Best Accredited Online Schools
Study.com has done its research and compiled a list of the 50 best accredited schools that provide online degree programs. We have scoured data from numerous respectable resources, including the U.S. Department of Education and various accreditation agencies. All of the schools on this list have regional or national accreditation, and many of them have earned multiple specialty accreditations for its programs as well. In addition to their accreditations, we looked for schools with a variety of online program options that encompass both multiple levels and a ranged of fields of study.
Study.com's rankings are unique in that they emphasize accessibility, affordability, and quality of education, which we considered the most important attributes in our school rankings. These online programs are the best of the best and any school found on this list would be an excellent choice for anyone looking to continue their educational journey.
1. Regent University
Regent University, which is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This school has a robust digital learning infrastructure, which includes technology for both on-demand and live lectures, an online community for student live discussions, and several platforms for assignment development and research. The school offers programs in more than 130 areas of study.
2. California University of Pennsylvania
With a heavy focus on practical experience and applied learning, California University of Pennsylvania has more than 75 bachelor's and graduate degrees fully available online. It is located in California, Pennsylvania, and currently has students from more than 30 countries enrolled in its Cal U Global Online programs. Online degree candidates are eligible for financial aid and can access the same services as on-campus students (from career and academic counseling to library access) from anywhere in the world. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
3. Valley City State University
Valley City State University (VCSU), located in Valley City, North Dakota, offers a wide variety of online degrees at the undergraduate level, with majors in kinesiology, mathematics, technology and business (among several others). They also offer two online advanced degrees in both education and teaching. Online students can get personalized attention and help, even if they enroll from hundreds of miles away - for instance - the VCSU Learning Center can match an online student with a tutor who will work with them through an online platform. This university holds an accreditation with The Higher Learning Commission, as well as specialty accreditations for their online music, education, and athletic training degree programs.
4. Concordia University - Saint Paul
With over 80 online degree programs at the bachelor's and advanced degree levels, Concordia University in Saint Paul, MN, is recognized for the impressive employment statistics of their graduates as well as their low student loan default rates. They are located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and ninety-five percent of their graduates receive job offers within one year of graduation. This is thanks in large part to their Office of Career Development, which works tirelessly to ensure their graduates are able to turn their educational investment into a springboard for professional success. This school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
5. Liberty University
Liberty University can be found in Lynchburg, Virginia, and boasts the largest online student body of any college in the United States. The school invests heavily in its online resources and online students through resources which include a fully online library, a team of distance-only academic advisors and even a digital writing center. Liberty has around four hundred online degree programs to choose from (including both bachelor's and advanced degrees in on-demand fields such as data analytics, data networking and game design).
6. Troy University
With a catalog of 70 online degrees and over 20,000 online degrees awarded, Troy University in Troy, Alabama, has been offering online programs for more than 20 years. Their programs encourage face-to-face interactions through online discussions and virtual collaboration opportunities (including an emphasis on one-to-one instruction time from seasoned instructors). Their degree options cover a wide range of disciplines including business, education, criminology, hospitality and sports management (among many others).
7. Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Northwestern State University of Louisiana, which is located in Natchitoches, LA, offers 40 online degree programs at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorate levels (including a wide range of options for early childhood education, teaching and nursing degrees). Known as Louisiana's largest electronic campus, they provide a huge financial advantage for out-of-state students, whose fees and tuition rates are the same as they are for in-state applicants.
8. University of the Cumberlands
With over 40 online degree programs to choose from (including options in business, health science, and information technology), the University of the Cumberlands, in Williamsburg, Kentucky, uses innovative tools to enrich the online learning experience. Students can complete their courses and degrees at their own pace and have ongoing communication with both their instructors and peers throughout. This private college has been accredited since 1964.
9. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) in Odessa, offers multiple online degree programs as part of the University of Texas Online Consortium, with some courses offered by professors in other University of Texas campuses. Bachelor's and advanced degrees are available in fields like political science, management, education and industrial technology. The school is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and their Academic Affairs Committee ensures that all online programs are held to the same standard as those offered on campus. Online students also have access to the digital library, and the class sizes are limited to help facilitate interactions between students and teachers.
