Online Colleges in Indiana

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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 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"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

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.

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  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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Wabash, Indiana, became the first electrically-lit city in the world in 1880. Community colleges and universities throughout the Hoosier State have been illuminating the dreams of Indiana students for much longer.

Nestled in the heart of the Midwest, Indiana is home to numerous colleges and universities, many of them within an easy day's drive of prospective students. But for those who prefer to attend online, the options are even better. In fact, Indiana has been quite favorable for institutions looking to expand their online presence. The Indiana College Network is a concentrated effort to allow students to find their preferred online programs and courses in one convenient place. Besides that, Indiana fosters a receptive atmosphere for colleges and universities that want to launch their own online programs, encouraging online education to continue growing into a robust future.

With the choice of 14 public four-year institutions, 15 two-year institutions and a wealth of private colleges, students seeking a top-notch online education may be able to find what they are looking for in Indiana. To make it easier to choose, Learn More Indiana provides links to pertinent information for every school in the state, and we are here to provide you with a list of the best online institutes with which to kick off your search.

Best Online Colleges in Indiana for 2018-19

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Students seeking the best online colleges and universities in Indiana often look to rankings to help them narrow down the options. This list of the top 10 schools was created based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) analyzed by our careful methodology, which can be found at the bottom of the page. To make your own rankings, see our Top Colleges Tool; however, here are ours.

1

Ball State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,654
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
54
School Type
4-year

We would be neglectful not to mention the exemplary Ball State University (named for the brothers who bought the institute's land and gifted it to the state) in any discussion about the best online colleges in Indiana. Established in 1918 as a college for teachers, Ball State offered its first fully online degree in 1999, years before most other schools caught up and followed suit.

Students looking for distance education can find three different forms of program at BSU. First is the fully online format, where students can study on their own time so long as they can meet regular coursework deadlines. Second is the off-campus format, where students can take advantage of graduate education courses and professional development opportunities at the Ball State Indianapolis Center, rather than heading to BSU campus. And finally, there are blended programs, where students can take some courses online and others at BSU campus or the Indianapolis Center. A handful of BSU programs even allow students to choose which of the three formats they would prefer to use!

2

Indiana State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,746
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
39%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
55
School Type
4-year

At Indiana State University, online students are assigned a personal advisor. They also have access to a wealth of services and resources, including 24/7 support for any technical issues that might arise. The university's 19-to-1 student-faculty ratio extends to online courses as well, and helps students to find the attention and assistance they need — whether they are on campus or miles away.

Online programs at Indiana State University are available in everything from accounting to psychology to occupational safety. Though most of ISU's programs can be completed entirely online, some do require the occasional brief campus visit. Students should carefully examine all requirements before enrolling.

3

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,205
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
36%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
38
School Type
4-year

In 1969, Indiana University merged with Purdue to create IUPUI, Indiana's premier urban research university. Versatility is the hallmark of this university, for online students as well as on-campus ones. Fully online degree programs are available in subjects such as law, computer science, library studies, public administration and social work. Students who have already earned some college credit can take advantage of degree completion programs, such as those in criminal justice, mathematics and nursing. Students who do not feel comfortable with a 100 percent online education can also consider the university's many hybrid courses, where elements of both on- and off-campus learning are merged into one experience.

4

Indiana University-Bloomington

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,388
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
12%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22
School Type
4-year

The Bloomington campus at Indiana University is the flagship institution, founded almost two centuries ago in 1820 as a state seminary school. The university emphasizes diversity and flexibility, which is why it offers online degree programs from the associate level all the way up to the doctoral level, in subjects such as general studies, computing and technology, public health and mathematics. Most of the courses for these programs are asynchronous, allowing students to study whenever and wherever is most convenient for each individual student.

5

Indiana University East

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,073
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
59%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
12
School Type
4-year

Part of the robust Indiana University System, Indiana University East offers academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, with an average class size of only 20 students. Advisors work with students to determine their best course of action regarding transfer credits and their future course of study.

Students who have already earned some college credit can take advantage of the school's several online bachelor's degree completion programs, including those in communication studies, mathematics, political science, psychology and applied health science. Those who choose to major in general studies can take all four years of their bachelor's degree education online. Alternately, students can pursue a graduate certificate in composition studies, early childhood education or mathematics.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Location:

2325 Chester Blvd, Richmond,
IN 47374
 
6

Purdue University-Main Campus

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,002
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
17%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
19
School Type
4-year

In 1874, Purdue University began with 39 students, taught by six instructors. Oh, how times have changed. In 2016, the university had over 40,000 students, taught by almost 17,000 faculty and staff. Many of those individuals work or study in Purdue University Online, where students can take advantage of associate and master's degree programs, as well as certificate programs, professional development opportunities, and non-credit courses.

