The 50 Best Online Colleges

Each year thousands of students search for the best schools offering an education to launch a successful career leveraged with academic recognition and industry approvals embodied with affordability. This year we’ve selected 50 Best Online Colleges, which contain these features and have ranked them according to cost, popular degrees and graduate retention in descending order.  We used layers of factors in order to publish this ranking. Here are a few of the factors: 

  • Description of programs
  • College profiles
  • Educational degrees
  • Career directives

Online college programs have been increasing over the past few years with student numbers tripling as a result of lifestyles, changing career dynamics and affordability of higher education degrees. In 2015, reports showed one in three students taking classes online and these numbers are expected to increase during 2016. These factors were calculated into our ranking: 

  • Degrees, professional certificates, and specialized educational programs
  • Academic recognition and industry acceptance
  • Continuing Education and Adult Programs

The schools listed all provide online degree programs, mandatory continued education, and professional certificates to take advantage of the job growth and career development. These factors all played a significant role in generating this ranking: 

  • Popular majors – Business, Engineering, Healthcare and Education
  • Online convenience and schedule flexibility
  • Cost effective degree programs and quality study
  • Online programs equal to on-campus study
  • Affordable tuition
  • Degree programs, financial assistance, and faculty instructors

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50. Penn State World Campus 

Penn State World Campus enrolls over 10,000 students and offers more than 120 online programs for undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of technology, engineering, education, healthcare, and business, along with certificate programs.The online programs provide access to faculty members, academic adviser, careers and library services. The programs are automated to manage assignments and verify completion updating the systems for each student’s coursework. Deadlines are imposed for completing the all work and exams. Residency qualifications are minimal from a few days to two weeks.

Tuition costs are 2015-2016: Fewer than 12 credits per semester: $535 per credit12 or more credits per semester (flat rate): $6,506

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49. University of Florida

The University of Florida welcomes over 49,000 students, and is consistently ranked as one of the top universities, offering more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University consists of 16 colleges and 150 research centers and institutes. Students study majors include environment management in agriculture and natural resources, health education biology, entomology, industrial and system engineering. Students also can pursue doctoral degrees in education, audiology, philosophy, classical studies, nursing practice, and pharmacy.The online programs have access to online course management systems, library, convenient online registration and career services. The school boasts over 300,000 graduated alumni and remains one of the largest research centers within the educational system leading to acquiring patents for research.

Tuition – Per credit hour unless otherwise noted ranging from $347 for a Dr. of Audiology to $935 for a Masters in Industrial Engineering Systems.

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48. The University of Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts or better known as UMass enrolls 71,000 students to its five campuses, consisting of four universities, one satellite campus and medical school. Its online consortium offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in information technology with over 30 bachelor degree programs for nursing, applied psychology, criminal justice. There are more than 40-degree programs for gerontology, security and vision studies and certificate programs with a doctoral in nursing practices.

Online students receive instruction from the same campus faculty members earning traditional site degrees and attend the calendar graduation ceremonies. Like most of the online programs student have access to services, career, guidance and academic counseling.

Tuition – Undergraduate courses range from $125-$1980 and graduate-level courses range from $1230-$2250. There are no restrictions on residency for online programs.

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47. Boston University

Boston University enrolls 33,000 students across its 18 colleges and schools being among the largest independent private research and non-profit university in the USA. Over 250,000 alumni now practice in the fields of management, taxation law, and art education; and doctoral programs in music education and occupational therapy. The online courses for undergraduates offer the opportunity to complete a degree, along with nine master programs and more than one dozen certificate programs. Students have access to services, resources and tutoring for education purposes and counseling services for career directives.Part-time online students are charged the University’s online per-credit tuition and the $60 student services fee is non-refundable. Online students who exceed the per-semester credit limits will be charged the University’s full-time tuition rates.Tuition – ranges from $425 per credit hour to $2500 for graduate and specialized studies.

Part-time online students are charged the University’s online per-credit tuition and the $60 student services fee is non-refundable. Online students who exceed the per-semester credit limits will be charged the University’s full-time tuition rates.Tuition – ranges from $425 per credit hour to $2500 for graduate and specialized studies.

Tuition – ranges from $425 per credit hour to $2500 for graduate and specialized studies.

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46. Northeastern University

Northeastern University enrolls 20,000 among its nine colleges and schools with campuses in North Carolina and Washington State. The university offers 200 program for undergraduates, graduate and doctoral degrees. Online students have over 60 degree programs to select for study at their own pace and schedules to earn degrees in English, finance, and political science; more than two dozen master’s degrees, including taxation, respiratory care, leadership, and homeland security; and doctoral degrees in education and transitional physical therapy with 20 certificate programs.

