Special Report

The Best Online Colleges

Source: Courtesy of Everglades University

9. Everglades University
> Location: Boca Raton, FL
> Admission rate: 69.4%
> Median earnings of workers 10 years after entry: $42,100
> Most common degree: Health professions and related programs

Everglades University is one of five schools located in Florida to rank among the best online colleges. In fact, three Florida universities are among the top 10. In the fall of 2019, nearly two-thirds of the school’s students took either some or all of their classes online.

The school offers 11 different online bachelor’s degree programs, including hospitality management, international business, construction management, aviation, and more. The school received a B+ overall grade from Niche, in part because students are more likely to finish their degree from Everglades University than those at the typical school, and students tend to earn more money after attending the school than those who attend most other schools.

8. University of Alaska Southeast
> Location: Juneau, AK
> Admission rate: 63.3%
> Median earnings of workers 10 years after entry: $36,000
> Most common degree: Business, management, marketing, and related support services

The University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau ranks as one of the top 10 online colleges in America. Nearly two-thirds of its students took either some or all of their classes online in the fall semester of 2019.

The university ranks as one of the best online colleges in large part because of its faculties. The professors received an A- grade from Niche, and the school boasts a relatively low 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, which allows students to get more individualized attention and can benefit students.

7. Liberty University
> Location: Lynchburg, VA
> Admission rate: 55.5%
> Median earnings of workers 10 years after entry: $36,700
> Most common degree: Business, management, marketing, and related support services

Liberty University is by far the largest school to rank among the best online colleges, with more than 45,000 enrolled students. The vast majority of enrollees take classes exclusively online, at 82.3% — more than 20 percentage points higher than any other school on this list.

Students have many options when it comes to online courses, as they can choose from 30 bachelor’s degree courses, 12 associate’s degree courses, and 17 certificate courses. Per a Niche survey, the majority of Liberty students gave their professors positive reviews, saying they spent a lot of effort teaching their courses.

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6. Lake Area Technical College
> Location: Watertown, SD
> Admission rate: N/A
> Median earnings of workers 10 years after entry: $36,900
> Most common degree: Health professions and related programs

Of the few two-year community and technical colleges that rank among the best online colleges, none ranks higher than Lake Area Technical College in Watertown, South Dakota. Nearly half of all students at the school took either some or all of their classes online in the fall of 2019.

Just 7.2% of people who went to Lake Area Technical College were unemployed a decade after first entering the school. That is not just the lowest percentage of any school on this list, but one of the very lowest of any college in the U.S. This is one of the reasons why LATC received an A- grade for its value, and an overall grade of B+ from Niche.

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5. Moody Bible Institute
> Location: Chicago, IL
> Admission rate: 95.1%
> Median earnings of workers 10 years after entry: N/A
> Most common degree: Theology and religious vocations

Moody Bible Institute, located in Chicago, is one of the two top online colleges in which the most common degree is theology and religious vocations. In fact, all online programs offered by the school fit into this category, including ministry leadership, biblical studies, and theology and cultural engagement.

Moody Bible Institute received an overall grade from Niche of B+, which includes an A grade for both diversity and value. More than 40% of MBI students took either some or all of their classes online in the fall of 2019. The school admits nearly all applicants, with an admission rate of over 95%.