EDsmart’s ranking of the Best Online Colleges & Universities is the most comprehensive and well-rounded. The ranking includes only fully accredited schools. Rankings are based on four main data points in four categories: affordability, student satisfaction, academic quality, and student outcome.
“It is important to recognize the colleges and universities that go above and beyond,” said Tyson Stevens, managing editor of EDsmart. “Our goal is to highlight these schools and their commitment to higher education.”
“The Best Online Colleges & Universities ranking allows students to compare accredited programs and find those that best fit their education interests and career goals,” said EDsmart’s spokesperson. “Beyond providing affordable education, a college is not successful if it does not graduate its students, which is why EDsmart rankings place a high value on outcomes, including graduation and retention rates, and post-graduation earnings.”
The EDsmart 2023 ranking for the Best Online Colleges & Universities ranks the University of Michigan #1 as the best online college in the nation with the University of North Florida and Villanova University following.
2023 Best Online Colleges & Universities (in alphabetical order)
Adams State University
Angelo State University
Azusa Pacific University
Ball State University
California Baptist University
Eastern Kentucky University
Fort Hays State University
Hope International University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Old Dominion University
Saint Mary’s College
Sam Houston State University
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
University of Michigan
University of North Dakota
University of North Florida
University of Wisconsin Whitewater
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Valdosta State University
Western Kentucky University
University and student responses to EDsmart rankings have been very positive. Sharing the rankings on their websites and social media has helped schools attract new students and excite existing students and alumni.
The rankings and data were produced for EDsmart, a leading higher education research organization. All evaluated data was gathered from IPEDs, the U.S. Department of Higher Education, College Scorecard, Payscale.com, school websites, and other reputable sources.
The rankings have been published at https://www.edsmart.org/best-online-colleges/
EDsmart reviews publicly available data to produce independent ranking assessments of various educational programs, in addition to student guides and resources. The site is regularly updated by a committed team of writers and researchers who produce college rankings and resources that will help prospective and current college students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.