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Best Online Colleges in 2018-19

Jun 07, 2018 | By Maggie Wirtanen
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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 percent 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 provisional 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.

NOTE: Schools' tuition amounts are based on 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Methodology Sources:

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Young adults heading to college or working professionals wanting more education can look into the options available through online degree programs. Online degree programs not only let students work from the comfort of their own home but also complete assignments at a time that is convenient to them -- even if that is in the middle of the night or during a lunch hour.

Students generally want to make sure they have explored all of the options before deciding on a college program. Our list of the 25 best online colleges for 2018-19 can help you to think about all the different choices out there and be more aware of the various degree options and fields of study that are available.

25 Best Online Colleges for 2018-19

Our ranking of the 25 best online colleges for 2018-19 was compiled using data from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). We rated online colleges on qualities such as graduation rate, retention rate, in-state tuition costs and more, using our unique methodology (details at the bottom of this page).

1

University of Florida

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.
$6,381
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.
61
School Type
4-year

Since its founding in 1858, the University of Florida has done many extraordinary things: helped to prove the existence of the Higgs boson particle, started one of the first five dance marathon fundraisers in the nation, and even invented Gatorade. Students from around the world can contribute to and benefit from the university's rich history through online education.

UF offers an enormous number of online degree programs, certificate programs, courses and other formats of education to its online students. Degree programs come in bachelor's, master's or doctoral levels; UF also offers unique "specialist" programs for teachers and other educators, as well as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) through Coursera.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Address:

University of Florida,
Gainesville,
FL 32611
 
2

American Public University System

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.
$6,880
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.
100%
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.
154
School Type
4-year

No list of the best online colleges would be complete without the American Public University System, a 100 percent online university that is focused entirely on distance learning for its students. Whether you're a fresh high school graduate or a working professional with a busy schedule, you can pursue APUS's prolific online degree programs in fields as varied as ancient and classical history, national security studies and public lands management.

Classes start monthly, allowing online students the convenience of starting their education at practically any time, and can be eight or 16 weeks in length. Academic advising and career services are also available.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Address:

111 W. Congress Street,
Charlestown,
WV 25414
 
3

Pennsylvania State 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.
$17,900
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.
33%
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.
80
School Type
4-year

So that students around the world have access to online degrees and programs, Pennsylvania State University created its online degree hub: the PennState World Campus. Through the World Campus, distance learners can pursue degree and certificate programs of all levels in subjects such as energy and sustainability, engineering, nursing or even "turfgrass" (the study of grasses used as turf and sports field cover). PSU students also have access to resources such as academic advising, career counseling, technical support and electronic library collections.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Address:

201 Old Main,
University Park,
PA 16802
 
4

Liberty 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.
$21,292
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.
89%
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.
92
School Type
4-year

At the evangelical liberal arts institute of Liberty University, online degree programs are offered in fields as diverse as accounting, fine arts, law, nursing and, of course, religion. Programs are available at every degree level from associate to doctoral, and courses are taught with a Christian perspective on materials and curriculum.

In addition to faith, Liberty University places importance on supporting members of the military and their families. Military service members, veterans and military spouses can apply for multiple benefits and resources through Liberty, including tuition assistance, a transfer credit evaluation and deployment assistance.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Address:

1971 University Boulevard,
Lynchburg,
VA 24515
 
5

Regis 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.
$34,450
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.
65%
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.
77
School Type
4-year

Regis University, a Jesuit university that was started in Denver in 1887, has expanded its formerly campus-based education to include online programs. Health care informatics, software engineering and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) are just a few of the many choices that Regis students can pursue through distance learning. Some of the school's programs, such as the online bachelor's degree programs in accounting or computer science, can even be completed in an "Accelerated" format.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Address:

3333 Regis Boulevard,
Denver,
CO 80221
 
6

Northern Arizona 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.
$10,764
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.
77
School Type
4-year

Online bachelor's and master's degree programs at Northern Arizona University are available in disciplines such as business, criminal justice, education, technology and more. NAU students can also pursue a more self-paced learning experience via "Personalized Learning" programs. These are available in areas such as nursing, management, small business administration and computer information technology, and allow students to work through learning units in competency-based modules.

Resources available to NAU online students include tutoring, technical help and the collections of the school's Cline Library.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Address:

1900 S. Knoles Drive,
Flagstaff,
AZ 86011
 
7

University of Cincinnati-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.
$11,000
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.
40%
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.
57
School Type
4-year

A public research university that holds the distinction of being the origin of cooperative education, the University of Cincinnati is also a source of many career-focused online degree programs. With part-time and full-time study schedules, fully online and hybrid formats, and year-round course offerings, there's a lot of flexibility for distance learners at UC. Programs can be found at undergraduate, graduate, certificate and doctoral levels, and in subjects from health care administration to criminal justice.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Address:

2624 Clifton Avenue,
Cincinnati,
OH 45221
 
8

East Carolina 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.
$6,997
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.
42%
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.
59
School Type
4-year

Whether your interests lie in business, education, health care or technology, there are a variety of online programs available to tempt you at East Carolina University. Undergraduate programs at ECU come in the form of bachelor's completion programs; graduate students have options in the form of master's degree or certificate programs.

