Our 50 Best Colleges for Online Associate’s Degrees 2018 ranking highlights the best colleges and universities at which to pursue an online education leading to an Associate’s Degree. While our Students Before Profits Awards rank online programs in a variety of disciplines according to affordability, this ranking utilizes a variety of publicly available data including: tuition rates, U.S. News scores, percentage of full-time students receiving scholarship or grant aid from the college, number of associate’s degree programs offered, and student to teacher ratios. This data was put through a carefully weighted formula that assigns each school under evaluation a score of 1 to 100. The top 50 scoring schools are featured in this ranking. As always, only regionally accredited nonprofit or public schools were eligible for this ranking.
Benefits of an Online Associate’s Degree Program
In today’s shifting economy, furthering your education is more important than ever, especially as educational attainment remains strongly correlated with unemployment rates and salary earnings. An associate’s degree is an excellent way to work towards achieving the benefits that come with higher levels of education. In fact, while many prospective students may believe that a bachelor’s degree will provide greater job opportunities and better salary and thus jump immediately into bachelor degree programs, in some cases, an associate’s degree can provide equal benefits to four-year degrees. Depending on career choice, an associate degree will provide adequate preparation to compete in the job market with four year degree holders.
In pursuit of your associate degree, we at Nonprofit Colleges Online believe that online programs of study are among your best options. Many pursuing an associate degree work full-time to put themselves through school and this often restricts the capacity to attend regular classes on campus. Online degree programs at the associate level typically utilize asynchronous coursework that allows students to login, complete coursework, watch prerecorded lectures, and participate in discussion forums as able. The flexibility of remote study also allows students to select the degree program that is right for them regardless of their proximity to the school because most online associate degree programs do not require on-campus visits. Furthermore, as tuition rates continue to skyrocket, online programs frequently offer lower tuition rates than their on-campus counter parts. This means that students typically receive a greater return on their investment in their education by completing online programs of study versus traditional programs.
While we stand by our claim that online study is an excellent option for furthering your education it is also important that prospective students understand that online coursework is different from taking a face-to-face course. While students do not need to physically attend classes regularly throughout their week, online courses require students to regularly login to the online course system to complete assignments, dialogue with classmates, and stay abreast of course materials. This requires students to be self-guided and disciplined. Students must also be competent readers and writers as class “attendance” typically consists of engaging in written conversation with peers through an online discussion forum.
#1. East Mississippi Community College
The main campus located in Scooba, Mississippi, East Mississippi Community College is a community college system serving six counties in East Central Mississippi. Offering university-parallel programs, career-technical programs, and workforce programs, EMCC is dedicated to improving the quality of life for its students, communities, and personnel through instructional opportunities, with specific focus on a healthy mind, body and spirit.
EMCC provides online learning opportunities for individuals who are unable, for a variety of reasons to attend classes on one of the college’s campuses. To ensure all students are receiving an excellent education, the online classes meet all the quality standards proposed for the college’s traditional, on-campus programs. Students at EMCC can complete virtually any associate’s degree program available through online e-learning format.
Accreditation: East Mississippi Community College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#2. Allen Community College
Allen Community College, previously called “Allen County Community College”, is a two-year junior college. It was founded as Iola Junior College in 1923. Allen’s mission is to provide quality educational and support services in an atmosphere that is caring, safe, and conducive to learning. It has two campuses, the main one located in Iola, Kansas, and another located in Burlingame, Kansas. It also offers online courses.
Allen’s Online Learning offers a broad range of courses to help students complete the degree or certificate program of their choice completely online. Students will share the same great resources with other Allen students—both the Library and Writing Center are available online or via email.
Accreditation: Allen Community College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#3. St. Phillip’s College
St. Philip’s College is a public community college located in San Antonio, Texas, United States. St. Philip’s College, a part of the Alamo Community College District, currently serves more than 11,000 students in over 70 different academic and technical disciplines. It is the only college to be federally designated as both a historically black college and a Hispanic-serving institution.
The Center for Distance Learning provides support services for students and faculty engaged in a variety of distance learning formats to ensure opportunities for student success. St. Phillip’s College offers a variety of online degrees in areas including Business, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood and Family Studies, Health Information Technology, and more. St. Phillips offers a variety of resources to assist online students including 24/7 online tutoring.
Accreditation: St. Phillip’s College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
*Students residing In-District pay just $86/credit tuition.
#4. Goodwin College
Goodwin College is a private, nonprofit, four-year institution located in East Hartford, Connecticut. The college offers a variety of certificate and associate degree programs along with bachelor’s degree programs in child study, health science, organizational studies, RN-BSN, and the newest, public safety. The mission of Goodwin College is to educate a diverse student population in a dynamic environment that aligns education, commerce and community.
