EDsmart Releases 2024’s Best Online Colleges Ranking

EDsmart.org, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and rankings, has released the 2024 edition of the Best Online Colleges.

EDsmart’s ranking of the Best Online Colleges is the most comprehensive and well-rounded to date. The ranking includes only fully accredited schools. Rankings are based on affordability, salary after attending, student satisfaction, and student outcome, according to data gathered from the U.S. Department of Education.

“As online degrees become more prevalent, 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 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 2024 ranking for the Best Online Colleges ranks American Public University System #1 as the best college offering online degrees with University of Missouri-St Louis and University of Cincinnati following.

The complete rankings are as follows:

American Public University System

University of Missouri-St. Louis

University of Cincinnati

Trine University

Western Governors University

Columbia Southern University

University of Houston-Downtown

Valley City State University

SUNY Empire State College

Miami University-Middletown

Miami University-Hamilton

Logan University

Wilmington University

Franklin University

Brigham Young University-Idaho

The Baptist College of Florida

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Georgia Highlands College

Hallmark University

University of Alaska Southeast

University of Maine at Presque Isle

Eastern New Mexico University

Polk State College

Louisiana State University-Alexandria

Cameron University

Great Basin College

Franklin University

University response to EDsmart rankings has been very positive. Sharing the rankings on their websites and via 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, school websites, and other reputable sources.

The rankings have been published at

Best Online Colleges & Universities 2024

About EDsmart

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.

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