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Military Times Best: Colleges 2018

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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Editor's note: This chart is occasionally updated, as schools amend and correct the information provided.

2016 enrollment   Policy agreement   Full time (part time) retention rate Graduation rate (transfer rate)
Rank School Headquarters Type Overall Military Vet center Principles of Excellence 8 Keys DoD MOU GI Bill gap coverage Charged at or below TA cap Staff support Extracurriculars Accreditation Student-faculty ratio Money per student on instruction Overall Military Overall Military Default rate VA caution flag
1 University of Maryland University College Adelphi, Md. Public 87,041 [1] 42,807 [1] Center, Office, Virtual
Undergraduate [2] MSCHE [R] 22:1 $3,330 38% (27%) 62% (no data) 8% (22%) 55% 7%
2 Liberty University Lynchburg, Va. Private 102,045 [1] 21,576 [1] Center, Office, Virtual
 
Undergraduate SACS [R] 18:1 $2,431 75% (35%) 58% (34%) 47% (27%) 39% 10%
3 Central Texas College Killeen, Texas Public 33,094 [1] 21,934 [1] Center, Office, Virtual
All SACS [R] 16:1 $3,391 54% (33%) 57% (39%) 9% (8%) 13% 18%
4 Excelsior College Albany, N.Y. Private 32,207 15,925 Office, Virtual
Undergraduate MSCHE [R] 16:1 $928 no data no data (67%) no data 87% 5%
5 Regent University Virginia Beach, Va. Private 14,209 [1] 2,458 [1] Center, Office, Virtual
Undergraduate [2] SACS [R] 28:1 $7,385 80% (67%) 78% (37%) 49% 40% 5%
6 Park University Parkville, Mo. Private 11,227 6,453 Center, Office
Undergraduate HLC [R] 17:1 $4,255 59% (15%) 36% (no data) 43% 17% 10%
7 American Public University System Charles Town, W.Va. For-profit 91,146 [1] 66,655 [1] Center, Office, Virtual
All HLC [R] 20:1 $2,087 71% (57%) 86% (21%) 39% 39% no data
8 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, Fla. Private 14,654 5,134 Center, Office, Virtual
Undergraduate SACS [R] 15:1 $3,898 71% (no data) 52% (21%) 45% 43% 9%
9 Arizona State University at Skysong/Online Scottsdale, Ariz. Public 26,200 2,892 Center, Virtual
  HLC [R] 27:1 $9,926 71% (42%) 63% (39%) no data no data 7%
10 Penn State World Campus University Park, Pa. Public 13,086 2,423 Office, Virtual
  MSCHE [R] 16:1 $19,639 93% (85%) 69% (61%) 86% 50% 5%
11 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Daytona Beach, Fla. Private 23,650 [1] 17,677 [1] Center, Office
Undergraduate SACS [R] 14:1 $5,600 63% (43%) 64% (43%) 27% 19% no data
12 Bellevue University Bellevue, Neb. Private 7,505 1,782 Center, Office
  HLC [R] 31:1 $2,473 63% (36%) 61% (65%) 18% 54% 7%
13 Coastline Community College Fountain Valley, Calif. Public 14,747 2,617 Center, Office, Virtual
All WASC-ACCJC [R] 39:1 $2,782 46% (28%) no data 26% (12%) 13% 15%
14 Brandman University Irvine, Calif. Private 10,929 [1] 2,554 [1] Center, Office, Virtual
Undergraduate WASC [R] 16:1 $4,671 no data 79% (53%) no data 47% 6%
15 Columbia College of Missouri Columbia, Mo. Private 22,496 [1] 6,959 [1] Center, Office, Virtual
All HLC [R] 32:1 $4,501 49% (34%) 100% (63%) 46% no data no data
16 Grantham University Lenexa, Kan. For-profit 12,255 [1] 5,382 [1] Virtual
All DETC 18:1 $968 38% (36%) 31% (23%) 44% 27% 24%
17 Colorado Technical University Colorado Springs, Colo. For-profit 44,354 [1] 9,623 [1] Center, Virtual
  HLC [R] 21:1 $1,949 44% (30%) 70% (41%) 19% 37% 17%
Heightened Cash Monitoring (Administrative Capability)
18 Keiser University Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Private 16,579 3,300 [4] Center, Office
  SACS [R] 16:1 $6,508 81% (50%) 89% (no data) 64% 74% 10%
Heightened Cash Monitoring (Financial Responsibility)
19 Trident University International Cypress, Calif. For-profit 11,602 [1] 7,774 [1] Office, Virtual
Undergraduate WASC [R] 21:1 $2,238 15% (25%) 5% (48%) 39% 60% 3%
Heightened Cash Monitoring (Financial Responsibility)
20 American InterContinental University Schaumburg, Ill. For-profit 26,149 [1] 4,504 [1] Center
Undergraduate HLC [R] 29:1 $2,168 42% (30%) 61% (41%) 33% 53% 17%
Heightened Cash Monitoring (Administrative Capability) (Applies to multiple campuses)
    Footnotes
  • 1 - Based on 12-month unduplicated headcount for 2016-17 school 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 schools on our survey
  • 4 - Data from fall 2015
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