For-profit colleges and universities once dominated the online education space. Recently, however, non-profit schools have been embracing this alternative, creating new and modifying current programs for online learners. Now, many community colleges, state universities and even private colleges now offer online programs, greatly expanding the educational options available to prospective students.
If you prefer to pursue an online degree from a college or university that has a physical, brick-and-mortar location, we have compiled this list of the top non-profit online schools with you in mind.
The table below shows our rankings of the top 20 accredited non-profit online colleges and universities, as determined by our school ranking methodology. In order to differentiate between schools that offer just a handful of online programs and schools that have adapted a larger portion of their curriculum for an online audience, we have included only those schools that offer five or more degree programs that can be completed fully online.
For each school, we have provided annual tuition, loan default rate, and retention rate, as we believe these factors can be used to evaluate the value a school will provide to a particular student. Click on a college’s name and you will be directed to the school’s information page where you can read more about available programs, accreditation, and financial aid as well as request admissions information directly from the institution.
If you would like to learn more about our ranking criteria and how we used it to make our list, please visit our methodology section.
|Rank||College||School Type||Retention Rate||Annual Tuition ?|
|#1 Western Governors University||School Type||Retention Rate 75%||Annual Tuition $5,870 - $6,140|
|#2 South Dakota State University||School Type||Retention Rate 76%||Annual Tuition $9,795|
|#3 Iowa Central College||School Type||Retention Rate 51%||Annual Tuition $6,585|
|#4 California University of Pennsylvania Online||School Type||Retention Rate 80%||Annual Tuition $13,091|
|#5 Dakota State University||School Type||Retention Rate 69%||Annual Tuition $8,612 - $9,901|
|#6 National University||School Type||Retention Rate 77%||Annual Tuition $12,096|
|#7 South Texas College - Online||School Type||Retention Rate 86%||Annual Tuition $7,170|
|#8 Chadron State College||School Type||Retention Rate 67%||Annual Tuition $5,630|
|#9 Bellevue University||School Type||Retention Rate 50%||Annual Tuition $6,300|
|#10 Craven Community College||School Type||Retention Rate 61%||Annual Tuition $6,440|
|#11 Saddleback College||School Type||Retention Rate 73%||Annual Tuition $4,694|
|#12 University of Nebraska at Kearney - Online||School Type||Retention Rate 76%||Annual Tuition $12,370|
|#13 Laramie County Community College||School Type||Retention Rate 53%||Annual Tuition $6,528|
|#14 Ocean County College||School Type||Retention Rate 68%||Annual Tuition $6,120|
|#15 Haywood Community College||School Type||Retention Rate 69%||Annual Tuition $8,538|
|#16 Northwest Technical College||School Type||Retention Rate 56%||Annual Tuition $5,482|
|#17 Park University Online||School Type||Retention Rate 65%||Annual Tuition $10,600|
|#18 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania||School Type||Retention Rate 72%||Annual Tuition $12,315|