Online Studies courses brings Goodwin’s tradition of commitment to student success to the world of online education, making it possible for students everywhere to earn college credits while balancing work, family, and other responsibilities. The school’s online dedicated faculty strives to create an engaging student centered learning environment to provide excellence in online learning.
Accreditation: Goodwin College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
#5. Holmes Community College
Holmes Community College is a comprehensive public institution located in Central Mississippi, headquartered in the town of Goodman. The college provides innovative educational and cultural opportunities to its constituents through campus-based and distance education programs. The college seeks to prepare its students for university transfer, productive employment and lifelong learning. The system has three campuses in the cities of Grenada, Ridgeland, and Goodman, as well as satellite campuses in Kosciusko and Webster County. Holmes Community College traces its origin to 1911 when plans were made to establish Holmes County Agricultural High School in Goodman, Mississippi.
Holmes Community College is part of the Mississippi Virtual Community College and offers classes via the Canvas internet platform. This network of online learning allows students admitted to Holmes to take online courses from any member of the MSVCC. Online students are required to take at least two proctored exams at designated testing centers.
Accreditation: Holmes Community College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
#6. Presentation College
Founded in 1951 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Presentation College has a professions focus in the undergraduate programs, including arts & sciences, nursing, business, social & behavioral sciences, and allied health. The college aims to challenge learners toward academic excellence and, in the Catholic tradition, the development of the whole person.
PC Virtual offers specific online programs and is committed to assisting distance learners in accomplishing their academic and professional goals. The fully online Associate of Science in Medial Office Administration is currently the only associate’s degree offered online at Presentation. The program features personalized attention from faculty, and a well-rounded curriculum designed to prepare the graduate to with essential critical thinking and communication skills to be a successful member of any health care team.
Accreditation: Presentation College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#7. Keiser University
Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida offering career- focused undergraduate and graduate degrees on campus and online. Keiser’s mission to provide the professional and academic foundation for students to meet their educational goals and objectives. Keiser University continues to be a valuable partner to employers, the community, and, above all, a valued choice for students serious about their education and career.
Keiser’s online division offers online degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Online associate degrees available include subjects such as: Accounting, Criminal Justice, Health Services, Homeland Security, Information Technology, Medical Assisting Science, and more.
Accreditation: Keiser University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#8. SUNY Empire State College
One of 13 arts and science colleges in the State University of New York System, Empire State College is a multi-site institution headquartered in Saratoga Springs, New York. The College offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree on-campus and through distance learning and has been a leader in non-traditional education for working adults for over 40 years.
SUNY Empire State College’s dedicated faculty and staff use innovative, alternative and flexible approaches to higher education that transform people and their communities. Rigorous programs connect students’ unique and diverse interests to personal learning goals. The Center for Distance Learning at SUNY Empire State College provides busy adults an opportunity to pursue their academic goals in a flexible and challenging environment. Within 12 areas of study, students can take a single course, or earn their entire associate degree online.
Accreditation: Empire state College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
#9. San Antonio College
San Antonio College is a community college that is a part of the Alamo Community College District located just north of Downtown San Antonio. SAC is the oldest public two-year college in Texas. The college has an average semester enrollment of 22,028 credit students and an average annual enrollment of 16,000 other-than-credit students. San Antonio College is the largest single-campus community college in Texas and one of the largest in the United States.
Our mission is to provide San Antonio College students with quality instruction and student support services to help them reach their academic competencies, critical thinking skills, communication proficiency and education/career goals. San Antonio College offers 200+ college credit online courses that meet the core curriculum requirements for an online Associate of Arts Degree and an online Associate of Applied Science Degree in subjects including Communications, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Literature, Criminal Justice, and more.
Accreditation: San Antonio College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#10. Pierce College
Pierce College is a flourishing two-year public institution in Southern California providing opportunities for transfer education, occupational training, and life-long learning. Founded in 1947, Pierce is a comprehensive college with more than 60 disciplines and 111 degree programs being taught to 22,000 students each semester. It is one of the nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District.
PierceOnLine is the eLearning platform powered by Canvas that is supported by Pierce College. PierceOnLine is used by instructors to post assignments/activities, messages, and other course materials for classes. PierceOnLine is used by many instructors to enhance traditional face-to-face classes, as well as for fully online and blended/hybrid classes. PierceOnline features a wide variety of resources to support online students including an online library, writing lab, counseling website, and more.
Accreditation: Pierce College is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Schools.
#11. Western Wyoming Community College
Western Wyoming Community College is a two year college located in Rock Springs, Wyoming. WWCC offers various one year certificates, numerous two year associate degrees, and some four year degrees in cooperation with the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. WWCC dedicates its resources to providing high quality learning opportunities for students and employees, to enriching the community’s cultural life, to enhancing the awareness of the community’s unique heritage and environment, and to adapting to the changing needs of local business and industry primarily within its service area of southwest Wyoming.
