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Top Colleges 2018-19

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges Tool 2018-19. 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
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
59%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
61
OVERALL SCORE
100
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
2 American Public University System Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
154
OVERALL SCORE
99.94
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
80
OVERALL SCORE
99.89
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
4 Liberty University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
89%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
92
OVERALL SCORE
99.83
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
5 Regis University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
65%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
77
OVERALL SCORE
99.78
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
6 Northern Arizona University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
77
OVERALL SCORE
99.72
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
7 University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
57
OVERALL SCORE
99.67
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    Life Experience Credit
8 East Carolina University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
59
OVERALL SCORE
99.61
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9 Champlain College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
52%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
68
OVERALL SCORE
99.56
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
10 Ball State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
54
OVERALL SCORE
99.5
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    Placement Services
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11 University of Central Florida Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
56%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
43
OVERALL SCORE
99.45
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
12 Nova Southeastern University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
50%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
86
OVERALL SCORE
99.39
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 Saint Leo University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
68%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
62
OVERALL SCORE
99.34
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
14 Texas Tech University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
57
OVERALL SCORE
99.28
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15 Harvard University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
130
OVERALL SCORE
99.23
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    Placement Services
16 Johns Hopkins University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
69
OVERALL SCORE
99.17
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    Placement Services
17 Grand Canyon University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
90%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
78
OVERALL SCORE
99.12
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    Life Experience Credit
18 Indiana State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
55
OVERALL SCORE
99.06
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
19 Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
31
OVERALL SCORE
99.01
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
20 Sam Houston State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
31
OVERALL SCORE
98.95
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
21 University of South Florida-Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
51%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
24
OVERALL SCORE
98.9
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
22 University of Maryland-University College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
89%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
119
OVERALL SCORE
98.84
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
23 North Carolina State University at Raleigh Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
37
OVERALL SCORE
98.79
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
24 University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
25
OVERALL SCORE
98.73
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
25 Old Dominion University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
41
OVERALL SCORE
98.68
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
26 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
42
OVERALL SCORE
98.62
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
27 Drexel University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
54
OVERALL SCORE
98.57
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
28 University of Alaska Fairbanks Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
52%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
46
OVERALL SCORE
98.51
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
29 University of Toledo Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
45
OVERALL SCORE
98.46
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
30 Oregon State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
48
OVERALL SCORE
98.4
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
31 Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
57
OVERALL SCORE
98.35
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
32 Florida International University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
55%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
33
OVERALL SCORE
98.29
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
33 Missouri State University-Springfield Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
63
OVERALL SCORE
98.23
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
34 Texas A & M University-College Station Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
11%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
41
OVERALL SCORE
98.18
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
35 Webster University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
59
OVERALL SCORE
98.12
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
36 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
66%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
48
OVERALL SCORE
98.07
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
37 Kaplan University-Davenport Campus Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
123
OVERALL SCORE
98.01
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
38 Southern New Hampshire University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
87%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
105
OVERALL SCORE
97.96
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
39 Bellevue University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
88%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
73
OVERALL SCORE
97.9
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
40 University of Arizona Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
42
OVERALL SCORE
97.85
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
41 Davenport University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
69%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
52
OVERALL SCORE
97.79
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
42 Arkansas State University-Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
53%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
36
OVERALL SCORE
97.74
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
43 University of Southern Mississippi Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
35
OVERALL SCORE
97.68
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
44 University of Memphis Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
35%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
45
OVERALL SCORE
97.63
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
45 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
43
OVERALL SCORE
97.57
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
46 Albany Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
60%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
41
OVERALL SCORE
97.52
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
47 George Washington University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
65
OVERALL SCORE
97.46
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
48 Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
36%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
38
OVERALL SCORE
97.41
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
49 Southwestern Assemblies of God University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
59%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
47
OVERALL SCORE
97.35
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
50 Concordia University-Saint Paul Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
67%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
50
OVERALL SCORE
97.3
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Life Experience Credit

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/
, if applicable,