Top Online Colleges

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

  1. Nova Southeastern University
  2. Regent University
  3. Champlain College
  4. Upper Iowa University
  5. LeTourneau University
  6. Liberty University
  7. Grand Canyon University
  8. Dickinson State University
  9. Salem International University
  10. Keiser University

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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

These schools provide financial aid to all students:
Everglades University
Fisher College
Keiser University
Salem International University

Hardest Online College to get into

ITT Technical Institute - Acceptance rate 35.30%

Easiest Online Colleges to get into

These colleges have a 100% acceptance rate:
American InterContinental University
Everest University
Kaplan University
Keiser University
Strayer University

Online College with the Highest Graduation Rate

Champlain College - 84.00%

Online College with the Highest Retention Rate

These colleges have 100% retention:
Florida National College
National University

Online Colleges with the Lowest Student/Faculty Ratio

Granite State College (10 to 1)
Regent University (10 to 1)
Western International University (10 to 1)

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