The 30 Best Online Colleges for 2014

Online EducationOnline colleges and universities are seeing an enormous increase in enrollment. In 2011, Babson Research reported that the number of students learning online had just surpassed 6 million. In 2013, Babson reported that this number was now over 7 million, a 15 percent increase in just two years.

Online study gives students unmatched flexibility in pursuing their education. With a laptop and internet connection, you are set to go. You can pursue an online education anywhere, at your own pace and with minimal disruption to your lifestyle.

Because of the explosive growth of online education, TheBestSchools.org decided it was time to update its ranking of the best online colleges (our last ranking was in 2012). Given the increasing number of schools that are providing online degree programs and expanding their range of offerings, this update was necessary.

Our ranking of the best online colleges is based on extensive research and focuses on such factors as academic excellence, scholarly quality of faculty, online teaching methods, cost, reputation, awards, financial aid, and number of degree programs.

wise choiceWe created this ranking of the best online colleges to help students make wise choices about their online education. The following list identifies colleges and universities that provide a high-quality online education. Note that we include traditional campus-based schools only if they provide an extensive and well-rounded offering of online degree programs.

1 Penn State World Campus

penn-state(State College, PA)

Penn State World Campus, the online campus of the highly respected Pennsylvania State University, has an impressive list of online programs, with more than 100 online degrees and certificates in fields including business, technology, education, engineering, healthcare and more.

The world-class faculty members who teach in the traditional campus-based program also teach the Penn State World Campus online courses.

Online students also have access to career academic advisers and student support services. Graduates of the online programs can join the Penn State Alumni Association, one of the world’s largest alumni associations. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools provides accreditation. Many of the programs have additional accreditations from important governing bodies.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Penn State University #37 in its 2014 edition of the Best Colleges in National Universities list, and #8 nationally among the top public schools. The same magazine also ranked Penn State University #1 in its Best Colleges for Veterans National Universities list and #3 in its Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list.

In addition, Princeton Review included Penn State University in its Best 378 Colleges 2014 list, while Forbes ranked the school #93 overall and #49 among research universities. Academic Ranking of World Universities (provided by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University) ranked Pennsylvania State University as #54 in the world and number #37 in the United States. Finally, the Wall Street Journal has ranked Penn State University graduates as the “most-prepared for work in their field.”

2 University of Florida Distance Learning

University of Florida(Gainesville, FL)

The University of Florida, a public research university, has over 150 research centers and institutes. Recognized for providing high-value education to students, the university provides a variety of online bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees via University of Florida Distance Learning.

Every online undergraduate degree program is an advanced-standing degree program. Students are generally required to have completed 60 or more semester hours of transferable credit.

The University of Florida offers prominent graduate programs through the Hough Graduate School of Business, the College of Medicine, Levin College of Law, and the College of Engineering. The university also has a prominent alumni community which offers multiple networking opportunities. University of Florida received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Forbes ranks University of Florida #74 overall and #41 among research universities. U.S. News & World Report ranked University of Florida #49 in its 2014 edition of Best Colleges in National Universities list, #5 in its Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list, and #3 in its Best Online Graduate Business Programs list.

Kiplinger’s ranked University of Florida #3 on its list of Best Values in Public Colleges, while Princeton Review ranked it #7 on the Best Value Public Colleges list, and also included the school on its 2014 list of Best 378 Colleges. Academic Ranking of World Universities (provided by the Center for World-class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University) ranked University of Florida #71 in the world and #43 in the United States

3 UMass Online

UMass Amherst(Shrewsbury, MA)

UMass Online, part of the highly respected University of Massachusetts system, provides more than 100 online degrees and certificate programs in areas such as business, liberal arts, management, education, public health, nursing, information technology, and more. The University of Massachusetts has provided distance education for more than 25 years.

The same high-quality instructors who teach the on-campus classes also teach all classes for the online college. The faculty includes recipients of some of the world’s most prestigious academic awards. UMass has a reputation for high-level research in many fields, including bioinformatics, nanotechnology, remote sensing, renewable energy, vaccine development, and chemistry. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges provides accreditation.

