Top 5 US Universities Offering Online Degree Programs
In data released by the Babson Survey Research Group, the number of U.S. students taking at least one distance education class rose by 3.7 percent from fall of 2012 to 2013.
Between 2012 and 2013, 421 institutions launched online programs for the first time, an increase of 23% to 2,250 institutions
Despite this statistic marking the slowest growth rate in the last a decade, online courses and degrees remained as a viable option for millions of students, according to 2015 survey released by Aslanian Market Research and the Learning House.
Entries below are determined by several factors which include student engagement to the programs, faculty credentials and their level of training, technology, peer reputation and as well as student services.
Top University Online Degree Programs
1. Penn State World Campus
Penn State World Campus, which was launched in 1998, is the online campus of the Pennsylvania State University. Penn State World Campus offers a wide list of programs, with around 120 online programs leading to undergraduate, graduate degree and certificate programs.
Penn State World Campus does boast offerings in various degrees in fields such as technology, engineering, education, healthcare, business, and more.
Penn State World Campus enrolls more than 10,000 students. Online students receive the same set of instruction from the same world-class faculty members as on-campus students.
Students have access to academic advisers, career services, online tutoring, and library services.
World Campus offers courses in an asynchronous format, in order for students to complete coursework on their schedule. Students must be able to complete readings, assignments, discussions, and exams with certain deadlines set.
Graduate of the Penn State World Campus earn the same degree as traditional on-campus Penn State students. Graduates can then join the school’s largest alumni network in the United States.
2. University of Florida Distance Learning
The University of Florida was established in 1853, and currently enrolls more than 49,900 students. This university offers a range of more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs combined.
As a member of the State University System of Florida, the university boasts 16 colleges with more than 150 centers and institutes for research. University of Florida is also a member of the Association of American Universities.
With a premium given to education of its students, the university offers a variety of online programs leading to bachelor, bachelor completion, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.
Among the undergraduate and graduates offered are environmental management in agriculture and natural resources, health education, biology, entomology, industrial and systems engineering, and Latin.
Students may also opt to continue up to doctoral degrees in education, audiology, philosophy, classical studies, nursing practice, and pharmacy.
Students are eligible for a variety of support services – online course management system, library resources, career services, and an online registration system.
Distance learning graduates can also join an alumni network spanning 300,000 members worldwide.
3. UMass Online
A public university system founded in 1863, University of Massachusetts enrolls about 71,000 students in its five campuses. The University of Massachusetts is composed of four universities, a satellite campus and a medical school.
UMass Online, the online consortium of the University of Massachusetts system, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees leading up to doctoral degrees.
UMass Online’s offerings include an associate’s degree in information technology and around 30 bachelor’s degree programs, as well as degree completion programs in fields such as nursing, applied psychology, criminal justice.
The university also offers around 40 master’s degree programs in gerontology, security studies, and vision studies, doctoral degree in nursing practice and certificate programs.
Students receive the same instruction from the same faculty, earn similar degrees, and may attend the same graduation rites as traditional students.
Students have access to a variety of services – library help, fellowship advising and academic counselling. UMass recently received an award in Excellence in Distance Teaching Education from the distinguished United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).
4. Boston University
Boston University, a private research, non-sectarian university which was established in 1839, enrolls 33,000 students across its 18 colleges and schools. Boston University belongs to the list of largest independent, non-profit universities in the United States.
This university also boasts more than 250,000 alumni worldwide.
The university opens its doors to students a variety of bachelor, master, doctoral, and professional degrees.
Boston University at the same time hosts online undergraduate courses, and online certificate programs, bachelor’s degree completion program, nine master’s degree programs in the fields of management, taxation law, and art education and doctoral programs in music education and occupational therapy.
Students at the Boston University just like in other universities offering online degree programs, also have access to services such as library resources, career services, and tutoring.
5. Northeastern University
Northeastern University is a private, non-profit research university which was established in 1898.
This university enrolls about 20,000 students in its nine colleges and schools, as well as its graduate campuses in North Carolina and Washington State.
Offering nearly 200 programs leading to a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, the university is a leader in cooperative education and other methods of experimental learning.
Northeastern University’s offerings include more than 60 online degree programs, which allow students to have the flexibility of obtaining their degrees based on their own schedules.
Its online offerings include a range topics for its certificate programs, 20 bachelor’s degrees in the fields of English, finance, and political science, with more than two dozen master’s degrees in taxation, respiratory care, leadership, and homeland security and lastly, doctoral degrees in education and transitional physical therapy.