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.
|2||Upper Iowa University||60|
|3||Salem International University||48|
|4||Grand Canyon University||43|
|6||Nova Southeastern University||40|
|9||University of Phoenix||32|
|10||Liberty University Online||31|
|11||Colorado Technical University||30|
|12||Western International University||27|
|21||Jones International University||12|
|23||Western Governors University||9|
|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.