Today, more than 1 in 4 college students are taking at least one of their higher education classes online. Online school offers a more flexible approach to education, often times a lower tuition rate, and allows students to work while studying. In 2013, the state of Florida announced it will become the first state to open an online-only public university in the United States. While most state universities offer some online courses, and even full online degrees, this new Florida university will operate fully online and yet will maintain status as a public research institution. It’s already announced that tuition for this online university will be at most 75% of traditional in classroom education. Students interested in a virtual education don’t have to move to sunny Florida however, there are plenty of private colleges that operate completely or mostly online. Perspective students should do their due diligence before enrolling in an online college to be sure they will receiving a high quality education and degree that will get noticed in the job market. Here’s what to look for in an online college.
A degree from a college that isn’t accredited is not going to end up being very helpful in the long term. There are two types of accreditation: regional and national. In general, regional accreditation points to a more academic standard of education. Regionally accredited degrees are more likely to be transferable to other colleges and the best employers are more interested in these kinds of degrees as well. The U.S. Department of Education has a searchable database for accredited colleges and universities around the country.
Students will get the most from online classes if technology is used to its fullest potential. Just reading from a textbook and then emailing assignments to a professor isn’t the best way to learn. Instead, students will most likely get more if they take classes from a college which offers video conferences and lectures, online forums for discussion, online chat for group projects, and more.
Online colleges often specialize in a certain field such as creative (graphic design, creative writing, etc.), business (economics, marketing, administration, etc.), or education. Perspective students should have a good idea of their career goals before picking an online college to make sure their studies are putting them on the path to the job they want.
Below is a list of the best online colleges in the country. The methodology used to complete this list referenced data from surveys completed by current students, graduated students, faculty, and experts in the field. Additionally, student graduation rates, tuition costs, and the rigor of courses offered were taken into consideration.
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Top Accredited Online 4-year Colleges:
University of Missouri–St. Louis
The University of Missouri-St. Louis offers an Online in Nine program that permits you to complete a full course in nine weeks. Though some courses are combined with face-to-face meetings, online undergraduate degrees are available in Business Administration (BSBA), Communication (BA), Criminology & Criminal Justice (BS), Liberal Studies (BLS) and Nursing (BSN). There are nine online gradate programs focusing on nursing, elementary education and nursing.
Texas A&M University–Kingsville
Texas A&M University-Kingsville is known for their liberal arts and career education programs. Their online engineering and education degrees are earning national recognition as two of the top online graduate programs. U.S. News and World Report ranks their industrial engineering graduate degree program 21st in the nation. Texas A&M University-Kingsville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Their online educational program meets the federal standard of 100 percent online.
Robert Morris University
Robert Morris University provides a flexible eight week term internet delivery model to help you accelerate your degree completion. Courses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Online programs are based on the same programs used on campus and include discussion questions and chats. RMU was ranked #10 on the 25 Best Online Colleges and Universities of 2012. SuperScholar is an online education and career information website. SuperScholar ranked RMU 10th in their Smart Choice Schools for Online Master’s Degrees 2013. Bachelor degree offerings include courses in the areas of hospitality and tourism, psychology, cyber forensics and information security, health services or organizational leadership. Master’s degrees are available in organizational leadership, engineering management, and nursing education.
Stetson University’s online bachelor programs are ranked among the best in the nation for student services and technology according to a 2012 study by U.S. News & World Report. Online courses are taught using Blackboard by the same professors teaching their first-rate campus courses. AIB’s online classes start and finish on the same dates as on-campus classes. There is a Helpdesk available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide technical support. The online Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) program is designed to prepare students for the CPA examination.
AIB College of Business
AIB College of Business has an online education readiness evaluation to determine if online learning is for you. Their online bachelor’s degree program is ranked among the best in the nation for student services and technology according to a 2012 study by U.S. News & World Report. Online classes start and finish on the same dates as on-campus classes. Their courses are developed and taught by their experienced faculty using Blackboard. Technical support is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week through their Helpdesk.