Western Wyoming Community College offers online distance learning courses and programs with the mission to partner with communities throughout Southwest Wyoming to widen educational opportunities for students by offering courses and programs through different mediums. The College offers Associate of Arts and Associates of Science degrees in subjects including Criminal Justice, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology, Office Information Systems, Accounting, Business Administration, and Computer Information Systems.
Accreditation: Western Wyoming Community College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#12. Davenport University
Founded in 1866, Davenport University is a private, non-profit, multi-location university with campuses throughout Michigan and online. Davenport is headquartered in the town of Grand Rapids, serves nearly 9,000 students and provides high academic quality, small class sizes, convieniently located campuses, faculty with real-world experience, and more than 50 dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs addressing in-demand careers. Davenport University prepares and transforms students to achieve the highest levels of academic performance, leading them to excel and advance in their chosen fields in the 21st century.
Davenport strives to create a community of distance learners and educators with unparalleled support, resources, guidance and innovation to give learners an edge in growth and goal attainment. Davenport University’s Global Campus offers over 50 degrees fully online as well as nearly 400 courses in subjects ranging from accounting to sports management. Associates degrees are available online in Networking Technology, Computer Information Systems, Health Information Technology, and more.
Accreditation: Davenport University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#13. University of Alaska—Fairbanks
The University of Alaska in Fairbanks is the flagship university of Alaska. UAF is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution and the State’s only Ph.D. granting university. UAF is a highly ranked national university with strengths in research and teaching on issues of the circumpolar North. UAF integrates teaching, research, and public service as it educates students for active citizenship and prepares them for lifelong learning and careers.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks offers eLearning associate Degree programs as a flexible and effective way for students to begin their education. Five different online associate degree are offered through the university in subjects of Applied Accounting, Applied Business, Early Childhood Education, Information Technology, and Paralegal Studies. A general Associate of Arts that offers a broad liberal arts education is also available online.
Accreditation: University of Alaska—Fairbanks is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
#14. Lewis-Clark State College
A public college located in Lewiston, Idaho, Lewis-Clark State College offers over 90 degree and certificate programs and is known in particular for its criminal justice, education, nursing, and technical programs. The college is dedicated to its mission to contribute to the common good by fostering respect and close teamwork among all Idahoans.
Lewis-Clark offers associate degrees in Business Administration, Early Childhood Development, Liberal Arts, and Web Design & Development online. These programs may be completed entirely online, but not every option for the general education core requirements is available online. Coursework is delivered through the Blackboard eLearning platform.
Accreditation: Lewis-Clark State College is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
#15. Bismarck State College
Located in Bismarck, North Dakota, Bismarck State College is comprehensive community college offering two and four year degree options. Bismarck State College, an innovative community college, offers high quality education, workforce training, and enrichment programs reaching local and global communities.
Bismarck State College offers online courses that lead to a Program Certificate or an Associate in Applied Science degree. 44 percent of Bismarck students are enrolled only in online courses. The school offers a wide range of online degree programs in subjects including Administrative Assistant, Business Administration, Computer Support, Criminal Justice, Geographic Information Systems, Human Services, Web Page Development and Design, Electric Power Technology, Nuclear Power Technology, Process Plant Technology, Instrumentation and Control Technology, and much more.
Accreditation: Bismarck State College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#16. Hawaii Pacific University
Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific Univeristy is a private, nonprofit university and international learning community known for its diverse student body. The university offers innovative undergraduate and graduate programs that anticipate the changing needs of the community and prepare graduates to live, work, and learn as active members of a global society.
HPU offers many of its programs entirely online including associate degrees in Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Mathematics, and Military Studies. These programs include a general education component designed to help students lead exultant and courageous lives as intelligent members of a complex society. Students will be challenged to become creative and innovative, both within their chosen career fields and in their wider lives.
Accreditation: Hawaii Pacific University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
#18. Great Basin College
With its main campus in Elko, Nevada Great Basin College is a comprehensive residential college. Branch campuses are located in Battle Mountain, Ely, Pahrump, and Winnemucca. There are satellite facilities in over a dozen communities across northern Nevada. Great Basin College enriches people’s lives by providing student-oriented, post-secondary education to rural Nevada. Educational, cultural, and related economic needs of the multi county service area are met through programs of university transfer, applied science and technology, business and industry partnerships, developmental education, community service, and student support services.
Great Basin College is a pioneer in distance education as well as online education delivery, now offering 30 certificate and degree programs that are available completely online. Courses are taught in traditional classroom settings, through distance delivery using high-tech interactive video technology and web-based learning platforms. GBC offers a wide variety of associate degrees online including programs in Infant/Toddler Education, Office Technology, Graphic Communication, Accounting, Human Services, Land Surveying, Digital Information Technology, and much more.
