100 Best Online Colleges in the U.S. Receive Honors from AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org

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Leading College Resource Site Ranks Top Two, Four Year Schools for Online Learning in 2016-2017

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leader in higher education resources (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org), has released a ranking of the 100 Best Online Colleges in the nation for 2016-2017. The site honors the top 50 two-year schools and top 50 four-year schools respectively, with the University of Southern California, Harvard University, Drexel University, Canisius College and Concordia University Wisconsin earning the highest scores for overall excellence in online learning among four-year programs. East Mississippi Community College, Western Wyoming Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Frank Phillips College and Tulsa Community College earned top scores among two-year schools.

“Online education is becoming a bigger part of the college landscape each year,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Schools being honored here are providing excellent education options online, upholding industry-leading quality standards and maximizing student success through support services.”

The Community for Accredited Online Schools requires colleges to meet several quality standards to be considered for placement on their rankings and lists. Schools must, at minimum, hold both regional accreditation and be public or private not-for-profit institutions. Qualifying colleges are also scored and ranked based on school-specific statistics such as student-teacher ratios and graduation rates.

A full list of the rankings and the data points and methodology used to determine the Best Online Colleges in the nation can be found at:


2016-2017 Best Online Colleges, schools included on the two-year list:

Allen County Community College
Amarillo College
Barton County Community College
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Central Georgia Technical College
Central Texas College
College of Southern Idaho
Columbus State Community College
Crowder College
Dakota College at Bottineau
Diablo Valley College
East Mississippi Community College
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Forsyth Technical Community College
Frank Phillips College
Gateway Community and Technical College
Guilford Technical Community College
Haywood Community College
Holmes Community College
Hutchinson Community College
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Laramie County Community College
Lenoir Community College
Madisonville Community College
Maysville Community and Technical College
Mesa Community College
Metropolitan Community College
Northeast Community College
Northwest Mississippi Community College
Owensboro Community and Technical College
Palo Alto College
Pamlico Community College
Panola College
Pitt Community College
Rio Salado College
San Antonio College
Sinclair College
Somerset Community College
Southwestern Community College
Southwestern Oregon Community College
St. Philip's College
Stanly Community College
State Fair Community College
Three Rivers Community College
Truckee Meadows Community College
Tulsa Community College
Tyler Junior College
Wayne Community College
West Kentucky Community and Technical College
Western Wyoming Community College

2016-2017 Best Online Colleges, schools included on the four-year list:

Auburn University
Ball State University
Buena Vista University
Canisius College
Champlain College
Clemson University
Columbia University in the City of New York
Concordia University - Wisconsin
Dallas Baptist University
Drexel University
Duquesne University
East Carolina University
Gardner-Webb University
Granite State College
Hampton University
Harvard University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Indiana Wesleyan University
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
Kansas State University
Keiser University - Ft. Lauderdale
Lehigh University
LeTourneau University
Missouri University of Science and Technology
New York University
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Oklahoma State University - Main Campus
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus
Prescott College
Regis University
Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Saint Joseph's University
Saint Leo University
Siena Heights University
Southwestern College
Texas A & M University - College Station
The University of Alabama
University of Cincinnati - Main Campus
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Idaho
University of Missouri - Columbia
University of South Carolina - Columbia
University of Southern California
University of St. Francis
University of Virginia - Main Campus
Villanova University
Washington State University
Webster University


About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.

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