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Top Colleges 2019-20

Methodology and Sources

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges Tool 2019-20. Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 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. 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 University of Florida Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
50
OVERALL SCORE
100
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
2 Apex School of Theology Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
98%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
99.94
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 Rasmussen College-Minnesota Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
94%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
61
OVERALL SCORE
99.89
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
4 University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
26
OVERALL SCORE
99.83
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
5 Sam Houston State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
50%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
37
OVERALL SCORE
99.78
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
6 Fort Hays State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
81%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
37
OVERALL SCORE
99.72
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
7 University of Central Florida Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
45
OVERALL SCORE
99.67
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
8 Herzing University-Brookfield Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
78%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
28
OVERALL SCORE
99.61
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
9 Florida International University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
60%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
45
OVERALL SCORE
99.56
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    Placement Services
10 Florida State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
99.5
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    Placement Services
11 University of Mary Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
66%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
77
OVERALL SCORE
99.45
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
12 University of South Florida-Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
53%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
99.39
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
13 University of Illinois at Springfield Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
65%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
24
OVERALL SCORE
99.34
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
14 East Carolina University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
55
OVERALL SCORE
99.28
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    Placement Services
15 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
78%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
55
OVERALL SCORE
99.23
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
16 Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
42
OVERALL SCORE
99.17
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
17 University of Alabama at Birmingham Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
55%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
31
OVERALL SCORE
99.12
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
18 Creighton University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
99.06
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
19 Southwestern Assemblies of God University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
63%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
55
OVERALL SCORE
99.01
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
20 Regis University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
63%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
86
OVERALL SCORE
98.95
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
21 American Public University System Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
154
OVERALL SCORE
98.9
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
22 North Carolina State University at Raleigh Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
37
OVERALL SCORE
98.84
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
23 University of Nebraska at Kearney Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
55%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
24
OVERALL SCORE
98.79
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
24 SUNY College of Technology at Canton Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
59%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
98.73
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
25 Maryville University of Saint Louis Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
49%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
21
OVERALL SCORE
98.68
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
26 University of Southern Mississippi Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
65%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
49
OVERALL SCORE
98.62
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
27 Florida National University-Main Campus Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
48%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
26
OVERALL SCORE
98.57
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
28 Kent State University at Kent Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
49%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
44
OVERALL SCORE
98.51
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
29 Daymar College-Murfreesboro Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
98.46
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
30 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
70%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
98.4
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
31 Capitol Technology University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
89%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
98.35
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
32 The University of West Florida Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
63%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
98.29
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
33 Fayetteville State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
59%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
98.24
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
34 California University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
70%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
44
OVERALL SCORE
98.18
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
35 Old Dominion University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
48%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
50
OVERALL SCORE
98.13
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
36 Valley City State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
72%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
98.07
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
37 Ball State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
45%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
66
OVERALL SCORE
98.02
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
38 Saint Joseph's University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
30
OVERALL SCORE
97.96
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
39 Herzing University-Winter Park Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
57%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
97.91
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
40 Ohio University-Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
28
OVERALL SCORE
97.85
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
41 University of Nebraska at Omaha Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
52%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
23
OVERALL SCORE
97.8
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
42 Regent University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
90%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
31
OVERALL SCORE
97.74
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
43 Saint Leo University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
74%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
62
OVERALL SCORE
97.69
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
44 University of Idaho Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
34
OVERALL SCORE
97.63
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
45 University of Alaska Fairbanks Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
47
OVERALL SCORE
97.58
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
46 Northern Arizona University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
64
OVERALL SCORE
97.52
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
47 North Carolina Central University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
97.47
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
48 Chadron State College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
73%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
97.41
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
49 East Tennessee State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
26
OVERALL SCORE
97.36
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
50 Emporia State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
50%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
27
OVERALL SCORE
97.3
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services

Methodology and Sources

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.

Sources:

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