Accreditation: Great Basin College is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
#19. Kansas City Kansas Community College
Kansas City Kansas Community College is a public, urban, open-door, and comprehensive community college committed to excellence in education. Through an accessible and supportive learning environment, the college mission is to provide education and lifelong learning to the varied communities, primarily in its service area of Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties. A flexible schedule of course offerings is provided to meet the needs of its students. In addition to regular day and evening courses, KCKCC offers classes in the late afternoon, on Saturdays, in the summer, online, and at mid-semester.
The office of Online Education seeks to improve teaching and learning environments in online classrooms by building an efficient online infrastructure, promoting the effective use of technologies and providing the support for development and delivery of online education. KCKCC offers a variety of online course types including fully online courses, web-enhanced courses, and blended courses. Many of KCKCC’s courses are offered through some form of online delivery and many associate’s degrees may be completed through a majority of online study.
Accreditation: Kansas City Kansas Community College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#20. Pamlico Community College
Located in Grantsboro, North Carolina, Pamlico Community College is a two year community college with programs in varied disciplines in Academic programs, Continuing Education programs, and Cultural Enrichment programs. The College strives to provide accessible and affordable quality education, workforce training, and lifelong learning opportunities through quality teaching and supporting and working in partnership with the communities served by the college.
Distance learning at Pamlico Community College helps students achieve their education and career goals while maintaining work and family life. Online course content and transferability is identical to traditional face-to-face courses. PCC offers a variety of student resources for online students including online tutoring aides, library services, and more. Students can take most courses offered at Pamlico Community College online from any location making all degrees offered attainable virtually 100% online.
Accreditation: Pamlico Community College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#21. Bethel University
Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Bethel University is a private Christian university in the Baptist tradition. Bethel features top-ranked academics striving to educate and energize men and women for excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service.
Bethel’s online programs offer world-class academics taught from a Christian perspective, a supportive community of professors, mentors, and peers, and convenient options to help students balance school, career, and life. Bethel offers both an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science degree fully online the A.A. provides a solid foundation in liberal arts, while the A.S. gives options in business and leadership or individualized major designed to upgrade career skills and prepare students for further education.
Accreditation: Bethel University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#22. Baker College
Baker College is a private, nonprofit college headquartered in Flint, and with sites throughout Michigan. It is the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available.Baker is dedicated to prepare students for meaningful employment. Baker boasts one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country and offers graduates Lifetime Employment Assistance—free and forever.
Baker College Online provides students the opportunity to earn a without ever setting foot in a campus building. Baker offers certificate, associate, and bachelor degree programs in computer science, information systems, business administration, marketing, management, accounting, nursing, psychology, and more. Every online course offered is based on a fully accredited core curriculum, so it’s easy to combine online and on-ground courses if need be.
Accreditation: Baker College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#23. Northeast Community College
Headquartered in Norfolk and with locations throughout Northeast Nebraska, Northeast Community College is a two year community college recognized as a premier educational leader and partner, with student completion and success being of highest priority. NCC is dedicated to broadening students’ cultural awareness and global competitiveness, while providing academic programs that help students meet the needs of the region’s workforce.
Northeast Online offers a variety of complete degree programs and individual classes through online delivery format. In addition to online general education and program courses, Northeast Online offers Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of Arts degrees in business, Accounting, Agriculture, Behavioral Science, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Social Science, Education, and more.
Accreditation: Northeast Community College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#24. Palo Alto College
Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas is a part of the Alamo Colleges System and has been a pillar of the Southside community and remains dedicated to providing a high-quality education for the community. Originally created in 1985 from the desire to provide higher education to residents of south San Antonio, Palo Alto College has spent 30 years serving over 100,000 individuals throughout San Antonio, Bexar County, and surrounding counties.
Palo Alto College offers several Distance Learning programs. Under these programs, students may enroll for courses that are delivered via the Internet, Interactive Video Conferencing, and Telecourses. The main purpose of Distance Learning courses is to offer flexible schedules that allow students the opportunity to attend college at their convenience. Among the degree programs offered are associate degrees in Administration, Business Management, Computer Support, Information Security, Network Administration, Business, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, History, Kinesiology, Liberal Arts, Psychology Social Work, and more.
Accreditation: Palo Alto College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#25. Colorado Mountain College
Colorado Mountain College is a community college system in Western Colorado, headquartered in Glenwood Springs. CMC offers a dynamic and innovative teaching and learning experience serving a diverse population in a student-centered, inclusive, and personalized learning environment. CMC has been recognized nationally for its exceptional student performance and success of its graduates.
In addition to outstanding community and residential campuses, Colorado Mountain College offers online learning in a “virtual campus.” Many of the online courses are fully transferable at some of the lowest tuition rates anywhere. Associate degree programs are available online in Associate of Arts, General Studies, Early Childhood Education, and Paralegal. Many classes are offered through a fully online format and such the general education requirements of the Associate degree can be completed with a great deal of flexibility.