Tuition – Cost per credit hour ranges from $1013 to $1476. Professional studies cost per credit hour range from $378 to $730. These costs do not any administrative fees or other expenses and some courses and labs have tuition rates may increase or decrease.

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45. Indiana University

Indiana University-Bloomington enrolls over 110,000 students across its nine campuses and two centers, offering degrees to undergraduates and graduates with over 580,000 alumni from all over the world. IU online program have over 100 degrees for business administration, mathematics, political science, and nursing; more than two dozen master programs in strategic management to social work. data science and doctoral degrees for instructional systems technology, nursing practice, and nursing science. Students can access several resources from faculty, research and technology.

Tuition – Resident cost are $10,388, and non-resident costs are $33,740 for the current academic year.

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44. Arizona State University

Arizona State University (ASU) is one of the largest public universities with over 100,000 students enrolled among its sixteen colleges and schools. Students are studying to completed bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees offering business incubation with over 90 programs and dozens of certificate program through the ASU Online. Majors include bachelor’s degrees in art history, business, film, and justice studies and master’s degrees in legal studies, nutrition, English, electrical engineering. Doctoral degree programs are in behavioral health and leadership and innovation.

There are six start dates for ASU Online each year, where student has the flexibility to complete coursework on their schedule, however, there are some courses with required participation and deadlines.Tuition – Costs for one enrolled hour starts at $677 and up to 7 or ore enrolled hours may cost $4,742.

Tuition – Costs for one enrolled hour starts at $677 and up to 7 or ore enrolled hours may cost $4,742.

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43. Florida State University

Florida State University (FSU) is a public research university with over 16 colleges and more than 100 facilities, centers and labs known for its national academic programs enrolling over 42,000 students. The college offers over 300 programs for undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees for BA and MBA programs of study in science, meteorology, biology, and chemistry.

Distance online learning requires students to complete 60 or more semester hours of transferable credit matching all liberal art requirements. Bachelor degrees in public safety and security, computer science, criminology, and interdisciplinary social science and master’s in business administration, communication disorders, criminology, educational leadership/administration, and nurse educator; post-master’s including educational leadership, administration, and library and information systems.

Tuition – Undergraduate costs cover two semesters of 15 hours per semester; Florida residency cost are $6,507 and nonresident cost are $ 21,673.

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42. Drexel University

Drexel University offers over 200 programs leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees with 25,500 students within the dozen colleges and schools as one of the largest cooperative educational programs. The online programs include business administration, criminology, computing and security technology, and psychology; with 60 master programs for communication to systems engineering to cyber security and 80 certificate programs, as well as doctoral programs in educational leadership and management, health science in rehabilitation sciences, and nursing practice.

Tuition – The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $474 to $1157 per credit varying depending on the major study programs. This rate applies only to new online matriculated students.

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41. Oregon State University

Oregon State University (OSU) has over 30,000 students enrolled within the dozen colleges and graduate school with 200 programs for agricultural sciences, forestry, fisheries, community health, pharmacy, and wildlife management. OSU is one of six educational institutions with a land-grant, space-grant, and sea-grant designations.

It’s home to the internationally renowned Center for Gene Research and Biotechnology with over 900 online courses through Ecampus offering 20 bachelor programs for anthropology to German to sustainability; nine master’s degrees such as executive leadership, counseling, and natural resources; and doctoral degrees in education and counseling. Students also have the option of certificate program, chemistry and foreign language courses.Ecampus curriculums allow students to study at their own pace earning the same degree as on campus. With access to faculty, services and resources as needed.Tuition – $200 to $690 per credit hour depending on the major programOnline tuition 2015-2016 academic years3-credit undergraduate course: 3 x $280 = $8403-credit graduate course: 3 x $521 = $1,563

Ecampus curriculums allow students to study at their own pace earning the same degree as on campus. With access to faculty, services and resources as needed.

Tuition – $200 to $690 per credit hour depending on the major program

Online tuition 2015-2016 academic years3-credit undergraduate course: 3 x $280 = $8403-credit graduate course: 3 x $521 = $1,563

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40. Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has nine colleges including the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). Over 18,000 students enroll to earning degree in over 200 academic programs for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Students from all 50 states and 100 countries receive education for the RIT Rochester Area College Consortium conglomeration of colleges and universities.

Major studies are in business, arts and design, and liberal arts with experimental education opportunities in cooperative education, internships, study abroad, or undergraduate research, providing students career-related work experience in numerous degree programs.

