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Explore the best accredited online colleges with our comprehensive ranking of online degree programs. Our unique methodology puts the greatest weight on factors that matter most to you, including academic quality, emphasis on online degrees, student aid offerings and overall cost. Start with the lists below to find find the best online degree programs for 2016.


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Approximately 95% of schools with a student population of 5,000 or more have online course offerings.


Over 25% of students at title IV institutions are taking distance courses. Nearly half of those 25% take all their courses online.


In 2013, distance enrollments grew by 7.2% at public four-year online colleges and 12.7% at four-year, private, not-for-profit online colleges.