Bellevue University was ranked #1 by U.S. News and World 2012 for student engagement. They credit professors with real-world experience for their award-winning interactive online classroom. There are over 30 bachelor degree programs and 15 master’s degree programs.
Park University was founded in 1875. Their long commitment to academic excellence is evident through their online courses that are certified by Quality Matters. Their eight-week terms offer flexibility and start in January, March, June, August and October. Certificate programs are available in military history and terrorism and homeland security. You can also choose from online Associate of Science degrees, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Public Administration, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science Nursing programs. Park University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Arizona State University
Arizona State University offers students a myriad of online choices with the added convenience of six different start dates. There are 32 online bachelor programs, over 30 masters and a Doctor of Behavioral Health. ASU meets quality standards for educational and financial performance and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.
University of Nebraska
University of Nebraska his a well-respected fully accredited university known as a leader in online education. Bachelor of General Studies degree programs are available in Nonprofit Administration, General Administration, Management Information Systems, Information Technology, Geography, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Political Science and Sociology.
Fuller Theological Seminary
Fuller Theological Seminary offers online programs and individualized distant learning courses that are combined with on-campus classes. The focus of online courses is theology and intercultural studies. The interactive online Moodle platform follows the same 11-week schedule as online classes.
University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati offers one of the latest trends in education. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are classes that allow thousands of students from around the world an opportunity to learn together at little or no cost. They offer 13 master’s programs in education, health, criminal justice and engineering. Their eight online bachelor degrees and three associate degrees focus on early childhood education, health and fire science.
University of Wyoming
University of Wyoming offers a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Nursing. Other graduate offerings include Educational Administration with cognate in Educational Leadership (K-12), Instructional Technology, Executive MBA and Nurse Educator Option. Online certificates include Early Childhood Program Director.
Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southern University is a respected university with 100 years of history. They were named one of the Top 20 Most Popular Universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Their flexible online programs are available in business, education and healthcare. In addition to their Bachelor of General studies, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and RN-BSN, they also offer many graduate level programs and educational endorsements. Be sure to check out their unique blended programs.
Ball State University
Ball State has been offering online programs since the 1990’s with over 60 online degrees/certificates and over 500 undergraduate/graduate courses available within 48 academic departments. Ball State was ranked in the top 20 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The Princeton Review has named them one of the best universities in the Midwest for the last eight years. Ball State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and schools and is a ranked research university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of teaching.
Simmons College takes a proactive role in developing a comprehensive strategy for their online programs by hiring MMB, a consulting firm, to conduct field research on student needs. At this time they only offer a few programs, but it is their mission to increase their virtual classrooms and offer them at a competitive price to individuals across the country. They are well known for their prestigious faculty. Current online class offerings provide technology support seven days a week throughout the year. Students can also order books and receive academic counseling without visiting the campus.
Plymouth State University
Plymouth State University provides 24-hour access to course materials. Their high quality, supportive faculty teaches a variety of courses and accredited degree programs year round. Plymouth State University has been named one of the “Best in the Northeast” by Princeton Review.
John Hopkins University
John Hopkins University offers online catalogs for the following departments, Arts & Sciences, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and School of Medicine. JH has joined Coursera in order to offer high-quality college-level university courses online for free. JH is one of the 17-top-tier institutions that have signed an agreement with Coursera. The first courses through Coursera will come from JH’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. The school will offer seven classes including Biostatistics Boot Camp and Principles of Obesity Economics as well as Data Analysis.
Regis University offers online courses that allow you interact with students worldwide while studying nursing, physical therapy or health services administration. Programs include bachelors, masters, doctor, and doctoral certificates. For the past 18 consecutive years, RU has been ranked as a Top University in the West by U.S. News & World Report. Their online master’s degree programs in Education ranked in the top 10 percent for Teaching Practices and Student Engagement.
