Announces the Nation’s 50 Best Online Colleges of 2018

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The annual ranking highlights the expansion of accredited, nonprofit schools offering online degrees with strong student outcomes.

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Over the past few years, we noticed a sharp rise in the number of universities developing their online learning programs into degree programs that provide exceptional academics and put student outcomes first., the leading provider of independent college rankings and higher education trend reports, today announced the release of their Best Online Colleges ranking for 2018. The updated ranking features schools who offer affordable, flexible, and quality online degree programs and also serves as a launching point for prospective students to find a school that fits their needs.

Of the over 2,100 nonprofit, accredited colleges and universities nationwide that offer online degree programs, 50 made it to the Best Online Colleges list this year, up from last year’s 25. “Over the past few years, we noticed a sharp rise in the number of universities developing their online learning programs into degree programs that provide exceptional academics and put student outcomes first. The expanded ranking ensures we are able to celebrate the work all of these schools are putting in,” said Stephanie Snider, General Manager,

Rising two spots this year, the University of Florida came in as the top college in the nation. The University of Central Florida, Northeastern University, University of Alabama, and Liberty University round out the top five.

The ranking uses a methodology grounded in statistical data compiled from the National Center for Education Statistics. It objectively assesses quality based on academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities. Eligible schools must be an accredited nonprofit institution and must offer at least ten online bachelor’s degree programs and three online master’s degree programs.

In addition to the ranking of top online schools, also equips prospective students with a guide for how to navigate their college choice, covering the importance of accreditation, career considerations, and the costs and types of online colleges available to them.

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2018 Best Online Colleges (in alphabetical order):
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University
Arkansas State University
Bellevue University
Brandman University
California Baptist University
Champlain College
Cleary University
Colorado State University
Concordia University-Saint Paul
Dallas Baptist University
Drexel University
East Carolina University
Eastern New Mexico University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Excelsior College
Florida International University
Indiana University-Bloomington
Indiana Wesleyan University
Kennesaw State University
LeTourneau University
Liberty University
Midway University
Minot State University
Missouri State University-Springfield
National University
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
Regis University
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Texas Tech University
The University of Alabama
Thomas Edison University
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Arizona
University of Central Florida
University of Florida-Online
University of Illinois at Springfield
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Southern Mississippi
Washington State University
Webster University
Western Governors University

About helps prospective students find the school that best meets their needs through proprietary research, user-friendly guides, and hundreds of unique college rankings. They also provide a wide array of college planning, financial aid, and career resources to help all students get the most from their education and prepare them for the world after college.

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