The Best Online Colleges and Universities

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By Samanda Dorger, The Street

With coronavirus leaving many people working and learning from home, now is as good a time as any to consider and research online degrees.

While it still has its challenges, online education is becoming more available, and the degrees more accepted by hiring entities, according to InsideHigherEd. Online classes offer flexibility for working students or those raising children. An online education also may help students save on some of the costs of housing and transportation associated with being on campus.

A survey of human resource officials found that 52% said they believe that in the future, most advanced degrees will be earned online.

But like any school, some online colleges are better than others. TheBestSchools.org is a college ratings site that offers rankings of the universities around the world. In their list of online colleges, theBestSchools.org formulates rankings based on six categories. These include:

  • Academic excellence based on a school's curriculum
  • Strength of faculty scholarship
  • Reputation
  • Financial aid (must be accredited to accept financial aid, as well as have a range of scholarships and grants)
  • Range of degree programs
  • Strength of online instruction methodology.

The last category includes factors such as the types of online technology used to deliver content, teaching style, quality of the online, community learning environment, variety, breadth, and depth of coursework, teacher training, and timely feedback to students.

All colleges and universities in this list are accredited nonprofit schools, and are public except where noted. They offer a range of associates, bachelor's and master's degrees.


1. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

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Minneapolis

Average Net Price: $14,760

Learning Management System: Moodle

Offers over 65 degrees and certificates.


2. University of Arizona

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Tucson, Arizona

Average Net Price: $11,077

Offers 110 online degrees and certificates

Learning Management System: D2L Brightspace


3. University of Missouri

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Columbia, Missouri

Average Net Price: $8,637

Offers more than 125 degrees and certificates.

Learning Management System: Canvas


4. Arizona State University – ASU Online

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Tempe, Ariz.

Average Net Price: $10,822

Offers over 300 online degrees and certificates through ASU Online.

Learning Management System: Canvas


5. University of Massachusetts – Amherst

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Amherst, Mass.

Average Net Price: $15,406

Offers over 55 online degrees and certificates through University Without Walls.

Learning Management System: Blackboard Learn; Moodle


6. Indiana University – Bloomington

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Bloomington, Ind.

Average Net Price: $10,681

Offers over 125 online degrees and certificates.

Learning Management System: Canvas


7. The University of Alabama

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Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Average Net Price: $10,780

Offers 70 online degrees and certificates through Bama by Distance.

Learning Management System: Blackboard Learn


8. University of New Mexico

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Albuquerque

Average Net Price: $6,109

Offers 24 online degrees and certificates through UNM Online.

Learning Management System: Blackboard Learn


9. Oregon State University

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Corvallis, Ore.

Average Net Price: $9,390

Offers 75 online degrees and certificates through Oregon State Ecampus.

Learning Management System: Canvas


10. Ohio University

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Athens, Ohio

Average Net Price: $12,192

Offers over 65 online degrees and certificates through its eCampus.

Learning Management System: Blackboard Learn


11. Washington State University

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Pullman, Wash.

Average Net Price: $9,720

Offers 45 online degrees and certificates through the WSU Global Campus.

Learning Management System: Blackboard Learn


12. Drexel University (private, nonprofit)

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Philadelphia

Average Net Price: $50,874

Offers more than 250 online degrees and certificates through Drexel Online.

Learning Management System: Blackboard Learn


13. Colorado State University – Fort Collins

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Fort Collins, Colo.

Average Net Price: $9,426

Offers over 85 online degrees and certificates through Colorado State Online.

Learning Management System: Canvas


14. DePaul University (private nonprofit)

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Chicago

Average Net Price: $39,369

Offers over 50 online degrees and certificates through DePaul Online.

Learning Management System: D2L Brightspace


15. Texas Tech University

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Lubbock, Texas

Average Net Price: $9,080

Offers nearly 100 online degrees and certificates through TTU Online.

Learning Management System: Blackboard Learn

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