Walsh College, an all-business college and leader in business education, offers online courses in business. There Bachelor of Business Administration is for majors focusing on finance, general business, management and/or marketing. There graduate programs include a Masters of Business Administration, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Information Assurance, Master of Management or a Dual MBA/MSF. There are also certificate programs available in finance, human resource management, information assurance, project management and digital forensics. Walsh College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, named by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
Longwood University Online is geared for those seeking a degree in Speech-Language Pathology. LU has an online self-assessment that will help you determine whether an online course is ideal for you. Their high quality, student-centered courses are provided to students throughout the country using Blackboard.
Angelo State University
Angelo State University offers a Bachelor of Border Security degree, Bachelor of Cultural Competence and Security Studies, a Bachelor of Cultural Fluency and Security Studies as well as a Bachelor of Intelligence, Security Studies and Analysis. Additionally, there are over 10 master programs and four certificate programs.
Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University offers online graduate degrees as well as undergraduate coursework. Individual departments with online programs include Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Arts & Sciences, Spears School of Business, College of Engineering, Architecture & Technology, College of Education, and College of Human Sciences. OSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Cleary University’s online program is accessible 24 hours a day with certificates and degrees that are 100% online. They offer the same high level coursework taught by credentialed faculty as those delivered on campus. Associate degrees are available in e-Marketing and Event and Meeting Management. There are 10 bachelor offerings and 3 graduate certificates available in business administration. A Master’s in Business Administration is available in accounting, financial planning, green business strategy, management, nonprofit management and organizational leadership.
Allied American University
Allied American University also offers 100% online college degree and degree concentrations. Courses are scheduled in eight week increments. Your final course grade is received within seven days of completion. There innovative technology allows you to access course materials view your grades and create a calendar of assignments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Enrollment is the first Monday of every month. AAU is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council.
LeTourneau University has been recognized as the #1 Online Christian University in the nation by The Best Colleges. They have a 50 year history of providing exceptional higher education, including online education. Classes are taught by expert faculty and begin as often as every six weeks. Since the online pace is faster than on-campus courses, students achieve more in less time.
Emporia State University
Emporia State University has been offering online programs since 1996. ESU offers a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Bachelor of Science in Information Resource Studies online as well as over 25 graduate programs and six graduate certificate programs. The ESU School of Business received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. They were recognized as only one of 25 percent to achieve this level of certification.
University of South Dakota
University of South Dakota offers online courses through the Division of Continuing & Distance Education. They feature an Associate of Arts in general studies, A Bachelor of Science in nursing, health sciences, addiction studies and general studies. They have Educational Specialists degrees in Educational Administration for elementary school principal, pre-k-12 school principal, school district superintendent and secondary school principal. They offer 20 master’s degrees in addition to 5 graduate certificate programs.
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
University of Wisconsin-Platteville has been offering distance education programs for 35 years and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. They are nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Online undergraduate degrees are available in business administration and criminal justice. Graduate degrees include engineering, project management, integrated supply management and criminal justice. There are also certificate programs or single course enrollment available.
Michigan Technological University
Michigan Technological University offers a unique combination of online and blended programs. Some courses on campus are available both online and on campus, and some graduate programs can be completed online. Indicate if you are applying to take an online program when completing their application.
University of South Florida
University of South Florida offers fully online programs including a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences. Two new Master’s of Sciences offerings include Management Information Systems and Electrical Engineering for Professions. There are master’s programs available for medical sciences and public health. Other programs focus on adult education, career & technical education, reading K-12 and special education and curriculum & instruction. USF is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Stephens College is the only mid-Missouri college to rank in the top 15 in U.S. News & World Report’s Top Online Education Program Rankings. The rankings were based on the online bachelor’s degree programs which include their Health Information Administration and degree completion programs. They also have online graduate business programs such as the Masters of Business Administration and Master in Strategic Leadership and Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction. Other online programs include engineering, nursing and computer information technology. This private women’s college was founded in 1833 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Upper Iowa University
Upper Iowa University offers three master’s degree programs, five certificate programs and 17 majors in post-secondary degree programs to learners worldwide. Their website features a demo course so you can determine if online learning is right for you. They have six terms throughout the year. They offer military education programs and also have a Corporate Advantage program through educational agreements with several companies that include benefits such as tuition discounts.
