This guide to online colleges and universities is a one-stop-shopping supercenter. Students trying to decide whether to study online, and if so where, need look no further.
TheBestSchools.org presents here the most comprehensive list of resources for online students, which we are constantly expanding and improving over time.
Rounding out this list of resources, we present, at the end of this guide, an interactive map of the United States, which allows readers to view the best online colleges and universities in each state.
List of Resources for Online Colleges
- The 100 Best Online Colleges for 2017. Our most visited article about online colleges and universities. The best of the best.
- The Best Online College in Each of America’s Fifty States. Each state has its best online college. See what they are at a glance.
- The Most Popular Online Colleges. Which online colleges enroll the most students? This article provides the answer.
- The 25 Best Online Degrees. So you’ve decided to attend an online college. What degree should you pursue?
- Scholarships for Online Students. Online students, like traditional students, need financial assistance to help with their studies. These scholarships are specifically geared toward online students.
- TBS Online Learning Scholarships. TheBestSchools.org offers six $1,000 scholarships to online students annually. Go to this article to determine eligibility and apply.
- The Savvy Student’s Guide to Online Colleges and Online Education. Everything you need to know about online colleges and online education.
Online Colleges by State
Four great reasons to find an online college in your state:
- In-state tuition can save you a lot of money.
- Be a part of a university or college that you know and love.
- Get a degree from a school that employers know and trust.
- Be close enough to easily visit the campus when you want.
Use this interactive map to see what your state’s best online colleges are!
Online colleges are finally getting the recognition they deserve, and schools of nearly all ranks are jumping into the online education scene — even Harvard! In past years, online colleges were mostly represented by national schools that did not have traditional brick-and-mortar campuses. At the same time, traditional regional campuses largely ignored or even looked down on online education, refusing to offer “distance” or “online” degrees.
But all that has changed. Traditional schools quickly realized that there was a huge market of people committed to advancing their education, but without the time or means to attend a traditional brick-and-mortar campus. These same schools are now increasingly offering online education and online degrees.
Online education delivered through regional campuses gives both traditional and non-traditional students numerous advantages. Regional campuses are typically chosen by students because of their good reputation, familiarity to the degree-seeker, and door-opener to jobs at businesses in the area. A school that is known and trusted by a prospective student — whether because it was their parent’s alma mater, because they follow the sports team, or because graduates of the school are sought after by local employers — can be a powerful draw.
A regional campus that’s an easy drive away gives students the chance to visit the campus when needed, perhaps to meet with a professor, or to attend a sporting event. Students can also use campus resources like the library or go to special events and talks. It truly gives students a chance to feel that they are part of the campus experience, while still allowing them to manage their education on their schedules and on their own terms.
Working adults who are looking to advance in or change their careers are increasingly looking to online colleges to earn a postsecondary credential. Studies have shown that people with a postsecondary degree earn an average of $900,000 more over a lifetime than their peers with no such degree. Online colleges can offer students the convenience and flexibility of being able to earn a degree while balancing a career, a family, and any number of other responsibilities. Some schools even offer accelerated terms that enable their students to obtain an online degree in the shortest amount of time possible.
The majority of online colleges also use the same faculty to teach the online courses as the traditional courses. This gives students the satisfaction of knowing that they are getting the same quality education whether they choose an online course or a course at the physical campus. Students can be assured that an online college does not provide an inferior education, but rather just a different means of education.
To help you find the best online college near you, we have compiled a list of the best online colleges for each state. We selected these online colleges and universities based on the quality of their programs, range of courses and degrees offered, faculty strengths, school awards, rankings, and reputation, including a strong reputation for online degree programs.
This ranking shows who is leading the way in delivering quality online degree programs in each state.