The online program at RIT consists of programs applied arts and sciences; more than a dozen master’s degree programs, such as applied statistics, imaging science, and manufacturing leadership; and a host of certificate programs. RIT allows students flexibility to compete coursework, with access for guidance, academic counseling working with campus faculty online.Tuition – Tuition expenses are lower for deaf and hard-of-hearing students sponsored by NTID, $14,570. Full-time RIT matriculated undergraduate programs 12-18 credit hours begin at $18,298 with graduate cost starting at $40,158.

Tuition – Tuition expenses are lower for deaf and hard-of-hearing students sponsored by NTID, $14,570. Full-time RIT matriculated undergraduate programs 12-18 credit hours begin at $18,298 with graduate cost starting at $40,158.

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39. Washington State University

Washington State University (WSU) enrolls 28,000 students as a land grant university with over 200 fields in education for earning a bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees. WSU’s programs have been recognized for animal science, food science, plant science, chemical engineering, veterinary medicine, and architecture.

There are nine online degrees of study including accounting, criminal justice, hospitality business management, and psychology; and a dozen master’s degrees in topics including special education, agriculture, molecular biosciences, and criminal justice. Students interested in pursuing online certificate or teaching endorsement has the opportunity to complete programs requirements. The same standards apply to online as on campus course work, with online access to tutoring, lab and tech support and academic advisers.

Tuition – 2015-16 academic year and tuition is based on 10-18 credits per semester with cost for residents at $10,916 and nonresidents at $24,500. Other campuses may differ in cost from 3% to as much as 7%.

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38. University of Missouri

University of Missouri has over 35,000 enrolled across 19 academic colleges and as a public research university students from all 50 states and 120 countries earn degrees. There are over 300 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. The online extension offers 90 degrees and certificates for nine bachelor degrees in health sciences, early childhood education, nursing, and hospitality management; more than 40 master’s degree in topics including architectural studies, gerontology, and interactive media; and nearly a dozen doctoral programs ranging from education to nursing.

Online requirements share the same enrollment period and on campus with some flexibility of completing an assignment and other coursework with specific deadlines. The system is automated with mandatory schedules for coursework, testing, and student participation.

Tuition – 14 credit hours of enrollment each semester, resident costs $10,586 and nonresidents at $25,198.​

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37. University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida (UCF) offers 200-degree programs through 23 colleges and satellite campuses. UCF enrolls more than 60,000 students worldwide and boasts an alumni network of 230,000 with students from all 50 states and more than 140 countries.  Online program for bachelors in anthropology, Latin American studies, nursing, and criminal justice. Master degree programs in English, educational leadership, and digital forensic requiring students to complete internships, clinical experiences, or a practicum. The university requires students enrolled in dissertation or thesis to present their finals on campus.

Tuition – cost per credit hour is $105.07 for both resident and nonresidents and subject to an additional fee $511.06​

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36. University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) enrolls students worldwide with over 12 academic divisions offering 140 programs of study for earned degrees. UAB Health System is the nation largest academic medical center affiliation with a university. Online UAB offers full and blended programs for several bachelor’s in health care management and business topics such as marketing and finance, nearly 20 master’s degrees such as sociology, elementary education, and civil, structural engineering. Selected doctoral programs are also available online.

Coursework may require students to attend on-campus orientation or presentations and proctored exams. Student considering online educational programs should review the course requirements before enrolling.

Tuition – Undergraduate students enrolled for 12 or more hours and all enrolled students residing on campus are charged $305 to $586.

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35. University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota enrolls nearly 2000 students, with 30 undergraduate degrees through four academic departments in Business, Liberal Arts and Education; Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Math, Science, and Technology. The schools offer additional education in technical, scientific, and professional fields with the most popular being business and natural resources. Online coursework and degree programs include accounting, communication, and quality management with a few minors and certificate programs. The schedule offers online have three start dates per year with 24/7 access to course material and faculty and library resources.

Tuition – As a degree-seeking undergraduate student, you must pay a flat tuition rate based on 13 credits, no matter what your credit load. This means that any credits beyond 13 are available at no additional charge. Even when you take 12 or fewer credits, you must pay the 13-credit flat tuition rate. Per credit resident $470.77 and nonresidents $794.62.

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34. The Ohio State University

Ohio State University has over 44,000 students enrolled offering 26 Associate majors programs of study; 274 bachelor majors, 213 Masters Majors and 57 Doctoral majors in Biological Sciences Journalism Nursing Psychology Media Arts & Studies Sports Administration Communication Studies Mechanical Engineering Exercise Physiology Marketing. Biological Sciences is the undergraduate major and General Business is the graduate major. The school boasts 208,379 alumni living in the United States with an additional 7,269 alumni living outside.

