By BCO Staff

Best Colleges Online - Most Affordable Online Colleges 2015We’re always looking for ways to help you find greater value in a college education. For this ranking, we present the most affordable online colleges with better-than-average graduation rate compared to the pool of online colleges overall. When it boils down, we have a list schools that are both relatively affordable and relatively successful at making sure their students are equipped to progress to graduation in a timely fashion.

Methodology

For purposes of this article, we used Wikipedia’s list of colleges offering degrees online, along with National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator as a source for accreditation information, graduation rate, and net price data. We consulted each school’s website to confirm that they offer at least one undergraduate degree online. The initial set of colleges offering an online degree and for which graduation rate* and net price data were available numbered 193. The average graduation rate among these was 54%; all the schools in this ranking outperform this mark. All data was pulled November 2014.

The list is presented in descending order based on net price as reported to NCES/College Navigator.

50. Anderson University Indiana

Anderson, Indiana

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Anderson University is a private Christian liberal arts university accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission.
Net price: $22,607
Graduation Rate: 57%
Online degrees: Integrative Leadership

For more information: Anderson University

49. Concordia University Wisconsin

Mequon, Wisconsin

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Concordia University Wisconsin is a private liberal arts coeducational institution accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $22,448
Graduation Rate: 56%
Online degrees: Nursing (RN-BSN), Health Care Management, Management of Criminal Justice, Human Resources Management, and Business Management

For more information: Concordia University Wisconsin

48. University of La Verne

La Verne, California

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The University of La Verne is a private not-for-profit university founded in 1891 and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Net price: $21,720
Graduation Rate: 59%
Online degrees: Business Administration, Public Administration, and Organizational Management

For more information: University of LaVerne 

47. Crown College

Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota

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Crown College is a private Christian college accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central association.
Net price: $21,538
Graduation Rate: 56%
Online degrees: Business Administration, Christian Ministry, Criminal Justice, Disaster and Emergency Management, General/Liberal Studies, and Psychology/Counseling

For more information: Crown College

46. Drury University

Springfield, Missouri

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Drury University is a private liberal arts college accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Net price: $21,357
Graduation Rate: 57%
Online degrees: Business Administration, General Studies, Health Services, History, Human Services, Law Enforcement, Organizational Communication and Development, Instructional Technology, Criminal Justice, Sociology and Psychology

For more information: Drury University

45. Mercer University

Macon, Georgia

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Mercer University is a prestigious school, known for its rigorous academics, with degree offerings ranging from the undergraduate to the doctoral level.
Net price: $33,780
Graduation Rate: 59%
Online degrees: Psychology, Public Safety, Early Childhood Education, Software Engineering, Software Systems, Technical Communication Management

For more information: Mercer University

44. University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio

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University of Cincinnati is a comprehensive public research institution accredited by the Higher Learning Council.
Net price: $19,310
Graduation Rate: 58%
Online degrees: Early Childhood Education, Fire Science Technology, Health Information Management Administration, Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Substance Abuse Counseling

For more information: University of Cincinnati

43. University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

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University of Massachusetts-Amherst is the largest public university in New England and is accredited by the Northeast Association of Schools and Colleges.
Net price: $19,120
Graduation Rate: 73%
Online degrees: Arts Management, Criminal Justice Studies, Human Services, Writing, Advocacy and Social Justice, Business Studies, Early Care and Education, Journalism Studies, Applied Psychology, Children’s Learning and Development, Health Studies, Sustainability Studies, and a “Design Your Own Degree” option

For more information: University of Massachusetts-Amherst

42. University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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University of Alabama is an urban public research university accredited by the South Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $19,042
Graduation Rate: 67%
Online degrees: Commerce and Business Administration, Mechanical Engineering, Food and Nutrition, General Studies, Consumer Sciences, Early Childhood Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Restaurants, Hotel and Meeting Management, and Nursing (RN to BSN)

For more information: University of Alabama

41. North Park University

Chicago, Illinois

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North Park University is a private four year university founded by the Evangelical Covenant Church and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Net price: $18,724
Graduation Rate: 56%
Online degrees: Business Administration, Church and Ministry Management, Management Information Systems, Organizational Management and Leadership, and Nonprofit Management

For more information: North Park University

40. Ohio University

Athens, Ohio

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Ohio University is a public research university and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $17,846
Graduation Rate: 67%
Online degrees: Criminal Justice, Applied Management, Technical and Applied Studies, and Nursing (RN to BSN)

