Top Online Education Colleges Explained

Top Online Education Colleges Explained
Recent research by U.S. News & World Report named these schools as the best in the online degree world.

Since U.S. News & World Report came out with its first rankings on online degree programs, there have been a lot of questions about programs by schools that didn't make the list. Many students still wonder if these programs are scams or whether colleges will accept online school credits and degrees. The top online programs named by U.S. News & World Report are the best in the country, and each has accreditation, which means that credits are transferable and the degree is still viable to get a career or move into graduate school. This article will look into the top school for each category on U.S. News & World Report, including which school is the top for faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, student engagement and accreditation and admissions selectivity.


Northern Illinois University: #1 for Faculty Credentials and Training

Located in DeKalb, Illinois, Northern Illinois University is a public institution with an overall full-time, in-state tuition per year of $7,297 as of 2012. NIU has an entire off-campus division that supports online degrees for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students may complete an entire degree program online or take a few courses depending on the major. Among the degree programs fully online, NIU offers a B.S. in Business Administration, B.S. in Nursing, and B.S. in Applied Management. For graduate offerings, students can go into a MBA program, M.S. in Education or M.S. in Nursing, among many others in health and information technology.

Syracuse University: #1 in Student Services and Technology

Syracuse University in New York is a private school, and all of the classes are available online, which means that students are able to go to school any time that they wish. U.S. News & World Report suggests that 94 percent of students are already employed when they first enroll. Students who do go to Syracuse and want to earn a graduate degree must have taken the GRE exam first. SU has a variety of academic programs including architecture, education, and arts and sciences. Students can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics, advertising, finance, geography, history, drama, engineering, and biology, among many other topics.

University of Northern Colorado: #1 for Student Engagement and Accreditation

Located in Greeley, Colorado, University of Northern Colorado is a public institution, but the majority of its courses are available online. The application deadline for students is also rolling earning that students can be admitted at any time. There are six different colleges at UNC, including education and behavioral sciences, humanities and social sciences, Monfort College of Business, natural and health sciences, performing and visual arts, and University College for liberal arts.

Pennsylvania State University—University Park: #1 Admissions Selectivity

Many online schools are criticized for "accepting anybody," that's not something to be said about Pennsylvania State University. With its world campus, PSU is a public university that allows students from all over the world to enroll in undergraduate and graduate degrees online. PSU at University Park is most known for its adult learners program and has developed degree programs in business, education, engineering, technology, health care, human resources and human services and counseling for students to take online.