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Our 2016 IT rankings showcase the colleges offering the best online undergraduate IT programs this year. We based our calculations on the quantifiable factors that we believe contribute to the ideal online learning experience: program cost; student-to-faculty ratio; and institutional financial aid, acceptance, retention, graduation, default, and default rate. Learn more

Top Online IT Colleges


Lewis University


About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management is an accelerated, online program that is offered through the College of Business and designed for the working adult seeking career advancement. The program focuses on IT leadership essentials, and students:

  • Learn to analyze, design, and administer information systems
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Gain experience in web-based and object-oriented information technologies
  • Develop and manage projects through the Systems Development Life Cycle
  • Produce an online portfolio.

Students are prepared for rigorous industry certifications such as the CompTia Security+, CompTia Clout+, CISA, ITIL Expert Certification, and PMP Certification.

Prospective students must be able to transfer at least 30 credit hours from another accredited institution. They may also earn credits for previous work or military experiences. To graduate, students must complete a total of 128 semester credit hours, including 55 credits in major courses. Classes in this program are taught in eight-week sessions, and they can be applied towards a fast track Master in Information Security (MSIS) or MBA.

The Online Experience

Online students have the same access to faculty and customizable curriculum as on-campus students and can pursue their degrees without disrupting current work schedules. Students have 24/7 access to the Cloud Lab resource that enables them to complete hands-on assignments online. The primary online platform is Blackboard, which allows students to view assignments, interact with classmates and professors, view lectures asynchronously, and submit homework. All online students are assigned a personal Student Services Coordinator who will work with them for the duration of their academic program.

$595 per credit hour online
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446-2200
(815) 838-0500
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DePaul University


About the Program

DePaul’s B.S. in Information Technology is an online degree completion program designed for transfer students; it is offered through the College of Computing and Digital Media. Students must have at least 45 quarter- or 30 semester-hours of transferable coursework, a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and be in good standing with their previous schools.

Students who transferred more than the minimum requirement of credits for admission are able to complete the IT degree within three years. Some of the general education courses may not be available online. Talking to an advisor from the Academic Success Center will help students determine what core classes they need and what study plan they should follow. Major courses are taken online; they include:

  • Introductory Computing for the Web
  • Applied Networks and Security
  • Web Development
  • Community-Based Technology Projects
  • Capstone

The Online Experience

The online degree program is identical to the traditional on-campus program. Importantly, online classes are not self-paced and require the student to complete the same weekly assignments and projects as on-campus students. Class materials are accessed through the Desire2Learn (D2L) course management system. After logging in, students can find links to lectures, assignments, and readings. Lecture recordings are available through the Course OnLine (COL) system. Lectures are available until one week after students take their final exams. Online students may schedule virtual tutoring sessions with the CDM Tutoring Center.

$585 per credit hour online
1 E Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-8000
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Loyola University Chicago


About the Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology at Loyola University in Chicago is offered completely online; students also have the option of making this a hybrid program and taking classes online and in person. The skills they develop in classes that teach them Java programming, database management, and software development, among others, prepare students for success in the rapidly developing computer technologies field. Courses are taught by faculty of the Department of Computer Science and take place in an accelerated eight-week format.

Distance students in Alabama and Alaska are not eligible to apply to an online program at LUC due to state authorization restrictions. They are welcome, however, to apply for an on-campus degree.

The Online Experience

Loyola uses the Sakai Collaborative Learning Environment to provide access to online classes and virtual course materials. This platform supports learning and teaching activities school-wide and provides students and instructors with the tools they need to effectively communicate with each other, discuss theories that arise in lessons, and complete and submit assignments. There are a number of tutorials available for users to familiarize themselves with this platform’s interface. Online students have access to resources to help them succeed in their academic program, including:

  • ITS Help Desk
  • Center for Tutoring and Academic Excellence
  • Student Advising
  • Career Development Center
  • The Wellness Center
$630 per credit hour online
1032 W. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 274-3000
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Pennsylvania State University


About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology is offered online through Penn State’s World Campus and is accessible to any student worldwide. Students with some experience working in an IT field will find that this program will help them increase their knowledge and advance their careers, while those new to information technology are able to learn the basics of the field before diving into more advanced subjects.

Students must complete at least 125 credits of coursework to graduate, including 33 credits in major courses. They have the option of adding an Integration and Application focus to their degrees. This concentration gives students a deeper understanding of IT-related support and management. Required classes for the major include:

  • Language, Logic, and Discrete Mathematics
  • Organization and Design of Information Systems: User and System Principles
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Information Sciences and Technology Integration and Problem Solving
  • Internship

The Online Experience

Penn State uses the ANGEL learning management system to host and provide access to online classes and digital materials. Upon login, students are able to view and submit assignments, complete readings, participate in class discussions, and communicate with their professors. The school uses Blackboard Collaborate, Skype, and other communication tools to make group work possible. Online students receive the same support as their on-campus peers, including:

  • Academic advising
  • Career services
  • Online tutoring
  • Access to the library’s digital materials
  • Disability accommodations
$535 per credit hour online
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-4700
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Monroe College


About the Program

The online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at Monroe College prepares students for work in the growing IT industry by instilling them with the technical and business skills and industry experience they need to new technologies. Students complete this degree within four years and are in a good position to pursue IT certification.

