Edudemic Names Best Online Colleges in Michigan

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Edudemic has released the 2015 Online College Report, a guide for students that ranks the best online colleges and universities in each state.

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Traditional universities have embraced online education. It’s no longer the territory of for-profit universities with dubious track records. There are now 34 universities in Michigan that offer some type of degree online. Edudemic evaluated and ranked these schools to understand the best online degree programs in Michigan. These individual state rankings are part of Edudemic’s 2015 Online College Report.

Cornerstone University took the top spot. While this may be surprising, Edudemic talked with their admissions, financial aid, and career services offices, and it was clear that Cornerstone University takes online education very seriously.

They edged out Western Michigan University, who finished second in the rankings. Like Cornerstone University, Western Michigan University also provided a clear understanding of online students, but they had less flexible payment terms. Also in the top five was Central Michigan University (#3) with 11 different online Bachelors degrees, and Eastern Michigan University (#5), which is one of the most affordable schools in the state.

Online Education Defined

Many universities offer some kind of coursework online. But there is a difference between offering a couple of classes online and preparing a traditional university to handle the needs of online-only students. That’s why Edudemic only looked at schools that offer at least four, 100% fully online Bachelors degrees. No lines at the bookstore. No late nights at the library. No campus visits, ever.

The Best Online Schools in Michigan

Out of all the schools in Michigan, Edudemic took a close look at 9 universities that offer at least four Bachelors degrees online. Data was originally sourced from the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES). The Edudemic methodology incorporated performance measurements (like graduation and retention rates), cost factors (like in-state tuition and financial aid packages), career services for specifically for online students, availability of information on their website, and much more. They verified all of the online degree programs, career service support, and financial aid services through written surveys, phone calls, and external research. Between written surveys, follow up phone calls, and additional research, Edudemic has compiled the most comprehensive evaluation of online education in Michigan to date.

The Best Online Schools in Michigan in 2015 is published at:

For questions and comments regarding this report, contact Kyle Dunning: kyle(at)edudemic(dot)com.

Here are the results of their ranking:

1.    Cornerstone University
2.    Western Michigan University
3.    Central Michigan University
4.    Northwood University-Michigan
5.    Eastern Michigan University
6.    Davenport University
7.    Siena Heights University
8.    Ferris State University
9.    Baker College Center for Graduate Studies

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