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Top Colleges in California for 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 National University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
77%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
77
OVERALL SCORE
96.36
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
2 California Baptist University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
49%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
34
OVERALL SCORE
94.04
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 San Joaquin Delta College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
51
OVERALL SCORE
91.4
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
4 San Diego State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
35%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
90.62
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
5 Ashford University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
68
OVERALL SCORE
89.3
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    Life Experience Credit
6 California State University-East Bay Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
50%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
88.58
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
7 California State University-Northridge Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
87.42
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
8 California State University-Fullerton Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
87.31
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    Placement Services
9 California State University-Dominguez Hills Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
86.98
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
10 California State University-Chico Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
86.82
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
11 California State University-Long Beach Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
85.82
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    Placement Services
12 California State University-Fresno Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
81.47
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    Placement Services
13 The Master's University and Seminary Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
81.03
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
14 Concordia University-Irvine Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
53%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
79.81
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    Life Experience Credit
15 Simpson University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
35%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
79.32
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
16 California State University-Monterey Bay Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
77.16
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
17 Touro University Worldwide Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
97%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
76.5
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    Career Counseling Services
18 Life Pacific College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
76.45
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
19 San Diego Christian College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
61%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
76.34
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
20 San Jose State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
74.41
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
21 California State University-Stanislaus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
72.26
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
22 Fresno Pacific University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
70.66
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
23 Shasta Bible College and Graduate School Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
70.49
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
24 California State University-Channel Islands Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
68.84
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
25 Azusa Pacific University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
66.85
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
26 California State University-Bakersfield Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
66.74
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
27 California Lutheran University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
9%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
65.97
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
28 Biola University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
62.38
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
29 University of San Francisco Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
6%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
61.39
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
30 University of Southern California Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
16%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
60.12
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
31 Coastline Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
86%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
59.74
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
32 Academy of Art University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
81
OVERALL SCORE
57.64
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
33 California State University-San Marcos Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
56.76
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
34 University of California-Los Angeles Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
6%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
54.39
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
35 Trident University International Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
26
OVERALL SCORE
53.34
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
36 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
4%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
48.81
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
37 University of La Verne Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
48.76
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
38 University of California-Berkeley Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
2%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
47.93
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
39 Loyola Marymount University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
3%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
44.68
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
40 Humboldt State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
43.96
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
41 Cerro Coso Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
56%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
23
OVERALL SCORE
43.02
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
42 Pepperdine University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
41.92
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
43 Barstow Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
66%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
41.2
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
44 Mt San Jacinto Community College District Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
40.04
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
45 Stanford University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
4%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
39.49
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
46 Notre Dame de Namur University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
4%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
38.78
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
47 Irvine Valley College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
26
OVERALL SCORE
38.33
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
48 Pacific Union College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
5%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
37.45
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Life Experience Credit
49 Hope International University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
37.34
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
50 American River College Type: Public
TUITION
N/A
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
37.07
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    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,