Accreditation: Colorado Mountain College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#26. Laramie County Community College
Headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Laramie County Community College is a full-service, comprehensive community college with campuses in Cheyenne and Laramie, and with outreach centers at F.E> Warren Air Force Base and in Pine Bluffs. The College is dedicated to the offering of diverse educational experiences designed to be inspirational for all involved in the learning process. The College seeks to prepare students academically for further schooling, for workforce readiness, and to participate in building strong and healthy communities.
LCCC offers online learning for all student learners with aim of making meaningful educational opportunities accessible. The College offers a wide range of online courses and degrees. All courses are delivered by well-qualified faculty members and offer the same level of quality as on-campus offerings. Associate degrees offered online include subjects of Accounting, Business, Computer Information Systems, Cybersecurity, Education, Government, Health Information Technology, and Homeland Security.
Accreditation: Laramie County Community College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#27. University of Alaska Southeast
The University of Alaska Southeast is a public, four year university and part of the University of Alaska System. The main campus is located in Juneau, and there are extension campuses located in Sitka and Ketchikan. UAS also offers extensive online options of study. The University strives to provide students access to a variety of academic and vocational programs and courses.
UAS’ extensive E-Learning opportunities are delivered through a combination of web, audio or video conference, satellite broadcast, email correspondence, or other combination of methods. Students may obtain an Associate degree in Business Administration, Fisheries Technology, Health Information Management, or a general Associate of Arts or Associate of Science for those working toward a Bachelor’s degree. Student services available for e-Learning students include toll-free voice and fax telephone, admission counseling, faculty advising, UA site coordinators throughout the state, financial aid/scholarships application and awards, placement testing, tutoring resources, online library resources, computing services, and online services such as registration, grad reports, bill payment, and unofficial transcripts.
Accreditation: The University of Alaska—Southeast is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
#28. Odessa College
Located in Odessa, Texas, Odessa College is a two year community college offering exemplary courses, programs, and services to assist students in achieving their educational goals and becoming lifelong learners, community builders, and global citizens.member of Texas Completes, an elite group of eight community colleges in Texas that share a common vision for deep student success reform. OC was one of four colleges in the state of Texas to receive the first round of funding to support the development of a Career and Technical Education Early College High School.
Odessa College offers distance education through OC Global and the Virtual College of Texas. Students can earn their associate degree online at Odessa through coursework in Accounting and Finance, Business, Computer Applications, Design and Composition, Healthcare and Medical, Language and Arts, Law and Legal, Teaching and Education, Technology, and Writing and Publishing. Students take courses through Odessa’s online platform “Ed2Go” engaging in instructor-led courses in a convenient six-week format.
Accreditation: Odessa College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#29. College of Southern Idaho
The College of Southern Idaho is a public two-year community college located in Twin Falls, Idaho. CSI is recognized as one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the state of Idaho and for its outstanding faculty, facilities and student-centered environment. CSI is dedicated to the provision of quality educational, social, cultural, economic, and workforce development opportunities that meet the diverse needs of the communities it serves.
The College of Southern Idaho offers a variety of degrees and certificates that can be completed online. These degree options give students reasonable flexibility to take classes when and where it fits into their personal schedules. Distance courses are offered online through a telecommunication system, or in person at off-campus centers. Associate degrees can be earned online in subjects including Business, Education, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Library and Information Sciences, Criminal Justice, and History.
Accreditation: College of Southern Idaho is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
#30. Madisonville Community College
Madisonville Community College in Madisonville, Kentucky is dedicated to advancing an enduring and enthusiastic commitment to student-centered learning and achievement. The College has been at the forefront of America s two-year colleges in obtaining private and public resources which help to better recruit, advise, educate, and graduate students. MCC aims to be recognized nationally as an outstanding comprehensive community college committed to student-centered learning, innovative programming, and access.
In addition to the student focused academic programs MCC offers at its campus setting, online degree programs are also offered in Energy Management, Human Services, Mining Technology, Paralegal Technology, and Surgical First Assistant. These online programs feature labs completed through distance learning, and convenient, no textbook learning done through iPad (or other Apple device).
Accreditation: Madisonville Community College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#31. Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private Christian University located in Waxahachie, Texas. SAGU exists to equip students spiritually, academically, professionally, and cross culturally for God-given careers and callings. The University has strong emphasis on missions and service and encourages engagement in these through their academic programs.
SAGU offers many online degrees to fit the schedules of busy working adults. The online programs at SAGU feature the added benefit of full access to campus student services and credit for life experience. The school offers a wide variety of online associate degrees in subjects including Addictions Counseling, Bible, Business Administration, Church Ministries, Education, English, General Studies, Intercultural Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Studies, and TESOL.