University of Houston-Victoria
University of Houston-Victoria was described as the “national model for distance education and online delivery,” by the AACSB International Peer Review Team. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered online by the School of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Business Administration. The School of Education & Human Development offers Master Mathematics Teacher Certification, Reading Specialist Certification, Superintendent Certification and Victoria Online Initial Certification for Educators (VOICE). Master’s of education degrees are available in literacy studies, special education and elementary education.
St. John’s University
St. John’s University offers online Associate degrees in liberal arts, business and criminal justice. Bachelor degrees are available in liberal sciences, administrative studies and criminal justice. There are 12 educator certifications available in addition to 10 graduate level programs. St. John’s University uses Blackboard CE courseware and is fully accredited.
Clarion University was recognized as the best online program in graduate education by U.S. News & World Report in 2013. They offer associate, bachelor and graduate degrees as well as certificates and special programs. CU’s Master of Science in Nursing is designed for the working professional.
Colorado State University
Colorado State University offers regionally accredited online undergraduate and graduate degree programs carrying the highest level of accreditation in the U.S. according to the website. CSU uses RamCT Blackboard as their secure online learning platform and offer an orientation course if you would like to see if online learning is right for you. Some programs combine learning with classroom instruction. They have 5 undergraduate degrees and over 15 graduate degree programs.
State University of New York Empire State College
State University of New York Empire State College (SUNY Empire State) primarily serves working adults pursuing associate, bachelors and master’s degrees. It offers more than 500 online courses each year. Their Center for Distance Learning has an online demonstration to see if online learning is for you. Though degree programs can be customized to meet your needs, examples of degree programs include the arts, business, management and economics, community and human services, cultural studies, historical studies and interdisciplinary. SUNY Empire State is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Wayne State University
Wayne State University’s faculty has internationally-recognized academic credentials and is known for its cutting edge technology. Their degree offerings are designed for high-demand fields. Fully online programs include BSW in Social Work, M.Ed. Instructional Technology, M.ED. Career & Technical Education and a Master of Library and Information Science. Additionally, certificates are available within the College of Education, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and for the School of Library and Information Sciences.
Rogers State University
Rogers State University offers Associate degrees in Applied Technology, Business Administration, Liberal Arts and Computer Science. They offer a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Business Information Technology as well as a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. RSU was the first university in Oklahoma, and one of the first in the nation, to offer a bachelor’s and associate’s degrees online.
Syracuse University has been offering graduate level online programs through iSchool that are accredited by Middle States and the American Library Association since 1993. The iSchool has unique opportunities when it comes to residence and students enrolled in a non-executive master’s program begin their first year of study with a week-long residency on the Syracuse University campus in July. Students throughout the U.S. and overseas ranging in age from their 20s through their 60s take advantage of SU’s flexible distance learning programs.
University of Louisiana at Monroe
The University of Louisiana at Monroe is a public institution founded in 1931. ULM offers associate degrees (generally 60-65 hours, two years to complete), bachelor degrees (generally 120-125 hours, four years to complete, 13 program offerings primarily in health, business and education), and master ’s degrees (generally 30-39 hours, two years to complete, nine program offerings primarily in teaching, business and criminal justice). There are two doctorate degree programs, Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Ed.D.) and Doctorate of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy (Ph.D.). Both programs require 60 hours of coursework and usually take approximately three years to complete.
California State University
California State University offers online and off-campus credit degree programs at 23 campuses throughout California. Programs vary per location and are offered through the Extended and Continuing Education department. Most programs do not require campus attendance and are available for students throughout the U.S. and abroad.
University of Colorado
University of Colorado utilizes Blackboard for its fully accredited online courses. Bachelor of Arts degrees available online include a B.A. in English Writing and a B.A. in Sociology. A Bachelor of Science is available in Nursing. They offer over 10 graduate programs, some which can be completed completely online while others are hybrid and require some campus coursework.
