2020 Best Online Colleges in Vermont

By OnlineU Staff | Updated February 18, 2020
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The 5 schools on this list are Vermont's best online colleges and universities based on annual tuition rates and median salaries. Top-ranked University of Vermont offers an RB to BSN program, and its graduates reported the highest salary on the list at $88,700. Third-ranked Champlain College has the lowest tuition of the group, at $9,540. This college has 42 degrees, including programs in marketing and communication, and accounting. Second-ranked Norwich University has an impressive 21 programs, including options in cyber security and criminal justice.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Mid-Career Salary
# 1 #1 $16,392 $88,700
# 2 #2 $11,250 $82,000
# 3 #3 $9,540 $75,600
# 4 #4 $17,880 $71,700
# 5 #5 $10,500 $66,400
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2020 Online Colleges in Vermont Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

#1 University of Vermont

  • Annual Tuition: $16,392
  • Median Salary: $88,700
  • Locations: Burlington
  • Accreditation: NECHE

The University of Vermont offers several undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs that can be completed online. Certificate programs are available in subjects such as cybersecurity and leadership and management. Degree programs include an RN to BSN and master’s degrees in public health (both accelerated and regular formats are available). These programs are all offered through the Blackboard online education platform and deliver the same quality education as is found on campus. UVM offers student success resources in the form of their MyUVM portal, free online learning webinars, and technical support. They also offer Wyzant tutoring for after-class help, but fees do apply. 

#2 Norwich University

  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • Median Salary: $82,000
  • Locations: Northfield
  • Accreditation: NECHE

Norwich University offers online bachelor’s degree programs in interdisciplinary studies, criminal justice, cyber security, management studies, national security studies, nursing, and strategic studies and defense analysis. An extensive number of online master’s degree programs are also available in fields, including diplomacy, history, international relations, strategic studies, business administration, civil engineering, public administration, criminal justice, information security and assurance, leadership, and nursing. Courses at Norwich are organized to be taken one at a time, and students are set up with a cohort to offer extra support. Technical support and online library resources from 100 databases are available 24/7. Norwich helps online students succeed with flexible learning schedules, individual support through service advisors, and personal welcome calls before every class.

#3 Champlain College

  • Annual Tuition: $9,540
  • Median Salary: $75,600
  • Locations: Burlington
  • Accreditation: NECHE

Champlain College offers numerous online certificate and degree programs including associate degrees in accounting and business management, bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business management, and cybersecurity, and master’s degrees in business, digital forensics, and human relations & organization. The college is highly focused on student engagement, with online classrooms that contain a high level of discussion and interaction among faculty and peers. Online classes offer small class sizes and weekly feedback for each student, personalized for their educational journey. Online students also have access to academic and career advising to help them with program and career planning.

#4 Vermont Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $17,880
  • Median Salary: $71,700
  • Locations: Randolph Center
  • Accreditation: NEASC CTCI

Vermont Technical College has online bachelor’s degree completion programs in applied business management, dental hygiene, and nursing. They also offer an online associate degree in general engineering technology and hybrid certificate programs in fields such as computer networking, advanced software development, and cybersecurity. The school's Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) also offers online, uncredited training classes that are facilitated by instructors. Students have the option to participate in live classes through videoconferencing, or they may choose to work at their own pace. The school is available on several social media platforms and offers nine satellite campuses in addition to its two residential campuses. VTC is committed to providing online students with the same quality education that they would receive in the classroom.

#5 Northern Vermont University

  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • Median Salary: $66,400
  • Locations: Johnson
  • Accreditation: NECHE

Northern Vermont University (NVU), which was formed after a unification between Johnson State College and Lyndon State College, offers several online programs, including bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, accounting, business administration-management, business administration- sport management), interdisciplinary studies, professional studies, psychology, and wellness and alternative medicine. Also available is a master’s in leadership studies and a bachelor’s in early childhood education, 90 percent of which can be completed online. NVU offers live, online classes and online library services, including the option to borrow printed materials remotely. Students receive assistance from academic advisors who can help with everything from program planning to career services. NVU is recognized as the state’s Premier Public Liberal Arts Campus by the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).


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