7 Best Online Colleges for 2018


These 10 best online colleges provide the most value to distance students. Out of the 363 schools researched by SR Education Group, these offer the lowest tuition rates and the strongest academics, and provide a breadth of online programs. These degree programs cover popular subjects such as counseling, nutrition, and social work. 

#1 University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida offers over 80 online degree and certificate programs, and has provided online courses to distance-learning students for 20 years. Degrees are offered at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels and cover subjects such as nursing, engineering, and religious studies. UCF also offers bachelor’s degree completion programs for prospective transfer students. In addition to an online library, bookstore, and writing center, UCF offers a program called What’s Next which aims to prepare students for life after graduation.

#2 University of Massachusetts - Amherst
The University of Massachusetts – Amherst offers 64 online degree and certificate programs. Founded in 1863, UMass Amherst is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system. The university has had 16 Fulbright scholars over the years, and it has the strongest academic strength score on this list at 76%. Online programs at UMass Amherst are available at every degree level, and cover subjects including accounting, early childhood education, public health, and nursing, among others. 

#3 LeTourneau University
LeTourneau University, named after its founder, R.G. LeTourneau, is a non-denominational Christian University offering 36 online degree and certificate programs. The university has the third-highest academic strength score at 70%, and the average SAT score of the incoming first-year students is between 150 and 200 points above the national average.

#4 University of Alabama
University of Alabama is a long-standing leader in academics and has a history of receiving prestigious national awards for its outstanding faculty, students, and research. It offers 54 online degree programs, including 34 master's degrees in disciplines ranging from education to environmental science. Bama By Distance is the portal through which it offers distance education to working adults.

#5 University of North Dakota
University of North Dakota offers over 200 fields of study to almost 15,000 students from all 50 states and 80 countries worldwide. Its substantial online presence extends 72 degrees and certificates to students around the globe. Among these degrees are 12 bachelor's, 32 master's, 10 doctoral, and 18 certificate programs, in disciplines ranging from aviation, to forensic psychology, to space studies.

#6 Arizona State University
Known for its innovation in both research and education, Arizona State University has an enrollment of almost 100,000 students. Its online offerings are equally robust and dynamic, with 167 graduate, undergraduate and certificate programs offered. These include 77 bachelor's degrees and 93 master's degrees covering a wide array of subjects, from psychology and engineering, to sustainable tourism and urban planning.

#7 West Texas A & M University
West Texas A&M University is a public university that has offered degree programs for over 100 years. The university offers 37 online bachelor’s degrees, 12 online master’s degrees, and 4 online certificates. Distance learning students at WTAMU can decide between two class styles: accelerated or self-paced. Those who choose the accelerated format are able to finish a course in six weeks, whereas self-paced classes can be started at any time and must be finished within nine months.

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