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
    • 953 reviews
    Niche User:Regis University was amazing! The campus is beautiful, the perfect size. The people/students there are so nice and helpful. It is the perfect place to study, in my opinion. I absolutely love everything about Regis. I love the values, the campus, the students, the staff. I love the idea that it is a teaching university only, more time to spend with friends and professors.
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    LeTourneau University

    • Longview, TX
    • 606 reviews
    Freshman:I love LeTourneau University! The small size allows me to be close with my professors. I know the head of the Mechanical Engineering department, and he often invites me and a few other students to visit his house down the street for Korean food, because he knows I love kimbab. I have gotten close with the people in my dorm. LeTourneau has challenged me, but also it has allowed me to be more comfortable in my own skin than I have ever been. I have grown spiritually, personally, professionally, and academically.
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    Indiana Wesleyan University

    • Marion, IN
    • 874 reviews
    Niche User:From Indiana Wesleyan I experienced wonder hospitality from the track coach and a college sponsor that use to go to the school. They heavily explained that it was a wonderful Christian school that focuses on the spirit of college and finding yourself rather than the experience of more education. My majors of psychology and physical education is very well doable to take. Also they greatly explained that if necessary that clubs can be created to better the experience at the college. I love to dance, so when I mentioned of created a dance club at the school, they were very much thrilled. As an undergraduate they got me very hyped to be apart of Indiana Wesleyan. What i would like the change there is the track and field division team. They are division 2 which isn't bad, however I would like to be with the better competition to better the like experience of being at the Olympics.
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    King University - Tennessee

    • Bristol, TN
    • 326 reviews
    Senior:I am in my last semester at King University in the online communication program, and I’m about to graduate! King has created their online communication program to be affordable and great for the working adult. I took some time from school to work and save money, and attempted to go back traditionally- unsuccessfully. I decided that I needed to attend online so that I could have time to keep up my jobs. I found that King had an online program that included public relations, marketing, interpersonal communication, and more. I aspire to earn a career in public relations upon graduation and this program has equipped me with the knowledge and skills for that. In an online environment, it is important for the professors to respond to emailed questions in a quick manner, and King professors are great with doing this. I would recommend this program to anyone, especially those with families or full-time jobs.
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    Ohio University

    • Athens, OH
    • 3,185 reviews
    College Student:This is my first semester at Ohio University and so far I've enjoyed every second of school. I love my professors and my classmates are friendly and they make me feel welcome. The walks in between classes are a breeze thanks to the beautiful scenery here on campus. I've taken full advantage of the student study sessions in math and they are really helping. Diverse is probably the best word to describe the students here at OU. Not only can you notice a difference in ethnicity but also in interest and age. If I could change anything, I would have started school here in the Fall of 2014 after finishing high school instead of waiting this long to experience such an amazing school!
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    Freshman:I am a first-year nursing student, and I am very impressed with the quality of the professors and classes offered here. In addition, almost every student here is highly dedicated to their studies, so class morale is very high. While the university is affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, it is not cliquey at all, and there are students from just about every faith. Classes are not easy, but the tutoring center is excellent, and I am very grateful for the opportunities we students are given here.
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    Capella University

    • 2,686 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:I would choose my school all over again if I had the choice. The Professors work with you and they are so intelligent. The lessons involve a lot of reading, but anything that will teach you something is worth the read! They work with the student if they need extra time. The classmates in every single class that I have had for the past 5 years were all friendly and very helpful towards each other. Discussions are part of your grade so I recommend that all students finish all of their discussions along with the assignments.

    Attending Capella University has been a life changing experience for me. I am a senior citizen who has always wanted to go to College and graduate with a BS Degree. I have nothing but great and wonderful things to say about Capella University and everyone in each department from the Admissions Dept to the Academic or Financing Dept...every single person has been very professional as well as very helpful!
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    University of Illinois at Springfield

    • Springfield, IL
    • 406 reviews
    Senior:UIS is an amazing University. The experience you get at this university is what you make it. The school is working to advance in Greek Life, diversity and expanding to meet the needs of the students. No UIS is not perfect but it's perfect for me. This school is small, and quiet. The student life office offers plenty of events to keep students busy and they offer students leadership opportunities that will allow professional growth. The class sizes are small, so you have the opportunity to get the one on one help you need from your teachers. The advisors are friendly, and our Vice Chancellor will add you on Facebook (She likes posts too). IT'S GREAT TO BE A PRAIRIE STAR!
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    University of Minnesota - Crookston

