Top 10 Online Universities

By: Staff Writer

Since the popularity of online universities is growing, it’s only natural that more and more people are considering earning a degree online. There are a lot of people who would like to know what the top 10 online universities are, because if they a

Top 10 Online Universities

The problem is that there isn’t an “official” list ranking online universities like there is for traditional universities. There are, however, some top 10 online universities lists out there which have been put together by independent websites. The issue with these lists is that you don’t know if these websites are putting schools on their lists because they have affiliate programs with them. Their lists could be skewed according to who is paying them for referrals. In this article we have put together lists from four different websites, as well as some pointers about what to look for in an online university.

One thing you should be cognizant of when searching for an online university is its reputation. Just like traditional schools, reputation does matter with online schools. Fortunately, more and more online universities are making headway in this area. If you already know what kind of degree you would like to earn, it would be wise to check with traditional universities that have well-known programs for that area of study and see if they offer distance learning (online classes) for your degree of choice.

Some other things to consider when choosing an online school include available financial aid, graduation rates, retention rates, scholarly citations, student-faculty ratio, and years accredited. Some online universities offer more financial aid than others, so when you have a short list of universities you would like to attend, check with each one to see what kind of financial aid it offers. Retention and graduation rates are important, because it gives you an idea of the support universities offer as well as the quality of education. Scholarly citations and years accredited are important, because the more scholarly citations a university has and the longer it’s been accredited, the better its respect and reputation will be.

Below is a list from oedb.org. This is possibly the most credible of the four top ten lists we have provided, because it outlines exactly what its list is based on. Data was gathered for eight different metrics, which include some of the things we mentioned as being important to look for: acceptance rate, financial aid, graduation rate, online programs, retention rate, scholarly citations, student-faculty ratio, and years accredited.

  • National University
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Golden Gate University
  • Regent University
  • Colorado State University
  • Saint Leo University
  • Colorado Technical University
  • Liberty University
  • Jones International University
  • Walden University

The next top 10 universities list was taken from Online-University.us. The author/editor of this list based his/her list on which schools he/she thought offered the best value (the most bang for the buck).

  • University of Phoenix
  • Kaplan University
  • DeVry University
  • Westwood College Online
  • Walden University
  • Capella University
  • AIU Online
  • Baker College Online
  • Boston University
  • George Washington University

This next list comes from top10onlineuniversities.org, and it didn’t specify what its list is based on, although, they do have other lists on the website that offer suggestions of online universities for specific degrees and areas of study.

  • University of Phoenix
  • Florida Tech University Online
  • Liberty University
  • Capella University
  • Kaplan University
  • American Intercontinental University
  • Everest Online University
  • Ashford University
  • Walden University
  • Strayer University

The last list comes from americanonlineuniversities.com, and it does not specify how its list was compiled.

  • Ashford Online University
  • Anthem College Online
  • George Washington University
  • Boston University Online
  • Stevens-Henager Online
  • Keiser University eCampus
  • Florida Tech University Online
  • Strayer University
  • Colorado Tech University Online
  • Capella University

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