Edudemic Names Best Online Universities in Pennsylvania

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Edudemic has released the 2015 Online College Report, a guide for students that ranks the best online colleges and universities in each state.

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Traditional universities have embraced online education. It’s no longer the territory of for-profit universities with dubious track records. There are now 61 universities in Pennsylvania that offer some type of degree online. Edudemic evaluated and ranked these schools to understand the best online degree programs in Pennsylvania. These individual state rankings are part of Edudemic’s 2015 Online College Report.

Duquesne University took the #1 spot, with strong academic credentials and clear communications about their online programs. They represent the Western half of the state well, with exceptionally high graduation (77%) and retention (89%) rates, and a positive national reputation.

Finishing as a close #2, Drexel University picks up the slack for the Eastern half of the state. They also have strong academic indicators, along with one of the best career services departments in the nation. Also making the top five are California University of Pennsylvania (#4) and Clarion University of Pennsylvania (#5), who offer some of the most affordable tuition rates in the state.

Online Education Defined

Many universities offer some kind of coursework online. But there is a difference between offering a couple of classes online and preparing a traditional university to handle the needs of online-only students. That’s why Edudemic only looked at schools that offer at least four, 100% fully online Bachelors degrees. No lines at the bookstore. No late nights at the library. No campus visits, ever.

The Best Online Schools in Pennsylvania

Out of all the schools in Pennsylvania, Edudemic took a close look at 19 universities that offer at least four Bachelors degrees online. Data was originally sourced from the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES). The Edudemic methodology incorporated performance measurements (like graduation and retention rates), cost factors (like in-state tuition and financial aid packages), career services for specifically for online students, availability of information on their website, and much more. They verified all of the online degree programs, career service support, and financial aid services through written surveys, phone calls, and external research. Between written surveys, follow up phone calls, and additional research, Edudemic has compiled the most comprehensive evaluation of online education in Pennsylvania to date.

The Best Online Schools in Pennsylvania in 2015 is published at:

For questions and comments regarding this report, contact Kyle Dunning: kyle(at)edudemic(dot)com.

Here are the results of their ranking:

1.    Duquesne University
2.    Drexel University
3.    Robert Morris University
4.    California University of Pennsylvania
5.    Clarion University of Pennsylvania
6.    Misericordia University
7.    Temple University
8.    DeSales University
9.    Philadelphia University
10.    Cedar Crest College
11.    La Roche College
12.    Immaculata University
13.    Elizabethtown College
14.    Pennsylvania State University-World Campus
15.    Widener University-Main Campus
16.    Chatham University
17.    Widener University-Harrisburg Campus
18.    Point Park University
19.    Peirce College

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