Tuesday, April 1, 2008

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.

Ashford University

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.

AIU Online

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.

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.

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.

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.

Charter Oak State College

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.

Colorado Technical University Online

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.

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.


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

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.
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National University

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.

Northcentral University

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).

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.

Thomas Edison State College

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.

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.

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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