    • Crookston, MN
    • 137 reviews
    Niche User:The University of Minnesota Crookston has a wonderful campus. When I was there for my college visit the staff and students there were so friendly and gave a great tour of campus. Their new gym center they just built for the students is amazing. I think that was a very good and considerate idea. I love their horse arena and barn as well, it's a beautiful facility. Everything about the UMC is great.
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    Moody Bible Institute

    • Chicago, IL
    • 430 reviews
    College Sophomore:My school has a wonderful community, outstanding teachers, and its in an awesome location. Moody Bible Institute provides students with the education that they need to be fully equipped to go out and serve the world however God has called them. Some of my favorite moments at MBI are with friends. My school is unique because the teachers love their students the way Jesus Christ has called everyone to love one another and students at my school really care about our community on campus and off of campus. MBI students and staff reach out to those in our surrounding communities to share the love of God with them!
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    Troy University

    • Troy, AL
    • 1,627 reviews
    Freshman:I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Troy University thus far. The admissions department was incredibly helpful, as I was a freshman starting 10 years after graduating from high school and had so many questions and concerns. The flexible class schedule and ability to achieve a degree completely online have been extremely beneficial for myself. I would recommend Troy University to anyone! The broad array of different degree majors, flexible and affordable classes coupled with the hands on professors, knowledgeable and friendly staff make for an amazing experience in higher education.
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    Liberty University

    • Lynchburg, VA
    • 6,070 reviews
    Junior:Liberty is a great Christian university for those who are religious and non-religious alike. While the rules can feel a little overbearing at times, the main focus of the school is to cultivate well-rounded students with an acceptable education, critical thinking skills, and communication skills. Many activities available to students including a vast array of high level sports teams, concerts, recreation centers, a fitness center with the best equipment, all at a relatively affordable price. All individuals getting ready to earn a degree should seriously consider this university!
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    Jacksonville University

    • Jacksonville, FL
    • 641 reviews
    Freshman:JU is a small school, but that is exactly what I wanted. All of my teachers know me by name, I do not have more than 35 people in my class, and the campus is beautiful. When you look at schools, these minor, but important topics come to mind. I love JU and the atmosphere is so calming. The sporting events are so fun to watch! JU has wonderful faculty that are extremely outgoing. On top of it I have seen the president of our university on many occasions, many people can not say that they have seen their universities president. I hope that many individuals become interested in JU and one day become a part of the dolphin family.
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    Graduate Student:Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide (ERAU-WW) is an institution of true learning. From the versatility of monthly Undergraduate course commencements to the content of individual coursework, ERAU-WW offers the same opportunity to everybody of any status--LEARN. Additionally, ERAU-WW is far more than just an aviation school. They remain at the top of university ratings for quality and accessibility year after year, while maintaining captivating material and intriguing instructors. The student success analytics rate continuously above 95% routinely, and in ANY program on record! Undoubtedly, ERAU-WW should be the first pick for anyone unsure of goals, or steady on real world and up-to-date education.
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    Valley City State University

    • Valley City, ND
    • 89 reviews
    College Sophomore:My overall experience at Valley City State University has been very good so far. Quite a few of my family are alumni from Valley City State University and have had great experiences from VCSU. They talk highly of VCSU and feel that they have received a good education. I really like the small size and the feeling of a small community where you are a name and not a number. It is a college where it is affordable and most professors seem to care about you and if you are in class of not. My favorite experiences are it has been easy to make true friends, be involved, and not feel overwhelmed with the size. If I would have to choose again I still would stick with VCSU because it is a great school.
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    Champlain College

    • Burlington, VT
    • 668 reviews
    Senior:Wonderful school - it's easy to get to know your professors and they are very engaged and involved with students. My only major complaint is around housing for students who do not live close. The dorms close for all breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring breaks) so don't forget to add in the additional costs of flying back home if you don't live close. There are a few dorms that stay open but the school does NOT give priority to students who live far away. In my opinion if you are from the west coast you should get priority in these dorms - it's to far to fly home for Thanksgiving break! Also the dorm food is terrible! Champlain please do something about the awful dorm food!
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    Maranatha Baptist University

