Schools were eligible for our list if they met the following requirements:
Schools were then ranked by tuition.
Tuitions were manually researched and reflect the bachelor's level, or the master's level if no online bachelor's degrees are offered. Out-of-state tuitions were used unless in-state tuition is offered to all online students.
Schools with programs that require some on-campus coursework were still considered for our rankings if the amount of in-person work was limited to two weeks or less of in-person requirements. This allows students to retain their current employment or other personal responsibilities.
Program data including available degrees, tuition rates, and details about program coursework were collected from official school websites, reflecting data for the 2018-2019 school year.
Programmatic accreditation, acceptance rates, and profit status of schools were collected from official websites of the accreditation agencies or from the National Center for Education Statistics. TRACS, ABHE, and CCCU infomration was collected from the organizations' official websites. Religious affiliation information was collected from the NCES. The NCES is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. The NCES data is updated annually as soon as it becomes available. The NCES does not release data into downloadable formats until it has been approved, so the most currently available data will not be for the most recent academic year.
Below is a list of all Christian religious affiliations recorded by the NCES.