For more information: Ohio University

39. Mercy College of Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

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Mercy College of Ohio is a Catholic institution with a focus on healthcare and accredited by the Higher Learning Council.
Net price: $17,645
Graduation Rate: 68%
Online degrees: Healthcare Administration, Medical Imaging, and Nursing (RN to BSN)

For more information: Mercy College of Ohio

38. Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois

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Aurora University is a private nonprofit co-educational liberal arts college accredited by the Higher Learning Council.
Net price: $17,529
Graduation Rate: 58%
Online degrees: Business Administration, Communication, Criminal Justice, Social Work, and RN to BSN

For more information: Aurora University

37. University of Missouri

Columbia, Missouri

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University of Missouri is a public research university offering over 300 degree programs and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Net price: $16,884
Graduation Rate: 70%
Online degrees: General Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Educational Studies, Health Sciences, Radiography, and Respiratory Therapy

For more information: University of Missouri

36. University of Oklahoma

Norman, Oklahoma

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The University of Oklahoma is a coeducational public research university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $16,780
Graduation Rate: 66%
Online degrees: Administrative Leadership, Liberal Studies, World Cultural Studies, and Criminal Justice

For more information: University of Oklahoma

35. University of Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a selective public research university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $16,536
Graduation Rate: 83%
Online degrees: Business Administration, Education, Nursing (BSN), and Criminal Justice

For more information: University of Wisconsin

34. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, Illinois

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public research-intensive university and founding member of the Big Ten Conference and accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $16,490
Graduation Rate: 84%
Online degrees: Business Administration, Computer Science, Earth, Society and Environmental Sustainability, English, Health Information Management Degree Completion Program, History, Information Systems Security, Liberal Studies, Management Information Systems, Mathematical Sciences, Philosophy, and Nursing (RN to BSN)

For more information: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

33. Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

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Washington State University is a public research university accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Net price: $16,287
Graduation Rate: 65%
Online degrees: Accounting, Management and Operations, Management Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Human Development, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Psychology

For more information: Washington State University

32. University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

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University of North Dakota is a public research university accredited by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $16,114
Graduation Rate: 55%
Online degrees: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Communication, Electrical Engineering, General Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing (RN to BSN), Petroleum Engineering, Psychology, and Social Science

For more information: University of North Dakota

31. Dominican University

River Forest, Illinois

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Dominican University is a coeducational, comprehensive, Catholic institution of higher education and research accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Net price: $15,882
Graduation Rate: 63%
Online degrees: Human Services, and Legal Studies

For more information: Dominican University

30. University of Vermont

Burlington, Vermont

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The University of Vermont is a public research university, considered “Public Ivies”, and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation.
Net price: $15,793
Graduation Rate: 76%
Online degrees: Nursing (RN to BSN)

For more information: University of Vermont

29. Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, California

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Fresno Pacific University is a Christian university accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools.
Net price: $15,742
Graduation Rate: 54%
Online degrees: Early Childhood Development

For more information: Fresno Pacific University

28. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana

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Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is a Roman Catholic, four-year liberal arts women’s college accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $15,685
Graduation Rate: 60%
Online degrees: Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Creative Writing, Criminology, Education, English, Healthcare Administration, Human Resource Management, Human Services, Humanities, Journalism and Media Studies, Marketing, Mathematics, Paralegal Studies, Psychology, Teaching Licensure, Theology, and Nursing (RN to BSN)

For more information: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

27. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is a public research university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $15,531
Graduation Rate: 73%
Online degrees: Accounting, Applied Studies, Applied Health, Business Management, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Management, Information Technology Management, Manufacturing Management, Manufacturing Management-Quality Management, Manufacturing Operations Management, Marketing, Multidisciplinary Studies, Psychology, and Sport & Recreation Management

For more information: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

26. Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

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Florida State University is a space-grant and sea-grant public research university located in the state capital and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.
Net price: $15,511
Graduation Rate: 77%
Online degrees: Public Safety and Security, Computer Science, Criminology, and Interdisciplinary Social Science

For more information: Florida State University

25. Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Mississippi

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Mississippi State University is a land grant university classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a “comprehensive doctoral research university with very high research activity” and accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $15,422
Graduation Rate: 61%
Online degrees: Elementary Education, Geosciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Technology Teacher Education

