The U.S. News & World Report offers a yearly assessment of the best online colleges.

They ranked over 1,600 schools in 2020, including which online colleges are best for Bachelor’s, MBA’s and even the best schools for veterans.

Best Accredited Online Colleges

The Top 10 Online Schools For Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Ohio State University–Columbus
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University–Worldwide
  • University of Illinois–Chicago
  • University of Florida
  • Oregon State University
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Pennsylvania State University–World Campus
  • University of North Carolina–Wilmington

The tuition per credit for these schools ranges from $309 to $693 out of state.

The Top 14 Online MBA Schools

  • Indiana University–Bloomington (Kelley)
  • University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
  • University of Florida (Hough)
  • University of Southern California (Marshall)
  • Pennsylvania State University–World Campus
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Texas–Dallas
  • Villanova University
  • Arizona State University (Carey)
  • University of Arizona (Eller)
  • University of Maryland–College Park (Smith)
  • University of Washington (Foster)
  • University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium

The online schools are ranked based on a number of criteria. Their engagement with online instructors and classmates. The services and technologies they use to make online learning easier for distance learners. Faculty training and credentials. And also surveys from expert academic officials.

Can an online degree help in the workplace?

Yes! While it won’t guarantee you a job – no college degree can – studies show they lead to higher employment rates and pay.

As with traditional college, you want to make sure the online college you get a degree from is accredited. This means the institution has taken the necessary steps to make sure a group of experts has evaluated the school or college. These experts ensure the college meets standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Education.

The best accredited online colleges offers degrees that carry more weight than non-accredited schools. Accreditation also has other benefits. It opens up the possibility for financial aid. It also ensures you can “transfer” classes/courses you’ve already taken to another school or college.

Overall, online colleges offer amazing financial savings and life flexibility that make it a great path of any college student, young or old.