Accreditation: Southwestern Assemblies of God University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#32. Ohio Christian University
Located in Circleville, Ohio, Ohio Christian University was founded in 1948 as a Bible College for educating clergy for the Churches of Christ in Christian Union. Today it offers associate, bachelor, and master’s degree programs in subjects such as business and government, emergency management and business, psychology, substance abuse counseling, and human services. OCU is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually.
Ohio Christian University’s Adult & Online Degree Programs offer associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees in an accelerated degree program format designed for busy adults. OCU offers online education to make completing these degree convenient, flexible, and affordable. Associate degrees are offered in Science and Information Technology, Business, Christian Ministry, Human Services, and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Accreditation: Ohio Christian University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#33. Central Texas College
Located in Killeen, Texas, Central Texas College is a two-year, open admissions institution which provides educational opportunities to students locally, nationally, and internationally. The purpose of CTC is to provide technical programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees and/or certificates, as well vocational programs, and adult, continuing, and community education programs for occupational upgrading or cultural enrichment.
In addition to its on-campus offerings CTC offers a variety of online associate degree programs. Programs include subjects such as Applied Technology, Applied Management, At Risk Youth, Business Administration, Child Development, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, General Studies, Homeland Security, Mathematics, Social Science, and many more. These online programs are offered fully online or through blended, or multimedia formats. Students will be supported through qualified instructors and peer relationships in face-to-face, or virtual study sessions. Students have access to all student support services offered to on-campus students from academic advisors, library services, disability support, tutoring, and the advanced math lab.
Accreditation: Central Texas College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#34. Stanly Community College
Located in Albemarle, North Carolina with a satellite campus in Locust, Stanly Community College is a two-year educational institution serving over 10,000 students with degree programs, continuing education, and basic skills classes. Stanly offers a learner centered environment that encourages student access, success, and completion. The College values partnerships, life-long learning, and actively strives to enhance the economic, social, and cultural life of the community.
SCC offers high quality online programs leading to an associate degree in subjects including Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Human Services, and a General Ed Associate of Arts. These programs are designed for working adults who are seeking to begin their higher education journey, but require flexibility to not disrupt their work and/or family life.
Accreditation: Stanly Community College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#35. Gateway Community and Technical College
Part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Gateway Community and Technical College in Florence, Kentucky is a two-year institution offering students a high quality, affordable, and unique educational experience. Gateway is committed to serving the individuals and communities of Northern Kentucky with aim of bolstering the economic vitality of the region and enhancing the quality of life for all citizens.
GCTC’s Online Learning options provide students with alternatives to traditional courses taught in an on-campus classroom setting. Online courses are fully accredited and transferable, fulfill many program degree requirements, cover the same learning objectives, and are offered in 5, 8, 10, and 12-week options. The College utilizes a 2/8/2 plan for an accelerated pathway to an Associate of Arts, or Associate of Science degree offered 1005 online. Students take 2 classes every 8 week session for 2 years for graduation.
Accreditation: Gateway Community and Technical College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#36. North Central Missouri College
Northcentral Missouri College is a two year community college with its main campus located in Trenton, Missouri and a Farm Campus located just outside Trenton. NCMC is dedicated to providing accessible, affordable, and quality educational programs, with emphases on excellence in teaching, learning, workforce development, and service.
NCMC offers all general education courses online and associate degree programs can be completed entirely online in Accounting, Behavioral Health Support, Business and Technology, Criminal Justice, early Childhood Education, and Nursing. The College offers Online Student Resources to support learners. These resources include online tutoring, accessibility services, and more. NCMC’s online programs allow students to earn their degree with through convenient and flexible scheduling at distance from the physical campus.
Accreditation: North Central Missouri College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#37. Maysville Community and Technical College
Maysville Community and Technical College is a two year college that has been serving the region surrounding Maysville, Kentucky since 1968. MCTC is part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and provides education and training close to where people live and work offering opportunities for students certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs through day, evening, and online courses. MCTC challenges learners to accomplish their educational, career, and personal development goals.
Maysville’s Distance Learning program provides students alternatives to the traditional on-campus, or extended campus classroom settings. These classes are equivalent to their classroom components in credit hours, transferability to other institutions, and fulfilling many program degree requirements. Associate degree programs can be completed online though students should contact Maysville’s distance learning coordinator to find out what programs are available online.
Accreditation: Marysville Community and Technical College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#38. Vincennes University
Vincennes University is the oldest public university in Indiana, located in the town of Vincennes. VU is a premier learning institution, widely recognized for leadership in innovation and delivery of successful educational experiences. It is dedicated to the development of people and enhancement of communities through accessible educational programs, strategic partnerships, and active engagement.
