Online Colleges in Utah

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As of 2014, 28% of Utah’s adult, working population held a bachelor’s degree, as reported by HigherEdUtah.org. The state’s primary higher education goal is, by 2020, to have 66% of its working age population, with an emphasis on 25-35 year olds, hold a postsecondary degree or credential. It will take considerable work to achieve such a goal, namely a steady, annual increase in the number of degrees awarded.

Due to their flexibility and affordability, fully online degrees are considered one of the best measure to achieve what the state has dubbed the “Big Goal.” In fact, researchers have praised the state’s proactive emphasis on distance learning. A number of Utah’s institutions have responded in kind, upping their online offerings with a mix of fully online programs and dozens of one-off online courses.

But before we dive into our list of the best online colleges in Utah for 2016, let’s start with the state of higher education and online education in particular in Utah today.