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.
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Ashford University is an Iowa college offering online associates, bachelors and masters programs in an accelerated format. Ashford students take only one course at a time, and each course lasts between five and six weeks.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 & 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.
Registered nurses can augment their credentials at Chamberlain College of Nursing Online within a year by earning a BSN online in just three semesters.
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.