When you make a big purchase, such as a new car, you have to do your research. You find lists of the best models from credible sources, compare prices, and consider all the standard details — the color, the gas mileage, the safety features — before making your decision so that you know you're getting the best fit for you. A brand with a good reputation doesn't hurt, either. When it comes to your education, it's the same thing. And that's where we come in.
At TheBestColleges.org , you can find information on hundreds of online programs. We only include schools that are recognized and reputable, so you know they're the best ones out there already. We also aim to bring you affordable options, so you know you're getting good quality for your money, but not spending a fortune in the process. And we rank schools based on all the standard details — including tuition, retention rate, and median starting salary for graduates — that go into picking a high-quality program.
Our rankings of schools cover a range of topics, from the best MBA programs to the most affordable online schools to, simply, the best overall . Not sure what path you want to take? You can even find career profiles of professions you can pursue with online degrees, such as carpentry or chiropractic .
Disclosure on School Partnerships: TheBestColleges.org partners with schools to help prospective students find programs that fit their professional goals and circumstances. When visitors make inquiries or successful school selections through our website, we may receive compensation. We label schools that we are financially partnered with clearly with identifying terms like "sponsored" or "featured."
Our school partners provide us with program-level information on particulars like credit requirements, financial aid availability, tuition, academic cycles and delivery format. These statements are not independently verified by our team, so we do not endorse or guarantee their accuracy. Editorial mentions of these schools within our rankings are completely independent of our partnerships. Details provided by schools themselves are not used to calculate any ranking on which they may appear and we receive no compensation for including them.
Note about our data: If tuition is listed, this data was gathered from each school’s website in 2014. These costs may have changed since then, so please contact the schools directly for the most up-to-date tuition information.
In addition, all of our school data -- including graduation rate and financial aid rate — was compiled using the most recent information from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System ( IPEDS ), a resource maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics. We update the information each year when new data is released.
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