Tuition – Resident cost start at $10,037 and nonresidents at $27,365.

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33. Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University offers 150 programs earning bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees through its main campus, as well as dozens of satellite campuses with over 27,000 students. The online classes and programs the NAU-Extended Campuses. Students can pursue a bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice, respiratory care, and parks and recreation management; 20 master’s degrees ranging from administration to nursing to educational leadership; or a doctorate in nursing practice. Online students also can complete minors and professional certificate using self-paced, competency-based programs with no set schedules or classes.

Tuition – Depending on the campus, per hour credit for undergraduate residents cost are $376.00 to $676.00​

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32. Texas A & M University

Texas A &M’s main campus is home to over 59,000 students, with more than 436,000 former students worldwide. A sea grant ad space grant institution it is the first of four universities to hold triple distinction of land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant designations. Texas A & M University consists of 16 colleges and schools, as one of the most diversified and comprehensive public research universities in the nation. The schools offer more than 130 undergraduate degrees, plus 268 graduate and professional degrees as options for study.

Distance Education Program offers 21 graduate-level degree and certificate programs in formats accessible beyond the traditional campus online, video conference or remote classrooms. Approved Distance Education degrees and certificates at Texas A&M University comply with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s requirements for Agriculture & Life Sciences, Dentistry, Education & Human Development, College of Engineering, Government & Public Service, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Science.

Tuition – The average cost of tuition and fees for a typical student based on enrolling for a certain number of hours per year Tuition & Fees resident $10,030 and nonresident $29,668.

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31. The University of Washington

The University of Washington has a total undergraduate enrollment of 30,672. The most popular majors at UWashington include Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; and Visual and Performing Arts.

The University of Washington is personalized for each student guided and assisted through a personalized learning experience by faculty and staff serving in different capacities. The online resource is commonly used for undergraduate language assessments as well as math, economics, and accounting labs and as part of students tuition online classes in specific subject areas are led by a certified instructor. Students enrolled in learning resource course are required to adhere to academic calendars and course deadlines.

Tuition –2016 is $774 per credit with full in-state tuition and fees at $12,394 and out-of-state tuition and fees are $33,513.

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30. The University of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina consists of 17 institutions, including NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation’s first public residential high school for gifted students. More than 220,000 students are enrolled at 16 universities and the NC School of Science and Mathematics. Each year 30,000 students graduate from over 200 academic degree programs. Graduates emerge as leaders, creators and researchers, prepared to connect with and give back to the communities that have supported UNC for more than two centuries.

The online degree programs offer thousands of courses within the network of all 17 schools. Students studying earn degrees in Agriculture, Behavioral, Science, Business, Criminal Justice/Law Education, Engineering, IT/Technology, Liberal Arts Medicine & Health, Nursing, and Public Administration.

Tuition – 2016/2017 academic year, the total cost of full-time attendance for undergraduates is estimated to be $24,898 for North Carolina residents and $51,466 for out-of-state residents.

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29. Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast offering programs through five academic divisions with emphases on engineering, technology, science, and mathematics. Over 16,000 students attend with over 60,000 alumni, from all 40 states, and over 100 countries.  Online course include undergraduate and graduate degree programs eight associate’s degrees Undergraduate programs in science, engineering, aeronautics, business, humanities, mathematics, psychology, communication and education (science and mathematics); master’s programs in science, engineering, aviation, business, mathematics, psychology, behavior analysis, communication and teaching (computer, environmental, mathematics, science and informal science and teaching); and doctoral programs in science, engineering, mathematics, psychology, behavior analysis and science and mathematics education.

The university gives working professionals the opportunity to earn degrees in more than 60 online programs. Each of our colleges participates in online programs. Students can choose from degree programs offered in 8-week terms and 16-week semesters or professional development programs offered in similar formats. Students can complete coursework on their schedule by set deadlines.

Tuition – Undergraduate student costs per year Science and Engineering $35,460, Students registering for 20 credit hours or more per credit hour is $1,148. Tuition for full-time undergraduate students with 12–19 credits varies per major program of study and admission status either online or on campus.​

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28. Robert Morris University

Robert Morris University enrolls more than 5,000 students and offers more than 80 programs leading to bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees through five academic schools. RMU offers full online degrees using the same coursework taught on-campus with eight undergraduate programs for cyber forensics info security, nursing, and organizational leadership, and a dozen graduate programs in engineering management, instructional leadership, nursing, and higher education.  Students also can pursue a variety of undergraduate and graduate certificates for English as a second language and nutrition. The university offers six start dates each year and offers classes in an eight-week format.

