BestColleges.com Names the Best Online Colleges in America for 2015

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BestColleges.com, a trusted college planning resource, recently published its list of the top 50 schools offering online undergraduate degree programs.

BestColleges.com Best Online Colleges of 2015

BestColleges.com Best Online Colleges of 2015

...the highest-quality online programs aren't always obvious.

BestColleges.com announces its 2015 picks for colleges with the best online Associate and Bachelor’s degree programs. 25 accredited schools made each list, and all offer at least three full-time, 100% online programs.

The most recent data shows the number of online programs available has increased year to year by over 30%. It’s expected this trend will continue. With so many choices available, many students look to reliable, fact-based rankings to help narrow their choices. Using data collected from the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES) BestColleges.com included admissions, enrollment, retention, and graduation rates to rank the top schools accordingly.

“There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about online programs. Are they legitimate? Are they effective?,” said Stephanie Snider, Product Manager of BestColleges.com. “Online learning has gone mainstream, and our goal is to help students find a reputable, accredited program that meets their needs.”

Topping the list of this year’s best online Bachelor’s programs is the University of Florida. Consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top public schools, their online programs reflect this excellence. UF offers academic experiences and professional degrees through its online classroom that are equal to degrees earned on campus.

Rounding out the top five schools are George Washington University, University of Central Florida, Georgia Southern University, and Florida State University. These schools alone represent over 30 available online programs across a range of subjects, including Sport Management, Information Technology, Fire Science, Education, and more.

Most universities now offer some level of online coursework, but not every online program is as rigorous as its on-campus equivalent. The BestColleges.com list of the top online degree programs works for students because the highest-quality online programs aren’t always obvious.

Below are the Best Online Schools of 2015 as ranked by BestColleges.com:

Top Online Bachelor Degree Programs

    1.     University of Florida
    2.    George Washington University
    3.    University of Central Florida
    4.    Georgia Southern University
    5.    Florida State University
    6.    Pennsylvania State University
    7.    University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
    8.    The University of Alabama
    9.    Appalachian State University
    10.    Misericordia University
    11.    Mississippi State University
    12.    University of North Carolina at Wilmington
    13.    East Carolina University
    14.    Asbury University
    15.    Florida International University
    16.    University of Oklahoma - Norman
    17.    Rowan University
    18.    University of Missouri - Kansas City
    19.    Dallas Baptist University
    20.    Clarkson College
    21.    Texas Tech University
    22.    Kennesaw State University
    23.    University of Missouri - Columbia
    24.    University of North Dakota
    25.    University of Cincinnati

Complete rankings can be found here: http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/top-online-schools/#online-bachelors-degree-programs

Top Online Associate Degree Programs

    1.    Mitchell Technical Institute
    2.    Alexandria Technical & Community College
    3.    Northwest Iowa Community College
    4.    Foothill College
    5.    Moraine Park Technical College
    6.    Western Wyoming Community College
    7.    Northeast Community College
    8.    Olney Central College
    9.    Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
    10.    Citrus College
    11.    Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
    12.    Santiago Canyon College
    13.    Minnesota West Community and Technical College
    14.    Seward County Community College and Area Technical School
    15.    Kennebec Valley Community College
    16.    Casa Loma College - Van Nuys
    17.    Big Bend Community College
    18.    Northcentral Technical College
    19.    North Dakota State College of Science
    20.    City College of San Francisco
    21.    West Kentucky Community and Technical College
    22.    Palomar College
    23.    Ridgewater College
    24.    Fox Valley Technical College
    25.    Gateway Community and Technical College

Complete rankings can be found here: http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/top-online-schools/#online-associate-degree-programs

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