10 Top Online Colleges in the U.S.

Many people hate the thought of sitting in a classroom, eating cafeteria food and living with complete strangers.

I do not blame you one bit, living on campus can be a huge culture shock and it is not meant for everyone.

If you are a self -motivated leaner, can problem-solve independently and have a love for the virtual world, then online classes might be your best rout for continuing your education.

Rather you are looking to save money on living or maybe need flexible hours to work, online colleges can offer the same education as being in a classroom.

According to the U.S. News & World here are 10 of the top online colleges in the U.S.

  • #10 Regent University

Location: Virginia Beach, VA

Regent University offers online degrees is business, communication, information systems technology, psychology, Christian studies and much more. Regent University is a Christian college that offers weekly online chapel services, online tutoring services and an Online Peer Mentorship Program.

Tuition: $395 per credit

Total enrollment: 2,524

Academic year founded: 2003-2004.

  • #9 Bellevue University

Location: Bellevue, NE

Have no fear of not being able to make friends online. At Bellevue they offer group learning which allows students to network all over the United States. Not only will you be able to talk about lectures with fellow classmates but you can make lasting connections that will assist you in your future career.

Tuition: $370 per credit

Total Enrollment: 6,190

Academic year founded: 1996-1997.

  • #8 Brandman University

Location: Irvine, CA

Brandman University offers undergraduate degrees ranging from criminal justice to social work. For students looking to eventually go to graduate school they also offer a variety of Post Doctoral Certificates.

Tuition: $583 per credit

Total Enrollment: 951

Offering online classes since: 2008-2009

  • #7 Colorado State University – Global Campus

Location: Greenwood Village, CO

As written in their mission statement, CSU – Global Campus is committed to advancing student success in a global society. They accept up to 90 transfer credit hours and have bachelor’s of science degrees in fields like accounting, social sciences, healthcare administration, marketing, and project management.

CSU – Global Campus offers customization of degrees to fit specific needs and offers specializations to compliment the online degree program of your choice.

Tuition: $329 per credit

Total enrollment: 3,624

Academic year founded: 2008 – 2009

  • #6 Lawrence Technological University

Location: Southfield, MI

LTU offers several technologies to deliver the course content and interaction you need as an online student. For students interested in architecture management, information technology, or engineering this school may be for you.

Tuition: $910 per credit

Total enrollment: 50

Academic year founded: 2006 – 2007

  • #5 Graceland University

Location: Lamoni, IA

Graceland University offers Nursing along with certificates for RN to MSN. The school also offers areas of study in education, business and seminary.

Tuition: $710 per credit

Total enrollment: 132

Academic year founded: 2001 – 2002

  • #4 Westfield State University

Location: Westfield, MA

Westfield State University offers degrees in business, sociology, history and liberal arts. You can also add a minor in art, management, psychology or sociology. If you are looking to major in education, WSU has ranked one of four of the top online programs for education.

Tuition: $260 per credit

Total enrollment: 75

Academic year founded: 2008 – 2009

  • #3 St. John’s University

Location: Queens, NY

Small class sizes and a wide range of alumni make St. john’s University stand out. Their online programs are specific and offer degrees in liberal studies, administrative studies, and criminal justice.

Tuition: $1,158 per credit

Total enrollment: 37

Academic year founded: 2005 – 2006

  • #2 Daytona State College

Location: Daytona Beach, FL

With a wide variety of bachelor degrees, associate degrees and certificates you are sure to find your calling at Daytona State College. Here, you first earn your associates degree and then after four years you earn your bachelor’s degree. According to their website, 75 percent of students found a job in at least 3 months after graduation!

Tuition: $121 per credit

Total enrollment: N / A

Academic year founded: 2006 – 2007

  • #1 Pace University

Location: New York, NY

Their vision is to be among the best universities in the United States, and now they are! Pace University has an equally diverse academic program and their faculty is ranked among the best.

Tuition: $556 per credit

Total enrollment: 212

Academic year founded: 2004 – 2005

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Rachel Talaska is a junior at Central Michigan University pursuing degrees in public relations, journalism and marketing. Besides being in class, Rachel can be found working at the campus newspaper, Central Michigan Life in the advertising department or watching re-runs of "Friends." She hopes to one day move to a big city and find her dream job. Rachel enjoys fashion, eating healthy (with the occasional bowl of ice cream), fitness, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
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