10. Eastern Oregon University
Eastern Oregon University, located in La Grande, offers more than 20 fully online bachelor's degree programs. Online bachelor's degree candidates at Eastern Oregon University have immense freedom to tailor their course and major choices to their professional aspirations, with the ability to combine two minors into a custom major. Some unique majors available include fire services administration, physical activity and health, and emergency medical services administration. This school also offers e-tutoring and an online writing center where students can receive feedback on their written work.
11. Utica College
Utica College's unique online degree options includes undergraduate and advanced degrees in disciplines with high employment demand - including health care, business, data science and cybercrime. The school is located in Utica, New York, and offers unique programs like a a bachelor's in fraud and financial crime investigation and an MBA in fraud management. Their unique offerings in these fields are taught by a team of highly credentialed professors with a myriad of awards, publications, and fellowships in these emerging fields.
12. Midway University
Midway University, which can be found in Midway, KY, offers a simple and effective approach for working professionals: eight-week classes with five set starting dates spread throughout the academic year allowing students to break free from the semester calendar of traditional universities. Online bachelor's degrees are available in areas of business, education, healthcare and sports management, just to name a few. A selection of their online advanced degrees includes business administration, education, and nursing. Midway's robust online infrastructure gives all enrolled students the opportunity to participate in live student discussions and maintain close contact with their respective professors.
13. Southwestern College
With 17 undergraduate, 9 graduate, and 1 doctoral program available online, Southwestern College, in Wichita, Kansas, has a set-up perfect for working professionals, with courses that can be completed on any schedule. Online students are able to utilize academic advisors who can help them tailor their class schedule and degree completion calendar to their own unique needs. The school also offers special rates to military personal and their spouses who desire to enroll in online courses and this university is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. They are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and their online nursing program has an accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
14. Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University offers more than 70 online degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate levels. With a heavy focus on facilitating and enhancing online student life, this Saint Leo, FL, university has a dedicated team that assists online degree candidates in joining virtual student clubs, conducting an online-only orientation and open house, and sending relevant updates. Students who earn the highest grades are awarded membership in the Delta Epsilon Sigma honor society (also available to on-campus students). Online programs available here include business administration (with specialties in logistics, project management, and marketing), criminal justice and software engineering.
15. Clarion University of Pennsylvania
With over 20 degrees available at the associate's, bachelor's, and master's level, Clarion University of Pennsylvania (CUP) has 28 national accreditations, the most among any school in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) system. This means that the curriculums for all of CUP's programs have been thoroughly vetted by a myriad of national associations demanding the highest educational standards in their respective fields. This Clarion, PA, university offers an online Master of Science in Library program, and is one of only three schools in the state with the prestigious American Library Association (ALA) accreditation. Other online programs are available in fields like nursing, technology leadership and medical imaging.
16. Emporia State University
With over two decades of experience in online distance learning, Emporia State University (ESU) in Emporia, Kansas, offers several accelerated graduate online degrees in business, accountancy and education. These accelerated programs can be completed in one year or less. Their online campus offers several advanced digital services, including a virtual library, on-demand academic assistance, and career counseling services. Business school graduates have a 99% employment rate, and their education school enjoys full accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
17. Columbia College
Columbia College, located in Columbia, South Carolina, offers its students 11 fully online degree programs. These programs range from an MA in Healthcare Administration to a BA in Criminal Justice. The college puts a heavy focus on making it easier for online students to complete their degree. Not only do they cover textbook fees for online students they also allow students to transfer 90 credit hours towards their degree, including 32 credit hours of qualified training. Columbia College also strives to help students complete their degrees as quickly as possible. Several of their online graduate degrees are designed to be completed within 12 months.
18. Concordia University Chicago
With over 50 associate's, bachelor's and advanced degree programs taught by faculty from around the globe, Concordia University Chicago has an international approach to online education. The university is located in River Forest, Illinois, and it goes to great lengths to hire the best faculty. One unique aspect of Concordia University is the tuition guarantee program, where students who complete their degrees with no interruptions are guaranteed the same tuition without any increases while they remain enrolled. Online degrees are available in computer science, education, business administration, and sports leadership.
