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2012 Non-Profit Online College Rankings

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Overall Rankings - Methodology - Other Rankings Data

While for-profit universities—schools operated by private, profit-seeking businesses—long dominated the online education landscape, more and more traditional and public universities have been creating and expanding online programs. Now many local, community colleges offer online programs, as do many state schools.

To help students who are trying to choose the right school, we have put together this list of the top 25 online, non-profit schools. We've collected data that we think are important for making the right education decision like accreditation, graduation rate, tuition fees, student loan repayment rate, and more.

For more information on how we chose our schools and what the different ranking criteria mean, please check out our methodology section.

Overall Rankings

The table below shows the overall rank of every non-profit school that made our top 30 list. To find more information on any of the schools, simply click the school's name and you will be taken to a page with supplementary information. If you would like to learn more about our ranking criteria and how we used it to make our list, please visit our methodology section.

Rank School School Type Retention Rate Annual Tuition?
#1 #1 University of Minnesota School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 91% Annual Tuition $18,709
#2 #2 State University of New York School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 87% Annual Tuition $16,008
#3 #3 Iowa State University School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 86% Annual Tuition $19,838
#4 #4 Chadron State College School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 66% Annual Tuition $9,860
#5 #5 North Carolina State University School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 92% Annual Tuition $20,953
#6 #6 Missouri University of Science and Technology School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 85% Annual Tuition $23,666
#7 #7 Northwestern State University of Louisiana School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 68% Annual Tuition $14,923
#8 #8 University of Houston School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 83% Annual Tuition $16,518
#9 #9 University of North Dakota School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 74% Annual Tuition $17,170
#10 #10 University of Nebraska Medical Center School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 0% Annual Tuition $21,289
#11 #11 University of Kentucky School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 81% Annual Tuition $19,864
#12 #12 University of Missouri School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 84% Annual Tuition $23,366
#13 #13 Plymouth State University School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 74% Annual Tuition $19,460
#14 #14 University of Massachusetts School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 81% Annual Tuition $23,028 - $26,830
#15 #15 Georgia Institute of Technology School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 95% Annual Tuition $29,402
#16 #16 Washington State University School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 82% Annual Tuition $25,382
#17 #17 Michigan Technological University School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 83% Annual Tuition $27,258
#18 #18 University of Washington School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 81% Annual Tuition $29,457 - $29,938
#19 #19 Haywood Community College School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 68% Annual Tuition $8,458
#20 #20 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 94% Annual Tuition $28,664
#21 #21 Brandman University Online School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 0% Annual Tuition $9,611
#22 #22 Saint Francis University School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 78% Annual Tuition $28,878
#23 #23 Colorado State University-Global School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 84% Annual Tuition $24,441
#24 #24 University of Alaska Anchorage School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 71% Annual Tuition $18,176
#25 #25 North Carolina A&T State University School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 74% Annual Tuition $15,657
#26 #26 Mississippi State University School Type Non-Profit Retention Rate 81% Annual Tuition $15,828

Methodology

Our primary goal with our annual rankings is to create a standardized, comprehensive, and trustworthy way to rank schools. With this list, we are focusing on non-profit schools. If you would like to see our full list, please check out our 2012 Online College Rankings, which include both non-profit and for-profit institutions.

Our general ranking criteria is explained on our main 2012 Online College Rankings page. There are 2 differences we would like to spell out here:

  • Only non-profit colleges were considered for this list. We used the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to determine this status.
  • We did not take our student feedback into account when ranking these schools. Many of these schools are new to our site so we have limited data; therefore, we did not want to exclude schools based on this factor.

Other Rankings Data

We rank more than just non-profit schools, so if you're looking for an overall list of the top online schools or military-friendly schools, please check out our other rankings:

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