UMass Online has received the Excellence in Distance Teaching Education award from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). The Times of London named UMass one of the world’s top 20 universities, while Forbes ranked the flagship campus, UMass-Amherst, as #89 among research universities. U.S. News & World Report also ranked that campus #91 in its 2014 edition of Best Colleges in National Universities and as the #40 top public school.

4 Boston University

Boston University(Boston, MA)

Boston University, one of the largest independent, nonprofit universities in the United States, includes a broad range of online graduate degrees, graduate certificates, and non-credit professional certificates, as well as an undergraduate degree completion program and two online doctoral programs.

The school provides online master’s degrees in fields such as music education, banking and financial management, criminal justice, computer science, art education, international marketing management, and more.

Boston University is a member of the Association of American Universities, an elite group of schools in the United States. The Carnegie Classification of Higher Education recognizes Boston University as a Research University/very high research activity. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. provides accreditation.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Boston University as #41 on its 2014 Best Colleges in National Universities list, #40 on its Best Business Schools list, #8 on its Best Online Graduate Business Programs list, and #2 on its Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs list.

Academic Ranking of World Universities (provided by Center for World-class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University) ranked Boston University as #75 in the world, while Princeton Review included the university on its Best 378 Colleges list for 2014. Finally, Times Higher Education ranked Boston University as #50 in its World University Rankings for 2013–2014.

5 Drexel University Online

Drexel University(Philadelphia, PA)

Drexel University Online provides more than 100 online degree and certificates for adults, including accelerated online bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. Drexel University Online also provides a variety of online graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificate programs in fields such as business, information science/systems, education, engineering, nursing & health professions, criminal justice, communications, technology, and more.

The faculty members who teach the on-campus programs also teach classes for the online university. Drexel University, a comprehensive national research university, has received recognition for its pre-professional programs in many fields, including engineering, business and nursing. The university also values experimental learning. Research has an important role at the Drexel University College of Medicine; the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems; the College of Nursing and Health Professions; and the College of Information Science and Technology.

The Middle State Association Commission of Higher Education provides accreditation. The LeBow College of Business received accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Princeton Review included Drexel University on its Best 378 Colleges list for 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranked the university as #97 in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges in National Universities, as #37 on its Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list, as #29 on its Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs list, and as #24 on the Best Online Gradate Nursing Programs list.

Drexel University has received the Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education.

6 Arizona State University Online

Arizona State University(Tempe, AZ)

Arizona State University (ASU) has the nation’s largest undergraduate population. ASU Online offers a wide variety of online undergraduate and graduate degrees. The online school also provides online certificate programs. ASU Online has six enrollment start dates per year.

Arizona State University provides a wide array of highly ranked graduate program through the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the W.P. Carey School of Business, and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

The online students have access to a huge library of e-books and journals, as well as other resources to help them complete their education. Arizona State University receives accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Arizona State University as #142 in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges in National Universities, #30 on its Best Business Schools list, #9 on its Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list, and #2 on the Best Online Graduate Business Programs list.

Forbes ranked Arizona State University #110 among research universities, while Princeton Review included the school on its Best 378 Colleges list for 2014. Academic Ranking of World Universities (provided by Center for World-class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University) ranked the flagship Arizona State University-Tempe campus #79 in the world.

7 Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University(Greenwood Village, CO)

Colorado State University-Global Campus, an online public university and part of the Colorado State University (CSU) System, focuses on bachelor’s degree completion programs. The school also provides a variety of online master’s degree programs. All the major fields of study include specializations which allow students to customize their coursework to a specific concentration.

CSU-Global Campus provides an array of degrees in fields such as Information technology, business management, communication, applied social sciences, marketing, project management, healthcare administration and management, finance and more. The school also offers online graduate certificates of completion. Colorado State University’s online classes begin every four weeks.

Colorado State University, known as one of the leading research schools, explores fields such as environmental science, infectious diseases, clean energy technologies, and atmospheric science. CSU-Global Campus receives accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Colorado State University #121 in the 2014 edition of the Best Colleges in National Universities. The same magazine ranked CSU-Global Campus as #16 for Best Online Bachelor’s Program in 2014, and included the school among the top 100 for both Best Online Graduate Business Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Programs.