Baylor University does not offer online undergraduate degrees though there are a few online graduate level courses. BU is a Christian University located on Waco Texas. Their undergraduate entrepreneurship program was ranked third in the country by Bloomberg Business Week. They were also recently named a “Best Value in Private Colleges” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.
Brandman University offers online undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in arts and sciences, business, education and health. U.S. News and World Report ranked them as No. 8 on the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list for 2013. Their graduation rate exceeds the national average.
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Top Accredited Online 2-year Colleges:
Wilkes Community College
Wilkes Community College offers a full range of online choices. The school refers to distance learning courses as those who content is delivered online but require students to come to campus or a proctored location for tests. Internet courses are those that require no physical presence of the student. Hybrid courses are those whose content is delivered primarily online but require students to be present in a physical location for special functions.
Indian Hills Community College
Indian Hills Community College offers more than 200 courses fully online. It has one degree program and four diploma programs that can be earned completely online. All but one of those programs are associated with health care, but all of the school’s program areas are represented in its online course offerings.
Whatcom Community College
Whatcom Community College offers three online degree programs. One can be completed fully online, but the other two are hybrid forms that require some physical class time in addition to online study. These hybrid programs are physical therapy and massage therapy, both of which require literal physical training.
National Polytechnic College of Science
This school no longer enrolls students directly. It has been a member of the National University system since 2010. National University offers more than 70 degree programs completely online. Other programs deliver content online but require some attendance at one of the many locations throughout the country.
Western Dakota Technical Institute
Western Dakota Technical Institute offers online degrees in accounting, business and library technology. These are degree programs that also are available on campus but can be completed online as well. Several courses in the school’s other program areas also are available online.
Jackson State Community College
Jackson State Community College uses two types of online classes. One type is developed by Jackson State faculty. The other is developed by the Regents Online Degree Programs (RODP) section of the Tennessee Board of Regents System. RODP courses can be used in any RODP school in the state. Regardless of the type of class, the school offers several online degree programs and many online classes.
Santa Fe College
Santa Fe College offers a few online classes but no online degree programs. The school is building its online presence, but currently offers only courses such as College Success and Living Effectively in Today’s World.
Huntington Junior College
Huntington Junior College offers increasing numbers of classes online and currently offers six degree programs that can be completed entirely online. The school stresses that online students must be self directed and motivated to complete weekly work to succeed in online programs.
Allegany College of Maryland
Allegany College of Maryland offered interactive video classes in the mid-1990s and offered its first online class in 2003. Today, the school offers a wide variety of online classes and makes it possible to earn any one of eight degrees fully online.
El Paso Community College
Online classes at El Paso Community College take the form of independent study, online discussion groups and online chat in real time. Maximum online class size is only 25 so that every student can have direct attention from the instructor. Online classes begin and end according to the academic calendar.
Central Maine Community College
Central Maine Community College does not appear to offer all-online degree programs, but it does offer several online courses to give students added flexibility in scheduling. Some online courses are completely online. Others are hybrid forms that deliver most course content online but also require occasional presence on campus.
Bladen Community College
Bladen Community College turned to an outside vendor to develop an effective online presence. The result is that the school says it offers hundreds of online courses. The courses are instructor facilitated and each lasts 10 weeks. Though each addresses different course content, they are uniform in their structure and delivery because of the school’s development approach.
Butler County Community College
Butler Online is the name that Butler County Community College uses for its online division. The school offers more than 150 courses, most of which are fully online. Some courses take a hybrid form in which most content is delivered online but students have to have some measure of presence on campus for special events or hands-on training that cannot be delivered online.
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Chippewa Valley Technical College does not appear to offer full degree programs online, but it does offer a variety of all-online and hybrid courses. The hybrid form combines online content delivery with some traditional classroom instruction. The school also offers web conferencing courses in which students attend online sessions at set times.
