In this day and age, the Internet is ubiquitous. Nearly every facet of contemporary life is in some way associated with the Internet, or at the very least, can be found online. As our lives have become more entangled with the world wide web, allowing for new means of communication and connection, new ways to express ourselves, to work, to make money and spend it, we have found new ways to grow and better ourselves.
Education is dependent on communication, and is always being adapted to new modes of communication as they are made available. It only makes sense then, with more people connected through the Internet than ever, with that number growing on a daily basis, education has gone online. This is not a new idea, but today it is larger than ever; out of 21 million people currently pursuing higher education in the U.S., an estimated one out of four are taking at least once class entirely online, with a significant number of these pursuing entire degrees from digital classrooms.
Online education, for many, is attractive because of its flexibility, allowing students to schedule coursework around their lives, and not the other way around, and to pursue a degree with little more than a laptop and a stable Wi-Fi connection. As online education is in demand now more than ever, schools are working to meet this goal. While most colleges offer online courses to supplement traditional educations, there are plenty of schools now that offer programs that are entirely and completely online: online colleges.
This article focuses exclusively on non-profit, regionally accredited colleges, ranking the top 100 online colleges of 2017. If you are considering pursuing an online degree program, this will help you sort out who’s who, and where best to (virtually) pursue your degree.