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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 Rutgers University-New Brunswick Type: Public
83 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
OVERALL SCORE
93
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
5.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
2 Ocean County College Type: Public
College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
OVERALL SCORE
91.16
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
3 Stevens Institute of Technology Type: Private
Castle Point On Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030
OVERALL SCORE
85.41
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24.8%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
0.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
4 Rowan University Type: Public
201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028
OVERALL SCORE
84.13
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
10.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
5 Stockton University Type: Public
101 Vera King Farris, Galloway, NJ 08205
OVERALL SCORE
74.14
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
6 Caldwell University Type: Private
120 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ 07006
OVERALL SCORE
71.38
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
7 Ramapo College of New Jersey Type: Public
505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430
OVERALL SCORE
68.14
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
9.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
8 Seton Hall University Type: Private
400 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
OVERALL SCORE
65.86
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15.4%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
9 New Jersey City University Type: Public
2039 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305
OVERALL SCORE
63.62
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29.8%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
11.7%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
10 Berkeley College-Woodland Park Type: Private
44 Rifle Camp Rd, Woodland Park, NJ 07424
OVERALL SCORE
59.59
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
36.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
18%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
11 New Jersey Institute of Technology Type: Public
University Heights, Newark, NJ 07102
OVERALL SCORE
56.63
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
12 Monmouth University Type: Private
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, NJ 07764
OVERALL SCORE
55.79
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
9.4%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
13 Cumberland County College Type: Public
3322 College Drive, Vineland, NJ 08362
OVERALL SCORE
54.51
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
2.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
14 Georgian Court University Type: Private
900 Lakewood Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701
OVERALL SCORE
53.71
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
9.7%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
15 Montclair State University Type: Public
1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043
OVERALL SCORE
51.87
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
16 Rowan College at Burlington County Type: Public
601 Pemberton-Browns Mills Road, Pemberton, NJ 08068
OVERALL SCORE
50.71
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
7.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
17 Kean University Type: Public
1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
OVERALL SCORE
48.2
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
5.4%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
10.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
18 Felician University Type: Private
262 S Main St, Lodi, NJ 07644
OVERALL SCORE
46.88
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
9.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
19 Salem Community College Type: Public
460 Hollywood Avenue, Carneys Point, NJ 08069
OVERALL SCORE
45.32
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
20 Warren County Community College Type: Public
475 Route 57 W, Washington, NJ 07882
OVERALL SCORE
44.36
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
2.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
21 Mercer County Community College Type: Public
1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor, NJ 08550
OVERALL SCORE
42.44
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
22 Saint Peter's University Type: Private
2641 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07306
OVERALL SCORE
42.04
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
23 Drew University Type: Private
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940
OVERALL SCORE
36.97
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
2.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
2.7%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
24 Camden County College Type: Public
200 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ 08012
OVERALL SCORE
36.45
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
25 Passaic County Community College Type: Public
One College Blvd, Paterson, NJ 07505
OVERALL SCORE
35.85
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
14.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
2.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
26 Rutgers University-Camden Type: Public
406 Penn, Camden, NJ 08102
OVERALL SCORE
33.33
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29.8%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
14.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
27 County College of Morris Type: Public
214 Center Grove Rd, Randolph, NJ 07869
OVERALL SCORE
32.81
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
5.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
28 Centenary College Type: Private
400 Jefferson St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
OVERALL SCORE
32.69
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30.2%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
29 Middlesex County College Type: Public
2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 08818
OVERALL SCORE
31.29
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
30 Sussex County Community College Type: Public
One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ 07860
OVERALL SCORE
31.01
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
31 Bergen Community College Type: Public
400 Paramus Rd, Paramus, NJ 07652
OVERALL SCORE
28.17
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
32 Rutgers University-Newark Type: Public
249 University Avenue, Blumenthal Hall, Newark, NJ 07102
OVERALL SCORE
26.13
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
11.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
7.8%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
33 College of Saint Elizabeth Type: Private
2 Convent Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960
OVERALL SCORE
25.61
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
8.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
34 Union County College Type: Public
1033 Springfield Ave, Cranford, NJ 07016
OVERALL SCORE
23.1
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
17.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
6.2%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
35 Bloomfield College Type: Private
467 Franklin St, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
OVERALL SCORE
17.5
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
9.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
36 Brookdale Community College Type: Public
765 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738
OVERALL SCORE
14.22
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
2.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
37 Raritan Valley Community College Type: Public
118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876
OVERALL SCORE
14.14
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
17.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
38 Rider University Type: Private
2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
OVERALL SCORE
13.86
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
5.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
39 Hudson County Community College Type: Public
70 Sip Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
OVERALL SCORE
11.43
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
11.1%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.3%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
40 William Paterson University of New Jersey Type: Public
300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470
OVERALL SCORE
10.31
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
10.9%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
41 Atlantic Cape Community College Type: Public
5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 08330
OVERALL SCORE
9.67
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31.9%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
2.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
42 Rowan College at Gloucester County Type: Public
1400 Tanyard Road, Sewell, NJ 08080
OVERALL SCORE
9.11
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24.6%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
0.6%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
43 Essex County College Type: Public
303 University Ave, Newark, NJ 07102
OVERALL SCORE
8.15
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
5.7%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
2.4%
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
44 Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus Type: Private
1000 River Rd, Teaneck, NJ 07666
OVERALL SCORE
6.27
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19.5%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
4.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
45 Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham Type: Private
285 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940
OVERALL SCORE
5.63
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
7.3%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
3.5%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      Open Admission Policy
46 Pillar College Type: Private
60 Park Place, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102
OVERALL SCORE
0.87
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10%
PERCENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
13.1%
SCHOOL FEATURES
      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 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/
, if applicable,