Highlights Colorado’s Best Online Colleges

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Top Online Education Programs Ranked by Cost, Quality Measures for 2016-2017, a leading online higher education information and resource provider, is highlighting 25 schools as the Best Online Colleges in Colorado for 2016-2017. Comparing more than a dozen unique cost and quality measures, the following two-year and four-year schools received top marks respectively: Lamar Community College, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, Northeastern Junior College and Morgan Community College; Colorado Christian University, University of Northern Colorado, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, Adams State University and Metropolitan State University of Denver.

"In 2014 alone, non-residents made up nearly half of all four-year college applicants in Colorado. That shows a growing opportunity for distance and online learning programs in the state,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of "We’re highlighting colleges who are going above and beyond to create quality, affordable online programs to accommodate the growing number of students looking to Colorado for higher education resources.”

Schools are required to meet specific baseline requirements to make the lists. An institution must hold regional accreditation and be a public or private not-for-profit college or university to qualify. Tuition rates must also fall under specific minimums: two-year schools must offer an in-state tuition rate below $5,000 per year and four-year schools must offer an in-state tuition rate below $25,000 per year.

All schools on the Best Online Colleges in Colorado ranking are listed below. For more details on where each ranks and the data and methodology used to determine each school’s score visit the following page:

The Best Online Colleges in Colorado (Two-Year) for 2016-2017:

Lamar Community College
Colorado Northwestern Community College
Trinidad State Junior College
Northeastern Junior College
Morgan Community College
Otero Junior College
Arapahoe Community College
Front Range Community College
Aims Community College
Pikes Peak Community College
Community College of Aurora
Community College of Denver
Pueblo Community College

The Best Online Colleges in Colorado (Four-Year) for 2016-2017:

Colorado Christian University
University of Northern Colorado
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Adams State University
Metropolitan State University of Denver
University of Colorado Denver
Colorado State University - Fort Collins
Western State Colorado University
Nazarene Bible College
Colorado Mesa University
Colorado State University - Global Campus
Colorado State University - Pueblo

### began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.

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