America's Top Online Colleges 2023

America's Top Online Colleges and America's Top Online Learning Providers 2023

From full university degree programs to professional development courses to classes for hobbyists or those just wanting to learn something new, the range of education available online is enormous. The choices can be daunting.

For the second year, Newsweek and global data firm Statista have worked together to find "America's Top Online Colleges 2023" and "America's Top Online Learning Providers 2023." Our lists are based on a survey of about 9,000 online learners and our own research about the institutions.

For America's Top Online Colleges we ranked 200 colleges and universities that (also) offer online undergraduate or graduate programs. The awarded institutions received either five stars, if their aggregate score value is above the median score of all awarded institutions, or four stars, if their score is below.

For America's Top Online Learning Providers we selected 50 organizations that offer online certificate and non-certificate courses supporting the professional or personal development of learners in the U.S. We used the same star system as with Top Online Colleges and Universities. While the star rating can be helpful in comparing these institutions, we didn't rank the Top Online Learning Providers. The topic and form of the courses they offer is too varied to make an overall ranking meaningful.

If you are looking for quality online education, we hope you will find our listings helpful.

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RankInstitution Legal NameInstitution Brand NameAwardCityState
1University of Maryland★★★★★College ParkMaryland
2American College of Education★★★★★IndianapolisIndiana
3Penn’s Online Learning Initiative (OLI)★★★★★PhiladelphiaPennsylvania
4Boston University★★★★★BostonMassachusetts
5Stanford University Online★★★★★StanfordCalifornia
6DeVry University★★★★★NapervilleIllinois
7MSU Online★★★★★East LansingMichigan
8Johns Hopkins University★★★★★BaltimoreMaryland
9East Carolina University★★★★★GreenvilleNorth Carolina
10Northeastern Online★★★★★BostonMassachusetts
11App State Online★★★★★BooneNorth Carolina
12Indiana Wesleyan University★★★★★MarionIndiana
13Purdue University Online★★★★★West LafayetteIndiana
14University of Kentucky★★★★★LexingtonKentucky
15UAB Online★★★★★BirminghamAlabama
16University of Florida Online★★★★★GainesvilleFlorida
18UNC Charlotte★★★★★CharlotteNorth Carolina
19Saint Leo University★★★★★Saint LeoFlorida
20University of Arkansas★★★★★FayettevilleArkansas
21University of Georgia Online Learning★★★★★AthensGeorgia
22Fashion Institute of Technology★★★★★New YorkNew York
23The University of Texas Permian Basin★★★★★OdessaTexas
24Morgan Online★★★★★BaltimoreMaryland
25Texas State University★★★★★San MarcosTexas
26WVU Online★★★★★MorgantownWest Virginia
27Troy University★★★★★TroyAlabama
28UC Riverside★★★★★RiversideCalifornia
29Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Online (IUPUI)★★★★★BloomingtonIndiana
30Columbus State University★★★★★ColumbusGeorgia
31Santa Fe College★★★★★GainesvilleFlorida
32UW–Madison Online★★★★★MadisonWisconsin
33SHSU Online★★★★★HuntsvilleTexas
34Online at Southern Miss★★★★★HattiesburgMississippi
35University of Massachusetts-Amherst★★★★★AmherstMassachusetts
36UNCG Online★★★★★GreensboroNorth Carolina
37Concordia University-Wisconsin★★★★★MequonWisconsin
38Brigham Young University Idaho (BYUI)★★★★★RexburgIdaho
39University of Iowa Distance and Online Education★★★★★Iowa CityIowa
40Yale Online★★★★★New HavenConnecticut
41Central Georgia Technical College★★★★★Warner RobinsGeorgia
42USC Online★★★★★Los AngelesCalifornia
43Mesa Community College★★★★★MesaArizona
44Somerset Community College★★★★★SomersetKentucky
45East Tennessee State University★★★★★Johnson CityTennessee
46Auburn Online★★★★★AuburnAlabama
