Best Online Colleges

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As the price of college increases higher each year and the national economic climate remains foggy, more people than ever are reconsidering the value of a traditional four-year degree. The latest bit of evidence that proves students have other options when it comes to obtaining a four-year degree is a new report published by Degree Jungle titled “Best Online Colleges.”

This comprehensive report features the top 64 online schools in America for 2011. According to Degree Jungle, the top online schools were ranked by weighing the following metrics: average net price of attendance, acceptance rate, student-to-faculty ratios, percentage receiving grants or scholarship aid, percentage receiving federal student loans, retention rates, graduation rates, and cohort default rates. To be considered in the list, colleges needed to offer four-year programs with selection of bachelor degrees, offer online programs, be accredited and listed on the U.S. Department of Education College Navigator website.

With a perfect score of 100, the top spot on the list belongs to Everglades University, a four-year, private not-for-profit with multiple locations throughout the U.S. Abilene Christian University in Texas and Northeastern University in Boston both received the second place spot with a tie score of 96. Keiser University came in at number four while Crown College snagged fifth place.

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