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2015 Top Online Colleges

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Our list of top online colleges are some of the most selective institutions in the country. Schools on this list have low acceptance rates and are regionally accredited, which means students are able to receive a high quality education from a prestigious institution without having to sacrifice the flexibility that an online education provides. In addition to being incredibly competitive, most colleges on this list provide a wide variety of online programs to choose from. The majority of these schools also provide the resources students need to succeed academically and after graduation, including career advising, academic counseling, and military benefits.

Rank College Annual Tuition Degree Levels Offered Acceptance Rate
#1 #1 Stanford University Online Annual Tuition $44,184 Degrees: Master's and Certificate Acceptance Rate 5.69%
#2 #2 Columbia University in the City of New York Annual Tuition $24,323 Degrees: Master's, Doctorate, and Certificate Acceptance Rate 7.42%
#3 #3 Duke University Annual Tuition $47,590 Degrees: Master's, Doctorate, and Certificate Acceptance Rate 13.42%
#4 #4 Northwestern University Annual Tuition $46,836 Degrees: Master's and Certificate Acceptance Rate 15.32%
#5 #5 Georgetown University Annual Tuition $28,850 Degrees: Master's and Certificate Acceptance Rate 16.97%
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Our tuition numbers reflect data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics.

  • $ = Under $10,000 per year
  • $$ = Under $20,000 per year
  • $$$ = Under $30,000 per year
  • $$$$ = Under $40,000 per year
  • $$$$$ = Over $40,000 per year
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