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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, GradReports.com, 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, GradReports.com. All links will take you directly to the school's page on GradReports.
School Online Enrollment Recommended Reviews
Northern Arizona University 6,183 67% 18 reviews
Old Dominion University 6,154 64% 11 reviews
Maryville University 6,123 34% 44 reviews
University of South Florida Online 5,874 50% 4 reviews
Nova Southeastern University 5,824 63% 8 reviews
University of Alabama at Birmingham 5,736 100% 1 review
Drexel University 5,189 67% 6 reviews
Kennesaw State University 5,107 67% 6 reviews
Ball State University 5,079 100% 5 reviews
University of Arizona 5,073 75% 4 reviews
Bryant & Stratton College Online 5,020 57% 69 reviews
Utah State University 5,005 100% 11 reviews
Boston University 4,618 75% 4 reviews
Northwestern State University of Louisiana 4,539 67% 3 reviews
University of Alabama 4,515 75% 4 reviews
Arkansas State University 4,478 75% 4 reviews
University of Florida 4,430 60% 5 reviews
The University of West Florida 4,345 80% 5 reviews
Texas Woman's University 4,265 100% 2 reviews
Northern Kentucky University 4,157 60% 5 reviews
University of North Texas 4,067 60% 5 reviews
University of Massachusetts - Lowell 4,064 86% 7 reviews
University of West Alabama 4,018 60% 5 reviews
Boise State University 4,017 100% 1 review
Kent State University at Kent 4,008 100% 1 review
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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 GradReports.com 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 GradReports.com'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, GradReports.com. 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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