About OnlineColleges.com

OnlineColleges.com is a resource for people who want reliable information about online colleges and degree programs. On our website you can find information about pursing your degree online. We help users find the right online college and program based on subject, location and degree level. Our pages feature online colleges, online degree programs and career outlooks. Students can read descriptions of the top online colleges in each state as well as in each field of study. These school rankings give students the information they need to help them choose the college that is right for them.

Mission Statement

College is a long, arduous journey, and before you embark on any long journey, it pays to do your research. We want to make sure that any decision you make along your higher education journey is informed and confident. Our goal is that anyone can come to our website to learn about distance education and discover their perfect school.

What will I find here?

OnlineColleges.com provides comprehensive guides for the most prominent online majors. From what to expect in a program to related careers and their outlook after graduation, our guides cover the information you need to confidently choose an online degree program.

Our How To Pay section also provides important resources for online students. Here you can learn about financial aid for online colleges, including grants, loans and scholarships.

At OnlineColleges.com, our mission is to empower students with knowledge about distance education. We believe informed students have the power to take their education and their career future into their own hands.

Our Online College Ranking

The Top Colleges Tool allows students to filter close to 3,000 colleges to find the best college for them. Students can filter by state, tuition, school type, military benefits and more. With this interactive tool, students can produce a personalized list that ranks schools based on the qualities that are most important to them.

We create data-based information

We use data from government agencies and other nationally recognized, primary sources. We make sure that our data analysis relies on a sound methodology. We don’t make any claims that that are not backed up by actual data. Our favorite data sources include the following:

  • The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
  • The United States Census Bureau


Megan Horner
Ryan Tran
Site Manager
Ryan is a recent graduate of California State University, Fullerton, so he has an in-depth understanding of what prospective college students look for when searching for the perfect college. While he was in school, he took multiple online courses to give him the flexibility to work full time while earning his bachelor’s degree in marketing. From his personal experiences in college, Ryan is looking to supply OnlineColleges.com with the information that will help students who are looking for online colleges and courses.
Megan Horner
Megan Horner
Site Editor
As the site editor for OnlineColleges.com, Megan is responsible for content strategy, editing and publishing. Her goal is to make sure the site has all the information and resources that students need in order to make informed decisions about higher education. She has worked as a writer and editor in both online and print publishing. Before joining the OnlineColleges.com team, she worked in the education technology field for several years. Megan holds a degree in English and editing from Brigham Young University.
Kate Rainey
Kate Rainey
Data Editor
Kate tackles all of the data needs for OnlineColleges.com. A spreadsheet enthusiast, she is in charge of designing ranking methodologies, compiling statistical data about higher education and keeping the team informed about new sources. She has worked for MSN.com and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and she holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Kate believes that data can be a helpful tool in making decisions about higher education, and she hopes to help prospective students navigate the numbers so they can make the best decisions about their future.


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