Many traditional colleges now offer some or all of their course load online. U.S. News & World Report compiled a list of colleges from all regions of the United States that are the most successful at providing quality instruction over the Internet. The programs are solid, provide feedback from student participation, have excellent graduation rates and reasonable class sizes. They offer instructors with doctorates, are priced reasonably and include helpful technical support.
Pace University in New York offers myriad online courses across all disciplines including business, health, education, technology and the humanities. The classes run on a semester basis like traditional classes but don't meet in a classroom at a set time, so you can complete your workload when it's convenient. Some classes are Web assisted, which is a combination of traditional and online formats. The university has rolling admissions, so if you miss the March 15 application deadline you can still apply as long as there is room available in the class you seek.
St. John’s University, also in New York, gives Lenovo laptop computers to its full-time online students. Classes are tailored to fit the work or travel schedules of busy professionals. The program is accredited by the Sloan-C consortium. Sloan-C is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality online education to individuals, institution and corporations.
Daytona State College in Florida offers online bachelor's degrees in engineering, education and applied science, as well as a host of associate degrees. Half of all enrolled students take at least one online course at Daytona State. The school offers full online and hybrid-course options to fit a range of schedules.
Regent University in Virginia Beach has undergraduate and graduate offerings online, including an MBA degree. Students can access scholarly journals and hundreds of research databases through the university online network.
Graceland University in Iowa offers online master's degrees in nursing, religion and education. Undergraduates spend four days at an initial on-campus session, but do not have to go to campus as part of an education program. Courses require about 12 to 15 hours of work per week and the help desk is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That's important for students who work during the day, because they can receive technical help even if they're taking an online class at night.
Lawrence Technological University in Michigan provides online master's degrees in business and engineering and a bachelor of science in information technology. The online program, launched in 2006, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Colorado State University’s Global Campus offers a slew of programs, including accounting, communications, information technology and marketing. Interested students can participate in a live internet chat available on the university website from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to learn more about enrolling. Students pay the same tuition whether they live in Colorado or outside the state.
Brandman University in California offers multiple courses in business, education and the arts and sciences. A computer demo teaches students how to navigate the online course platform and access assignments. Registration and student services are available 24/7, which is helpful for students who work full time during the day because they can register or ask for help at night or any other time that fits their schedules.
- Pace University: Online Programs, Degrees and Courses
- St. John’s University: About Online Learning
- Daytona State College: Online Programs
- Regent University Online Courses
- Graceland University: Graduate/Online Programs
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- Colorado State University Global Campus: Online Degree Programs
- Brandman University: Online, Nationwide
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