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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
Ocean County College
College Drive, Toms River, NJ, 8754
$3,192
26.41%
97.76
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
2
Rowan College at Burlington County
601 Pemberton-Browns Mills Road, Pemberton, NJ, 8068
$3,480
31.71%
84.51
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
3
Salem Community College
460 Hollywood Avenue, Carneys Point, NJ, 8069
$3,750
28.47%
82.62
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
4
Camden County College
200 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ, 8012
$3,330
17.84%
82.31
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
5
Warren County Community College
475 Route 57 W, Washington, NJ, 7882
$3,960
16.52%
80.18
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
6
Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor, NJ, 8550
$3,888
17.62%
78.37
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
7
Passaic County Community College
One College Blvd, Paterson, NJ, 7505
$3,750
14.92%
77.08
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
8
Atlantic Cape Community College
5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ, 8330
$5,040
29.98%
76.1
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
9
Cumberland County College
3322 College Drive, Vineland, NJ, 8362
$3,690
29.58%
71.15
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
10
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 7305
$8,694
29.9%
63.34
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
11
Essex County College
303 University Ave, Newark, NJ, 7102
$5,208
2.55%
60.96
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
12
Sussex County Community College
One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ, 7860
$5,700
23.96%
60.65
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
13
County College of Morris
214 Center Grove Rd, Randolph, NJ, 7869
$7,080
22.29%
60.27
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
14
Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Rd, Paramus, NJ, 7652
$6,576
19.94%
57.55
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
15
Hudson County Community College
70 Sip Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 7306
$6,960
6.24%
55.84
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
16
Middlesex County College
2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ, 8818
$4,992
10.47%
53.57
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
17
Union County College
1033 Springfield Ave, Cranford, NJ, 7016
$8,400
21.01%
49.63
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
18
Berkeley College-Woodland Park
44 Rifle Camp Rd, Woodland Park, NJ, 7424
$21,921
34.35%
46.87
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
19
Kean University
1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ, 7083
$9,903
7.92%
45.93
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
20
Rowan College at Gloucester County
1400 Tanyard Road, Sewell, NJ, 8080
$3,650
21.3%
45.06
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
21
William Paterson University of New Jersey
300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ, 7470
$9,312
22.53%
44.15
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
22
Rowan University
201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ, 8028
$10,370
15.64%
42.23
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
23
Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ, 8876
$3,696
19.24%
41.57
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
24
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
83 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ, 8901
$13,421
21.84%
39.23
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
25
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ, 7738
$5,700
12.88%
38.99
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
26
Stockton University
101 Vera King Farris, Galloway, NJ, 8205
$9,189
20.08%
37.94
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
27
Caldwell University
120 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ, 7006
$22,460
8.75%
37.49
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
28
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 7043
$9,153
13.33%
36.62
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
29
New Jersey Institute of Technology
University Heights, Newark, NJ, 7102
$15,593
23.75%
36.3
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
30
Felician College
262 S Main St, Lodi, NJ, 7644
$22,980
20.12%
34.98
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
31
Bloomfield College
467 Franklin St, Bloomfield, NJ, 7003
$17,535
22.9%
34.32
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
32
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ, 7430
$11,315
8.75%
31.56
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
33
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, NJ, 7764
$26,885
10.1%
28.21
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
34
Rutgers University-Camden
406 Penn, Camden, NJ, 8102
$13,421
21.12%
27.83
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
35
College of Saint Elizabeth
2 Convent Rd, Morristown, NJ, 7960
$23,650
25.23%
27.1
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
36
Georgian Court University
900 Lakewood Ave, Lakewood, NJ, 8701
$22,190
33.32%
25.04
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
37
Saint Peter's University
2641 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 7306
$25,265
17.29%
22.49
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
38
Seton Hall University
400 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ, 7079
$27,310
14.83%
22.07
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
39
Rutgers University-Newark
249 University Avenue, Blumenthal Hall, Newark, NJ, 7102
$13,421
9.14%
19.25
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
40
Centenary College
400 Jefferson St, Hackettstown, NJ, 7840
$22,150
11.69%
18.59
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
41
Stevens Institute of Technology
Castle Point On Hudson, Hoboken, NJ, 7030
$37,730
42.45%
13.63
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
42
Pillar College
60 Park Place, Suite 701, Newark, NJ, 7102
$17,976
12.55%
12.31
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
43
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus
1000 River Rd, Teaneck, NJ, 7666
$27,838
18.78%
8.82
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
44
Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham
285 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ, 7940
$29,016
6.19%
7.46
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy
 
45
Drew University
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ, 7940
$33,216
4.26%
7.25
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
    Placement Services
      Open Admission Policy
 
46
Rider University
2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ, 8648
$28,175
8.46%
6.34
  
SCHOOL FEATURES:
Accredited
    Digital Library
  Title IV
      AP Credit
      Open Admission Policy