    • Watertown, WI
    • 444 reviews
    Alum:My experience at Maranatha was a very delightful experience! I love the small, family like atmosphere. Everyone knows each other, the teachers know you by name. The small town for me was another plus. The facilities are wonderful. They are kept clean and up to date. I would totally recommend Maranatha to any young person who is looking for a great christian college to attend!
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    Union Institute & University

    • Cincinnati, OH
    • 101 reviews
    Sophomore:Union Institute & University has changed my outlook on college. I have a learning disability and have never had much luck with receiving the support needed to be successful. At Union the support received is amazing especially, the unlimited tutoring options. Union's semesters are set up in two different sessions with courses being eight weeks long. This allows their students who also work full-time to further their education with a program that is manageable.
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    Grace Bible College

    • Wyoming, MI
    • 143 reviews
    College Freshman:It's wonderful at Grace Bible. Everyone here becomes your family and is very caring. For example, I recently lost my Grandfather and by the end of that day numerous people came to my side to check on me and comfort me. Grace gives us multiple opportunities to do different activities such as the Detroit Tigers and Pistons games and many more. I couldn't be more thankful for the experiences and friends Grace has blessed me with. I honestly am not looking forward for school to end because I will miss everyone here!
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    Grand Canyon University

    • Phoenix, AZ
    • 7,729 reviews
    Freshman:Grand Canyon University is an exceptional school that provides a positive atmosphere and institutional effectiveness which further en chances the students overall college experience! The school offers a wide variety of opritunities for students and allows for exclusive mentorships and networking events that distinguish the school. Overall, Grand Canyon University offers an environment that is exclusive to them. The leadership, dedication, and efficiency is imbedded into every aspect of their institution. Only at this university one is guarenteed to discover their purpose!
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    Bryan College - Tennessee

    • Dayton, TN
    • 204 reviews
    Freshman:I absolutely love Bryan College! The people here are my favorite - everyone is so welcoming and sweet, and the professors go out of the way to prove they truly care about their students. The quality of the education is great, and I am so grateful to be taught from a Christian standpoint - it makes a huge difference. The campus is safe, well-kept, and absolutely beautiful. It is NOT a party scene by any means, which is a blessing for me. Bryan inspires me to become a better Christian daily, and my relationship with God has definitely grown here.
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    College Freshman:My favorite thing about University of Virginia's College at Wise is the community! This school has a beautiful campus in the hills of Appalachia and the people here are absolutely splendid. I would definitely choose this school if I could do it all over again because it has got the quality education I desire.
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    Presentation College

    • Aberdeen, SD
    • 131 reviews
    Freshman:I haven't had much experience here at Presentation College, I have only been here for about 3-4 months but it has already been a great and life changing experience. The campus is beautiful and so is the weather (but I heard I wont be saying that come winter time.)The small campus lifestyle is also nice because with a small campus means smaller amount of students which means your professor while remember your name and I have already experienced this in a few of my classes where my professors remember my name but will also help me one on one outside of class with anything I need help with, it has a feeling as if we are all family, everyone treats you with kindness not only on campus but even people in the community. I haven't been here too long to have a change in mind for the college but if I could change something it would maybe add more to the campus.
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    Brescia University

    • Owensboro, KY
    • 135 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:Excellent, quality education. You truly are part of the family when you enroll in Brescia. Challenging without being overwhelming. Supportive without constrictive. Engaging and superior!
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    Warner University

    • Lake Wales, FL
    • 173 reviews
    College Sophomore:I believe that Warner University is a wonderful and special place. I've met some of the best people in my life there, and the atmosphere is very different from any of the other colleges I've visited. Warner has a great and competitive sports program with some of the best coaches I've had. The professors are caring and actually want you to succeed. Warner Univeristy is a wonderful college that has shaped me into the women I'm meant to be some day. Warner keeps me balanced and focused on the important things in life rather than partying, being reckless and having fake meaningless friends. However, the only downfall is that it's just so expensive, I'm not super poor by any means but its just gotten too hard to pay for and I'm not ready to let go of sports and my friends just yet. But if I had the chance to do it all over again I would in a heart beat.
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