Texas Southmost College (partnered with University of Texas–Brownsville)
As a partner of University of Texas–Brownsville (UTB), Texas Southmost College is able to offer more than 600 online courses to its students. The school’s students have access to UTB’s 17 online degree programs consisting of four graduate certificates, six bachelor’s degree programs and seven Master’s degree programs. The school also makes use of e-portfolios for individualized programs.
Allan Hancock College
Allan Hancock College is another community college working hard to expand its online study choices. The school offered 150 online courses in the Fall 2012 semester but expanded that number to 163 courses in Spring 2013. Along with accounting, business, history and other traditional college courses, this California school also offers culinary arts and winemaking courses online.
Wilbur Wright College
As one of the City Colleges of Chicago, most of the students at Wilbur Wright College are residents of Chicago or the surrounding area. The school offers distance learning options for students more as a convenience in the large urban area where there is easy access to public transportation across relatively short distances. The school offers more than 85 online courses but requires students to come to campus or to another proctored location for testing.
Lakeshore Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College offers an array of flexible learning options for its students, including a well developed online division. It also has blended classes that require weekly meetings on campus but conduct all other instruction and student participation online. Another approach the school uses is in keeping with the correspondence format of former decades. Students can print and mail assignments to the instructor or submit them by email.
Seminole State College of Florida
Seminole State College of Florida offers 31 certificate programs, two Associate in Science (AS) degree programs and 14 Associate in Arts (AA) degrees completely online. Some of these programs require that students come to campus for orientation or for exams, but those requirements can be waived for students who cannot come to campus for reasons of distance, health or any other circumstance that prevents them from getting to campus easily.
Texarkana College offers hundreds of online courses in a wide range of disciplines. Several of these courses focus on continuing education in areas requiring certification, such as in the insurance or real estate fields. Most are courses that lead to degree programs in areas such as business, health sciences, grant writing and web design.
Montgomery County Community College
Montgomery County Community College offers ten degree programs that can be completed entirely online. Some of the programs culminate with a certificate or a specialty certificate, but most supply the student with an Associate’s degree in business, marketing or general education. The school also offers seven hybrid degree programs in which most content is delivered online but students are required to take some classes on campus to complete the program.
Diné College is chartered by the Navajo Nation and teaches current content within the principle framework of the Diné language, history, and culture. The school does not presently offer any online degree programs, but it does offer three online history courses for its Navajo students.
Spartanburg Community College
Spartanburg Community College offers nine online degrees and certificates, and it offers more than 100 online courses each semester. Spartanburg Community College also offers teleconferencing classes from the main campus to its several smaller campuses in the local area.
Piedmont Technical College
Piedmont Technical College offers seven Associate degree programs completely online. It also offers three certificate programs online. The school also offers a variety of hybrid courses in which most course content is delivered online but students may be required to spend up to 25 percent of class time on campus.
Brazosport College focuses on the needs of adult learners, so as such it has a well developed online program for busy adults who likely have careers and families but want to expand their personal horizons. None of Brazosport College’s six Associate degree programs can be completed entirely online, but it offers several courses online.
Howard College is a member of the Virtual College of Texas (VCT), which offers an extensive selection of online courses in many subject areas. Howard College’s association with VCT allows it to offer online courses such as general chemistry, biology, statistics and music appreciation along with more traditional online courses such as accounting and business.
Northwest Mississippi Community College
Northwest Mississippi Community College maintains a formal Division of eLearning through which it offers 17 full degree programs. These programs can be completed entirely online. The school offers more than 250 online courses from which students can choose, many of which satisfy the requirements of degree programs that also require some campus presence of students.
Bergen Community College
Bergen Community College offers many fully online courses. Most of the courses can be completed entirely online, but others require that students come to campus or travel to another approved location for proctored exams. The school also offers an array of hybrid courses in which most course content is delivered online but some is delivered in a traditional classroom setting.