Tuition – Undergraduate with 12-18 credits depending on the major choice is $845 to $975 per credit. Online $710 per credit and off campus rates $705 per credit

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27. Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College enrolls 165,000 students as a state-supported college with seven campuses, two centers, and numerous outreach centers. Each campus offers students selected choice when it comes to the education of general course for the first year at one campus and the next year select classes near your home and evening and weekend classes near your place of work.  

The major degree program is a Bachelor in Biological Sciences major allows you to choose from among three tracks: Biotechnology, Biopharmaceutical Sciences, and Science Education.Online programs apply to Career Certificates, Health Care Careers, Medicine, Mandatory Continuing Education Requirements

Tuition – Resident cost per term with 12 credits is $1,418.64 and nonresidents with 12 credits is $4,830.12​

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26. Colorado State University Global Campus

Colorado State University Global Campus has received some high ranking for its degree programs, offering dozen bachelor completion programs, such as accounting, communication, project management, and organizational leadership; and master’s degrees ranging from management to criminal justice to health care administration.

CSU-Global fully-accredited, 100% online state university is also part of the Colorado State University System, including Colorado State University in Fort Collins and the Colorado State University-Pueblo campuses. All three schools enroll 37,000 new and returning scholars annually, with graduates numbering 7,000 per year, and more than 200,000 alumni around the world. Online there are 25 full online bachelor and master degrees. CSU classes begin every four weeks. Students can earn their degree online at their own schedule.

Tuition – Rates are $350 per undergraduate credit hour and $500 per graduate credit hour​

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25. The George Washington University

George Washington is an elite private University, just down the street from the White House with over 26,000 students enrolling from all 50 states and 130 countries to study programs in healthcare, forensic science and creative writing to international affairs and computer engineering, as well as medicine, public health, the law and public policy. Three campuses make up GW Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon in Washington, D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, VA. There school also hosts several graduate education centers metropolitan area and Hampton Roads, VA.

George Washington offers several online masters and certificates School of Medicine and Health Sciences, developing and delivering health care to diverse populations and advancing careers of health professionals in areas. GW connects you with leading authorities in policy and health care to meet the changing and evolving nature of health care.

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24. Marylhurst University

Marylhurst offers ten distinct graduate and undergraduate degrees that can be pursued either entirely online, on-campus, or through a mix of both. Degrees include Business and Leadership, Business Management, Communication, Cultural Studies, English Literature and Writing, Human Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Interior Design, Media and Film Studies, Music, Music Therapy, Psychology, Real Estate Studies, Science and Social Sciences. As Oregon’s oldest Catholic university, and the first liberal arts college for women studying in the Northwest. The university offers an excellent price for the quality to 696 undergraduate students and 577 graduate students earning bachelor, masters and professional certificates. Marylhurst University is home to 9000 alumni.  Online bachelor’s degree students can save by earning credits for past knowledge, demonstrating through tests or through the Prior Learning Assessment program.

Tuition – Undergraduate tuition for online students is $463 per credit hour and $371 to $618 for graduate students.

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23. Northeastern University

Northeastern University has programs offering an array of academic choices and interdisciplinary opportunities. The school has a program for undeclared students to assist in finding their passion and skills. The programs are cooperative education, global opportunities and service learning with research to gain experience in the awaiting world.  Northeastern offers over 45 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Most online degrees are tied to thriving industries like health informatics and information technology, helping online alumni earn a good return on investment.

Tuition – Full-Time undergraduate for $22,310 and per Summer Session $11,155. Graduate programs per credit $1,013 to $1,476 depending on the degree program selected and Doctoral and specialized full programs can range from $13,000 to $94,000.​

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22. Ohio University

Ohio University has over 22,000 students enrolled for traditional methods of study and 39,000 taking advantage of the e-Learning to complete degrees programs; The University requires students to live on campus until they have completed four semesters with an exemption of this rule if the student commutes within 50 miles. Ohio University offers a variety of degree programs for continuing and graduate students including study at the College of Education, the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and the College of Business.

More than 32% of classes have with fewer than 20 students, making this college a popular study campus for earning degrees in Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Health/Health Care Administration/Management; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. The programs also offer Secondary Education and Teaching with a high retention rate of freshman students continuing to complete their education here.Online programs earning bachelor and master degrees are available for students full or partial studying to complete the coursework.

Tuition – For residents is $11,548 and out-of-state tuition is $20,512. Undergraduate courses for both in-state and out-of-state online students pay roughly the same low tuition of $240 per credit. The price of a graduate degree does vary by program.

