2013 Online College Rankings
Each year, we rank online schools to help prospective students get the most for their education dollar. Quality and affordability are the two main yardsticks by which we evaluate schools. In a time of rising costs, these are the factors we feel students should weigh most heavily when selecting a school.
Our rankings aren’t a beauty contest – we don’t rely on soft metrics like "reputation" to assess quality. We rely instead on the actual experience of students during and after school, plus objective factors like retention and repayment. For a full description of our ranking methodology, see below.
As a result of this approach, our top online schools may surprise you, and that’s an important goal as well. No ranking is or ever can be perfect for each and every prospective online student, so we hope our online school ranking makes you think, consider a wide range of schools, and find the one that is truly best for you. We also hope to broaden your horizons geographically, since the freedom of truly online learning may mean your best option is in a location you never would have thought of!
For 2013, we have created 4 unique rankings categories; best overall, best non-profit, and best for-profit colleges as well as best associate and certificate programs. The table below shows the top 25 online colleges and universities. Click a school’s name and you will be directed to an informational page where you can read more about available programs, accreditation, financial aid, and request admissions information. If you would like to learn about the data we used to arrive at our rankings check out our methodology section below.