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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
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
495 N Indian Creek Dr, Clarkston, GA, 30021
$2,136
0.49%
98.52
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
2
Central Georgia Technical College
80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, GA, 31088
$2,136
0.43%
97
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
3
Albany Technical College
1704 South Slappey Boulevard, Albany, GA, 31701
$2,140
0.58%
96.84
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
4
Georgia Southwestern State University
800 Georgia Southwestern State University Dr., Americus, GA, 31709
$3,886
0.58%
96.16
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
5
Ogeechee Technical College
One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd, Statesboro, GA, 30458
$2,136
0.39%
94.48
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
6
Georgia College and State University
231 W Hancock Street, Milledgeville, GA, 31061
$7,180
0.27%
92.68
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
7
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
One Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, GA, 30161
$2,136
0.45%
92.44
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
8
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple St, Carrollton, GA, 30118
$4,181
0.47%
91.48
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
9
Luther Rice University & Seminary
3038 Evans Mill Rd, Lithonia, GA, 30038
$5,856
0.97%
90.76
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
10
University of Georgia
Administration Building, Athens, GA, 30602
$9,364
0.06%
89.92
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
11
Albany State University
504 College Drive, Albany, GA, 31705
$3,888
0.39%
89.88
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
12
Brenau University
500 Washington Street SE, Gainesville, GA, 30501
$25,478
0.54%
87.96
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
13
Columbus State University
4225 University Ave, Columbus, GA, 31907
$4,181
0.4%
87.6
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
14
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
225 North Ave, Atlanta, GA, 30332
$9,812
0.15%
86.77
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
15
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
4089 Val Tech Rd, Valdosta, GA, 31602
$2,136
0.32%
86.49
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
16
Lanier Technical College
2990 Landrum Education Dr, Oakwood, GA, 30566
$2,670
0.47%
85.61
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
17
Atlanta Technical College
1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA, 30310
$2,136
0.45%
83.25
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
18
Southeastern Technical College
3001 E First St, Vidalia, GA, 30474
$2,136
0.28%
80.41
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
19
North Georgia Technical College
1500 Georgia Hwy 197 N, Clarkesville, GA, 30523
$2,136
0.35%
79.01
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
20
Georgia Southern University
Brannen Hall, Room 2015, 2670 Southern Drive, Statesboro, GA, 30460
$4,181
0.28%
78.89
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
21
University of North Georgia
82 College Circle, Dahlonega, GA, 30597
$3,644
0.18%
78.29
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
22
Savannah Technical College
5717 White Bluff Rd, Savannah, GA, 31405
$2,136
0.32%
78.13
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
23
Athens Technical College
800 U.S. Hwy 29 North, Athens, GA, 30601
$2,136
0.18%
75.49
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
24
Middle Georgia State University
100 College Station Drive, Macon, GA, 31206
$2,608
0.37%
74.86
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
25
Gwinnett Technical College
5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA, 30043
$2,136
0.34%
73.78
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
26
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
1189 Deepstep Rd, Sandersville, GA, 31082
$2,136
0.41%
73.58
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
27
Coastal Pines Technical College
1701 Carswell Ave, Waycross, GA, 31503
$4,005
0.26%
73.5
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
28
Augusta University
1120 Fifteenth St, Augusta, GA, 30912
$6,382
0.24%
70.74
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
29
Southern Crescent Technical College
501 Varsity Rd, Griffin, GA, 30223
$3,204
0.41%
69.42
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
30
Dalton State College
650 College Drive, Dalton, GA, 30720
$2,448
0.12%
68.94
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
31
Savannah College of Art and Design
342 Bull St, Savannah, GA, 31402
$34,470
0.18%
67.7
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
32
Augusta Technical College
3200 Augusta Tech Drive, Augusta, GA, 30906
$2,136
0.22%
66.1
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
33
Shorter University
315 Shorter Ave, Rome, GA, 30165
$20,476
0.39%
64.46
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
34
Columbus Technical College
928 Manchester Expy, Columbus, GA, 31904
$2,136
0.47%
62.66
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
35
Fort Valley State University
1005 State University Dr, Fort Valley, GA, 31030
$3,886
0.28%
62.27
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
36
South Georgia Technical College
900 South GA Tech Parkway, Americus, GA, 31709
$2,136
0.12%
52.91
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
37
Mercer University
1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA, 31207
$34,150
0.18%
52.11
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
38
College of Coastal Georgia
One College Drive, Brunswick, GA, 31520
$2,451
0.24%
43.68
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
39
Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Boulevard, Morrow, GA, 30260
$3,886
0.38%
43.24
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
40
Georgia State University
33 gilmer st, Atlanta, GA, 30303
$6,846
0.18%
43.2
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
41
West Georgia Technical College
176 Murphy Campus Blvd., Waco, GA, 30182
$2,136
0.29%
42.08
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
42
Chattahoochee Technical College
980 S Cobb Drive Dr SE, Marietta, GA, 30060
$2,136
0.39%
41.88
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
43
Armstrong State University
11935 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA, 31419
$3,886
0.28%
40.88
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
44
Reinhardt University
7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska, GA, 30183
$19,946
0.19%
40.72
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
45
Toccoa Falls College
107 Kincaid Drive, Toccoa Falls, GA, 30598
$20,110
0.41%
39.36
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
46
Truett-McConnell College
100 Alumni Dr, Cleveland, GA, 30528
$17,250
0.45%
34.69
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
47
Interactive College of Technology-Chamblee
5303 New Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA, 30341
$9,063
0.43%
33.45
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
48
Georgia Perimeter College
3251 Panthersville Rd, Decatur, GA, 30034
$2,181
0.4%
33.21
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
49
Emory University
408 Administration Building, 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30322
$45,700
0.02%
30.49
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
50
South University?Savannah Online
709 Mall Blvd, Savannah, GA, 31406
$14,472
1%
30.25
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy