Best Colleges for Online Bachelor's Degrees

These are the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor's Degrees in 2017.

Ranking Methodology

Rank College Name Location # Online Bachelor's Programs Full Time, In-state Tuition Per Credit, In-state Tuition Full Time, Out-of-state Tuition Per Credit, Out-of-state Tuition
1
Ashford University San Diego, CA 53 $10,632 $443 $10,632 $443
2
Bellevue University Bellevue, NE 51 $6,840 $285 $6,840 $285
3
American Public University System Charles Town, WV 45 $6,480 $270 $6,480 $270
4
Arizona State University-Skysong Scottsdale, AZ 35 $7,885 $423 $14,946 $650
5
Kaplan University-Davenport Campus Davenport, IA 34 $13,356 $371 $13,356 $371
6
University of Phoenix-Arizona Tempe, AZ 34 $11,219 . $11,219 .
7
Kaplan University-Hagerstown Campus Hagerstown, MD 31 $13,356 $371 $13,356 $371
8
University of Maryland-University College Adelphi, MD 31 $6,816 $284 $11,976 $499
9
University of Phoenix-California Costa Mesa, CA 31 $11,814 . $11,814 .
10
Kaplan University-Maine Campus S Portland, ME 30 $10,620 $295 $10,620 $295
11
Franklin University Columbus, OH 30 $11,856 $494 $11,856 $494
12
Kaplan University-Augusta Campus Augusta, ME 30 $10,620 $295 $10,620 $295
13
University of Phoenix-Florida Orlando, FL 30 $11,979 . $11,979 .
14
Granite State College Concord, NH 29 $7,200 $300 $8,040 $335
15
Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT 29 $5,780 . $5,780 .
16
National University La Jolla, CA 28 $13,016 $362 $13,016 $362
17
Pennsylvania State University-World Campus University Park, PA 28 $13,174 $542 $13,174 $542
18
University of Phoenix-Colorado Lone Tree, CO 28 $11,483 . $11,483 .
19
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ 26 $8,698 $696 $15,264 $964
20
Wilberforce University Wilberforce, OH 25 $12,020 $500 $12,020 $500
21
University of Phoenix-Nevada Las Vegas, NV 25 $11,461 . $11,461 .
22
University of Phoenix-Texas Houston, TX 25 $11,964 . $11,964 .
23
Missouri State University-Springfield Springfield, MO 24 $6,150 $205 $13,200 $440
24
University of Phoenix-Michigan Southfield, MI 24 $11,956 . $11,956 .
25
University of Phoenix-Missouri Saint Louis, MO 24 $11,753 . $11,753 .
26
Columbia College Columbia, MO 23 $7,887 $272 $7,887 $272
27
Central Methodist University-College of Graduate and Extended Studies Fayette, MO 23 $5,510 $210 $5,510 $210
28
University of Phoenix-Georgia Sandy Springs, GA 23 $10,711 . $10,711 .
29
University of Phoenix-Louisiana Baton Rouge, LA 23 $12,144 . $12,144 .
30
University of Phoenix-Tennessee Nashville, TN 23 $10,666 . $10,666 .
31
Capella University Minneapolis, MN 22 $13,536 $376 $13,536 $376
32
University of Phoenix-Virginia Glen Allen, VA 22 $11,934 . $11,934 .
33
Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 22 $13,356 $371 $13,356 $371
34
Kaplan University-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI 22 $13,356 $371 $13,356 $371
35
Fort Hays State University Hays, KS 21 $3,789 $163 $13,331 $481
36
Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND 21 $5,138 $214 $7,708 $321
37
Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX 21 $13,800 $575 $13,800 $575
38
Rasmussen College-Florida Ocala, FL 20 $9,360 $310 $9,360 $310
39
University of Phoenix-New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 20 $11,575 . $11,575 .
40
Ottawa University-Phoenix Phoenix, AZ 19 $11,880 $495 $11,880 $495
41
Walden University Minneapolis, MN 19 $11,700 $325 $11,700 $325
42
University of Phoenix-Utah Salt Lake City, UT 19 $11,433 . $11,433 .
43
University of Phoenix-Hawaii Honolulu, HI 19 $11,579 . $11,579 .
44
East Carolina University Greenville, NC 19 $4,365 $182 $20,323 $847
45
Oregon State University Corvallis, OR 19 $8,715 $187 $27,195 $582
46
Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA 19 $6,330 $325 $22,815 $891
47
Ottawa University-Kansas City Overland Park, KS 18 $11,880 $495 $11,880 $495
48
Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ 18 $6,350 $385 $9,352 $499
49
National American University-Rapid City Rapid City, SD 18 $13,194 $367 $13,194 $367
50
Florida International University Miami, FL 18 $4,721 $206 $16,529 $619
51
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 17 $4,478 $212 $19,810 $749
52
Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO 17 $10,967 $305 $10,967 $305
53
Park University Parkville, MO 17 $11,730 $391 $11,730 $391
54
Columbia Southern University Orange Beach, AL 17 $5,040 $210 $5,040 $210
55
Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN 17 $8,546 $310 $18,876 $669
56
University of Memphis Memphis, TN 17 $7,488 $312 $19,200 $488
57
National American University-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO 16 $12,960 $360 $12,960 $360
58
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Portales, NM 16 $3,427 $230 $9,202 $470
59
National American University-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM 16 $12,960 $360 $12,960 $360
60
University of Phoenix-Washington Tukwila, WA 16 $11,858 . $11,858 .
61
University of Phoenix-Idaho Meridian, ID 16 $11,324 . $11,324 .
62
Averett University-Non-Traditional Programs Danville, VA 16 $10,200 $425 $10,200 $425
63
University of Phoenix-Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 16 $12,073 . $12,073 .
64
Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA 16 $5,180 $321 $15,968 $321
65
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 15 $4,477 $149 $25,694 $856
66
Troy University Troy, AL 15 $7,224 $301 $14,448 $602
67
Wilmington University New Castle, DE 15 $10,620 $354 $10,620 $354
68
Baker College Flint, MI 15 $9,000 $250 $9,000 $250
69
National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD 15 $6,000 $167 $6,000 $167
70
Grantham University Lenexa, KS 15 $6,360 $265 $6,360 $265
71
University of Phoenix-Minnesota Saint Louis Park, MN 15 $11,974 . $11,974 .
72
Ottawa University-Online Ottawa, KS 15 $11,880 $495 $11,880 $495
73
Colorado State University-Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO 15 $8,400 $350 $8,400 $350
74
University of Phoenix-Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK 15 $11,779 . $11,779 .
75
Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY 15 $8,568 $357 $17,880 $745
76
Eastern Oregon University La Grande, OR 15 $6,073 $146 $15,822 $382
77
The Baptist College of Florida Graceville, FL 14 $9,900 $330 $9,900 $330
78
National American University-Independence Independence, MO 14 $12,960 $360 $12,960 $360
79
Brandman University Irvine, CA 14 $12,000 $500 $12,000 $500
80
Hodges University Naples, FL 14 $13,200 $550 $13,200 $550
81
Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses Fort Wayne, IN 14 $10,592 $440 $10,592 $440
82
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Daytona Beach, FL 14 $8,760 $365 $8,760 $365
83
University of Phoenix-Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI 14 $12,038 . $12,038 .
84
University of Phoenix-Illinois Schaumburg, IL 14 $11,792 . $11,792 .
85
National American University-Tulsa Tulsa, OK 14 $12,960 $360 $12,960 $360
86
National American University-Colorado Springs South Colorado Springs, CO 14 $12,960 $360 $12,960 $360
87
Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY 14 $9,000 $375 $18,000 $750
88
University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA 14 $5,788 $365 $17,888 $365
89
University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE 14 $5,596 $205 $17,516 $643
90
Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA 14 $5,907 $197 $19,710 $657
91
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 13 $10,160 $726 $30,759 $1,282
92
University of West Alabama Livingston, AL 13 $7,286 $310 $14,572 $620
93
University of Minnesota-Crookston Crookston, MN 13 $10,180 $392 $10,180 $392
94
Ohio Christian University Circleville, OH 13 $10,468 $350 $10,468 $350
95
Union Institute & University Cincinnati, OH 13 $12,240 $510 $12,240 $510
96
University of Houston-Downtown Houston, TX 13 $4,843 $202 $14,328 $597
97
Herzing University-Madison Madison, WI 13 $12,560 $550 $12,560 $550
98
ECPI University Virginia Beach, VA 13 $14,720 $487 $14,720 $487
99
University of Phoenix-Ohio Beachwood, OH 13 $11,795 . $11,795 .
100
National American University-Albuquerque West Albuquerque, NM 13 $12,960 $360 $12,960 $360
101
University of Phoenix-Indiana Indianapolis, IN 13 $12,079 . $12,079 .
102
University of Phoenix-New Jersey Jersey City, NJ 13 $12,464 . $12,464 .
103
National American University-Centennial Centennial, CO 13 $12,960 $360 $12,960 $360
104
National American University-Lee's Summit Lee's Summit, MO 13 $12,960 $303 $12,960 $303
105
SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY 13 $6,470 $270 $16,320 $680
106
National American University-Roseville Roseville, MN 12 $13,428 $373 $13,428 $373
107
Great Basin College Elko, NV 12 $2,745 $92 $9,390 $192
108
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, PA 12 $7,238 $302 $10,858 $452
109
National American University-Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD 12 $12,528 $348 $12,528 $348
110
University of Houston-Victoria Victoria, TX 12 $4,576 $271 $14,368 $679
111
University of Wisconsin-Stout Menomonie, WI 12 $7,014 $313 $14,760 $571
112
University of Phoenix-Massachusetts Braintree, MA 12 $12,384 . $12,384 .
113
University of Phoenix-Kentucky Louisville, KY 12 $12,109 . $12,109 .
114
Rasmussen College-Kansas Topeka, KS 12 $9,360 $310 $9,360 $310
115
Indiana Wesleyan University-National and Global Marion, IN 12 $8,697 $354 $8,697 $354
116
University of Maine at Augusta Augusta, ME 12 $6,510 $217 $16,110 $537
117
University of Massachusetts-Lowell Lowell, MA 12 $13,932 $596 $30,500 $1,286
118
Rutgers University-New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ 12 $11,408 $367 $27,059 $878
119
Herzing University-Birmingham Birmingham, AL 11 $12,560 $550 $12,560 $550
120
Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN 11 $7,360 $257 $7,360 $257
121
Rasmussen College-Minnesota St. Cloud, MN 11 $9,360 $310 $9,360 $310
122
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, TX 11 $4,312 $180 $5,496 $229
123
Herzing University-Kenner Kenner, LA 11 $12,560 $550 $12,560 $550
124
National American University-Bloomington Bloomington, MN 11 $13,428 $373 $13,428 $373
125
University of Phoenix-South Carolina Columbia, SC 11 $11,821 . $11,821 .
126
Rasmussen College-Illinois Rockford, IL 11 $9,360 $310 $9,360 $310
127
Herzing University-Brookfield Brookfield, WI 11 $12,560 $550 $12,560 $550
128
National American University-Mesquite Mesquite, TX 11 $13,428 $373 $13,428 $373
129
National American University-Lewisville Lewisville, TX 11 $13,428 $373 $13,428 $373
130
National American University-Georgetown Georgetown, TX 11 $13,428 $373 $13,428 $373
131
University of Florida-Online Gainesville, FL 11 $3,358 $112 $15,000 $500
132
University of Phoenix-Arkansas Little Rock, AR 11 $11,911 . $11,911 .
133
Piedmont International University Winston-Salem, NC 11 $8,850 $310 $8,850 $310
134
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS 11 $7,549 $315 $16,419 $685
135
University of Toledo Toledo, OH 11 $8,052 $335 $17,390 $725
136
The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 10 $10,470 $569 $26,950 $1,279
137
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO 10 $7,536 $314 $23,232 $968
138
University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL 10 $9,493 $328 $16,180 $367
139
Indiana University-East Richmond, IN 10 $6,478 $216 $18,088 $603
140
Wichita State University Wichita, KS 10 $6,385 $213 $15,124 $504
141
Athens State University Athens, AL 10 $5,730 $191 $11,460 $382
142
Western International University Tempe, AZ 10 $6,000 . $6,000 .
143
Arkansas State University-Main Campus Jonesboro, AR 10 $6,060 $202 $12,120 $404
144
St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL 10 $2,428 $113 $9,717 $389
145
Western New Mexico University Silver City, NM 10 $3,740 $156 $11,400 $195
146
SUNY College of Technology at Canton Canton, NY 10 $6,470 $270 $13,793 $680
147
Rasmussen College-North Dakota Fargo, ND 10 $9,630 $310 $9,630 $310
148
Mayville State University Mayville, ND 10 $5,053 $210 $7,872 $365
149
Minot State University Minot, ND 10 $5,192 $274 $5,192 $274
150
Peirce College Philadelphia, PA 10 $13,872 $578 $13,872 $578
151
Dakota State University Madison, SD 10 $6,984 $272 $9,900 $369
152
West Texas A & M University Canyon, TX 10 $4,989 $310 $6,105 $356
153
Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI 10 $11,144 $398 $17,910 $597
154
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce Mercedita, PR 10 $4,392 $183 $4,392 $183
155
Ottawa University-Milwaukee Brookfield, WI 10 $11,880 $495 $11,880 $495
156
University of Phoenix-Maryland Columbia, MD 10 $12,349 . $12,349 .
157
Linfield College-Online and Continuing Education McMinnville, OR 10 $12,960 $480 $12,960 $480
158
National American University-Brooklyn Center Brooklyn Center, MN 10 $13,428 $373 $13,428 $373
159
University of Phoenix-Alabama Birmingham, AL 10 $12,221 . $12,221 .
160
National American University-Austin Austin, TX 10 $13,428 $373 $13,428 $373
161
Herzing University-Toledo Toledo, OH 10 $12,560 $550 $12,560 $550
162
National American University-Burnsville Burnsville, MN 10 $13,428 $373 $13,428 $373
163
Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA 10 $4,256 $177 $15,021 $626
164
Washington State University Pullman, WA 10 $9,324 $494 $23,956 $1,226

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Methodology

To earn a rank on the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor's Degrees list, an online college needs to offer a wide variety of affordable online bachelor's programs. The online colleges on this list meet the following two criteria:

  1. Offer their online bachelor's programs for a reasonable annual tuition rate - $15,000 is the upper tuition limit (annual in-state tuition) for this list. The national annual salary for those with a bachelor's degree according to the BLS is $60,112. Bankrate recommends that students not accumulate more student debt than they will make the first year after graduation. As bachelor's degrees typically take 4 years to finish, we used $15,000 as the annual tuition maximum.
  2. Offer a large number of bachelor's programs in a variety of study areas. We used 10 as the lowest number of online bachelor's programs an online college could offer in this ranking list. If these conditions were met, online colleges were sorted from top to bottom based on the number of online bachelor's programs that they offer to students.

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