Bellevue Community College
Bellevue Community College offers several online degree programs, and many online course choices. The courses this school offers online are widely varied, ranging from interior design to political science. Bellevue Community College offers a much wider range of online course selections than many of its community college peers in other parts of the country.
Manchester Community College
Manchester Community College does not offer any degree programs that students can complete entirely online, but it does offer many online courses required in all of its degree programs. The purpose is to afford students time and convenience flexibility, allowing students to complete a degree while devoting minimal amounts of time to physical classroom presence and travel to campus.
Sheridan College offers more than 200 online courses and 22 degree programs that students can complete entirely online. Sheridan College focuses on the adult learner who often has career and family obligations, and the school strives to make it easy for the adult student to add academic work into their already busy schedules.
North Seattle Community College
North Seattle Community College offers 13 degree programs entirely online, as well as courses required in other degree programs that require some physical presence on the school’s campus. The school’s online degree programs are about evenly divided between studies in business and trades, but includes areas of study that can transfer to four year schools for use in attaining baccalaureate degrees as well.
Minnesota State Community & Technical College
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is a member of the Minnesota Online consortium, which works with several community colleges within the state to develop and offer online course choices. Presently, Minnesota Online schools offer more than 400 degree programs entirely online. Many of those are available through Minnesota State Community and Technical College.
Inver Hills Community College
Inver Hills Community College offers more than 75 online courses each semester. These courses either are all online or are web-enhanced. The school offers three degree programs entirely online, and it offers seven certificate programs through online study. Classes offered online vary with each semester, but the sequence serves the student’s progress through his chosen degree program.
Middlesex Community College
Middlesex Community College offers dozens on online courses, though several of those courses require that the student undertake orientation and one or more tests on campus. The school also offers hybrid courses that deliver most course content online but require that students attend at least a few class meetings on campus.
Dawson Community College
Dawson Community College was among the first of community colleges to offer online courses, beginning in 2002. From that beginning, Dawson Community College now offers more than 200 online courses and five degree programs that can be completed entirely online. The class schedule follows the school’s academic calendar.
Germanna Community College
Germanna Community College is moving slowly into the realm of online education. The school offers several online courses but requires all online students to participate in at least two proctored activities on the school’s campus. The school also offers hybrid forms of courses, meaning that those courses combine online and classroom instruction.
Panola College is a Texas school that does not participate in the Virtual College of Texas (VCT) system that makes fully online courses available to students without the need to visit the school’s campus. Panola College does offer online courses but no distinct online degree programs. Additionally, Panola College requires that students attend at least two proctored events – meaning exams – during each semester.
New England College of Business & Finance
As a school focusing on business and finance, the New England College of Business and Finance (NECB) very nearly treasures the ability to offer online education to its students. As most other schools offer online classes only in PC or Mac formats, NECB takes pride in that fact that its students can access class materials through PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, tablet or Smartphone platforms. The school offers many online course choices, virtually all of which are based in business and finance.
Henderson Community College
Henderson Community College is a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). As such, Henderson Community College is able to offer more than 1,000 online courses to the adult students pursuing a Henderson Community College degree. Henderson Community College offers several degrees completely online, meaning that students never have to set foot on a physical campus to complete and receive a degree.
Saint Philip’s College
Saint Philip’s College offers 13 fully online Associate degrees as well as eight certificate programs available completely online. The academic degrees range from business to foreign language to mathematics. The technical degrees include areas such as business management, early childhood education, information security and web development. Certificate areas include coding, early childhood development and entrepreneurship.
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Piedmont Virginia Community College offers both online and hybrid online courses to its students. The school stresses that successful online students have an internal drive and motivation to succeed. If students feel they possess that quality, then the school offers an array of delivery options for those registered with the school.
Technical College of the Lowcountry
Technical College of the Lowcountry has several online courses that the school has developed. Not all of the courses are available every semester. Rather, they are offered in sequence or when appropriate faculty members are available. Some quizzes and tests are given online, but students will need to travel to the campus for most of the major tests of each course.
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