Credits Missouri’s Best Online Colleges in Ranking

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Overall Affordability, Program Quality Compared to Find Top Schools for Online Education

A list ranking Missouri’s Best Online Colleges has been released by leading online higher education information provider More than 30 two- and four-year schools were highlighted for affordability and overall excellence in online education, with Columbia College, Missouri State University Springfield, Park University, Missouri Southern State University and Lindenwood University placing highest for four-year programs and Crowder College, State Fair Community College, North Central Missouri College, Three Rivers Community College and Jefferson college placing highest for two-year schools.

"The Missouri higher education system’s biggest goal is to have 60 percent of all adults in the state to hold a certificate or other college degree by the year 2025,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of "A great way to maximize college learning is to provide more flexible options, such as online programs. This list shows the Missouri schools who are going the extra mile to ensure student successes by providing affordable, quality degree programs online.”

To qualify for the Best Online Colleges in Missouri ranking, schools must meet specific baseline criteria. Only colleges and universities who are accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities are eligible. Cost efficiency requirements are also set; only two-year schools who provide in-state tuition for under $5,000 per year and four-year schools who provide in-state tuition under $25,000 per year are considered. All eligible schools are analyzed and compared on more than a dozen different data points ranging from financial aid availability to variety of online programs to determine an overall score and rank.

For more details on the methodology and data used to determine Missouri’s Best Online Colleges ranking, and to see where each school falls on the list, visit the following page:

Alphabetical listing of 2016-2017’s Best Online Colleges (Two-Year Schools):

Crowder College
Jefferson College
Mineral Area College
Moberly Area Community College
North Central Missouri College
Ozarks Technical Community College
State Fair Community College
Three Rivers Community College

Alphabetical listing of 2016-2017’s Best Online Colleges (Four-Year Schools):

Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing
Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary
Central Christian College of the Bible
City Vision College
Columbia College
Culver-Stockton College
Drury University
Evangel University
Fontbonne University
Hannibal-LaGrange University
Lincoln University
Lindenwood University
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Missouri Southern State University
Missouri State University - Springfield
Northwest Missouri State University
Park University
Southeast Missouri State University
University of Central Missouri
University of Missouri - Columbia
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Webster University
William Woods University 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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