With millions of Americans and adult learners worldwide opting for the convenience, ease, and value of an online education, the biggest question on every distance learner’s mind is “where can I get the best online education?” All the info you need to know is now in one place, in our list of the Top Ten Online Schools.
1. Penn State World Campus
With a name like Penn State attached to this program, you know it is going to carry some serious clout. But beyond just the great reputation of the parent University, the Penn State World Campus has a lot going for it that makes it an easy choice for the number one spot. First, there are currently more than 120 programs to choose from to receive your bachelor’s through the program, and all of the academic instruction meets Penn State’s rigorous standard.
Combine great classes with good adviser options, and you have a solid all around program that can’t be beat.
2. University of Florida Distance Learning
Renowned as a world leader in research, the University of Florida has impressive online learning options that provide many of the same opportunities that you would find attending the university in person. An acclaimed alumni network of over 300,000 the University of Florida Graduates, access to career and academic resources, and even access to the University’s library through digital means are all things that make this program stand out.
3. UMass Online
With so much acclaim for universities like Harvard and notoriety for schools like BU, UMass is sometimes forgotten in the landscape of Massachusetts schooling. But this venerated University has a lot to offer, especially through their online learning options. Fellowship advising and academic counseling are available to all online students, and UMass doesn’t stop there in making their online learners feel like a part of the University. All students who achieve a degree over the internet are invited to graduation.
4. Boston University
Another Massachusetts entry on this list, BU stands out for the variety of programming offered to online learners. Also to Bachelor’s degrees, BU offers several online master’s courses, many Bachelor’s Completion programs, and certification programs to help professional tradesmen jump right into work. Add a strong Alumni network and a world renowned business school, and it’s no wonder BU sits so high on this list.
5. Northeastern University
If you are looking for a master’s or doctorate that can be achieved online, Northeastern may be the school for you, as their online learning offerings are very strong in the post-bachelor sphere. Also to two dozen master’s degrees, Northeastern offers doctoral degrees in education and transitional physical therapy. Plus the school is known for being incredibly accommodating to time constraints, so an academic adviser will be able to work with you to set a schedule you can keep.
6. Indiana University
The historic Indiana University system offers excellent distance learning courses through IU Online, and has an impressive catalog to choose from. With 9 Bachelor’s completion programs, it’s likely you can turn that associate’s or long time college sabbatical into a full-fledged Bachelor at IU. Not to mention online learners have full access to many campus resources, and a dedicated tech support network to make online learning as easy as possible.
7. Arizona State University
ASU Online lives up to the reputation of the physical University, which happens to be the largest public university in the country. The online programs at ASU are a particularly good choice for students looking to break into the business world, as the sheer size of ASU’s student body and the strong business incubation focus will provide awesome networking opportunities to budding entrepreneurs.
8. Florida State University, Office of Distance Learning
Not to be outdone by the University of Florida, FSU has an impressive distance learning program that provides a lot of unique opportunity to enrollees. Post bachelor programs are particularly strong, with a wide variety of master’s to choose from. Not to mention, by being an alumni of FSU, you are in the company of scientists doing some of the most cutting-edge research of any university in the world.
9. Drexel University
A bit of an outlier on this list as a private university, Drexel Online brings a lot to the table to online learners interested in business and education. With a doctorate in Educational Leadership, online learners can tap into the renowned network of educators that graduate with a Drexel degree.
10. Oregon State University
While hated rivals OofU may have the lead in athletics, OSU has a world renowned distance learning program to offer with their OSU Ecampus curriculums. You won’t run out of classes to take, as OSU offers close to one thousand different courses on their online menu. 24/7 counseling and tutoring services make this a very student friendly and flexible choice.