Princeton Review included Colorado State University on its Best 378 Colleges list for 2014, while Forbes named the school one of the top research universities in the nation, as well as one of the best schools in the West.

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8 Florida State University

Florida State University(Tallahassee, FL)

Florida State University, a public research university known for its nationally ranked academic programs, has 100 centers, institutes, labs, and educational facilities. The university provides a large number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs and specialist degree programs in a wide array of fields. All the colleges and schools provide graduate degrees. The school offers combined BA/MA programs. The College of Arts and Sciences provides the largest number of majors. Florida State University has a strong foundation in the sciences, with meteorology, chemistry, and biology ranked among the school’s best programs.

All of Florida State University’s online undergraduate degree programs offered through its Office of Distance Learning are advanced-standing programs. Thus, students are generally required to have 60 or more semester hours of transferable credit. Florida State University also provides online graduate degree programs and professional certificates.

Florida State University (FSU) provides academic coordinators to help keep online students on track with their studies. They also make course recommendations. Florida State University has received the Carnegie Foundation’s designation of Doctoral Research University-Extensive. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools provides accreditation.

Forbes ranked Florida State University as #98 among research universities. Princeton Review included the university on its Best 378 Colleges list for 2014. Academic Ranking of World Universities (provided by Center for World-class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University) included Florida State University ranked in the 151–200 grouping of the best colleges in the world.

U.S. News & World Report ranked FSU as #91 on its 2014 list of Best Colleges in National Universities. The same magazine named the school the “most efficient high quality university in the nation” in 2014.

USA Today ranked Florida State University as the #4 best value public university in the nation, while the Journal of Criminal Justice Education ranked the school’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice as #1 for faculty research.

9 Washington State University-Global Campus

Washington State University (Pullman, WA)

Washington State University, a public research university, has received recognition for numerous programs such as veterinary medicine, chemical engineering, animal science, agriculture, plant science, food science, and architecture. Washington State University (WSU) provides bachelor’s degrees in more than 90 fields of study, as well as master’s degrees in more than 60 and doctoral degrees in over 40. The Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences area provides a wide variety of unique programs. Washington State University Global Campus provides an array of online bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees.

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities provides accreditation. The Washington State University College of Business received accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The ACCSB provides accreditation to only five percent of business schools throughout the world.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington State University as #128 in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges in National Universities. The same magazine has ranked the university in numerous graduate school rankings, including as #19 on the best graduate schools for criminology list, as well as #21 on the list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and #7 on the Best Online Graduate Business Programs list. Princeton Review included WSU on its Best 378 Colleges list for 2014.

Washington State University Global Campus received the 2013 Sloan-C Award Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education.

10 Oregon State University

Oregon State University(Corvallis, OR)

Oregon State University, a prominent research school, has nationally recognized programs in fields such as forestry, nuclear engineering, conservation biology, agricultural sciences, fisheries, pharmacy, wildlife management, and community health. The school is home to the internationally renowned Center for Gene Research and Biotechnology.

Oregon State University (OSU) has a Carnegie classification of Doctoral/Research-Extensive. Oregon State University is one of only six educational institutions in the nation with land grant, sea grant, and space grant designations.

Oregon State University offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 200 areas. Some of the most popular areas include agriculture studies, botany, range land resources, forest engineering, environmental engineering, nutrition and food management, and computer science. OSU also provides more than 100 graduate degree programs.

OSU’s Ecampus provides online bachelor’s degrees in such areas as environmental sciences, fisheries and wildlife sciences, natural resources, agricultural sciences, sociology, liberal studies, and more. OSU’s Ecampus also provides online graduate degrees and graduate certificates. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities provides accreditation.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Oregon State University as #142 on its 2014 list of Best Colleges in National Universities. The same magazine also included the school among the top 50 on its Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list. Forbes ranked OSU as #58 in the West, while Academic Ranking of World Universities (provided by the Center for World-class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University) included Oregon State University among the 101–150 grouping of best colleges in the world.