47ASU Online★★★★★ScottsdaleArizona
48NSU Florida★★★★★Fort LauderdaleFlorida
49VCU Online★★★★★RichmondVirginia
50Clemson University★★★★★ClemsonSouth Carolina
51University of Arizona Online★★★★★TucsonArizona
52Excelsior College★★★★★AlbanyNew York
53OHIO Online™★★★★★AthensOhio
54Northampton Community College★★★★★BethlehemPennsylvania
55Temple University★★★★★PhiladelphiaPennsylvania
56Mt. SAC Online★★★★★WalnutCalifornia
57Liberty University Online★★★★★LynchburgVirginia
58Texas Tech University★★★★★LubbockTexas
59CBU Online★★★★★RiversideCalifornia
60VOLS Online★★★★★KnoxvilleTennessee
61Sinclair Community College★★★★★DaytonOhio
62Florida State University - Distance@FSU★★★★★TallahasseeFlorida
63UCF Online★★★★★OrlandoFlorida
64LSU Online★★★★★Baton RougeLouisiana
65University of North Florida Online★★★★★JacksonvilleFlorida
66Baltimore City Community College★★★★★BaltimoreMaryland
67Mississippi State Online★★★★★Mississippi StateMississippi
68CSUN - Tseng College★★★★★NorthridgeCalifornia
69Guilford Technical Community College★★★★★JamestownNorth Carolina
70Palm Beach State College★★★★★Lake WorthFlorida
71University of Cincinnati★★★★★CincinnatiOhio
72Stark State College★★★★★North CantonOhio
73California State University San Marcos★★★★★San MarcosCalifornia
74University of South Florida★★★★★TampaFlorida
75Ultimate Medical Academy★★★★★TampaFlorida
76Bellevue University★★★★★BellevueNebraska
77Georgia College★★★★★MilledgevilleGeorgia
78California State University Long Beach★★★★★Long BeachCalifornia
79Purdue University Fort Wayne - Online Learning★★★★★Fort WayneIndiana
80City College★★★★★TallahasseeFlorida
81Montgomery College★★★★★RockvilleMaryland
82Western Governors University★★★★★Salt Lake CityUtah
83St. Petersburg College★★★★★St. PetersburgFlorida
84Texas A&M University-Central Texas★★★★★KilleenTexas
85Houston Community College★★★★★HoustonTexas
86Clayton State University★★★★★MorrowGeorgia
87Florida SouthWestern State College★★★★★Fort MyersFlorida
88Portland Community College★★★★★PortlandOregon
89College of DuPage★★★★★Glen EllynIllinois
90Georgia Southern University★★★★★StatesboroGeorgia
91Hillsborough Community College★★★★★TampaFlorida
92Forsyth Technical Community College★★★★★Winston-SalemNorth Carolina
93UONLINE★★★★★Salt Lake CityUtah
94UNC-Chapel Hill Online★★★★★Chapel HillNorth Carolina
95Adams State University★★★★★AlamosaColorado
96Abilene Christian University Online★★★★★AbileneTexas
97Greenville Technical College★★★★★GreenvilleSouth Carolina
98Ohio State Online★★★★★ColumbusOhio
99A.T. Still University★★★★★KirksvilleMissouri
100University of Illinois Chicago★★★★★ChicagoIllinois
101Post University★★★★WaterburyConnecticut
102University of Maryland Global Campus★★★★AdelphiMaryland
103University of Nevada, Las Vegas★★★★Las VegasNevada
104Southern New Hampshire University★★★★ManchesterNew Hampshire
105Towson University★★★★TowsonMaryland
106Valencia College Online★★★★OrlandoFlorida
107Lansing Community College★★★★LansingMichigan
108University of Houston★★★★HoustonTexas
109Front Range Community College★★★★WestminsterColorado
110UNT Online★★★★DentonTexas
111Wake Technical Community College Online★★★★RaleighNorth Carolina
112Rio Salado College★★★★TempeArizona
113Ball State Online★★★★MuncieIndiana
114Columbia Southern University★★★★Orange BeachAlabama
115Long Island University★★★★BrookvilleNew York
116The University of Texas at El Paso★★★★El PasoTexas
117Kennesaw State University★★★★KennesawGeorgia
118Academy of Art University★★★★San FranciscoCalifornia
119Broward College Online★★★★Fort LauderdaleFlorida
120Community College of Baltimore County★★★★BaltimoreMaryland
121Indiana State University★★★★Terre HauteIndiana
122University of Central Oklahoma★★★★EdmondOklahoma
123California State University, Fullerton★★★★FullertonCalifornia
124Full Sail University★★★★Winter ParkFlorida
125Miami Dade College★★★★MiamiFlorida