In addition to technical support, online students at Purdue also have access to the same services as on campus students, including a virtual library and advisors. A dedicated staff that focuses only on the online programs at Purdue is available to discuss financial aid, scheduling and any other issues.

7

University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$28,310
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
52%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7
School Type
4-year

The private, Roman Catholic University of Saint Francis was founded in 1890 in Lafayette, but moved to Fort Wayne in 1944, where it continues to educate its students in a multitude of subjects. The university has a particular focus on the liberal arts, the creative arts and the health sciences, and it offers online master's degree programs in related subjects such as teaching, health care administration, and sustainability. Saint Francis also offers a special Transition to Teaching online program that helps students who have earned a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching subject to transition into a career in secondary education.

8

Ivy Tech Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$4,175
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
44%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
39
School Type
2-year

Those seeking certificates, associate degrees or two-year transfer credits online can find them at Ivy Tech, where online programs are available for students in a wide variety of majors. Ivy Tech's online degree programs are delivered through the Blackboard virtual learning environment, among them accounting, cyber security, office administration and software development. A handful of hybrid programs are available as well, including early childhood education, human services and paralegal studies. Regardless of major, online Ivy students have access not only to robust technical support, but also to all the same services on-campus students enjoy, including a virtual library filled with online resources.

9

Grace College and Theological Seminary

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$23,120
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
30%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
10
School Type
4-year

Perhaps the most enticing online aspect of Grace College and Theological Seminary is their collection of Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners (GOAL) programs -- accelerated online bachelor's degree programs that can be completed in as few as 16 months. The GOAL programs also use open educational resources (OER) instead of textbooks, supplying students with digital learning content free of charge. Each degree option at Grace College, from administration to nonprofit management to human services, is taught with a Biblical worldview designed to help students bring a Christ-centered attitude to their future endeavors.

10

University of Southern Indiana

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,605
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
44%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
6
School Type
4-year

Nestled on a sprawling 1,400 acre campus in Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana offers online bachelor's degree programs in the health care field, as well as various master's degree programs (including an MBA with five possible concentrations) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Other online offerings include certification for health professionals, advanced studies in addiction science, and continuing education courses for lifelong learning. Many of USI's online courses are offered in an asynchronous format -- though some do require synchronous video conferencing sessions -- and they utilize the Blackboard learning management system for course delivery.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

8600 University Blvd, Evansville,
IN 47712
 

Affordable Online Colleges in Indiana for 2018-19

The lists below highlight some of the most affordable online colleges in Indiana, with the data for their tuition provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

For Indiana schools ranked by quality and other factors, use our Top Colleges tool.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL TYPE
    Ivy Tech Community College$4,17544%392-year
    College of Court Reporting Inc$13,550100%22-year
    Ancilla College$14,93049%12-year
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL TYPE
    Vincennes University$5,57511%324-year
    Indiana University-Kokomo$7,07328%14-year
    Indiana University-South Bend$7,07331%34-year
    Indiana University-Northwest$7,07337%54-year
    Indiana University-Southeast$7,07335%24-year

College Accreditation in Indiana

Students should pay as much attention to picking a properly accredited college as they do to choosing their major. Accreditation means that an institution's educational programs adhere to predetermined quality standards and have been peer reviewed. It's important to know that degrees earned at any given institution are valid.

Most colleges and universities in Indiana are accredited through one nationally recognized accrediting body:

  • The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Some smaller colleges in Indiana, such as the College of Court Reporting, are accredited by:

  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Before enrolling in an online college in Indiana, students can check with the Department of Education to see how the institution they are interested in attending is accredited.

School Interviews

In the interviews below, leading educators in Indiana share their insights into the rich and varied experiences of earning an online degree in Indiana.

Philip T. Powell
I predict online MBA programs will replace residential MBA programs as the default in the next three to five years.

Philip T. Powell

Chair of the Kelley Direct Online MBA program

Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Q. Can you give us an overview of your top degree program(s)?

Our MBA program is completely asynchronous. We have class every week, but students do not have to attend. We emphasize flexibility, so a student can finish the program in two years or five years if they want. Learning is not just about the class every week. There is a 24/7 interaction with faculty members.

Instead of modeling on the past (the brick and mortar classroom) we model the program based on the virtual workplace. There are case discussions going on, teamwork, impromptu and scheduled chats. Students are always interacting with multiple people at multiple times, not about sitting at the screen watching the talking head of a faculty member.