11 Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology(Rochester, NY)

Rochester Institute of Technology, situated on hundreds of acres of natural forest and wetland, provides more than 200 major areas of study for bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees. Most students seek a bachelor’s degree in the field of arts and sciences.

Every Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) academic program provides some type of experimental education opportunity, which may include internships, cooperative education, study abroad, and undergraduate research.

Rochester Institute of Technology belongs to the Rochester Area College Consortium, a unique conglomeration of colleges and universities. RIT is also home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Rochester Institute of Technology, a career-oriented technology-focused school, provides a variety of online undergraduate and graduate degrees and advanced certificate programs. Besides technology and science programs, the online school also offers programs in business, arts and design, and liberal arts. The same instructors who teach the on-campus classes also teach the online classes.

U.S. News & World Report recognized Rochester Institute of Technology as the #1 comprehensive university in the North for academic reputation. The same magazine also ranked RIT as #7 on its 2014 list of the Best Colleges in Regional Universities (North), as #4 on its Best Value Schools list, and as #35 on its Best Online Graduate Business Programs list. Princeton Review included the school on its Best 378 Colleges list for 2014.

12 Mizzou Online

University of Missouri(Columbia, MO)

Mizzou Online is part of the University of Missouri, a public research university. The University of Missouri at Columbia is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System. The University of Missouri at Columbia offers more than 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated the University of Missouri a Doctoral/Research-Extensive university.

Mizzou Online has a variety of online undergraduate and graduate degrees and graduate certificates in areas such as agricultural education, health sciences, public health, education, agroforestry, architectural studies, and biomedical sciences. The university has highly ranked graduate programs offered from the Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business, the College of Education, the School of Law, and the School of Medicine. The University of Missouri receives accreditation from the Commission on Higher Learning of the North Central Association of Colleges and schools.

U.S. News & World Report ranked University of Missouri as #97 on its 2014 list of Best Colleges in National Universities, as well as among the top 50 on its Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs list. Princeton Review included the university on its Best 378 Colleges list for 2014.

13 Regis University

Regis University(Denver, CO)

Regis University, a private, Roman Catholic University and a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, consists of Regis College, Rueckert-Hatman College for Health Professions, and the College for Professional Studies. Regis University provides an array of online bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Undergraduates have 28 areas of study to choose from.

Some of the most popular areas of study include business/management, health professions, psychology, liberal arts & sciences, and computer/information sciences. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools provides accreditation.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Regis University as #27 in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges in Regional Universities (West), and as #8 on the Best Colleges for Veterans Regional Universities (West) list. The same magazine ranked the school’s online bachelor’s degree programs in the top four percent for Teaching Practices and Student Engagement. Finally, U.S. News & World Report placed the online Master’s in Education degree programs among the top 10 percent for Teaching Practices and Student Engagement.

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14 Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology(Melbourne, FL)

Florida Institute of Technology, a technical university, includes five academic divisions with strong emphasis on technology, mathematics, science, engineering, and technology.

Florida Institute of Technology provides undergraduates with an array of study areas to choose from, including criminal justice, business administration, accounting, human resources, psychology, and marketing, as well as liberal arts. About half of the students enroll in the Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Business.

Florida Institute of Technology provides a wide variety of online undergraduate and graduate degrees. G.I. Jobs recognizes the institute as a Military Friendly School.

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools provides accreditation.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Florida Institute of Technology ranked as #167 in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges in National Universities, and as #39 in Best Colleges for Veterans in National Universities. The same magazine as ranked the school as #48 on its Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list.

The Times Higher Education ranks Florida Institute of Technology among the Top 200 Universities in the World, while Princeton Review has recognized the institute as one of the best colleges in the Southeast. The school received a Barron’s Guide Best Buy in College Education, while the Fiske Guide to Colleges recognized the Florida Institute of Technology as one of the nation’s top technological institutions.

15 Northeastern University Online

Northeastern University(Boston, MA)

Northeastern University, a private research university recognized for its co-op system, provides students with significant work experience as part of a five-year program of learning. The university’s nine colleges offer over 90 undergraduate programs. The graduate schools offer more than 150 programs.

