Online College Programs Methodology
We offer a list of accredited, fully online options based on relevant degree programs.
In cases where a list exceeds 50, only the top 50 colleges are featured based on strongest online student representation at that degree level. Otherwise, lists include all colleges that offer a relevant degree and have online student representation.
- This process is achieved by hiring contractors to manually research and collect the appropriate online degrees. In other words, any school with the program in question at the specified degree level qualifies for inclusion if it meets our online eligibility requirements.
- We offer additional data points when available, including Salary Score, median starting salary, and online enrollment.
- All of the programs on our page are regionally accredited colleges.
Fully online status: Schools with programs that require some on-campus coursework were still considered for our rankings if the amount of in-person work required was limited to two weeks or less per year, allowing students to work around job or other responsibilities.
About the Data
This data point represents the total number of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses. This data is directly from the National Center for Education Statistics. Importantly, this data represents the school overall, but it is not specific to a given program.
Manually Collected Degrees
Information on offered online degrees is manually collected from school websites.