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21. Regent Universities

Regent University boasts over 20,000 alumni from 110 countries and offers its current enrollment of students and opportunity to earn bachelor, masters degrees and certificates programs choosing from traditional 15-week coursework on campus or eight week coursework online. Programs of study include the School of Education, School of Business, School of Divinity, Robertson School of Government, Regent University School of Law, School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship, School of Leadership Studies and School of Psychology & Counseling.

Tuition – Undergraduate resident is $16,700 and nonresident is $23,893. Private college within the University’s consortium is $32,405

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20. Norwich University

Norwich University is a nonprofit military college and known for high quality and affordable online education programs. More than 1,200 online students earn two bachelor’s degrees and nine master degrees with an emphasis on criminal justice, business administration, and strategic studies.Undergraduate enrollment exceeds 2,600. Today, students study in the fields of civil engineering and other practical sciences, literature and modern languages, and agricultural innovation. Graduates skilled in commerce, and the world events went on to lead regimes militarily. The curriculum is part of Norwich’s system of balanced and useful education setting a pattern for education.

Tuition – Undergraduate ranging from $250 to $790 per credit, depending on the program with $35,318 for a full program.

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19. Colorado Christian University

Colorado Christian University’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies designed to make earning your degree both affordable and accessible. As a private institution offering students a broad range of academic programs through two colleges with more than 50 majors and minors for Undergraduate Studies. Traditional students on campus have over 50 bachelor’s master’s and associate degree programs to choose from including certificate and educational licensure programs. The College of Adult and Graduate Studies is dedicated to adult students at several campus locations and online. For adult students interested in distance learning, CCU offers the option to earn your degree remotely.

Colorado Christian University’s electronic platform for online courses connects students, instructors and fellow students around the world. The online classes are intended to help students develop real relationships with instructors and classmates, through group discussions, Internet courses, document sharing, and e-mail using online forums to collaborate and learn.

Tuition – Undergraduates with 12-18 credit hours have a cost of $14,430.

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18. Colorado Technical University

Colorado Technical University offer classes on campus at two convenient locations with real-world experience and industry professionals and over 85,000 alumni. Traditional campus classes have more than 100 associate, bachelor, master or doctoral degrees in business and management, engineering and computer science, health sciences, information systems and technology, and security studies. Students have the choice of attending on-campus or online classes with flexibility for student assignments. Online undergraduate programs let you work toward an associate or bachelor’s degree without loss of quality when it comes to education while earning the degree you need from one of the 41 programs. Graduates can take advantage of completing their master’s and doctoral coursework online, selecting from 45 master programs.

Tuition – An undergraduate pursuing information systems attending full time may have a full tuition of $60,000. Colorado Technical University is a proprietary institution, so the costs are estimated with an average undergraduate paying $11,327 per year. Interested students need to make contact and inquiry.

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17. Grand Canyon University

Popular majors include Biology majors, with an emphasis in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, or Pre-Physician Assistant. Art design majors can choose to emphasize in animation, screenwriting, web design, or production. Students can also earn advanced credit from the Ken Blanchard College of Business, the Colangelo School of Sports Business, or the School of Doctoral Studies.  Students have a broad range of selection when it comes to earning credits towards one of today’s sought-after professions. The Grand Canyon University offers over 100 majors and concentrations for bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs from business, education, special education, liberal Arts, criminal justice and nursing and health.

Tuition – Traditional Undergraduate with 1 to 11 credits the cost is $687.50 per credit, with 12-18 credits or $8,250 per block, 19 or more credits the block rate is fixed $8,250 with $687.50 per credit above 18 credits. Summer Traditional Undergraduate, except Nursing Cohorts, is $290 per credit. Graduate Program vary and start at $390 per credit.​

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16. Keiser University

Keiser University is a private institution with a total undergraduate enrollment of 20,000 students, 3,500 employees, and over 60,000 alumni and now offers a variety of online associates, bachelors and masters degrees in business, healthcare, education and other fields. There are campus locations in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Tampa, and 17 of Florida’s major and mid-sized metropolitan areas and Florida communities and offers tradition and online associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs are available in the fields of business, criminal justice, healthcare, IT, and law.  There are special education access portals for all U.S. military families to Tutor.com provided by the Department of Defense. Military service members and their dependents around the world can work with a certified, professional tutor online 24/7 to get help with homework, studying, test prep, resume writing and more.

Tuition – the annual cost is $16,936 for all students attending there are no discounts or reduction in price.​

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15. Western Governors University

Western Governors University is a 100-percent online university. Enrollment consists of 30,000 students from all 50 states through its online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. It is the only online school to have accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the U.S. Department of Education-approved professional body that certifies teacher-preparation programs.  Western Governors University “Competence-Based Learning” model, students at Western Governors can apply past educational and professional experiences toward their degree. More than 40,000 professionals around the country are pursuing higher education through the school’s online programs. 