VU seeks to bring educational opportunities to individuals who may not have access to attend classes on a college campus through the provision of quality courses and services for students who need flexibility in meeting their educational objectives. The Distance Education program at VU provides students the opportunity to earn an associate degree in a wide range of subjects including Behavioral Sciences, Accounting, Business Management, Computer Programing, General Studies, Health Information Management, Law Enforcement, Family and Consumer Sciences, Social Work, and more.
Accreditation: Vincennes University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#39. Liberty University
Liberty University is a private Christian university located in Central Virginia in the town of Lynchburg. Liberty is committed to academic excellence and to developing “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world. Through residential and online programs, services, facilities, and collaborations, the University educates men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities.
A pioneer in distance education since 1985, Liberty provides exceptional resources to online students, including an online library, the Online Writing Center, a partnership with Tutor.com, Online Student Life, and knowledgeable and accessible academic advisors. LU offers online associate degree programs in Accounting, Business, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Information Systems, Interdisciplinary Studies, Medical Office Assistant, Paralegal Studies, Psychology, Religion, and more. These programs are completable entirely online and transition seamlessly into an online bachelor’s program with Liberty.
Accreditation: Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#40. Peninsula College
Located in Port Angeles, Washington, Penninsula College provides educational opportunities in the areas of academic transfer, professional and technical, basic skills, and continuing education. The College also contributes to the cultural and economic enrichment of Clallam and Jefferson Counties.
The Peninsula College eLearning department supports quality online learning experiences and provides technical assistance for online students and faculty. The College offers a wide range of classes and degree and certificate programs with the flexibility for students to work at their own pace and schedule—anytime, anywhere. Associate degree programs are available in Administrative Office Systems, Business Administration, Computer Applications Technology, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity & Computer Forensics, Multimedia Communications, Homeland Security, Hospitality and Ecotourism, and Information Technology. Online students have access to a variety of resources including eTutoring, disability services, and an online library.
Accreditation: Peninsula College is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
#41. Western Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University is a public university located in Bowling Green. WKU is an internationally acclaimed, student-and-learning centered provider of high quality academic programs designed to prepare students of all backgrounds to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen-leaders of a global society. The University provides research, service and lifelong learning opportunities for its students, faculty, and other constituents.
Western Kentucky University is committed to helping students reach their educational goals with flexibility of time and space. With more than 1,700 web classes offered each year, on demand options that allow students to start any day, and over 100 online degree and certificate programs, there choices enough to help meet the educational and career goals of nearly every prospective student. Those seeking an online associate degree can pursue it in Early Childhood Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, or LPN to ASN. The LPN to ASN requires one face-to-face meeting each week, while coursework is predominantly online.
Accreditation: Western Kentucky University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#42. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—Worldwide
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world’s largest and most respected university specializing in aviation and aerospace and is at the forefront of ground-breaking aeronautical milestones and has been since the early days of flight. Headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, ERAU is a private, nonprofit university with an extensive online (Worldwide) division.
SIn 1971, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—Worldwide became one of the first to offer distance learning. Today ERAU offers online degree programs with multiple start times throughout the year. In addition to Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, ERAU offers specialized associate degrees online in Aeronautics, Aviation Business Administration, Aviation Maintenance, Engineering Fundamentals, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, and Technical Management.
Accreditation: Embry-Riddle Worldwide is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#43. State Fair Community College
Headquartered in Sedalia, Missouri, State Fair Community College is a two-year institution of higher learning with multiple campuses throughout the state and online. SFCC offers skills and professional certificates, and associate degrees as well as continuing and community education programs and classes. SFCC provides relevant and innovative learning experiences that successfully prepare students for college transfer, career development, and lifelong learning.
More than 2,100 students take advantage of SFCC’s 260 online classes, two fully online associate degree options, and many other associate’s degree with courses predominantly online with clinical rotations held on site at one of SFCC’s physical campuses. Both the Associate of Arts (General Ed) and Associate of Applied Science in Business Management degrees can be completed entirely online. Other online hybrid programs are available in subjects including Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Health Information Technology, Medical Assistant, Health Care Specialist, and more.
Accreditation: State Fair Community College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#44. Crowder College
Crowder College is a two-year community college serving the Community College District of Newton and McDonald counties in southwestern Montana and headquartered in the town of Neosho. Crowder College works to provide students with learning options that are both accessible and of high quality. Crowder works to form strong community ties between the College and other educational institutions both secondary and post-secondary, the community, and the businesses and organizations that support the community.
Crowder has an extensive listing of online courses available to students who are limited in their capacity to attend class on-campus. Students work closely with a faculty advisor for success in their online education. A wide variety of associate degrees are offered at CC, many of which can be completed with careful selection of coursework from the College’s online catalogue.
