America's Best Online Learning Schools 2022 - Colleges

America's Best Online Learning Schools 2022

A lot of American college and university students are learning online. According to the U.S. Department of Education, as of 2019, the latest year for which figures are available, 79 percent of U.S. colleges offered either standalone courses or entire degree programs online. That figure included about 96 percent of all public two and four-year colleges. As of 2018, the Department estimated, about 7 million college students were taking some or all of their classes online. The pandemic has only added to the growth of online education. By one recent estimate, the number of students enrolled exclusively in online programs had jumped 93 percent from 2019 to 2020.

The range of choices can be daunting. For the first time, Newsweek and Statista are recognizing 182 institutions that offer online learning courses or online college/university degrees to adult learners. We divided the institutions into two groups: "America's Top Online Colleges" (150 colleges and universities that offer online degree programs, including hybrid programs with online and offline courses or exams) and "America's Top Online Learning Providers" (32 institutions other than a university or college which provide access to their own or third-party online courses).

If you are looking for quality online education for yourself or a loved one, we hope you will find our listings helpful.

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RankInstitution Legal NameInstitution Brand NameAward
1Texas Tech University★★★★★
2Michigan State University Online★★★★★
3Purdue University Online★★★★★
4University of Maryland-College Park★★★★★
5Oklahoma State University Online★★★★★
6East Carolina University★★★★★
7Texas State University★★★★★
8University of Georgia★★★★★
9Excelsior College★★★★★
10Western Governors University★★★★★
11University of Arkansas Online★★★★★
12Arizona State University Online★★★★★
13Florida State University Distance @ FSU★★★★★
14The University of Arizona Online★★★★★
15The University of Alabama Online★★★★★
16Stony Brook University★★★★★
17University of Houston★★★★★
18University of Kentucky★★★★★
19Brigham Young University Idaho (BYUI)★★★★★
20The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Online★★★★★
21University of Maryland Global Campus★★★★★
22University of Central Florida Online★★★★★
23University of North Texas Online★★★★★
24The University of Nevada, Las Vegas★★★★★
25The University of Alabama at Birmingham★★★★★
26University of Cincinnati Online★★★★★
27University of Florida Online / Distance Learning★★★★★
28Mississippi State University Online★★★★★
29Georgia Southern University★★★★★
30Southern New Hampshire University★★★★★
31Troy University★★★★★
32Nova Southeastern University Florida★★★★★
33Northeastern University Online★★★★★
34Columbia Southern University★★★★★
35St. Petersburg College★★★★★
36Ball State University Online★★★★★
37Indiana Wesleyan University★★★★★
38California Baptist University Online★★★★★
39University of South Florida★★★★★
40Middle Tennessee State University Online★★★★★
41Louisiana State University Online & Continuing Education★★★★★
42New York University Online★★★★★
43Grand Canyon University★★★★★
44Liberty University★★★★★
45Florida Gulf Coast University Online★★★★★
46University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Online★★★★★
47Georgia State University Georgia State Online★★★★★
48Arkansas Tech University★★★★★
49George Mason University Mason Online★★★★★
50James Madison University Online and Distance Learning★★★★★
51Drexel University Online★★★★★
52University of Oregon Online★★★★★
53Capella University★★★★★
54Duke University Online★★★★★
55Colorado Technical University Online★★★★★
56Florida International University Online★★★★★
57Stanford University Online★★★★★
58Post University★★★★★
59Rutgers Online★★★★★
60Baker College★★★★★
61Saint Leo University★★★★★
62The Ohio State University Online★★★★★
63Washington State University★★★★★
64University of South Carolina★★★★★
65Central Washington University★★★★★
66The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Distance Education★★★★★
67Bellevue University★★★★★
68University of California, Los Angeles★★★★★
69Syracuse University★★★★★
70The Pennsylvania State University World Campus★★★★★
71Alcorn State University★★★★★
72Oakland University★★★★★
73Florida Atlantic University Online★★★★★