Business, engineering, and health fields are some of the most popular fields for undergraduates. The university provides bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees, as well as certificates. The online university has more than 60 online programs and degrees in fields such as business, computer and information sciences; professional studies, engineering, humanities, social sciences, and more.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges provides accreditation.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Northeastern University as #49 in the 2014 Best Colleges in National Universities list, while Princeton Review included it on its Best 378 Colleges 2014 list. Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business as #51.

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16 Liberty University Online

Liberty University(Lynchburg, VA)

Liberty University, the largest private Christian college in the United States and the world, offers more than 160 online programs, including graduate and undergraduate degrees, as well as numerous certificates.

Faculty members create in-depth curricula from a Christian worldview. Liberty University Online has online programs in areas such as business, education, counseling, cyber security, criminal justice, nursing, and more.

Many of the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs allow students to complete them 100 percent online, utilizing an eight-week delivery format.

The online programs have more than 90,000 students from all over the world. Also, the school’s tuition rates are among the lowest in the nation.

Liberty University receives accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Liberty University as #89 on its 2014 list of Best Colleges in Regional Universities (South).

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17 Robert Morris University

Robert Morris University(Pittsburgh, PA)

Robert Morris University(RMU), a private university, includes five academic schools: School of Business; School of Communications and Information Systems; School of Education and Social Sciences; School of Nursing and Health Sciences; and the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science.

RMU, which is distinct from the similarly named school in Illinois, acts as a provider institute for the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities. The university offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in broad areas of study, including 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate degree programs.

Robert Morris University’s online programs are designed as an applied curriculum with a professional focus. RMU offers online bachelor’s degrees in fields such as business, cyber forensics & information security, health services administration, nursing, and organizational leadership.

RMU offers online master’s degrees in areas such as business education, competitive intelligence systems, instructional leadership, Internet information systems, Internet security assurance, nursing, and organizational leadership.

Robert Morris University’s School of Business is part of an elite group of business schools with programs accredited by the AACSB. Robert Morris University as a whole receives accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Robert Morris University as #85 on its 2014 Best Colleges in Regional Universities (North) list, while the same magazine ranked the school #17 on its Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs list.

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18 Walden University

Walden University(Minneapolis, MN)

Walden University, a private, for-profit school, focuses on the professional needs of adult learners. The university offers online graduate and undergraduate degrees in such areas as information technology, public policy and administration, business and management, communications and new media, social work and human services, education, and more.

Walden University consist of five schools: College of Health Sciences, College of Undergraduate Studies, Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, College of Management and Technology and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Some of the online degree programs have a practicum. Some online degree programs also include a field-based supervised internship, which allows students to develop practical professional skills in their field.

The Higher Learning Commission provides accreditation. Walden University has also received specialized accreditations from other organizations.

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19 University of Minnesota Crookston

University of Minnesota Crookston(Crookston, MN)

University of Minnesota Crookston, a public institution that is part of the University of Minnesota System, has four academic departments: Business, Agricultural and Natural Resources; Math, Science and Technology; and Liberal Arts and Education.

The university has created a niche for itself in technical, scientific, and professional fields. Business and natural resources are among the school’s most popular programs. The University of Minnesota Crookston provides online bachelor’s degree in applied health, management, communication, marketing, finance, information technology management, and more. The university also offers several online certificates.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Minnesota Crookston as #38 in the 2014 edition of its Best Colleges in Regional Colleges (Midwest) list. Princeton Review included the university in its Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition, as well as on its 2014 Best Midwestern Colleges list.

20 Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University(Flagstaff, AZ)

Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university located in Flagstaff, with 36 satellite campuses throughout the state of Arizona. The university offers over 80 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs through its NAU-Extended Campus division.

The NAU Personalized Learning degree programs allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree online at their own pace. Personalized Learning has no set classes or schedules. Students can customize their coursework to fit what they already know and how they prefer to learn.

Northern Arizona University includes the College of Education; the College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences; the College of Health and Human Services; the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and the W.A. Franke College of Business.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies Northern Arizona University as a research university with high research activity.

