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By Education Team | 10 Mar. 2022

Top 10 Online Colleges: Learn How to Get Your Online Degree


Looking for a top online college? Want to impress potential employers with your online degree? Take a look at our top picks and find the best online university that has a program that suits your needs and career path. Get a flexible education you can afford.

Note: Reported costs are for the Fall 2017-Summer 2018 school year for an undergraduate program. These rates may or may not include administrative fees. These rates may vary by degree program.

1 - Pennsylvania State University – World Campus

Penn State has been ahead of the game on distance learning since the 19th century when they offered correspondence courses. It was one of the first state universities to feature online degree programs in the 90s, and now has a variety of online bachelor’s programs. Penn State already has a reputation of being one of the best schools in the US and often breaks in the top university lists. Some of the online degree programs Penn State offers include, criminal justice, international politics, nursing, business, economics and more. Cost: $596/credit hour (if you’re taking less than 12 credits/semester) OR $7,297/semester

2 - New England Institute of Technology

Also in the running as one of the best online universities is the New England Institute of Technology. It offers more flexible online degree programs, including hybrid and fully online bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees and master’s degrees. The online class materials and resources are available to students 24/7 and also include counseling, library services, and academic help.
Cost: $385/credit hour

3 - University of Florida

Already in the top 50 list of US colleges, University of Florida’s reputation is well established. Their online course offerings are certainly more affordable than other high profile online programs and are certainly more affordable than on-campus programs. UF offers an extremely diverse array of degree programs, including degrees in anthropology, biology, criminology, computer science, engineering, business and much, much more. Cost: $129/credit hour

4 - Fort Hays State University

Also offering a diverse list of over 50 degree programs (most of them undergraduate), Fort Hays is a top contender. Fort Hays has received regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and has been offering online programs for more than 20 years. Cost: $213/credit hour

5 - Arizona State University

Arizona State’s online program includes interactive online courses with an emphasis on engagement and collaboration. These programs also include “Success Coaches” who help online students by developing strategies and homework reminders and also connecting students to other resources as ASU. Students are also assigned academic advisors who are already familiar with the details of their specific degree programs. Cost: $490-$543/credit hour

6 - California University of Pennsylvania

At California University of Pennsylvania, all students part of the online program can access recorded classes and lecture materials at any time. The most popular online programs include becoming a registered nurse, environmental law, and legal studies. Cost: $312-$318/credit hour

7 - Oregon State University

Oregon State University has a growing online degree program for undergraduates and has been consistently ranked in the nation’s top universities for online programs. Some of their more popular degree programs include computer science, economics, anthropology, and agriculture. Cost: $280/credit hour

8 - West Texas A&M University

Also offering full online and hybrid programs, West Texas A&M is another top online school. West Texas A&M’s most popular bachelor’s programs include business administration, marketing, criminal justice and registered nursing. Though their bachelor’s program offers more options, they also offer an array of online graduate programs for those who are interested. Cost: $295/credit hour

9 - University of Illinois-Online

The University of Illinois offers a series of online programs hosted by three schools within the university of Illinois system, including Urbana Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. This means students can choose from an even more diverse array of programs with the flexibility of taking classes from multiple schools. Some popular programs include computer science, philosophy, nursing, information systems security, and history. Cost: $286-$613/credit hour

10 - Southeast Missouri State University

Finishing out our list of the bset online universities is Southeast Missour State University. Southeast Missouri State University offers online bachelor’s, master’s, minors, certificates and specialist degrees, making it even easier for students to find a program that suits their career interests. In addition to having their own personal advisors, students are also not required to do any in-person coursework. Popular programs include Computer Information Systems, Psychology, Nursing & Business Management. Cost: $265/credit hour

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