74Valencia College★★★★★
75Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Online (IUPUI)★★★★★
76University of Toledo★★★★
77Ivy Tech Community College IvyOnline★★★★
78University of Illinois★★★★
79Berkeley College Online★★★★
80The University of Texas Permian Basin★★★★
81Colorado State University Online★★★★
82Keiser University★★★★
83Ozarks Technical Community College Online★★★★
84Austin Community College District Online★★★★
85Old Dominion University Online★★★★
86Full Sail Unversity★★★★
87Kean University Online★★★★
88Athens State University Online★★★★
89CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice Online★★★★
90The University of Texas at Dallas★★★★
91Miami Dade College Online★★★★
92Indiana Tech★★★★
93University of Pittsburgh Pitt Online★★★★
94Tulsa Community College★★★★
95Front Range Community College★★★★
96Purdue University Global★★★★
97Grantham University★★★★
98Alabama A&M University★★★★
99Broward College Online★★★★
100Columbus State University Online★★★★
101American InterContinental University★★★★
102Purdue University Fort Wayne Online★★★★
103AI Miami International University of Art & Design★★★★
104Sinclair Community College★★★★
105Walden University★★★★
106Brookline College★★★★
107Tarrant County College★★★★
108Portland Community College★★★★
109University of Utah / UONLINE★★★★
110Joliet Junior College★★★★
111Maricopa Community Colleges, Rio Salado College★★★★
112Wake Technical Community College Online★★★★
113Lansing Community College★★★★
114CUNY Lehman College Online★★★★
115Ultimate Medical Academy★★★★
116Eastern Gateway Community College★★★★
117Bryant & Stratton College-Online★★★★
118Salt Lake Community College Online★★★★
119SUNY Empire State College★★★★
120Virginia Commonwealth University Online★★★★
121Norfolk State University Online★★★★
122Stark State College eStarkState★★★★
123ECPI University online+★★★★
124Central Georgia Technical College★★★★
125Strayer University★★★★
126Abilene Christian University★★★★
127Hillsborough Community College Online★★★★
128Herzing University Online★★★★
129Houston Community College★★★★
130Loyola University Chicago Online★★★★
131South University★★★★
132Cuyahoga Community College★★★★
133The University of Arizona Global Campus★★★★
134Central Ohio Technical College★★★★
135Mercy College★★★★
136Des Moines Area Community College★★★★
137DeVry University★★★★
138Somerset Community College★★★★
139A.T. Still University of Health Sciences★★★★
140Lone Star College★★★★
141Central Texas College Distance Education★★★★
142Jefferson Community and Technical College★★★★
143Kent State University★★★★
144Florida State College at Jacksonville Online★★★★
145University of Central Oklahoma Connected Campus★★★★
146Columbus State Community College★★★★
147Acacia University★★★★
148Tidewater Community College★★★★
149Daytona State College★★★★
150Georgia Gwinnett College★★★★


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The rankings are based on an online survey among U.S. residents who have used online learning services to obtain an academic degree or acquire knowledge and skills for their job (professional development) or hobbies (personal development).

Between July 26 and September 13, 2021, Statista surveyed more than 9,000 individuals in the United States. Survey respondents indicated which institutions they used to obtain an online degree or where they attended an online course. In the next step, respondents shared their experiences by rating the institutions regarding several criteria. Finally, respondents could indicate how satisfied they were with the organization and to what extent they would recommend it to others.

User reviews and additional institutional indicators were transformed into score values and aggregated toward a final score. To receive an award, institutions needed an above average total score value. The awarded institutions received either five stars, if their final score value is above the median score of all awarded institutions, or four stars, if their score is below this threshold.

The top lists were created through an elaborate process: Participants' responses as well as the final selection of institutions in each list were carefully reviewed. Statista makes no statement about the quality of education institutions or learning providers that are not included in the list and their reputations are not disputed.

For the full methodology, download this file.