There are about 1,000 students, and it's the first Top 20 program to be taught online. Most of our students are middle managers in Fortune 500 companies, with big clusters of students from California and the Northeast. Only 15 percent are from Indiana.

Our students want to get into the executive suite, so the whole curriculum is around executive development.

Q. What advice do you have for prospective students about choosing an online program?

A good online program is going to have a good face-to-face component and use action-based learning. Other questions to ask:

  • Does the school allow online MBAs to interview shoulder to shoulder with the residential MBAs?
  • Is the faculty comprised of scholar teachers or adjunct instructors?
  • Does the program outsource services? No business school would outsource their full-time MBA program, so they shouldn't do that with the online program.
  • Are online students treated the same way as residential MBAs?

Q. What are your thoughts on the future of online learning?

I predict online MBA programs will replace residential MBA programs as the default in the next three to five years. Anytime there is new technology, it displaces the old and defines the new normal.


Dr. Allison Barber
Online education will continue to grow rapidly throughout the state of Indiana because of that level of flexibility …

Dr. Allison Barber

Chancellor

Western Governors University Indiana

Q. Can you overview your top degree program(s)?

Nursing is our top degree program. WGU Indiana equips our registered nurses and other medical professionals with the comprehensive education they will need to succeed in a competitive field. The competency-based model works wonderfully within our healthcare college, encouraging students to combine their acquired knowledge with empathy to become effective professionals. Specifically, we offer a pre-licensure program for those looking to earn their RN to BSN, as well as a BSN to MSN program. WGU Indiana also offer bachelor's and master's degrees in IT, business and education.

Q. What advice do you have for prospective students about choosing an online program?

There are certainly a few essential items to consider when choosing an online degree program.

  1. Is the university accredited and does it have my best interests in mind?
  2. What is the return on investment (ROI)?
  3. Is the program flexible enough to fit my lifestyle?

Q. What are your thoughts on the future of online learning?

It's often our busy lifestyles that prevent Hoosiers from following a traditional four-year college degree track or from pursuing additional educational opportunities later in life. However, the statistics show that there is a need for a skilled workforce here in Indiana, both now and in the decade to come. Whether you are a young person who has attempted but never completed a college degree or a mid-career professional juggling family and work obligations, there are a wide variety of options with online universities to help you get the education and training you need for the jobs of the future.

Online education will continue to grow rapidly throughout the state of Indiana because of that level of flexibility and because there are excellent careers on the market in business, healthcare, education, and information technology that require a college degree.

Financial Aid Resources in Indiana

If you plan to attend a college or university in Indiana, you've got lots of Hoosier support on your side. As of 2016, Indiana ranks seventh in the country for the most need-based grant aid per full-time undergraduate student. Add to that the opportunities for scholarships and the state's Commission for Higher Education eStudent system, which simplifies the whole financial process, and you can see why so many students in Indiana are confident college-bounders.

To get your financial aid research started, we've compiled some of the available state scholarships and grants for students attending college in Indiana.

Indiana Gift Aid: Grants & Scholarships

Indiana students who work hard in high school and plan to stay in-state for college put themselves at an advantage to earn a substantial scholarship toward college. Here are three programs that are helping to make Hoosier education dreams come true.

1.Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicants must be Indiana high school seniors who have been accepted into a full-time bachelor's degree program at an accredited public or private institution of higher learning in Indiana.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
Open
Renewable
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
2.Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must hold an associate of arts, associate of science, or an associate of applied sciences; must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and be a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.
Award Amount
$4,000
Application Deadline
December 1
Renewable
Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and is a full-time on-campus student.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
3.Ehrman Memorial Vocational Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a graduating senior from an Adams County high school who will attend an accredited vocational/technical college.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
February 2
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
4.Student Recycling Leadership Corps
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicants must be in their junior or senior year of high school and be a resident of Indiana. Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or better and be interested in increasing their school's recycling measures.
Award Amount
$1,000
Application Deadline
September 30
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL

Don't miss our Ultimate Guide to Grants or Ultimate Guide to Scholarships for advice and strategies on finding these types of financial aid.

Indiana Loans

Finding a quality student loan program helps to make post-graduate payoff more manageable. Indiana's loan program is designed not only to help students pay for college, but also to help them maximize their financial aid.

The ISM helps families find free financial aid money before supplying loans to close the gap. They offer fixed and variable rate options with several repayment types to suit different borrowers.

  • Application deadline:  N/A
  • Award amount:  Varies

Learn more about student loans in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Indiana

 
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