List of Regionally Accredited Online College Profiles

These online college profiles can help you understand your options and choose a virtual program. All online colleges in this directory are regionally accredited, the most widely accepted form of accreditation in the United States.

Note: This site does not do paid college profiles. The online colleges in this section have been chosen by the site editor and reviewed impartially. Online college summaries are excerpted from full profiles by impartial reviewers. Click on any school's name for info about the college's programs, learning opportunities, and tuition charges.

American InterContinental University is a regionally accredited college system with six campuses, both in the United States and abroad. Its virtual division, AIU Online, offers accelerated associate, bachelor, and master degrees. More »

AT Still University of Health Sciences Online

AT Still University of Health Sciences has built its online program on the strength of practical healthcare disciplines for college graduates. Distance learning revolves around a quarter system, enabling attendees to earn a master's degree in 1.5 years (at the rate of two classes per quarter) in Still's Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Baker College Online

Baker College Online bills itself as a career-focused college. While the school's Blackboard system is online 24 hours a day for students to listen to lectures, discuss content, and complete assignments, the school sets regular deadlines for students to get the work done.

Bellevue University Online

Bellevue University Online offers liberal arts and vocation-focused programs year-round, with all-day online access. Students can take classes, discuss lessons and complete research, earning a degree at their leisure within a prescribed timeframe.

Benedictine University Online

Originally founded as Chicago's St. Procopius College in 1887, Benedictine is now an academically diverse university located in Lisle, Illinois. The online branch offers graduate degrees geared toward professionals who are serious about advancing their careers, so the admission standards and tuition are both fairly high.

Boston University Online

When studying at Boston University Online, students can complete the coursework at their own speed, as long as they meet deadlines designed to push them along at an acceptable pace. Dedicated students usually have enough time to take two courses per semester, one course after the other.

Bryant and Stratton College Online

Bryant & Stratton, a workplace-focused college, has distilled more than 150 years of teaching experience into its online program. Students use software called TopClass to navigate the 7.5-week classes, all conducted in a virtual classroom.

Champlain College Online

While Champlain College Online touts the flexibility it offers in its career-focused online education, the college says students should be willing to dedicate 13 to 14 hours per week to "attending" class and doing assignments. Distance-learning classes are spread over six sessions per year.

California University of Pennsylvania Global Online

California University of Pennsylvania, part of Pennsylvania's public higher-education system, launched its Global Online campus in 2004. The university offers a variety of online master's degrees and certifications as well as two undergraduate programs.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Online

Open only to college graduates, the The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Online offers both a broad curriculum for generalists and the opportunity to focus on a niche.

Capella University Online

More than 20,000 students in all 50 states and 56 other countries attended Capella University in 2007, making this for-profit company one of the largest online campuses.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the master's program in homeland security has become a cornerstone of Eastern Kentucky University's online curriculum. Overall, the distance education branch serves more than 10,000 students. More »

Everest University Online

Up to 80% of the online classes at Everest University focus on what students can apply in the professional world, making it a practical avenue for obtaining a degree at the associate, bachelor's or master's degree levels.

Cambridge College Online

Blended distance-learning supports Cambridge College's mission to reach out to working adults. The school offers some courses that are fully online and some that are conducted nearly half on the web. Most programs require in-person interaction.

Charter Oak State College is one of the “big three” non-traditional colleges offering flexible degree completion opportunities. Charter Oak allows students to earn personally-tailored degrees by transferring credits from regionally accredited schools, taking exams, proving life experience, and taking online courses. More »

Fielding Graduate University seeks to attract adults in mid-career for master's and doctorate programs in the schools of Psychology, Human and Organization Development, and Educational Leadership and Change. More »

Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences Online

Florida Hospital College is arming candidates in those growing ranks with an online bachelor's degree. The faith-based school -- the campus is at Florida Hospital of the Adventist Health System -- runs on the trimester system.

Franklin University Online

Franklin has a full catalog of undergraduate majors in practical disciplines such as business and computers, plus a master's business track. Classes are offered from 15 weeks in duration down to a speedy three weeks.
Colorado Technical University is a private, for-profit college opened in 1965 to offer career-oriented education. Students are encouraged to virtually attend live lectures that feature online student discussions, but class sessions may also be viewed later. More »

Gonzaga University Online

The ability to handle two three-credit courses per semester can enable Gonzaga University Online students to make steady progress toward a highly regarded master's degree. Gonzaga was recently ranked third among master's universities in the West by US News and World Report.
Graceland University developed its virtual global campus in 2005, and it's quickly becoming the school's most popular educational arm. Graceland focuses its online degrees on two service-oriented fields: nursing and teaching. More »

Herzing College Online

Herzing College Online has made a deep commitment to distance learning with nearly two-dozen undergraduate degrees and a select choice of master's degrees in business administration.

A two-year school that focuses on providing job skills and laying the foundation for a bachelor's degree, Iowa Central allows students to complete an associate degree online. The school also has a few correspondence courses, done through the U.S. mail. More »

DeVry University Online

A private, for-profit college, DeVry University boasts nearly 22,000 full-time and 26,000 part-time students at 23 brick-and-mortar campuses and online. The curriculum focuses on practical applications, and courses are taught primarily by professionals rather than professors.