19. Dakota State University
Recognized by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a national center of excellence, Dakota State University in Madison, SD, is recognized as one of the leading midwestern universities in technology-related degrees. Their technology focus is reflected in both their program offerings including online degree programs in computer science, cyber defense, computer information systems, and cyber operations and their instructional philosophy which has a focus on the use of practical technology skills in the learning process for all majors. They also have an Online Readiness Quiz for prospective students to help them decide if online learning is right for them.
20. University of South Dakota
With a commitment to maintain tuition at competitive levels, the University of South Dakota's online degree programs are available to students anywhere in the world, and they have the same tuition rates for both in-state and out-of-state students. This public school is located in Vermillion, South Dakota, and online degree candidates also have access to the university's robust library resources and are able to quickly contact a library liaison who can provide personalized help finding any book or academic journal through digital databases or interlibrary loans. Bachelor's and advanced online degrees are available in areas of business, healthcare, education, and more.
21. University of Illinois at Springfield
With over 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees, the University of Illinois at Springfield offer degrees in several areas, and a few of them include communication, business, and history. Online degree candidates are assigned an academic coordinator who will track your degree progress until graduation, advising you on schedules, timelines, course selections and majors to fit your professional goals. All the online courses are taught by a faculty member who also teaches on-campus, so students can be sure they are obtaining a quality education. Students also pay e-tuition, which is lower than the traditional out-of-state rate to help with the expenses of going back to college.
22. University of Alaska Fairbanks
The University of Alaska's Fairbanks campus has six undergraduate and five graduate degree programs available online; these range from business to justice administration and disaster management. All online degree candidates are eligible to complete the scholarship application system, where their profiles, demographic, and financial background is matched with all available scholarship opportunities. They also offer several general education credit courses that students can take to jump start their path into their major.
23. Davenport University
With over 30 online undergraduate and graduate degrees available, students at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, can choose from programs in business, technology, health and urban education just to name a few. Online students receive the same one-on-one support from counselors and professors as those studying on-campus, and the school guarantees employment for students in their field within six months of graduation or they will provide up to 48 additional credit hours for free. Their online courses only take seven weeks to complete and are geared toward serving the adult learner community.
24. Northern State University
The next school on our list, Northern State University, is located in in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and it offers online programs in accounting, banking and financial services, criminal justice, and over fifty other disciplines. NSU has a commitment for credit-earning study abroad opportunities, which it also extends to its online degree candidates. They also offer a free online tutoring service that is available around the clock in most subject areas. Northern State University is an accredited member of the Higher Learning Commission, and they have also earned seven specialty accreditations.
25. Asbury University
Asbury University's online course offerings are split into 8-week class segments spread out during four sessions throughout the year (August, October, January, and March), with degrees available in areas like organizational management, health promotion, and instructional design. Online students interested in the ministry aspect of the school are able to listen to their chapel services live from home. Students enrolled in these online courses are also eligible to apply for their tuition scholarship of $1,200 a year if they transfer in with a previous GPA of 3.0. This University offers a dual-enrollment option to high school students who are interested in getting a head start on their college education online.
26. Crown College
Crown College in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota, offers a variety of online associate, bachelor's, and graduate degrees, as well as online certificates and training programs. and This school also offers free online courses that are open to the public, and high school students all across the United States can enroll in their online college courses to jump start their college learning experience. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and online students can participate in collaborative learning activities that help them build relationships with their professors, classmates, and advisors.
27. Mary Baldwin University
Staunton, Virginia's, Mary Baldwin University offers numerous online bachelor's degrees, as well as certificates and a post-professional occupational therapy doctorate. They accept up to ninety transfer credits, and all online students receive personalized attention and support to help them reach their academic goals such as writing help resources and library assistance. There is a scholarship called the Loyalty Fund which is only given to online students who are pursuing a bachelor's degree. Seventy-three percent of online undergraduate students at Mary Baldwin are employed full time by their graduation.