Tuition – As a nonprofit rates are lower than traditional colleges. 

  • ​Nursing Programs MSN and BSN: $3,250 per term
  • B.S. Nursing Pre-licensure: More Info $4,250 per term
  • Business Masters Programs: $3,250 per term
  • Business Bachelors Programs: $2,890 per term
  • Information Technology Programs: $2,890 per term
  • All Teachers College Programs: $2,890 per term

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14. Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University is a private nonprofit university with over 150 undergraduate and graduate programs, SNHU delivers quality, student-centered educational experience providing analytical skills needed to compete in a global economy. Today, the University has 20,000 students with over 200 affordable online certificates, undergraduate, and graduate.  

Tuition – Undergraduate rates are low: $320 per undergraduate credit and $627 per graduate credit. 

  • ​Degrees/Certificates, per course $960 and per hour $320
  • SNHU Maine per course $729 and per hour $243 Degrees/Certificates 
  • Active-duty Military, and their Spouses, per course $675 and per hour $225.
  • Discounts are available for active and past military service members, and students with high GPA qualify for up to $18,000 in grants and scholarships.

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13. American InterContinental University

AIU Online is the virtual campus of American InterContinental University. Students can study at the associate, bachelors, or master’s degree level, choosing from programs in the Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, Design, Education, or Information Technology. Courses are tailored to provide industry-specific information for whichever area you’re interested in pursuing.

Tuition – Undergraduates online cost range from $302 – $582 depending on your subject, classes and major.

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12. Ohio Christian University

Ohio Christian University is offering traditional associate, bachelors, and master’s programs, and adult degree programs. More than 20% of the university’s 4,000 students are part of the 500 undergraduate students in residence. The school also offers a program called Trailblazer Academy allowing high school students to earn college credit before registration. Each of the programs are design to work with students in different phases of their life, making this college one of the most diverse when it comes to age groups. There are seven academic departments: School of Business & Government, Disaster Management & Relief, Interdisciplinary Studies, Ministry & Religion, Music, Social Sciences, and Teacher Education responsible for managing the all degree programs.

Tuition – Rates are per credit hour for each program.

  • Associate of Arts, Electives $325
  • Bachelor of Arts $415
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing $350
  • Graduate Ministry Program $330
  • Graduate Business Program $495
  • Military Personnel active duty, veterans, spouses, dependents 23 or under $250​

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11. Saint Leo University

This University is a Catholic college in Florida, offering a mix of liberal arts and commercial courses. Today, with more than 40 associate, bachelors, and master’s degrees offered in a range of disciplines, including business, criminal justice, and healthcare management.  Online coursework includes certificate, associates, bachelors, and master’s programs are flexible. Active and former military members and their families are eligible for military discounts of up to 50% of tuition prices for undergrads, as one of the top providers of education for the U.S. military.

Tuition – Active Military $250 per credit hour. Undergraduate students $470 per credit hour and graduates $600 per credit hour

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10. Liberty University

Liberty University is a private Christian university, and the school’s online education branch enables students to earn a degree in bachelor, master and doctoral with course schedules identical to campus’s 16-week semester timetable. Liberty University’s online and campus student population is approximately 110,000 higher than most other schools offering online education. Liberty University online allows students to earn a host of associate and bachelor degrees entirely online in topics such as accounting, early childhood education, paralegal studies, aeronautics, and business.  More than students are enrolled in Liberty University’s 250 online programs, making it one of the largest providers of online education worldwide. Military discounts and various scholarships are available as well.

Students also can pursue dozens of master’s degree programs ranging from business to counseling to Christian ministry, as well as doctoral programs in business, counseling, education, seminary, and nursing. Some of the master’s and doctoral courses require one-week to two-week on-campus intensives. Students should check the program before enrolling.

Tuition – Resident undergraduates cost is $22,000.  Online costs vary by degree program. 

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9. The Art Institute Online

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division, we help students explore opportunities to launch careers in the areas of design, media arts, fashion, and culinary. Online classes offer education, guidance, and technical know-how to pursue a creative professional in fashion, design, media or culinary management. The school system has more than 50 locations across North America, using interactive online courses for 5 ½ weeks before moving on to next course.

Tuition – $470 per credit hour.

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8. Rasmussen College

Rasmussen College offers a more flexible way to earn your degree-your way. Students can enroll in faculty-led courses and take optional online self- paced courses at no additional cost. There are more than 54 programs across seven schools of study in a variety of convenient learning options. Students can choose to earn an associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or certificate in the area of their choice. Common majors include business, criminal justice, health care management, and technology.  Rasmussen’s online classes utilize a platform that permits students to retrieve and submit assignments, schedule reminders, participate in class discussions, and communicate with professors. 