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association provides accreditation.

21 Florida International University

Florida International University(Miami, FL)

Florida International University, a public research university and the seventh-largest university in the United States, is part of the State University System of Florida. The university has 180 undergraduate and graduate degrees. The online division of Florida International University offers online bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees and certificates.

The Carnegie Foundation has classified Florida International University as a research university with high research activity.

The prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) provides accreditation to the school’s College of Business Administration. The Southern Association of Colleges & Schools provides accreditation to the school overall.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Florida International University as #74 on its list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and #82 on its list of Best Online Graduate Business Programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s 2011 survey, the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges, recognizes Florida International University.

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22 University of North Dakota

Univesity of North Dakota(Grand Forks, ND)

The University of North Dakota (UND) provides an array of professional and specialized programs. The University of North Dakota’s division of Online Education provides online degrees in areas such as education; arts, humanities & languages; business; math & natural sciences; engineering; social sciences; nutrition & health; and technology. The university also offers online graduate certificates and non-credit certificates.

UND specializes in areas such as aerospace, engineering research, energy and environmental protection, nutrition, and health sciences.
The campus has several research institutions, including the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Energy and Environmental Research Center, and the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center. The University of North Dakota includes the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

The Carnegie Foundation recognized the University of North Dakota as a doctoral/research-intensive institution. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools provides accreditation.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of North Dakota as #173 in the 2014 edition of its Best Colleges in National Universities list.

23. Everglades University

Everglades University(Boca Raton, FL)

Everglades University, a private, not-for-profit university, offers a variety of online bachelor’s and master’s degrees in areas such as alternative medicine, business administration, aviation management, applied management, aviation science, and entrepreneurship. Graduates of the online programs acquire the same course credits and degrees as students who complete equivalent classes and programs on campus.

The school’s mission includes providing quality education to adult learners of diverse backgrounds in a collaborative environment where each students has the opportunity to achieve personal growth.

Everglades University is a member of numerous prestigious associations and societies.

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools provides accreditation.

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24 Brenau University

Brenau University(Gainesville, GA)

Brenau University, a private, not-for-profit, university located in Gainesville, Georgia, has a liberal arts tradition. Brenau University includes four colleges: Health & Science, Fine Arts & Humanities, Business & Mass Communication, and Education.

The online school of Brenau University provides a variety of online undergraduate and graduate degrees in areas such as organizational leadership, business administration, human resources management, education, and nursing. The university also offers online certificates. Students are required to attend all their online courses five to seven days every week.

Princeton Review named Brenau University one of the best universities in the Southeast, while U.S. News & World Report ranked Brenau University as #49 in the 2014 edition of its Best Colleges in Regional Universities (South).

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25 Brandman University

Brandman University(Irvine, CA)

Brandman University, a nonprofit, private university, focuses on adults. The school has more than 200 degree, credential, certificate, and professional programs in the fields of business, education, arts and sciences, and health. Brandman University is a separate university within the Chapman University System. Brandman University uses the iDeal (Instructional Design for Engaged Adult Learning) curriculum model.

Brandman University provides degree programs via four Schools: Education; Nursing and Health Professions; Arts and Sciences and Business and Professional Studies. Brandman University receives accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

G.I. Jobs Magazine recognizes Brandman University as a military-friendly school. Brandman University has campus on several military bases. The university also has a Veterans2College program, which serves military personnel, their spouses, and veterans.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Brandman University as #41 on its Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list.

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26 Western Governors University

Western Governors University(Salt Lake City, UT)

Western Governors University, a private, nonprofit, online university, utilizes a competency-based learning model, with students working online in coordination with faculty mentors. Western Governors University provides more than 40 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

The governors of 19 western states established Western Governors University with the assistance of National Center for Higher Education Management Systems and the Western Commission of Higher Education. Western Governors University, which utilizes online education to provide students affordable higher education, has students from all 50 states.

Western Governors University includes the WGU Online Teachers College, the Online College of Business, the Online College of Information Technology, and the Online College of Health Professions.

