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Online College and University Reviews

By Jennifer King Logan | Updated August 12, 2022

When choosing a school that best fits their needs and goals, prospective students may find it helpful to read online college reviews written by former students and graduates. Our partner site,, has collected reviews of more than 2,400 colleges. Students often provide positive feedback about the quality of their online degree programs, including factors like flexible course options, helpful professors, and the cost of tuition. Complaints tend to revolve around student support resources like career counseling, job placement support, and financial aid services.

Based on their feedback and other factors, we've put together a comprehensive list of schools offering online degree programs. We've also provided summaries of some of the best online colleges, plus answers to frequently asked questions.

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The following is a list of all of the online schools that we have reviews for on our partner site, All links will take you directly to the school's page on GradReports.
School Online Enrollment Recommended Reviews
Colorado State University Global 12,670 55% 107 reviews
American InterContinental University 11,437 71% 210 reviews
Independence University 11,228 56% 124 reviews
Northcentral University 11,223 48% 264 reviews
University of Central Florida 11,073 88% 8 reviews
Bellevue University 10,503 68% 69 reviews
Thomas Edison State University 10,130 58% 74 reviews
The George Washington University 9,978 60% 5 reviews
Indiana Wesleyan University Online 9,822 41% 32 reviews
University of the Cumberlands 9,492 100% 4 reviews
Lamar University 8,372 50% 16 reviews
Regent University Online 8,238 39% 23 reviews
Ohio University - Main Campus 7,818 75% 4 reviews
Oregon State University 7,467 57% 7 reviews
Trident at AIU 7,298 76% 91 reviews
East Carolina University 7,109 80% 5 reviews
University of Arkansas Grantham 7,079 56% 95 reviews
Aspen University 6,769 80% 191 reviews
Troy University 6,721 50% 12 reviews
University of Southern California 6,651 62% 13 reviews
University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign 6,492 100% 1 review
Louisiana State University - Shreveport 6,358 67% 18 reviews
ECPI University Online 6,270 55% 11 reviews
South University Online 6,195 39% 70 reviews
University of Cincinnati 6,186 83% 6 reviews
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Frequently Asked Questions About Online Reviews

What Factors About an Online Program Are Important to Students?

According to the 2021 Voice of the Online Learner report, online students consistently rank multiple start dates, the selection of fully online majors available, and asynchronous classes among their top priorities. In terms of tuition rates, our sister site's research indicates that online programs tend to cost less than on-campus ones. Reading through even a few dozen college reviews on reveals additional considerations for college students who’ve opted to pursue an online education. The most common include:

  • Interaction with instructors: Just like students of on-campus programs, online students want their instructors to be highly responsive. They also value instructors who demonstrate that they are informed, engaged, and concerned about student success.
  • Interaction with staff: Students enrolled in online degree programs also want school employees in the administration and financial aid departments to be responsive, well-informed, and courteous.
  • Technology help: Problems with the technology that drives online courses can be frustrating and stressful, so online students benefit from an IT team that can resolve issues quickly.
  • Transfer credits: Because so many online students are returning to school after being in the workplace or are military veterans, they appreciate schools that give credit for prior experience. They also want schools to recognize transfer credits from other higher education institutions, such as community colleges, or from AP classes in high school.
  • A flexible schedule: Flexibility is a major benefit of online education, and this factor often distinguishes an online program from an on-campus one. Given that 40% of full-time undergraduate students and 74% of part-time students work while attending college, flexible courses and degree options are often crucial to the completion of a program.

Among the specific complaints about particular online degree programs are some generalized comments about the nature of online education itself. It appears that college students who succeed in distance learning are those who prefer flexibility and independence over structure. A 2019 pre-pandemic study found that individuals who enjoy new experiences and create new ideas reflect the highest degree of satisfaction with online education.

Should I Trust College Reviews by Students?

College reviews, like all product reviews, can be valuable when conducting a school search. Both positive and negative reviews can provide insights into specific online degree programs and online universities. For example, they might highlight which schools’ programs are highly structured and which are extremely flexible. This information can help prospective students make better, more thoughtful decisions about the best online colleges that fit their own needs and preferences. However, college reviews need to be kept in perspective. No individual college review should be given more power or influence than the overall average. It’s also worth noting that's methodology ensures honest and trustworthy reviews written by real students and alumni.

Are Students Happy With Their Online Education?

In early 2021, Wiley Education Services surveyed 3,000 online college students and graduates for the 2021 Voice of the Online Learner report. The data they collected indicates very positive attitudes toward online learning. Among the many interesting findings were the following:

  • Among students and alumni, 45% felt that online learning was equal to on-campus learning, and 20% felt online learning was superior to traditional learning.
  • Given the opportunity to restart their college education, 49% of current students and alumni would definitely choose and 30% would probably choose an online program.
  • When asked how they think employers view the credibility of an online degree, 49% believe employers see no difference between online and traditional degrees, and 15% believe that employers think online programs are better.
  • Regarding outcomes, 42% of online program graduates said the degree led to a salary increase, 38% said it allowed them to start a new career, and 31% said it helped them get a new job.
  • Of students who were attending college prior to the pandemic, half said their forced experience with online learning changed their opinion for the better.

Disclaimer: OnlineU makes student reviews available via our sister site, The views expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the views of OnlineU. OnlineU takes no position with respect to the information or opinions expressed in the user comments/reviews and is not responsible for their content. For additional information, refer to our Review Guidelines.

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