Review by Pinpoints Alabama’s Best Online Colleges

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Schools Highlighted for Excellence in Online Learning, Affordability for 2016-2017

The Best Online Colleges in Alabama have been identified for 2016-2017 by leading online higher education information provider After cross-analyzing more than a dozen school-specific statistics, more than 25 colleges in the state were recognized for providing affordable, quality online education programs. Alabama’s leaders include Judson College, Troy University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of North Alabama and the University of Alabama among four-year programs, and Gadsden State Community College, Wallace Community College’s Main, Selma Campus and Hanceville Campus and Snead State Community College among two-year programs.

"In the fall semester of 2015 more than 8,500 students enrolled in Alabama public colleges and universities were distance learners,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of "As a growing number of students seek online education options, we felt it was important to spotlight the schools in the state offering the best combination of value, flexibility and program options for online students.”

Schools are required to meet several minimum qualifications in order to be eligible for the Best Online Colleges in Alabama list. All colleges must hold accreditation and be either a two- or four-year public or private not-for-profit institution. Baseline cost criteria was also set to measure affordability: each two-year school must offer annual in-state tuition under $5,000 and each four-year school must offer annual in-state tuition under $25,000 to qualify. Qualifying colleges are scored and ranked based on several statistics, including qualitative and quantitative data on financial aid, institutional graduation rates and more.

All schools included on’s 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Alabama ranking are listed below. Further information on each school’s score and the methodology used to determine scores can be found at:

The 2016-2017 Best Two-Year Online Colleges in Alabama, in alphabetical order:

Bevill State Community College
Calhoun State Community College
Gadsden State Community College
Jefferson State Community College
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Northwest - Shoals Community College
Snead State Community College
Wallace Community College - Selma
Wallace State Community College - Hanceville

The 2016-2017 Best Four-Year Online Colleges in Alabama, in alphabetical order:

Alabama A & M University
Alabama State University
Amridge University
Athens State University
Auburn University
Auburn University at Montgomery
Faulkner University
Heritage Christian University
Jacksonville State University
Judson College
The University of Alabama
Troy University
United States Sports Academy
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Alabama in Huntsville
University of North Alabama
University of West Alabama

### 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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