28. Siena Heights University
Siena Heights University is located in Adrian, Michigan, and it offers several invaluable resources for online students, including academic advisors, technical support, an online resource library and financial aid options. Their online undergraduate and graduate degree programs are in areas of business and healthcare, and the programs are arranged in eight or ten-week flexible formats. SHU students give the online programs a 98% satisfaction rating!
29. Spring Arbor University
Spring Arbor University offers online programs in nursing, business, communication, education, and social work. Their online nursing programs are extensive and help students achieve their goals of a bachelor's or master's degree in this field. This Spring Arbor, Michigan, school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and has earned several programmatic accreditations, such as by the CCNE for their nursing programs and the online bachelor's program in social work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The student success coach assigned to each individual student helps to guide them as they create an ideal work-life balance and set goals for what they want to achieve in a career.
30. Webster University
Webster University is located in St. Louis, Missouri, and provides custom courses that are tailored to the online student. They offer more than 50 online undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in a convenient online format. The online programs include the same high-quality curriculum as the on-campus programs, but allow students to complete their coursework from anywhere. All students are required to go through the plagiarism prevention program where they receive feedback on their work and learn how to avoid plagiarism. This school is are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and they offer a wide variety of scholarships that allow any online student to apply.
31. Buena Vista University
Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, has over 30 online programs to choose from, including undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as minors. They are partnered with several community colleges in Iowa and any credits received at these institutions have the ability to be transferred to BVU. This school provides its online students with numerous resources, such as help looking for internships, access to an online library, and career assistance.
32. Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX, is home to Texas Woman's University, a 4-year public school that offers students the opportunity to earn their bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree online. They also offer hybrid programs where students take classes both online and at the campus. This school is a member of the Women's College Coalition and holds the Carnegie Classification of Doctoral/Professional Universities. They offer a variety of support services to online students, including free tutoring services and career counseling.
33. Arkansas State University
Arkansas State University in Jonesboro launched its online platform back in 2008 and now has more than 35 online programs to choose from. These programs include undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as several certificate programs and courses. This school has an online writing center which provides support to students in the form of tutoring or consultations on a particular writing sample. Online students are encouraged to join virtual student organizations and interact with their peers all around the world.
34. Lamar University
Although its main campus is in Beaumont, Texas, Lamar University also offers online undergraduate and graduate programs in areas of education, business, healthcare, nursing, liberal arts, and political science. Many programs have received programmatic accreditation from professional organizations, such as by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Texas Board of Nursing, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Their online library is extensive and students also have the capability to ask a librarian for help through the site. The school's online chat rooms and video streams give students the resources they need to succeed.
35. SUNY College of Technology at Canton
SUNY College of Technology is in Canton, New York, and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. This school offers more than 450 fully online courses - and all of their online courses go through a vigorous review process before they are offered to students. The school boasts low tuition fees and has been named a military friendly school. SUNY Canton offers a variety of degree programs over a large span of disciplines that include nursing, emergency management, criminal justice, and business.
36. LeTourneau University
LeTourneau University can be found in Longview, Texas, and this school offers an online program that provides working students the convenience and flexibility they need to keep their jobs. The school has accreditations from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, ABET, CCNE for nurses, and Texas State Board for Educator Certification. They have a 93% placement rate for their online and graduate programs as well as national student organizations that online students can join. LeTourneau even offers online tutoring to help any student who is struggling with the material.
37. Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Southwestern Assemblies of God University, located in Waxahachie, Texas, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is also a member of numerous educational groups. This private school offers several undergraduate degrees online in areas like business, education, and ministry, and students are given the ability to 'test drive' an online course before enrolling in online education program. This university uses the BlackBoard platform which gives students the opportunity to communicate with their professors and access the technical support service.
38. Brenau University
Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, offers small class sizes that max out at a total of twenty students. This university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in areas such as education, business, and health care, and they were the first school to offer an online early childhood education program in the state of Georgia. All of their online courses are offered in seven-week sessions that allows learners the ability to fit learning into their current lifestyle. This university also considers all online students as full-time learners no matter their course load, so they are eligible to apply for federal and state loans.
