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List of Nationally Accredited Online Schools

Many colleges and universities offer nationally accredited online programs that confer associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as a variety of certificates and diplomas. Read on to discover some of the top nationally accredited online schools by student population.

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What Are Some of the Largest Nationally Accredited Online Schools?

Arizona State University

Arizona State University (ASU), based in Scottsdale, AZ, is ranked among the nation's top-tier universities by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. The university has a comprehensive online program that actively integrates students into the academic community, connecting them with resources like eight libraries and 24/7 online support. Online students at ASU can choose from 19 bachelor's degree programs, 27 master's degree programs and six graduate certificates in areas ranging from health science to entrepreneurship and management.

Miami Dade College

Students seeking a 2-year degree can study at Miami Dade's Virtual College. The institution offers two associate's degrees fully online: An Associate in Science (A.S.) in Business Administration and a pre-bachelor Associate in Arts (A.A.) designed to help students transfer to a 4-year college or university. Online students may also take a wide variety of continuing education courses through Miami Dade, gaining professional training in areas as diverse as Cisco technology and occupational safety and health administration.

Individuals who live near the Miami, FL institution may also be interested in Miami Dade's many blended degree programs. These allow students to complete most of their coursework online, but require students to attend some classes on campus.

University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida (UCF), based in Orlando, FL, has been offering distance learning and online education since 1996. The university currently offers five different online bachelor's degree programs in fields of nursing, health services, political science, technical education and interdisciplinary studies. Graduate students can pursue over 20 online master's degree programs in the colleges of nursing, sciences, education, arts and humanities, health and public affairs, graduate studies and engineering and computer science. There is even a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree available for advance practice nurses.

Largest Colleges and Universities Offering Accredited Online Programs Nationally by Student Population

College / University Student Population Location
Arizona State University68,064Tempe, AZ
Miami Dade College59,120Miami, FL
Ohio State University-Main Campus55,014Columbus, OH
Houston Community College54,942Houston, TX
University of Central Florida53,401Orlando, FL
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities51,659Minneapolis, MN
University of Florida50,691Gainesville, FL
Texas A & M University48,702College Station, TX
Michigan State University47,071East Lansing, MI
Northern Virginia Community College46,619Annandale, VA
Lone Star College System46,504The Woodlands, TX
Liberty University46,312Lynchburg, VA
University of Washington-Seattle Campus45,943Seattle, WA
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus45,185University Park, PA
Tarrant County College District44,355Fort Worth, X
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign43,881Champaign, IL
Indiana University-Bloomington42,347Bloomington, IN
College of Southern Nevada42,108Las Vegas, NV
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor41,674Ann Arbor, MI
University of Wisconsin-Madison41,654Madison, WI
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