE
75.49
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
17.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
10.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
24 Middle Georgia State University Type: Public
100 College Station Drive, Macon, GA 31206
OVERALL SCORE
74.86
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
36.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
8.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
25 Gwinnett Technical College Type: Public
5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
OVERALL SCORE
73.78
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
13%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
26 Oconee Fall Line Technical College Type: Public
1189 Deepstep Rd, Sandersville, GA 31082
OVERALL SCORE
73.58
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
9.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
27 Coastal Pines Technical College Type: Public
1701 Carswell Ave, Waycross, GA 31503
OVERALL SCORE
73.5
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
12.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
28 Augusta University Type: Public
1120 Fifteenth St, Augusta, GA 30912
OVERALL SCORE
70.74
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23.8%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
29 Southern Crescent Technical College Type: Public
501 Varsity Rd, Griffin, GA 30223
OVERALL SCORE
69.42
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
21.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
30 Dalton State College Type: Public
650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720
OVERALL SCORE
68.94
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
5.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
31 Savannah College of Art and Design Type: Private
342 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31402
OVERALL SCORE
67.7
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
32 Augusta Technical College Type: Public
3200 Augusta Tech Drive, Augusta, GA 30906
OVERALL SCORE
66.1
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
10.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
33 Shorter University Type: Private
315 Shorter Ave, Rome, GA 30165
OVERALL SCORE
64.46
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
34 Columbus Technical College Type: Public
928 Manchester Expy, Columbus, GA 31904
OVERALL SCORE
62.66
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
47.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
13.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
35 Fort Valley State University Type: Public
1005 State University Dr, Fort Valley, GA 31030
OVERALL SCORE
62.27
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
5.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
36 South Georgia Technical College Type: Public
900 South GA Tech Parkway, Americus, GA 31709
OVERALL SCORE
52.91
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
11.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
37 Mercer University Type: Private
1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA 31207
OVERALL SCORE
52.11
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
17.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
5.7%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
38 College of Coastal Georgia Type: Public
One College Drive, Brunswick, GA 31520
OVERALL SCORE
43.68
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
7.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
39 Clayton State University Type: Public
2000 Clayton State Boulevard, Morrow, GA 30260
OVERALL SCORE
43.24
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
13.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
40 Georgia State University Type: Public
33 gilmer st, Atlanta, GA 30303
OVERALL SCORE
43.2
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
8.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
41 West Georgia Technical College Type: Public
176 Murphy Campus Blvd., Waco, GA 30182
OVERALL SCORE
42.08
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
12.7%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
42 Chattahoochee Technical College Type: Public
980 S Cobb Drive Dr SE, Marietta, GA 30060
OVERALL SCORE
41.88
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
43 Armstrong State University Type: Public
11935 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31419
OVERALL SCORE
40.88
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
8.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
44 Reinhardt University Type: Private
7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska, GA 30183
OVERALL SCORE
40.72
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
10.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
45 Toccoa Falls College Type: Private
107 Kincaid Drive, Toccoa Falls, GA 30598
OVERALL SCORE
39.36
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
7%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
46 Truett-McConnell College Type: Private
100 Alumni Dr, Cleveland, GA 30528
OVERALL SCORE
34.69
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
1.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
47 Interactive College of Technology-Chamblee Type: Private
5303 New Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341
OVERALL SCORE
33.45
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
0%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
48 Georgia Perimeter College Type: Public
3251 Panthersville Rd, Decatur, GA 30034
OVERALL SCORE
33.21
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
9.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
49 Emory University Type: Private
408 Administration Building, 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322
OVERALL SCORE
30.49
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
1.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
1.7%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
50 South University?Savannah Online Type: Private
709 Mall Blvd, Savannah, GA 31406
OVERALL SCORE
30.25
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
7.1%
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,