Education- and nursing-based students have additional options beyond the norm at ECU. After completing a master's program, nursing graduate students can take post-master's nursing certificate programs in a multitude of specialties. Teaching students, meanwhile, can pursue alternative teacher licensure routes or add-on licensure programs.

Accreditation:

  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Address:

East 5th Street,
Greenville,
NC 27858
 
9

Champlain 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.
$38,660
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.
68
School Type
4-year

Nonprofit Champlain College has offered online degree programs to students since 1993, with a primary focus on the needs of adult learners. Online courses at Champlain are generally seven to eight weeks in length and feature six start dates per year, making them both flexible and accessible. Transfer students should find Champlain particularly accessible, as up to 90 approved credits can be transferred from a previous school into an online Champlain program.

Accreditation:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Address:

163 S. Willard Street,
Burlington,
VT 05401
 
10

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

Ball State University features a wide spread of online programs: graduate, undergraduate, degree, certificate and two special options for aspiring teachers: the Transition to Teaching program, and various teaching licensure programs. Most courses at BSU are asynchronous, conveyed through the Blackboard learning system. However, some graduate courses in business administration, educational studies and leadership are live-streamed in a synchronous format.

All of the university's resources are available to online students: student support services, library services, the Writing Center, tutoring and technology support. Furthermore, BSU's Technology Store can help students find the software and hardware they need for their online courses -- for both PC and Mac!

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Address:

2000 University Avenue,
Muncie,
IN 47306
 
11

University of Central Florida

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.
$6,368
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.
56%
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.
43
School Type
4-year

The University of Central Florida encourages students to customize their many online degree programs with an online minor, which come in many fascinating flavors, from ethnic studies to journalism to crime law and deviance. In conjunction with the university's online student resources -- which include academic advising, online tutoring and peer-assisted learning -- online students can find a rich, vibrant online education at UCF.

Students who are interested in pursuing an online bachelor certificate program should be aware that, in order to earn a UCF certificate, a student must also be admitted to and complete a bachelor's degree program. We advise contacting the school for more details if desired.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Address:

4000 Central Florida Boulevard,
Orlando,
FL 32816
 
12

Nova Southeastern 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.
$28,736
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.
50%
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.
86
School Type
4-year

Nova Southeastern University was founded in 1964 as a graduate school in Fort Lauderdale. It now boasts online and on-campus program offerings, as well as multiple regional campuses across Florida and Puerto Rico that use videoconferencing to connect to lectures at the main Fort Lauderdale campus -- another kind of distance education!

Online programs at NSU vary from an online degree completion program in respiratory therapy to an online master's of science in law. The university's online learning management system is based through Blackboard and is called "SharkLearn," named of course for the university mascot: Razor the Shark.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Address:

3301 College Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale,
FL 3314
 
13

Saint Leo 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.
$21,440
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.
68%
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.
62
School Type
4-year

This Catholic university aims for student growth in body, mind and spirit, and it welcomes campus-based and online students of all faiths. The online programs offered through Saint Leo University are specifically designed for adult learners and are available in disciplines such as accounting, information security, psychology, theology and more. Online learners who work hard and show achievement can even be recognized on the Dean's List and through membership in the Delta Epsilon Sigma honor society.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Address:

33701 State Road 52,
Saint Leo,
FL 33574
 
14

Texas Tech 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.
$8,428
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.
57
School Type
4-year

When Texas Tech University says their goal is to create "a global educational community," they aren't pulling any punches. Not only does TTU offer a variety of online and hybrid degree programs for college students and adult learners -- in majors from general studies to civil engineering to plant and soil sciences -- but it offers an accredited K-12 hybrid program that educates younger students "whose educational needs are not being met by traditional school districts."

The university's online courses are accessible through Blackboard, and instructors are aided in the creation of their online course materials by the Online Accessibility Lab (OAL), which offers captioning assistance and accessibility evaluations.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Address:

Broadway and University Avenue,
Lubbock,
TX 79409
 
15

Harvard 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.
$47,074
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.
13%
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.
130
School Type
4-year

Harvard University is a school that needs no introduction. Not only is it the oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the defining Ivy League members, but it is a university with no shortage of learning options for its students. In addition to on-campus and asynchronous online courses, Harvard offers synchronous web-conference courses; "on-campus or online" courses where students can choose how they wish to participate on a daily basis; online courses with a required on-campus weekend; 2-credit Active Learning Weekend courses that last a single weekend; and more.