39. Trevecca Nazarene University
Trevecca Nazarene University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, offers online programs at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels - in disciplines ranging from healthcare and business to religion, technology and psychology. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and they have all of the books and materials you need to be successful delivered right to your home. More than 90% of their professors hold the highest degrees in their fields.
40. Eastern New Mexico University
Portales' Eastern New Mexico University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1922, and it currently has over thirty online degrees available to students. Their online offerings include programs in areas of business, nursing, education, and information systems. The library has several resources for online students, which includes passports to other libraries and a list of free software and textbooks available to students. This university provides a tutoring portal for struggling students, as well as an online writing lab that is exclusively for students enrolled in online courses. The courses are supplied in four-week or eight-week sessions.
41. The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington offers online degree programs in the areas of nursing, education, business, public health, and urban affairs. Their education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and their nursing programs have earned accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. They also boast an accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business which less than five percent of the world's business programs can say they have earned. Online students have access to numerous resources, including the digital library and an online writing center.
42. Indiana Institute of Technology
The Indiana Institute of Technology, which is located in Fort Wayne, IN, offers online degree programs in the fields of business, arts & science, computer sciences, engineering, and criminal justice. The online classes have an accelerated format so students can progress quickly as well as elements that help them interact with faculty and classmates online. Students are given a personal admissions representative, as well as access to the online school network where students can find help in scheduling, general questions, technical assistance, and more. The university also gives students access to free online tutoring, the McMillen Library, and career services.
43. University of Maine at Fort Kent
The University of Maine in Fort Kent offers online programs in the fields of education and nursing as well as certificate programs in geographic information systems, healthcare management, and information security. This university is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and has earned specialty accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Online students have access to a variety of resources to help them succeed, including to the Blake Library and technical support.
44. The University of Texas at Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler offers online and hybrid degree programs that are authorized in all fifty states. The school is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and its online program offerings cover disciplines such as criminal justice, health sciences, and industrial management. Students also have access to Upswing Online Tutoring, which can help them achieve independence in their work and learn strategies to help them succeed in their online courses.
45. University of West Alabama
The University of West Alabama is based in Livingston, AL, and has accreditations from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Their online programs are in the fields of education, business, and psychology and counseling. This university has several scholarship programs -- Teacher Connect, Business Connect, Community College Connect, and Military Connect -- that are specifically for qualified online students.
46. Mayville State University
Mayville, ND, is home to the next school on our list - Mayville State University. This public school supplies students with online support advisors and offer a variety of online and hybrid courses. MSU offer numerous associate's, bachelor's, and graduate programs in the fields of education, nursing, and business. The university offers several support services to students including a library service that will ship books directly to your home. Students can also take advantage of the writing center and online tutoring for help with their studies.
47. Toccoa Falls College
Toccoa Falls College can be found in Toccoa Falls, Georgia, and prospective online students have the opportunity to view a sample course before choosing to enroll in an online program. They offer a variety of fully online associate's and bachelor's degree programs in fields like criminal justice, ministry, and business administration. Online students also have access to a variety of services including academic advisors, an online librarian who is available for questions, and career counseling. The university also gives online students the opportunity to participate in their study abroad programs.
48. The University of West Florida
The University of West Florida, located in Pensacola, FL, offers a wide selection of online undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in the fields of education, business, and nursing. They also offer online Doctor of Education and Education Specialist degrees with a specialization in curriculum and assessment. The university boasts a 94% course completion rate among their online students and offers tutoring specifically for military students. UFW is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and it also holds specialty accreditations from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
49. Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville State University in North Carolina has several options for its online students - including degree completion programs in accounting, criminal justice, business, nursing, and emergency management, to name a few. The school boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of fifteen-to-one and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Online students can qualify for their textbook rental program and the university bookstore will ship them directly to their home.
50. Graceland University - Lamoni
Graceland University is located in Lamoni, Iowa, and it offers online bachelor's and master's degrees in the areas of business, criminal justice, and education just to name a few. They also offer one online doctoral degree in the field of nursing practice and it is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, but they hold an overall accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. They offer multiple resources for students including career counseling and online tutoring for academic and writing questions.
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