Students interested in applying to the online programs at Munroe must be 21 by the time they enroll in classes. They are also required to schedule an interview with an admissions counselor before applying to discuss educational and career goals. Students complete 123 credit hours for graduation: 63 hours of general education and 60 hours of major courses. Topics studied include:

  • Web Design Technology
  • Wireless Technology
  • Computer Hardware
  • Visual Basic
  • Internship Seminar

The Online Experience

The online programs offered at Monroe are designed to provide students with the same high-quality and support their on-campus peers receive. It is typical for online students to visit campus for an orientation before they begin their studies. The school uses Blackboard to provide access to discussion boards, assignments, readings, lectures, and exams. Some courses require students to schedule a proctor at a library or school near them. Distance learners have access to:

  • Online tutoring
  • The writing lab
  • Academic, personal, and professional counseling
  • Online library materials and databases
$2,400 per semester online
2501 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 933-6700
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University of Massachusetts - Lowell


About the Program

The online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology was designed for the working professional or adult learner who needs flexibility and convenience to fit their education into a busy schedule. Applicants who have already taken college courses at other schools may be able to transfer some of their credits to UMass-Lowell.

Students complete a minimum of 120 credits for graduation, including IT core classes in:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Introduction to Programming with C-Part I
  • Project-Based Information Systems

Numerous concentrations are available as well. For instance, by selecting six courses in the same field, IT students can focus their undergraduate degrees on graphic design or psychology.

The Online Experience

Students use the Blackboard learning management system to access all coursework and materials. Prospective students can “test drive” an online course before enrolling to familiarize themselves with the user interface. Distance students have access to academic and career advisors, tutoring services, and UMass-Lowell’s library online; they may order the textbooks for their classes through the school’s bookstore.

$370 per credit hour online
1 University Ave
Lowell, MA 01854-5104
(978) 934-4000
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Point Park University


About the Program

Point Park’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is an online program that prepares students for an entry-level career in information technology field. This program offers a flexible and convenient learning environment that allows students to fit their studies into their busy schedules.

To qualify for graduation, students must complete 123 credit hours, including 30 credits of IT core courses. Courses are self-paced, allowing students to take them when they can. Classes in the IT core include:

  • Databases
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Data Structures
  • Server Management
  • Senior Project

Students with previous college experience may be eligible to transfer their credits to Point Park. To use transcripts from a postsecondary school, applicants must have earned at least 12 credits from the college or university with at least a 2.0 GPA.

The Online Experience

Point Park uses the Blackboard learning management system to provide access to all relevant class data, lectures, and assignments. The platform’s interface shows users class and school announcements, allows students to interact with their classmates and instructors, and give access to the library’s catalog and materials.

$400 per credit hour online
201 Wood St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1984
(412) 391-4100
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University of Nebraska at Omaha


About the Program

The Information Technology Concentration of the Bachelor of General Studies, offered completely online, teaches students the skills they need to fill a variety of roles in the IT industry. Graduates of this program go on to work in systems development, web design, network management, information centers, and more.

Students must maintain at least a C- average as they complete the 120 hours of degree course requirements. The IT concentration consists of 30 hours in courses such as:

  • Programming on the Internet
  • Data Structures
  • Communications Networks
  • Organizations, Applications and Technology
  • Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science

The online bachelor’s degree is designed for the adult learner and offered through the Division of Continuing Studies. Applicants with previously-earned college credits, military experience, or who have taken the CLEP and DSST examinations may apply these credits towards their degree from UNO.

The Online Experience

Students at UNO use Blackboard to access online course materials, communicate with their classes through listservs and discussion boards, and review and submit assignments. With one login, students can schedule appointments with their academic advisors using MavTRACK; access Google’s educational apps and a school Gmail account; and use cloud storage, the UNOConnect collaboration tool, and the MAVLink student portal.

$257 per credit hour online
6001 Dodge St
Omaha, NE 68182-0225
(402) 554-2800
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Georgia Southern University


About the Program

The Bachelor of Science of Information Technology, WebBSIT program at GSU is available completely online. The program was designed for those who want to earn an IT degree but who do not have the time to visit traditional classrooms to do so. Space in the WebBSIT classes is limited, so students should send reach out to GSU before applying; an admissions advisor will help applicants determine the best path to take.

Students complete 120 hours of coursework for graduation. The WebBSIT program allows students to transfer up to 90 hours of previous class credit; this leaves 30 hours of major coursework, including:

  • Discrete Mathematics for IT
  • Technical Communication
  • Database Design, Development and Deployment
  • Introduction to Multimedia
  • IT Research Seminar

The Online Experience

GSU uses the Folio e-learning system, powered by Desire2Learn (D2L) to allow students to access course materials, participate in class discussions, and complete assignments. Online students have access to career services, tutoring, and an assessment that helps prospective students determine if they are ready for online study.

$350 per credit hour online
Brannen Hall, Room 2015, 2670 Southern Drive
Statesboro, GA 30460-8126
(912) 478-5391
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Central Washington University


About the Program

Central Washington University offers a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Administrative Management (BS-ITAM) program online. The degree allows students to specialize in cybersecurity, retail management and technology, or administrative management, and students are prepared for leadership roles at security firms or as facilities or retail managers.

The ITAM core courses total 75 to 78 credits of coursework, and students complete between 95 and 101 program credits to graduate. Core requirements include classes in:

  • Leadership and Supervision
  • Project Management
  • IT Security, Privacy and Ethics
  • Computer Networks
  • Customer Relationship Management

Applicants with an applied associate or technical degree may transfer those credits into the BS-ITAM program.

The Online Experience

CWU uses the Canvas online platform for coursework. Students may not have specific “in class” times, but they should check in to classes frequently to receive updates. Active participation is required online via discussion boards, and students must participate in live conferencing chats. The department is very strict on timeliness, and students should be sure they do not procrastinate, as late assignments will affect their grades. This is a very self-motivated program, and students should ask questions as soon as they arise. An online resource center and student help center are available.

$265 per credit hour online
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501
(509) 963-1111
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