The 25 best US online colleges

The number of students involved in online education grows steadily year by year. Sometimes it is the only opportunity to balance work, family, and study, using every spare moment to improve professional knowledge and move ahead in a career. And it is a unique chance for international students to obtain a degree from accredited colleges in the United States through distance learning. Along with this, many educational institutions offer a wide range of different graduate programs. How to compare them and make a choice?

The 25 best US online colleges

Below is a comprehensive list of schools that offer virtual or online education programs and are accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the US Department of Education.The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is the primary accrediting body that recognizes online schools, but not all schools on this list are accredited by that agency.

This list includes schools that offer fully online programs exclusively, as well as schools that offer at least one fully online program in addition to campus offerings.

The table below includes the best US colleges for this year, offering 100% online degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher in three disciplines: Business, Engineering and Information Technology (IT). Why did we choose these three? Because they are most in-demand by employers.

Our current ranking is based on the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of online graduate programs in Business, Engineering and IT. All represented educational institutions are accredited and ranked by their score in each separate discipline (from higher to lower).List of the 25 best colleges in the USA offering 100% online programs for 2019

RankCollegeProgram ScoreGraduate ProgramTotal enrollmentHomepage
1University of California, Los Angeles (Samueli)Los Angeles,
2University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles,
3Columbia University (Fu Foundation)New York,
4Florida State UniversityTallahassee,
5University of Texas at DallasRichardson,
6Virginia TechBlacksburg,
7Boston UniversityBoston,
8Penn State World CampusUniversity Park,
9Purdue UniversityWest Lafayette,
10West Texas A&M UniversityCanyon,
11Creighton UniversityOmaha,
12Mississippi State University (Bagley)Mississippi State,
13Quinnipiac UniversityHamden,
14Rutgers University – NewarkNewark,
15Missouri University of Science and TechnologyRolla,
16University of Alabama (Manderson)Tuscaloosa,
17Johns Hopkins University (Whiting)Baltimore, MD7167EngineeringIT2,
18Northeastern UniversityBoston,
19Arizona State University (Fulton)Tempe,
20New York University (Tandon)New York,
21North Carolina State UniversityRaleigh,
22University of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln,
23Texas Tech University (Whitacre)Lubbock,
24University of Maryland (Clark)College Park,
25Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca Raton,