Drexel Online University

Drexel Online is a subsidiary of Drexel University, a reputable brick-and-mortar college in Pennsylvania. Its virtual programs are aimed primarily at working professionals.

Keiser University eCampus

Keiser University's eCampus caters to students hoping to quickly parlay their degrees into better positions in the workforce. Nearly two-dozen associate and bachelor's options, plus three graduate degrees, are available online. They're aimed at fields that are often in high demand such as computers, business and health care.


eCornell, a subsidiary of Cornell University, is an online professional development program that offers courses in a variety of business fields, including management, human resources, finance and hospitality.

Fort Hays State University Virtual College is part of a public state university system. While this means the schedules and programs are more traditional, it also means the tuition is lower than that of many of its competitors. More »
The George Washington University online distance-learning program is a relatively small part of this 25,000-student traditional, not-for-profit university. The online program's emphasis is on its wide variety of graduate and certificate health science programs, including a healthcare MBA. More »

Marist College Online

Marist College focuses its online programs on master's degrees and degree-completion for undergraduates. The school's eCourses are open to qualified students around the world.

Kaplan University Online

Professionals who still work in the field teach Kaplan University's courses. In addition to student discussions and online quizzes, courses include Web field trips in which students research topics online.

National American University

National American University's broad curriculum and inclusive entrance standards provide a welcoming platform for most students. Attendees must finish the work within the eight- and 11-week courses, but there's plenty of wiggle room in that time frame.

A small liberal arts institution with a flexible admissions policy, New England College has incorporated distance learning into the majority of its programs. Its exclusively online format is aimed largely at graduate students who tend to be working professionals. More »

Norwich University Online

Norwich University's online graduate studies focus on peer interaction at a brisk pace. A basic load for students to take is one six-credit seminar every 11 weeks, putting them on pace to complete their master's in 18 to 24 months. The school touts the learn-on-your-own-time flexibility of its graduate programs, a departure from Norwich's more regimented undergraduate military bent.

Rasmussen College Online

With a full menu of associate degrees plus select options for a bachelor's degrees, Rasmussen College Online has positioned itself as a viable step into higher education. The college devises the curriculum to suit the working world, assuring the career-minded that their academic pursuits will have professional relevance.

Saint Leo University Center for Online Learning

Many of Saint Leo's associate, bachelor's and master's studies are primarily aimed at building professional competence. The online branch now boasts more than 5,000 graduates from programs in business, law enforcement and technology.

National University is a private, non-profit university system offering dozens of online programs in addition to its brick-and-mortar courses held on California campuses. Programs at National University are designed for adult learners with five or more years of work experience. More »

Tiffin University Online

Tiffin University welcomes scholars, students who have yet to prove themselves, and established adults alike. Its schools of arts and sciences, business, and criminal justice and social sciences generate degree opportunities for distance learners at the associate and master's levels.

Tulane University Online

A master's certificate in business program highlights Tulane University's distance-learning options. Students receive streaming-video lectures from the same faculty that teaches at Tulane's A.B. Freeman School of Business, ranked among the top 50 business schools annually by U.S. News and World Report.

University of Cincinnati Online

The University of Cincinnati devised its menu of distance-learning options primarily from health care, education and criminal justice. In keeping with its distance-learning roots, begun in 1984, Cincinnati continues to offer fire science programs as well.

Northcentral University is a regionally accredited for-profit online college with headquarters in Arizona. They are known for flexibility in admissions requirements (not asking for standardized test scores) and teaching schedules (no set class times or residencies). More »

The New School is an innovative brick-and-mortar college with a focus on creativity and social justice. Students at their New York City campus choose from fields like fashion and design with a strong liberal arts focus.

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Villanova University Online

Villanova reaches out to working professionals with online certificates. The university stakes its reputation—a No. 1 ranking by U.S. News and World Report in the north region—on its professional education certificate program.

Winston-Salem State University often blends distance learning with other modes of course delivery. However, transfers from within the state of North Carolina can finish a multipurpose bachelor's degree completely online. Online master's degrees are available in health care -- some with clinical obligations. More »

Online Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University is a respected brick-and-mortar California college offering accredited online masters’ degrees, certificates, and bachelor completion programs. Degrees can be earned online or though online / in-class blended learning.

Strayer University

Strayer University is a network of campuses and online programs designed for adult learners with full time jobs. Strayer University actively works with students to apply transfer credits from other colleges, exams, professional certifications, portfolio learning, and the military.

TESC is known as one of the “big three” colleges that make it convenient for students to transfer previously earned credits, receive credit via testing, and earn credit for life experience. Classes are offered online and through independent study. More »

University of Massachusetts Online

The University of Massachusetts Online offers virtual degree programs from respected and established traditional colleges. Students can enroll in online classes from University of Massachusetts campuses such as Dartmouth, Amherst, Boston, Lowell, and Worcester.

Online graduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute work in the same semester rhythm as their on-campus counterparts -- but study to their own beat. Worcester Polytechnic considers its distance education another conduit to deliver the same rigorous course content. The school's Advanced Distance Learning Network programs revolve around business, technology, engineering and fire safety. More »

Western Governors University

Western Governors University is a non-profit virtual college founded by the governors of 19 western states. Unlike most colleges, Western Governors University has no required courses – instead, students prove their understanding through writing assignments and exams.

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