Best for Vets: Colleges 2016

Online & Nontraditional Schools

These schools told us more than half of their classes are online-only or that most of their students don't attend classes at a central campus or a few regional campuses.

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2014 Enrollment
 
Policy Agreement
Post-9/11 GI Bill
 
Retention Rate
Graduation Rate (Transfer Rate)
 
After 6 Years
Rank School Headquarters Type Total Military Veterans Office Principles of Excellence 8 Keys DoD MOU Charged At or Below Limits Yellow Ribbon Charged At or Below TA Cap Staff Support Academic Support Extracurriculars School Accreditation Student-Faculty Ratio Money Per Student on Instruction Course Completion Total Military Total Military Default Rate Employed Salary
1 ECPI University Virginia Beach, Va. For-profit 10,932 3,228
Undergrad. [1] ECPI University SACS [R] 21:1 $7,501 91% 56% 56% 40% 39% 10% 87% $33,400
2 Park University Parkville, Mo. Private 10,191 7,003
Undergrad. Park University HLC [R] 12:1 $3,658 no data 48% 38% 42% 32% 8% 88% $34,900
3 Central Texas College Killeen, Texas Public 39,259[3] 24,143[3]
All Central Texas College SACS [R] 18:1 $2,882 79% 37% 55% 8% (9%) 9% 20% 82% $33,100
4 University of Maryland University College Adelphi, Md. Public 82,820[3] 40,967[3]
Undergrad. [1] University of Maryland University College MSCHE [R] 22:1 $3,933 80% 25% no data 8% (23%) no data 8% 83% $42,200
5 Liberty University Lynchburg, Va. Private 111,482[3] 20,739[3]
All Liberty University SACS [R] 18:1 $2,167 84% 49% 59% 50% (20%) 51% 9% 87% $38,200
6 Bellevue University Bellevue, Neb. Private 8,493 2,466
n/a Bellevue University HLC [R] 32:1 $2,342 88% 35% 60% 29% (38%) 55% 5% 92% $33,800
7 Arizona State University at Skysong/Online Scottsdale, Ariz. Public 13,939 1,292
Arizona State University at Skysong/Online HLC [R] 27:1 $9,152 85% 57% 72% no data no data 7% no data $39,500
8 Penn State University Park, Pa. Public 10,643 1,799
n/a Penn State MSCHE [R] 12:1 $18,073 91% 52% 64% 25% 51% 6% 94% $39,000
9 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, N.H. Private 84,481[3] 9,486[3]
Undergrad. [1] Southern New Hampshire University NEASC [R] 28:1 $2,810 no data 58% 69% [4] 50% (36%) 51% 8% 92% $37,200
10 Regent University Virginia Beach, Va. Private 6,158 980
Undergrad. Regent University SACS [R] 32:1 $8,194 92% 53% 60% 50% 53% 5% 78% no data
11 University of Maine at Augusta Augusta, Maine Public 4,664 374
All University of Maine at Augusta NEASC [R] 17:1 $5,510 78% 46% 58% 11% (18%) 20% 19% 81% $26,700
12 Southwestern College Winfield, Kan. Private 1,627 581
Undergrad. [1] Southwestern College HLC [R] 8:1 $5,122 93% 66% no data 54% no data 5% 92% $31,300
13 Coastline Community College Fountain Valley, Calif. Public 16,200 3,318
n/a All Coastline Community College WASC-ACCJC [R] 42:1 $3,472 98% 44% 26% 16% (21%) no data 11% 68% $43,600
14 Columbia College Columbia, Mo. Private 27,572[3] 9,003[3]
Undergrad. [1] Columbia College HLC [R] 34:1 $3,836 88% 46% 50% 38% no data no data 87% $50,800
15 American Public University System Charles Town, W.Va. For-profit 109,218[3] 74,268[3]
n/a All [1] American Public University System HLC [R] 21:1 $2,074 96% 66% 86% 46% 17% 23% 88% $26,700
16 Ashford University San Diego For-profit 107,173[3] 27,438[3]
Undergrad. [1] Ashford University WASC [R] 14:1 $758 88% 42% 44% 18% 66% 15% 85% $27,700
17 Colorado Technical University Colorado Springs, Colo. For-profit 43,153[3] 10,212[3]
Colorado Technical University HLC [R] 14:1 $1,996 78% 36% no data 26% 32% 18% 81% $33,450
18 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Public 19,140[3] 1,550[3]
n/a Undergrad. SUNY Empire State College MSCHE [R] 15:1 $8,731 84% 55% 61% 19% (15%) 43% 7% 84% $43,800
19 Trident University International Cypress, Calif. For-profit 12,437[3] 9,232[3]
n/a Undergrad. Trident University International WASC [R] 17:1 $2,334 89% 25% 26% 46% 54% 3% no data $31,600
20 Northwood University Midland, Mich. Private 4,484[3] 374[3]
Undergrad. [1] Northwood University HLC [R] 16:1 $5,917 no data 54% no data 41% no data 9% 93% $41,900
21 Excelsior College Albany, N.Y. Private 38,825 15,524
n/a Undergrad. Excelsior College MSCHE [R] 15:1 $711 96% no data 59% no data 54% 5% 82% $44,800
22 Brandman University Irvine, Calif. Private 11,988[3] 2,651[3]
Undergrad. Brandman University WASC [R] 15:1 $4,392 90% no data 66% no data 44% 3% no data $36,200
23 Upper Iowa University Fayette, Iowa Private 5,859 849
Undergrad. [1] Upper Iowa University HLC [R] 18:1 $4,234 77% 66% no data 38% (5%) no data 8% 92% $45,100
24 Eastern Oregon University La Grande, Ore. Public 3,653 194
n/a All [1] Eastern Oregon University NCCU [R] 25:1 $6,622 93% 41% no data 34% (12%) no data 8% 88% $37,700
25 Davenport University Grand Rapids, Mich. Private 8,985 452
Undergrad. [1] Davenport University HLC [R] 14:1 $4,703 no data 53% 60% 40% no data 11% 83% $40,200
    Footnotes
  • 1 - Military students not charged above TA cap, but nonmilitary may be
  • 2 - Based on number of Defense Department and Veterans Affairs Department benefit users, as reported by the schools on our survey
  • 3 - Based on 12-month unduplicated headcount for 2014-15 school year
  • 4 - Data from 2013