Top Online Colleges with the Highest Alumni Salaries
OnlineU’s rankings are the first of their kind to evaluate colleges based on alumni salaries and debt reported to the government. For thousands of online degrees, we calculated a 10-year ROI score to highlight the colleges that lead to the best financial outcomes for graduates.
Since 2004, OnlineU has been helping students accomplish their educational goals by finding the online degree with the best value. By providing manually researched tuitions and salary data from alumni in our college rankings, as well as collecting over 13,000 reviews from online students, we hope to empower more Americans to go to college while lowering the overall cost of earning a degree. Our rankings have been recognized by over 475 colleges.
We researched over 1,000 online schools to highlight the ones that provide students with the best value for their tuition dollars. All the colleges on our Optimal Choice list offer low tuition, high alumni salaries, and a wide range of online bachelor's degrees.
You don’t need to break the bank to find the right degree. Our best online colleges offer tuitions as low as $7,000 per year and have high salaries reported by their alumni. We have manually researched tuitions at every college to provide accurate, up-to-date information for over 250 programs.
|Rank||School||Annual Tuition||ROI Score|
|# 1||University of Virginia||$14,640||98.9%|
|# 2||Northeastern University||$16,230||97.6%|
|# 3||Excelsior College||$15,300||96.9%|
|# 4||Capella University||$9,600||94.8%|
|# 5||SUNY Empire State College||$10,943||94.7%|
|#2||Weber State University|
|#3||Southern New Hampshire University Online|
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Dr. Richard Vedder
Vedder is an esteemed figure in the higher education sector, writing frequently for numerous notable outlets including Forbes, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Opinion, and Inside Higher Ed. He has also authored several books regarding issues within the higher education sector, including "Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much" and "Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America." Much of his writing challenges the current American higher education system and proposes solutions for economic, societal, and institutional changes.