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Our 2015 education rankings showcase the colleges offering the best online undergraduate education programs this year. We based our calculations on the quantifiable factors that we believe contribute to the ideal learning experience at the best online colleges: program cost; full-time to part-time faculty ratio; institutional financial aid, acceptance, retention, graduation, default, and job placement rate; and history of accreditation. Learn more

Top Online Education Colleges

Rank School FT to PT
Faculty Ratio
Fin. Aid Rate
Acceptance Rate Retention Rate Graduation Rate Accred.
Job Place. Rate  

1 St Mary of Woods Coll
Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana 47876-1099
(812) 535-5151

63.00 to 1 100% 64% 74% 62% 95 0% N/A  
  With several options from which to choose, those seeking an online bachelor's in education degree won't fail to find something to their liking at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. The college's NCATE-accredited baccalaureate programs prepare candidates to obtain an Indiana initial teaching license.

601 South College Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5963
(910) 962-3000

1.65 to 1 44% 53% 86% 69% 62 0% 59%  
  University of North Carolina-Wilmington offers several programs of study online, providing the same high-quality education that students receive on campus to those seeking a degree in a non-traditional format. UNC's online education program is set up to fit busy personal and professional schedules.

Administration Building
Athens, Georgia 30602
(706) 542-3000

5.06 to 1 21% 63% 94% 83% 105 2% 59%  
  Students of the University of Georgia's online Bachelor of Science in Special Education program have the opportunity to earn a degree from an accredited university and to become certified in special education general curriculum. The program is designed to meet the needs of students who cannot take classes in the traditional university setting.

105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211
(573) 882-2121

11.41 to 1 67% 81% 84% 71% 101 2% 72%  
  Designed for working professionals, those who wish to complete their baccalaureate degree, and those with previous work experience, the University of Missouri's Bachelor of Educational Studies degree program is delivered completely online. Students may earn a degree from an accredited and nationally respected university via a flexible platform.

Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762
(662) 325-2323

7.17 to 1 66% 62% 81% 58% 88 4% 74%  
  With the choice of beginning during the fall or spring semesters, Mississippi State University's online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education makes it possible for students to take classes while continuing to work. It allows students the freedom to complete field experience and student teaching at a school near them, and many of the courses are taught by the same full-time MSU faculty who teach in the classroom.

1227 W 27th St
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0005
(319) 273-2311

3.24 to 1 56% 78% 81% 66% 96 2% 76%  
  Courses from the University of Northern Iowa's online Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education program are primarily via distance education, though there will be some face-to-face requirements. This guarantees that students receive the same, personalized education as those in the more traditional classroom setting.

278 Whites Bridge Rd
Standish, Maine 04084-5236
(207) 892-6766

1.17 to 1 100% 80% 76% 51% 53 0% 89%  
  With the choice to begin the education program at any time, and with the guidance of a personal academic advisor, Saint Joseph's College of Maine's Bachelor of Science in General Studies, Adult Education & Training specialty helps develop the skills necessary for a career in the broad field of adult education. Courses focus on training fundamentals, adult learning behavior and educational psychology.

One University Boulevard
Saint Louis, Missouri 63121-4400
(314) 516-5000

0.93 to 1 79% 69% 78% 47% 46 0% 79%  
  Students attending University of Missouri-St. Louis' online education program can choose from four bachelor programs: Bachelor of Education Studies (BES), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music Education (BME), and Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) — all of which offer various concentrations within the education field. Post-graduate licensure in areas including art education, early childhood education, secondary education and special education are offered by the College of Education.

601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27110-0001
(336) 750-2000

167.00 to 1 41% 56% 78% 40% 67 0% N/A  
  Winston-Salem State University's Birth to Kindergarten Education (BKE) degree is available to students interested in pursuing early childhood education, social work or child and family studies. The BKE program is an initial teacher licensure program that offers the Early Intervention and Preschool concentration online.

2500 Campus Road, Hawaii Hall
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822-2301
(808) 956-8975

18.77 to 1 59% 78% 79% 56% 59 2% N/A  
  University of Hawaii at Manao's online Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) program prepares students for initial teacher licensure to the Hawaii Teachers Standards Board (HTSB), allowing them to teach kindergarten through sixth grade (K-6) in a general education classroom. Students attending this two-year cohorted program will gain experience in the field with a mentor teacher and take classes that are closely related to the field experience and student teaching.

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