Best for Vets: Colleges 2017

Online & Nontraditional Schools

These are the top-finishing institutions that told us more than half of their students attend class online or in another setting different from the main or regional physical campus setting that is historically typical.

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2015 Enrollment
 
Policy Agreement
Post-9/11 GI Bill
 
Full-time (Part-time) Retention Rate
Graduation Rate (Transfer Rate)
 
Rank Institution Headquarters Type Overall Military Vet center Principles of Excellence 8 Keys DoD MOU Charged at or below limits Yellow Ribbon Charged at or below TA cap Staff support Extracurriculars Accreditation Student-faculty ratio Money per student on instruction Overall Military Overall Military Default rate
1 Upper Iowa University Fayette, Iowa Private 5,224 795
All HLC [R] 18:1 $3,549 67% (65%) 73% (56%) 38% (5%) 31% 11%
2 Central Texas College Killeen, Texas Public 37,151 1 22,954 1
All SACS [R] 18:1 $3,367 54% (20%) 58% (39%) 8% (9%) 13% 18%
3 Bellevue University Bellevue, Neb. Private 8,188 2,370
n/a HLC [R] 32:1 $2,197 48% (22%) 75% (38%) 29% (38%) 53% 6%
4 Liberty University Lynchburg, Va. Private 110,107 1 22,532 1
Undergraduate SACS [R] 18:1 $2,350 69% (29%) 66% (42%) 50% (20%) 37% 10%
5 Park University Parkville, Mo. Private 11,720 6,584
n/a Undergraduate HLC [R] 12:1 $3,975 75% (20%) 57% 42% 21% 9%
6 Grantham University Lenexa, Kan. For-profit 14,838 1 7,448 1
n/a All DETC 22:1 $990 27% (22%) 31% (23%) no data 25% 19%
7 University of Maryland University College Adelphi, Md. Public 85,127 1 42,178 1
Undergraduate 2 MSCHE [R] 22:1 $4,401 28% (21%) no data 8% (23%) no data 7%
8 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, Fla. Private 15,800 5,433
n/a Undergraduate SACS [R] 15:1 $3,668 68% 53% (20%) 45% (43%) 39% 7%
9 Penn State World Campus University Park, Pa. Public 12,064 2,220
n/a MSCHE [R] 17:1 $17,872 93% (79%) 62% (64%) 86% 47% 5%
10 Regent University Virginia Beach, Va. Private 7,468 1,279
Undergraduate 2 SACS [R] 32:1 $7,864 78% (27%) 73% (31%) 50% 39% 4%
11 American Public University System Charles Town, W.Va. For-profit 100,157 1 71,497 1
n/a HLC [R] 21:1 $2,170 76% (56%) 83% (22%) 46% 41% 20%
12 University of Maine at Augusta Augusta, Maine Public 4,683 316
n/a All NEASC [R] 17:1 $5,923 49% (43%) 65% (52%) 11% (18%) 27% 19%
13 Arizona State University at Skysong/Online Scottsdale, Ariz. Public 20,273 2,091
HLC [R] 27:1 $9,752 72% (42%) 68% (38%) no data no data 7%
14 Trident University International Cypress, Calif. For-profit 11,702 1 8,236 1
n/a Undergraduate WASC [R] 17:1 $1,832 25% (25%) 39% (35%) 46% 62% 5%
15 Excelsior College Albany, N.Y. Private 43,123 17,269
n/a Undergraduate MSCHE [R] 15:1 $813 no data no data no data 52% 4%
16 Coastline Community College Military Programs Fountain Valley, Calif. Public 15,948 2,883
n/a All WASC-ACCJC [R] 42:1 $3,077 56% (32%) no data 16% (21%) no data 16%
17 Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, N.C. Public 1,600 105
n/a All SACS [R] 14:1 $9,039 68% (100%) 95% (95%) 39% (17%) 95% 17%
18 Brandman University Irvine, Calif. Private 12,014 1 2,651 1
Undergraduate WASC [R] 15:1 $4,422 no data 74% (55%) no data 57% 4%
19 Columbia College of Missouri Columbia, Mo. Private 25,048 1 7,458 1
Undergraduate HLC [R] 34:1 $4,239 58% (33%) no data 38% no data no data
20 Eastern Oregon University La Grande, Ore. Public 3,488 157
n/a All 2 NCCU [R] 25:1 $7,027 58% (23%) 54% (55%) 34% (12%) 28% 9%
    Footnotes
  • 1 - Based on 12-month unduplicated headcount for 2015-16 academic year
  • 2 - Military students not charged above TA cap, but nonmilitary may be
  • 3 - Based on number of Defense Department and Veterans Affairs Department benefit users, as reported by the institutions on our survey
  • 4 - Based on 12-month unduplicated headcount for 2014-15 academic year
  • 5 - Data from fall 2014