The 25 Best Online Colleges For 2017-2018

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As technology advances and modern life becomes busier and busier, the demand for online colleges and degrees continues to grow. To meet this demand, more and more colleges and universities across the country are developing and enhancing their bachelors degree online offerings. As a result, more working and nontraditional students are turning to distance education offerings as a way to complete their degrees and reach their career goals. In this ranking, we explore the top 25 online colleges for 2017-2018.

Rating and Ranking Methodology
Cost Per Credit Hour:
• Under $250: 4 points
• Under $300: 3 points
• Under $350: 2 points
• Under $400: 1 point

U.S. News & World Report Recognition: Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
• Top 10 Ranking: 10 points
• Top 20 Ranking: 9 points
• Top 30 Ranking: 8 points
• Top 40 Ranking: 7 points
• Top 50 Ranking: 6 points
• Top 60 Ranking: 5 points
• Top 70 Ranking: 4 points
• Top 80 Ranking: 3 points
• Top 90 Ranking: 2 points
• Top 100 Ranking: 1 point

Customization Options:
• Format Customizations (e.g. Hybrid/Online, Full-time/Part-Time, etc.)—1 Point

Wow Factor
• 1 point awarded for each unique feature or program that “wowed” us

To compile this ranking, our editors began with an initial pool of 85 colleges and universities. After narrowing the pool to those schools with a top 100 US News and World Report ranking and a cost per credit hour of under $400, we applied the rating and ranking methodology above. In cases of a tie, we considered the cost per credit hour and awarded the more affordable school the higher ranking.

#25 – Missouri State University

Points: 7
Missouri State University offers ten fully online bachelors degree programs including bachelor science degrees in communication studies, general business, health services, professional writing, and criminology.

Certificate programs are also available in fire administration and writing for television and film.

Missouri State offers its bachelors degree online students valuable resources such as career counseling and degree exploration, online tutoring, library services, and test proctoring.

Cost Per Credit Hour: $285