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, CA100Engineering329www.msol.ucla.edu
2University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA100 97IT Engineering105 828gapp.usc.edu/den/programs
3Columbia University (Fu Foundation) New York, NY93Engineering296www.cvn.columbia.edu
4Florida State University Tallahassee, FL92 50Business IT68 44business.fsu.edu/academics/graduate-programs/online-programs
5University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX92Business232www.utdallas.edu/elearning/online-programs/
6Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA88IT369www.vtmit.vt.edu
7Boston University Boston, MA87 75Business IT727 879www.bu.edu/online/programs/
8Penn State World Campus University Park, PA86 74Engineering IT740 286www.worldcampus.psu.edu
9Purdue University West Lafayette, IN84Engineering770engineering.purdue.edu/ProEd/
10West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX78Business50www.wtamu.edu/academics/college-business.aspx
11Creighton University Omaha, NE76Business175online.creighton.edu
12Mississippi State University (Bagley) Mississippi State, MS76Engineering175www.bcoeonline.msstate.edu
13Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT75Business413quonline.quinnipiac.edu/online-programs/
14Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ75Business105online.rutgers.edu/master-business-admin/
15Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO73 68 63Engineering Business IT998 90 61dce.mst.edu
16University of Alabama (Manderson) Tuscaloosa, AL73Business105culverhouse.ua.edu/academics/online
17Johns Hopkins University (Whiting) Baltimore, MD71 67Engineering IT2,226 767ep.jhu.edu/programs-and-courses/program-pathways/online
18Northeastern University Boston, MA70Business199onlinebusiness.northeastern.edu
19Arizona State University (Fulton) Tempe, AZ70Engineering345asuengineeringonline.com
20New York University (Tandon) New York, NY70Engineering134engineering.nyu.edu/academics/online
21North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC70 64Engineering IT659 54engineeringonline.ncsu.edu
22University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE70Engineering46engineering.unl.edu/graduate-programs/master-engineering-management/
23Texas Tech University (Whitacre) Lubbock, TX69 60Engineering IT128 33aln.coe.ttu.edu/alnweb/
24University of Maryland (Clark) College Park, MD69Engineering427advancedengineering.umd.edu
25Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL67Business353business.fau.edu