2017 Best Online Colleges in America

The 2017 Best Online Colleges ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. List includes 100% online universities as well as colleges that offer a majority of their degrees online.
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    Regis University

    • Denver, CO
    • 949 reviews
    College Sophomore:I haven't gotten to a lot of the internship/networking stuff yet, but career services seems to know a lot of connections from what I've heard and really know what they're doing.
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    LeTourneau University

    • Longview, TX
    • 604 reviews
    College Sophomore:Courses will typically teach you a lot. However, I have had to teach myself a course several times. The professors are almost always willing to meet with you, help you out, and be there for one-on-one. It will be very difficult to do well in some classes, others are easy A's. Class sizes vary from five people (I was acutally in a class with 5) to 150.
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    Indiana Wesleyan University

    • Marion, IN
    • 862 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely love it here, and I wouldn't choose to go anywhere else. It is a little far from home, my drive is about 7-8 hours, but it's so worth it to go to such an incredible school
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    King University - Tennessee

    • Bristol, TN
    • 321 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:When I knew I was moving to Germany, I had to figure out how to continue my degree in communications. The biggest problem I was faced with was finding a good school with an accredited communications program at a school that I would be proud to attend. I searched for a while, and then a friend told me about King University's online degree program. I had heard of King and knew it was a private Christian school located in Bristol, TN. However, I had no idea of their many online programs. I went straight to their website and chatted online with someone from the college who answered all my immediate questions, set me up with an admissions counselor, and got me on track to enroll. The online program is set up with five week accelerated courses. There are due dates, but also flexibility to fit your busy schedule. The instructors were great and very helpful. Most importantly, while at King I have become a more efficient learner and all together a better student. Going to school online was not something I was looking forward to, but the experience was something that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am so extremely thankful for the opportunity to further my education with King University, and I would recommend anyone who is interested in getting their education online to learn more about the many programs King offers.
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    Ohio University

    • Athens, OH
    • 3,173 reviews
    College Sophomore:Ohio University is amazing in so many aspects. From the beautiful campus, to the knowledgeable peers and professors. I have already learned so much during my short time here.
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    College Senior:In my program classes, the professors are extremely helpful. They care about people passing the class and making sure everyone is comfortable and informed about what is going on. They work with people individually if an event occurs. Classes are small about 20-25 people making it easy to grow closer with other classmates. The style of learning is great as they use ways to do group projects, fun presentations, and even go out into real life situations and work hands on with other people.
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    University of Illinois at Springfield

    • Springfield, IL
    • 405 reviews
    College Senior:I am happy that I chose to attend the University of Illinois at Springfield because I have met some amazing people and took some very interesting classes. Although I am pleased with the choice I made, I can say that if given the opportunity, I would probably have chosen a different school. I am satisfied with the distance from home but not the atmosphere on campus.
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    University of Minnesota - Crookston

    • Crookston, MN
    • 137 reviews
    College Freshman:I wanted a small campus environment but a big degree. So when I was offered a scholarship there for football I accepted, but had second thoughts of the cold cold weather. It has great academics, and great value but not a great location. The professors are pretty cool, and workload is not too heavy, since we work mainly on our computers, which was given to me and all athletes. The study area is great.
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    Moody Bible Institute

    • Chicago, IL
    • 430 reviews
    College Freshman:I believe my college is the perfect place for me. It's not perfect, but for me, it's where I should be. I am being academically and spiritually challenged. I think most colleges promise things they can't uphold. This college is different, it's special. My college doesn't just care about the social, academic and physical well-being of their students, it cares about their souls too. That, to me, is more than any college student can ask for. Here, we have life!
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    Troy University

    • Troy, AL
    • 1,619 reviews
    College Junior:Troy university of Montgomery has been my saving grace! I come from a small town in Alabama so I love the smaller classes and more 1:1 teaching from staff. Troy offers a wide variety of courses and majors to pick from along with helpful advisors that put the students first. The thing I love most about Troy is they understand that most students do have to work and hold a job. I personally work full time and with their night classes I am able to take the classes I need online or in class after work. I am so thankful for Troy and cannot wait to graduate a Trojan!
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    Liberty University