Student mentors guide students in their coursework. They help students stay on track and complete their classes on time. Course mentors, who are experts in their respective subjects, answer specific questions students have regarding coursework. They also tutor students. Mentors communicate with students by telephone, through Web conferences, or via email.

Program faculty members do not teach classes; rather, they utilize their academic expertise to collaborate with academic councils on designing and developing courses of study. Program faculty members work with course mentors and student mentors to ensure students take full advantage of their educational opportunities. Western Governors University receives accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Western Governors University has received much recognition for its excellent work in online education. The university often receives attention in articles about the challenges and success of providing higher education via the Internet in prominent print media outlets, including USA Today, Huffington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

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27 Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New hampshire University(Manchester, NH)

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), a private, nonprofit university, consists of three schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The online division of Southern New Hampshire University offer over 90 online undergraduate degrees and over 90 online graduate degrees in a variety of fields, including business, computer information technology, finance, healthcare administration, justice studies, marketing, nursing, and more. SNHU also offers more than 20 online graduate and undergraduate certificate programs.

The Shapiro Library provides students online access to leading education, business, and arts and sciences databases. The selection of more than 100 databases includes full-text journals, reports, magazines, and newspapers.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges provides accreditation. The university has also received specialized accreditations.

G.I. Jobs named Southern New Hampshire University a military-friendly school.

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28 Post University

Post University(Waterbury, CT)

Post University, a private, for-profit university, offers numerous online graduate and undergraduate degrees, professional certificates, and graduate certificates. Post University offers online programs in fields such as business, education, finance, criminal justice, computer information systems, management, human services, marketing, and more.

Post University has four schools: Education, Arts and Sciences, the Malcolm Baldridge School of Business, and the John P. Burke School of Public Service.

The online students have access to a team of academic and student support specialists who help students succeed. The online students have access to the same support services available to full-time, on-campus students, including access to career services.

Post University provides unique educational opportunities for active duty, veteran, and military-dependent students. Post University is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College Network. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., provides accreditation.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Post University as #19 on its list of Best Online Bachelor’s programs.

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29 Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University(Phoenix, AZ)

Grand Canyon University, a private, Christian University, provides an education from the context of its Christian heritage for traditional students and working professionals. The University has four pillars: Academic Advancement, Christian Camaraderie, Extracurricular Excellence, and Wellness & Well-Being.

The university offers many broad undergraduate degree tracks; however, students taking these tracks can complete an emphasis in a specific area.

Grand Canyon University provides degrees from the following colleges: The Ken Blanchard College of Business; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Education; College of Fine Arts & Production; College of Nursing and Health Care Professions; College of Doctoral Studies; and the College of Theology.

The online division of Grand Canyon University has about 100 online graduate and undergraduate majors in an array of areas, including business & leadership; teaching & education administration; psychology & counseling; health care; nursing; theology & youth ministry; health sciences & pre-med; MBA & EMBA; performing arts & digital design; and liberal arts.

Grand Canyon University online students take just one course at a time. The four-credit courses allow students to obtain their degree in less time. Students have a virtual instructor and belong to a virtual group of students, who discuss educational issues and participate in class projects via the online classes.

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools provides accreditation.

Notable sources such as Fortune Small Business and Technology & Learning have recognized Grand Canyon University for providing some of the best online education programs in the nation.

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30 Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University(St. Leo, FL)

Saint Leo University, a private, Roman Catholic, liberal arts university, operates the Center for Online Learning (also known as Saint Leo University Online), as well as numerous continuing education centers and numerous military base centers. Saint Leo University Online has more than 40 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs.

Saint Leo University provides degree programs through the following academic divisions: School of Arts & Sciences; School of Business; and the School of Education & Social Services. Saint Leo University offers graduate and undergraduate online degrees in fields such as business administration, religion, sociology, criminal justice, healthcare management, marketing, educational leadership, and more.

Saint Leo University has an emphasis on adult learners and military personnel. Saint Leo University Online is the sixth largest provider of higher education to the military. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools provides accreditation.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Saint Leo University as #55 on its Best Colleges in the Regional Universities (South) list for 2014.

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