Accreditation:

  • Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Address:

Massachusetts Hall,
Cambridge,
MA 02138
 
16

Johns Hopkins 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.
$50,410
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.
37%
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.
69
School Type
4-year

Johns Hopkins University, the very first research research university in the United States, was established in 1912 by the Maryland State Legislature. Online JHU students can find many programs available to them -- some fully online, others in a hybrid format. The university's online programs cover intriguing subjects such as applied biomedical engineering, financial mathematics, humanitarian health and even museum studies. JHU "Blue Jays" may also pursue online graduate certificate programs, as well as doctoral degree programs in fields such as nursing or international studies.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Address:

3400 N. Charles Street,
Baltimore,
MD 21218
 
17

Grand Canyon 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.
$17,050
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.
90%
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.
78
School Type
4-year

A private Christian school, Grand Canyon University is located in the heart of Phoenix, but has online programs to make learning accessible to students beyond its physical borders. Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs can be pursued online, through evening courses, or in a hybrid format, in subjects such as business administration, reading and literacy, nursing, religious studies and cybersecurity. The school also has a history of assisting students who are of Native American descent, with a special team of university development and student services counselors dedicated to serving their needs.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Address:

3300 W. Camelback Road,
Phoenix,
AZ 85017
 
18

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

Whether you are starting your degree or looking to finish one, Indiana State University has online options to help you take steps toward your objectives. Bachelor's degree programs, graduate degree programs, certificates and licensures, educational specialist programs and undergraduate minors are available for students who want to complete their studies online. Program subjects range from history, mathematics and insurance & risk management to special education, athletic training and textiles, apparel and merchandising.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Address:

210 N. 7th Street,
Terre Haute,
IN 47809
 
19

Oklahoma State 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.
$8,321
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.
33%
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.
31
School Type
4-year

At Oklahoma State University, students can discover online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in disciplines like aviation and space, nutrition sciences, pre-law and many others. Career services, a math learning success center and the OSU writing center are also available to online learners.

OSU also offers students the rather unique option to create their own self-paced curriculum through Individual Study undergraduate courses. These courses are accessed through the OSU online classroom, but assignments and correspondence can be made available offline as well for students with limited internet access.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Address:

107 Whitehurst,
Stillwater,
OK 74078
 
20

Sam Houston State 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.
$7,762
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.
46%
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.
31
School Type
4-year

At Sam Houston State University, students can pursue online degree programs of various degree levels in subjects such as criminal justice, kinesiology, youth services libraries, sociology and numerous others. While many of the school's courses are synchronous, several others are available in an asynchronous format if desired. Students should also note that some SHSU programs may have lab or classroom requirements on-campus.

Veterans and military members who need help with potential educational benefits can contact SHSU's Veteran's Resource Center or reach out to its Department of Veterans Affairs counselor. In fact, the founder of the university, Sam Houston himself, was born into a military family.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Address:

1806 Ave. J,
Huntsville,
TX 77340
 
21

University of South Florida-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.
$6,410
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.
51%
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.
24
School Type
4-year

Through their Innovative Education (InEd) initiative, the University of South Florida is working to supply education to learners everywhere, regardless of time or place. In addition to graduate and undergraduate programs and individual courses, USF offers many other options to students: the Florida Virtual Campus database, Professional Workforce Development programs and courses, and an online winter session that gives students the chance to complete a three-credit class in three weeks.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Address:

4202 East Fowler Avenue,
Tampa,
FL 33620
 
22

University of Maryland-University 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.
$7,176
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.
89%
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.
119
School Type
4-year

Online or hybrid format? Graduate or undergraduate? Degree or certificate? Nights or weekends? If you're looking for options in your education, the University of Maryland-University College has got you covered. Programs can be pursued in industry-related topics such as business, cybersecurity, health care and public safety.

Military servicemembers and their spouses also may be interested in the university's military-specific online Associate of Arts in general studies degree program. This program has several specializations to choose from, including accounting, computer studies, criminal justice and mathematics. UMUC admissions advisors can help students choose courses for this program, if such help is desired.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Address:

3501 University Boulevard East,
Adelphi,
MD 20783
 
23

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

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.
$8,880
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.
37%
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.
37
School Type
4-year

Through the "Wolfware Advantage" gateway, students can enroll in online degree programs for subjects such as agricultural business management or aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University at Raleigh. Single courses, certificate programs, lateral-entry programs and teacher-licensure programs are also available online through this public research institution. NC State is especially proud of its programs in veterinary medicine, and also of its Hunt Library, which "Time" magazine calls "the library of the future."

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Address:

2101 Hillsborough Street,
Raleigh,
NC 27695
 
24

University of Oklahoma-Norman 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.
$10,881
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.
33%
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.
25
School Type
4-year

Degree programs in administrative leadership, criminal justice, museum studies, prevention science and more are available entirely online through the extended campus of the University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus. Students who are looking for full control over their educational schedule may be interested in OU's Self-Paced Online Courses (called SPAN,) which are completely asynchronous and can be completed in as few as 60 days.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Address:

660 Parrington Oval,
Norman,
OK 73019
 
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Old Dominion 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.
$9,750
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.
41
School Type
4-year

Old Dominion University, a public research institution founded in 1930, offers numerous paths for students to work on educational goals through the use of online programs. These include online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as online endorsement and certificate programs and even a handful of minors. A few examples of the programs available at ODU include an MBA in business administration, a bachelor's completion program in dental hygiene, and a Doctor of Philosophy in English.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Address:

5115 Hampton Boulevard,
Norfolk,
VA 23529
 

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