    • Lynchburg, VA
    • 6,039 reviews
    College Junior:They have accepted a wide variety of transcripts in the past so sometimes the top of the class is not challenged fully, but the nursing program challenges each and every student greatly.
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    Jacksonville University

    • Jacksonville, FL
    • 639 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love Jacksonville University, the teachers are wonderful and pay attention to what you need as an individual. There is a lot of stress here with the Marine Science major but it is worth it!
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    College Junior:Embry Riddle is considered the school to attend for anything aviation related. Most people know of this school as an aviation school and so far I have not been disapointed. The classes have been tailored to an aviation background and the instructors are very knowledgable in the courses. I am very impressed thus far.
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    Valley City State University

    • Valley City, ND
    • 89 reviews
    College Sophomore:There are good things and bad things about this college. Some of the great things about this college is the low tuition, the large amount of people aware of opportunities in Valley City from all over the United States, and parts of the world. The classes are small enough that I can easily interact with all of my teachers, and I have found a good group of friends. Some of the downsides to this school would be the availability of alcohol and drugs on campus, the amount of rumors that spread about people, and when rumors spread, it's easy for a good number of people to hear about it due to its smaller size. And my last complaint would be about how some students behave on campus. All in all I take the good with the bad, and try to live a good life from it.
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    Champlain College

    • Burlington, VT
    • 668 reviews
    College Junior:My major is unique, hands-on and the staff treat me as if I am already in the field. School has a great environment and everyone has a place to fit in. Freshman dorms are a hit or miss, but Finney Quad dorms are beautiful. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
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    Maranatha Baptist University

    • Watertown, WI
    • 444 reviews
    College Sophomore:At first I thought I'd like going to a smaller-size school where there was more one-on-one interaction and help from the teachers, more ability to get to know people, and easier to get around, but it's not what I was expecting. I kinda wish I choose a different school
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    Union Institute & University

    • Cincinnati, OH
    • 101 reviews
    College Freshman:I love my school. It is online, which makes it possible for me to be able to be full time and be a mother. The tuition is extremely high for an online school though. Wish they made it more affordable!
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    Grace Bible College

    • Wyoming, MI
    • 143 reviews
    College Sophomore:The workload is not that much and the program is pretty basic covering everything you need but not much more than that. However it really helps that the person who does most of the class for that program has created his own business and is running it as he is teaching you about how businesses work.
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    Grand Canyon University

    • Phoenix, AZ
    • 7,692 reviews
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    Bryan College - Tennessee

    • Dayton, TN
    • 203 reviews
    College Sophomore:Bryan college has an interesting atmosphere. One of the greatest attributes it possesses is the ability for the students to simply find a professor who is willing to sit down with the student and discuss any topic.
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    College Sophomore:My first year of college at Wise was great. I met a lot of different people and most became my friends. The campus is beautiful. We did get a lot of snow which out us out of classes but gave us time to bond with new people and hang out. I'm glad I chose UVa-Wise as my four years of my future and wouldn't have chose another college.
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    Presentation College

    • Aberdeen, SD
    • 130 reviews
    College Sophomore:The teachers are more interactive with the students in the classrooms. My school gives many volunteer opportunities to help out the community. I am a part of my schools football program, which the program is only four years old and this year will be five.
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    Brescia University

    • Owensboro, KY
    • 134 reviews
    College Junior:The English department is full of phenomenal professors, and I am mostly satisfied with the program. My only complaint is that the professional writing emphasis requires too many literature classes in comparison to writing classes.
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    Warner University

    • Lake Wales, FL
    • 173 reviews
    College Sophomore:My overall experience at school was an amazing one. I loved the activities on campus and I was always involved in most of the festivities. One of my favorite activities on campus was dishes around the Caribbean, where different Caribbean students would bring foods from their country for everyone to enjoy. What made my school unique was the amount of diversity amongst students and teachers. I would choose my school again because, throughout the year I have learned and experienced so much and I wouldn't trade that experience for the world.
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