Tuition – $8,000 per year.​

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7. Post University

Post University online degree courses are offered in eight-week modules, six times a year, so you can earn your bachelor’s degree in as little as 18 months, and a master’s degree in 14 to 24 months. You can learn online, or in an evening and weekend format. There are more than 60 graduate, undergraduate, and certificate programs for business, marketing, and education. The school has three locations of study making support for studying online easier and accessible.

Tuition – Full-time online undergraduate programs and online undergraduate certificate programs, some rates may vary.

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6. Herzing University

Herzing is a private, nonprofit institution offering online undergraduate and graduate degree programs in some of today’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Healthcare, Technology, Design, Public Safety, and Business. The 50 online programs enable students to earn master’s, bachelor’s or associate degrees from home, work, or wherever it’s convenient using Herzing’s campus network of 11 campuses or a combination of online and classroom.

Tuition – Diploma, Associate, Bachelors average pre credit hour $340 to $565, Masters $650 to $750 pre-credit hour.

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5. Temple University

Temple University offers online coursework in a 4-week format with lecture-style content delivering the information on HD videos for viewing at your own pace. The University is a public institution with over 28,000 undergraduate enrolled. The school operates research centers including the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute, the Center for Sustainable Communities and the Center for Asian Health and home to Richard J. Fox School of Business and Management, the James E. Beasley School of Law, and schools of medicine, engineering, and education. Graduate students earn can complete degrees in dentistry, pharmacy, and pediatric medicineStudents can choose between traditional on campus, and online programs for Bachelor, Masters, continuing educations, and international studies. Undergraduates have 100 programs on nine campuses, including locations in Rome and Japan.

Tuition – Instate $15,096 and out of state$25,122. Graduate programs range from $739 to $2300 per credit hour with undergraduate costs range from $15,000 to $22,000 depending on the course of study.​

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4. Kaplan University

Kaplan University attracts students from all over the world to its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing professional education with programs in business administration and management, criminal justice, psychology, information technology, paralegal studies and liberal studies. Students have the option of taking the full program online or on campus at learning centers or a combination of all. The University provides over 170 associate, graduate, undergraduate, certificate, and diploma programs in fields ranging from business and technology to health sciences, fire sciences, legal studies, nursing, and education.  The University understands the challenge of educational cost for students and offers several programs for pricing which include, discounts, and transfer savings.

Tuition – The lowest tuition is $16,695 with transfer credits and the highest is $66,678.

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3. Walden University

Walden University is providing working adults pursuing doctoral degrees options for education study. Students can choose from online degree programs for bachelor’s, masters, and doctoral levels in education, health, management, psychology, public policy and administration, counseling and social services, and nursing.  Walden University also has tuition savings programs, tuition reduction programs, loans, grants, and general financial aid to help reduce the cost of higher education. Tuition reduction programs include a veteran’s discount, where service members and veterans can take advantage of a 15% savings on all degree programs; this offer is also available to their spouses. There are similar discounts of 10% to 25%for Walden undergraduates who want to pursue their graduate degrees through the same school, family members of Walden graduates, and staff members of higher education institutions. Specialty programs for Masters offer a 50% discount for qualified students. Transfer students may save up to 75% depending on the program requirements.

Tuition – In-state Tuition $11,520 with In-state Flat Fee $360 per credit hour 2014-2015. Students to contact Walden and verify which program and discount or savings apply to the study major.​

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2. Full Sail University

Full Sail University an institution dedicated to the fields of video and film production. Audio, computer animation, and other forms of electronic media were later incorporated into the school’s offerings. Thirty-five associate, bachelor’s, and master’s programs and two graduate certificates with the roughly 17,000 students enrolled at the university. Online courses offer students opportunities to earn bachelor or master degree in art and design, to marketing and business, games, communication, entertainment, and media industry. Learn more about our online bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Tuition – $467 to $850 per credit hours depending on the chosen work course and degree the student is earning.

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1. Capella University

Capella University enrolls more than 36,000 students looking to earn advanced degrees. Capella offers 145-degree programs at the bachelors, masters, doctoral level and 22 certifications with over 1700 online courses. The university also operates learning centers in 48 states and eight countries outside the United States. Today, the schools boast over 35,000 students from 50 states and 61 countries living the dream as a result of Capella programs.

Tuition – For bachelors, masters, doctoral level and certificate programs per credit hour costs range from $330 to $787

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