The OEDb has released their annual rankings of online colleges for 2009. In their findings, they have ranked the top 44 online colleges. The methodology of the rankings are based upon eight criteria: acceptance rate, financial aid, graduation rate, peer Web citations, retention rate, scholarly citations, student-faculty ratio, and years accredited.
While rankings alone should not be the sole criteria for attending a college, rankings in general can be used as a guide to see the strengths and weaknesses of a college you are considering.
Top 10 Online Schools
- Nova Southeastern University
- Regent University
- Champlain College
- Upper Iowa University
- LeTourneau University
- Liberty University
- Grand Canyon University
- Dickinson State University
- Salem International University
- Keiser University
More: See the full rankings at http://oedb.org/rankings
Online College Rankings
After analyzing the data for each metric in the rankings, here is what can be summarized among the Top Online Colleges.
Best Online Colleges for Financial Aid
Hardest Online College to get into
ITT Technical Institute - Acceptance rate 35.30%
Easiest Online Colleges to get into
Online College with the Highest Graduation Rate
Champlain College - 84.00%
Online College with the Highest Retention Rate
Online Colleges with the Lowest Student/Faculty Ratio