126Delgado Community College★★★★New OrleansLouisiana
127American Public University★★★★Charles TownWest Virginia
128Berkeley College Online®★★★★Little FallsNew Jersey
129UCLA★★★★Los AngelesCalifornia
130Tarrant County College★★★★Fort WorthTexas
131Columbus State Community College★★★★ColumbusOhio
132CCU Online★★★★LakewoodColorado
133Southeast Missouri State University★★★★Cape GirardeauMissouri
134Tidewater Community College★★★★NorfolkVirginia
135Washington State University★★★★PullmanWashington
136PennState World Campus★★★★University ParkPennsylvania
137Central Washington University★★★★EllensburgWashington
138Arkansas State University★★★★JonesboroArkansas
139Central Piedmont Community College★★★★CharlotteNorth Carolina
140Davenport University★★★★Grand RapidsMichigan
141The University of Memphis★★★★MemphisTennessee
142Mercy College★★★★Dobbs FerryNew York
143Oakland Community College★★★★Bloomfield HillsMichigan
144Florida Atlantic University★★★★Boca RatonFlorida
145Aims Community College★★★★GreeleyColorado
146University of Alabama Online★★★★TuscaloosaAlabama
147Trident Technical College★★★★CharlestonSouth Carolina
148Central Connecticut State University★★★★New BritainConnecticut
149UNM Online★★★★AlbuquerqueNew Mexico
150University of Missouri-St Louis★★★★Saint LouisMissouri
151Florida State College at Jacksonville★★★★JacksonvilleFlorida
152Lamar University★★★★BeaumontTexas
153Bloomsburg University★★★★BloomsburgPennsylvania
154Middle Tennessee State University Online★★★★MurfreesboroTennessee
155Purdue University Northwest★★★★HammondIndiana
156SUNY Empire Online★★★★Saratoga SpringsNew York
157ACC Online★★★★AustinTexas
158Salt Lake Community College★★★★Salt Lake CityUtah
159Norfolk State University★★★★NorfolkVirginia
160Keiser University★★★★Fort LauderdaleFlorida
161Phoenix College★★★★PhoenixArizona
162Georgia State Online★★★★AtlantaGeorgia
163ecpi University★★★★Virginia BeachVirginia
164South University★★★★SavannahGeorgia
166Northern Arizona University★★★★FlagstaffArizona
167Academy College★★★★BloomingtonMinnesota
168FAMU Online★★★★TallahasseeFlorida
169UToledo Online★★★★ToledoOhio
170Tulsa Community College★★★★TulsaOklahoma
171Central Michigan University Online★★★★Mount PleasantMichigan
172AI Miami International University of Art & Design★★★★MiamiFlorida
173Abraham Lincoln University★★★★GlendaleCalifornia
174Kent State Online★★★★KentOhio
175Sacramento State★★★★SacramentoCalifornia
176Strayer University★★★★Washington, D.C.District of Columbia
177Daytona State College★★★★Daytona BeachFlorida
178Cuyahoga Community College★★★★ClevelandOhio
179Milwaukee Area Technical College★★★★MilwaukeeWisconsin
180Baker College★★★★OwossoMichigan
181Kean Online★★★★UnionNew Jersey
182UA Grantham★★★★Little RockArizona
183HACC Virtual Learning★★★★HarrisburgPennsylvania
184Cal State LA★★★★Los AngelesCalifornia
185South Texas College★★★★McAllenTexas
186Georgia Gwinnett College★★★★LawrencevilleGeorgia
187Pasco-Hernando State College★★★★New Port RicheyFlorida
188Georgia State University’s Perimeter College★★★★AtlantaGeorgia
189Chamberlain University★★★★AddisonIllinois
190Macomb Community College★★★★Clinton TownshipMichigan
191Central Texas College★★★★KilleenTexas
192AIU Online★★★★ChandlerArizona
193Eastern Gateway Community College★★★★SteubenvilleOhio
194Capella University★★★★MinneapolisMinnesota
195Purdue University Global★★★★West LafayetteIndiana
197Walden University★★★★MinneapolisMinnesota
198Des Moines Area Community College★★★★AnkenyIowa
199Lone Star College★★★★The WoodlandsTexas
200Bryant & Stratton College - Online★★★★Orchard ParkNew York


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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 June 20 and August 29, 2022, Statista surveyed about 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.

You can download the complete methodology here.