Minnesota’s Best Online Schools for 2017 Highlighted by AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org

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Top 50 Colleges for Online Learning Honored for Overall Quality, Diversity of Programs

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has determined Minnesota’s best online college and university programs for 2017. Of the 24 four-year schools that made the “Best” list, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, St. Catherine University, Bethel University, Crossroads College and Hamline University ranked as the top five schools. 26 two-year colleges also made the list, with Hennepin Technical College, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Dakota County Technical College and Rochester Community and Technical College taking the top five spots.

“The schools on our list represent the best online degree programs Minnesota has to offer,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “Students who enroll in these programs have the opportunity to receive a quality education with greater control over their schedules thanks to the flexible nature of online learning.”

To earn a place on the “Best” list for Minnesota, colleges and universities must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit schools. Each college is also analyzed based on metrics such as the availability of financial, student/teacher ratios, graduation rates and counseling resources.

For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit:


The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Minnesota for 2017 include the following:
Bemidji State University
Bethel University
Concordia College at Moorhead
Concordia University-Saint Paul
Crossroads College
Crown College
Hamline University
Martin Luther College
Metropolitan State University
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Minnesota State University-Mankato
Oak Hills Christian College
Saint Cloud State University
Saint Johns University
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
St Catherine University
The College of Saint Scholastica
University of Minnesota-Crookston
University of Minnesota-Duluth
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Northwestern-St Paul
University of St Thomas
Winona State University

The Best Online Two-Year Schools in Minnesota for 2017 include the following:
Alexandria Technical & Community College
Anoka Technical College
Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Central Lakes College
Century College
Dakota County Technical College
Hennepin Technical College
Hibbing Community College
Inver Hills Community College
Lake Superior College
Leech Lake Tribal College
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Normandale Community College
North Hennepin Community College
Northland Community and Technical College
Northwest Technical College
Ridgewater College
Riverland Community College
Rochester Community and Technical College
Saint Paul College
South Central College
St. Cloud Technical and Community College

About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality 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.

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