The 25 best US online colleges

The number of students involved in online education grows steadily year by year. Sometimes it is the only opportunity to balance work, family and study, using every spare moment to improve professional knowledge and move ahead in a career. And it is a unique chance for international students to obtain a degree from accredited colleges in the United States through distance learning. Along with this, many educational institutions offer a wide range of different graduate programs. How to compare them and make a choice?

The table below includes the best US colleges for this year, offering 100% online degrees at the bachelor's level or higher in three disciplines: Business, Engineering and Information Technology (IT). Why did we choose these three? Because they are most in demand by employers.

Our current ranking is based on the U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of online graduate programs in Business, Engineering and IT. All represented educational institutions are accredited and ranked by their score in each separate discipline (from higher to lower).

List of the 25 best colleges in the USA offering 100% online programs for 2016
2016 Rank College Program Score Graduate Program Total enrollment Homepage
1University of California, Los Angeles (Samueli) Los Angeles,
2University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA100 97IT Engineering105
3Columbia University (Fu Foundation) New York,
4Florida State University Tallahassee, FL92 50Business IT68
5University of Texas at Dallas Richardson,
6Virginia Tech Blacksburg,
7Boston University Boston, MA87 75Business IT727
8Penn State World Campus University Park, PA86 74Engineering IT740
9Purdue University West Lafayette,
10West Texas A&M University Canyon,
11Creighton University Omaha,
12Mississippi State University (Bagley) Mississippi State,
13Quinnipiac University Hamden,
14Rutgers University - Newark Newark,
15Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO73 68 63Engineering Business IT998 90
16University of Alabama (Manderson) Tuscaloosa,
17Johns Hopkins University (Whiting) Baltimore, MD71 67Engineering IT2,226
18Northeastern University Boston,
19Arizona State University (Fulton) Tempe,
20New York University (Tandon) New York,
21North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC70 64Engineering IT659
22University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln,
23Texas Tech University (Whitacre) Lubbock, TX69 60Engineering IT128
24University of Maryland (Clark) College Park,
25Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton,