Online College Rankings : Rankings by Years Accredited

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Accreditation is an important element of a college’s reputation–as it should be. Accreditation not only implies recognition and prestige, but more importantly it ensures that colleges’ courses and curriculum meet the highest academic standards. Accreditation is also a prerequisite to qualify for most federal funding financial aid programs. For our rankings, we only included online colleges accredited by an institutional accrediting agency that is recognized by the Office of Post-secondary Education, an agency under the authority of the US Department of Education.

For each college, we’ve looked at how long its maintained its accreditation status (“# Years”), since a longer period of accreditation equates to more name recognition and prestige, as well as continual academic competence.

*Ranked 2011

RankCollege# Years
1 Ashford University 61
2 Upper Iowa University 60
3 Salem International University 48
4 Grand Canyon University 43
5 Everest University 41
6 Nova Southeastern University 40
7 Post University 38
8 Bellevue University 34
9 University of Phoenix 32
10 Liberty University Online 31
11 Colorado Technical University 30
12 Western International University 27
13 Rasmussen College 26
14 South University 25
15 Westwood College 21
16 Walden University 21
17 Champlain College 20
18 Keiser University 19
19 Everglades University 17
20 Capella University 14
21 Jones International University 12
22 Kaplan University 12
23 Western Governors University 9
24 DeVry University 8
25 North Central University 8
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For more information regarding these rankings, we invite you to consult the in-depth documentation on our ranking methodology. Disclaimer: Many online colleges are not included in above rankings due to lack of publicly available data.