Accreditation: Crowder College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#45. Forsyth Technical Community College
Forsyth Technical Community College, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is dedicated to providing students with guided educational pathways into a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. FTCC achieves its mission through high quality educational offerings of 69 associate degree programs, 4 college transfer degrees, 36 diplomas, 82 certificates, and 29 programs that are available entirely online.
For students who have work or family commitments that make it difficult to attend on-campus classes, Forsyth Tech offers a number of degrees and certificates that can be earned entirely online and a wide variety of online courses. Associate degrees available online include an Associate in Arts, Business Administration, Criminal Justice Technology, Emergency Management, Entrepreneurship, Financial Services, Healthcare Management Technology, IT-Technical Support, Project Management, and more.
Accreditation: Forsyth Technical Community College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#46. Mohave Community College
Mohave Community College is a comprehensive community college serving more than 13,000 students each year. It serves the northwest portion of the State of Arizona and its neighboring communities in California, Nevada and Utah. MCC has campuses in Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, and Colorado City, as well as an extensive distance education program. The college offers programs that provide students with the skills, training and education they need for rewarding careers, and the academic foundation to go on to a university for a bachelor’s degree and higher.
Students can earn a college certificate or degree from the comfort of home or office, participating in classes at times that fit their individual schedules and lifestyles. Online advisors, librarians and student services specialists are available to students as needed. MCC Online offers associate degrees in Administration of Justice, Accounting, Business and Entrepreneurship, Substance Abuse Counseling, Computer Graphics & Web Design, General Studies, English, History, Liberal Arts, and more. Most online programs are offered in an asynchronous online environment, while the AAS in Paralegal is offered online with some synchronous online requirements.
Accreditation: Mohave Community College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#47. Northwest Mississippi Community College
Northwest Mississippi Community College is a comprehensive community and technical college offering students educational experiences through traditional campus-based and distance learning opportunities. The College’s main campus is located in Transparency, Mississippi. NMCC strives to provide the students of its eleven-county district and beyond with opportunities for obtaining affordable quality education to meet their diverse needs.
NMCC’s online course offerings are administered through the Canvas educational platform and are designed to increase access to Northwest’s courses by nontraditional students. Online academic pathways exist for associate degrees in Accountancy, Business Administration, Marketing Communication, Office Administration, Criminal Justice, General Education, Psychology, Social Work, Outdoor Recreation and Management, Liberal Arts, Elementary Education, and Business and Computer Teacher Education.
Accreditation: Northwest Mississippi Community College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#48. Pitt Community College
Pitt Community College is a two year institution located in Greenville, North Carolina. With a culture of excellence and innovation, the College is a vital partner in the economic and workforce development of its community. PCC provides access to dynamic learning opportunities designed to foster successful career preparation, higher education transfer, community involvement, and global engagement.
In addition to its regular on-campus offerings, Pitt offers distance learning with associate degrees, certificates, and diplomas available entirely online. Associate degrees are available online in subjects including Business Administration, early Childhood, Health Information Technology, Healthcare Management Technology, Industrial Management Technology, Information Technology, Marketing, Medical Office Administration, Office Administration, and more.
Accreditation: Pitt Community College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#49. Truckee Meadows Community College
Truckee Meadows Community College is a comprehensive community college located in Reno, Nevada, and is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. The College serves more than 25,000 students each year in credit and non-credit programs at five educational sites and more than 20 community locations. Offering academic and university transfer, occupational training, career enhancement workshops and classes just for fun, TMCC is the fastest growing college in northern Nevada.
TMCC’s WebCollege is designed to offer flexibility and convenience by allowing students to learn almost anywhere and anytime. Web-based classes are offered entirely online, though sometimes students will be asked to take exams on the Dandini Campus or one of the other TMCC educational sites. Out-of-State students can make arrangements with the faculty to arrange proctored agreements with another educational institution or public library. Associate degrees are offered in General Studies, Anthropology, Business, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, English, Entrepreneurship, Fine Arts, History, Psychology, Spanish,Community Health, Dietetics, Energy Technologies, and many more.
Accreditation: Truckee Meadows Community College is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
#50. Owensboro Community and Technical College
Located in Owensboro, Kentucky, Owensboro Community and Technical College is a public, two-year, open admissions college and is one of the sixteen colleges that make up the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. The college values innovation, is focused on student learning, and is responsive to economic trends.
In addition to on-campus offerings, OCTC has a variety of online offerings designed for working adults and other nontraditional students. The Kentucky Virtual Campus statewide network and online courses provide education choices for students. Many associate degree options are available online through this network. Associate degree available online include an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Administrative Office Technology, Business Administration Systems, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Computer & Information Technologies, Criminal Justice, Digital Game and Simulation Design, Energy Management, General Occupational/Technical Studies, Healthcare Facilities Leadership, Health Information Technology, Marine Technology, Nursing, Visual Communication, and many more.
Accreditation: Owensboro Community and Technical College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.