For more information: Mississippi State University

24. University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an urban public research university accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Net price: $15,215
Graduation Rate: 54%
Online degrees: English, Liberal Arts, Psychology, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, and Business Administration

For more information: University of Massachusetts Lowell

23. University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

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The University of Florida is a public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Net price: $15,157
Graduation Rate: 87%
Online degrees: Environmental Management in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Business Administration, Health Education and Behavior, Sport Management, Telecommunication Media & Society, Biology, Computer Science, Criminology & Law, Geology, Psychology, and Sociology

For more information: University of Florida

22. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a public research university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $15,132
Graduation Rate: 67%
Online degrees: Applied Science, and Early Childhood in a Mobile Society

For more information: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

21. Trident University International

Cyprus, California

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Trident University International is a virtual, for-profit university accredited by the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges where all courses are delivered online.
Net price: $15,107
Graduation Rate: 58%
Online degrees: Health Sciences, Computer Science, IT Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership, and Business Administration

For more information: Trident University International

20. University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

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The University of Central Florida is a metropolitan public research university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Net price: $15,033
Graduation Rate: 67%
Online degrees: Anthropology, Criminal Justice, English, Creative Writing, English Literature, English Technical Communication, Health Services Administration, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, International and Global Studies, Latin American Studies, Nursing B.S.N. Completion Program, Political Science, Psychology, Religion and Cultural Studies, Sociology, and Technical Education and Industry Training

For more information: University of Central Florida

19. University of Northwestern Ohio

Lima, Ohio

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The University of Northwestern Ohio is a private, not-for-profit University founded in 1920 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $14,806
Graduation Rate: 62%
Online degrees: Accounting, Accounting (CPA Track), Business Administration, Business Administration with Agribusiness Management Option, Business Administration with Marketing Option, Forensic Accounting, Healthcare Administration, Marketing, Specialized Studies, and Sport Marketing and Management

For more information: University of Northwestern Ohio

18. South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

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South Dakota State University is a public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association.
Net price: $14,716
Graduation Rate: 56%
Online degrees: General Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing (RN to BS), and Sociology

For more information: South Dakota State University

17. Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

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Michigan State University is considered to be one of America’s Public Ivy universities and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $14,526
Graduation Rate: 77%
Online degrees: Nursing (RN to BSN)

For more information: Michigan State University

16. Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

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Texas Tech is a public research university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Net price: $14,119
Graduation Rate: 59%
Online degrees: General Studies, Science in Plant and Soil Sciences, Multidisciplinary Studies, and University Studies

For more information: Texas Tech University

15. University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

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University of Arizona is a public university accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $14,070
Graduation Rate: 61%
Online degrees: Science Teacher Preparatory Program (Biology and Chemistry)

For more information: University of Arizona

14. University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama

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University of Alabama at Birmingham is a public university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Net price: $13,745
Graduation Rate: 54%
Online degrees: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, and Health Care Management

For more information: University of Alabama at Birmingham

13. Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colorado

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Colorado State University is a public land grant research university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Net price: $13,487
Graduation Rate: 64%
Online degrees: Agricultural Business, Anthropology, Fire and Emergency Administration, Human Development and Family Studies, Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts, and Psychology

For more information: Colorado State University

12. University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

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The University of Virginia is a research university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $13,463
Graduation Rate: 93%
Online degrees: Engineering

For more information: University of Virginia

11. Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona

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Arizona State University is a national space-grant institution and public metropolitan research university accredited by the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission.
Net price: $12,380
Graduation Rate: 59%
Online degrees: Art History, Business-Food Industry Management, Business-Global Leadership, Business-Global Logistics Management, Business- Retail Management, Business- Sustainability, Business and Communication, Communication, Criminal Justice & Criminology, Educational Studies, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, English, Family & Human Development, Film, Global Health, Graphic Information Technology, Health Sciences, Healthy Lifestyles Coaching, History, Information Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies (Organizational Studies), Internet & Web Development, Justice Studies, Liberal Studies, Mass Communication and Media Studies, Nursing (RN to BSN), Nutrition Communication, Operations Management, Organizational Leadership, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Software Engineering, Spanish, Technical Communication, and Technological Entrepreneurship and Management

For more information: Arizona State University

10. North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina

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North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, research university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $12,129
Graduation Rate: 74%
Online degrees: Leadership in the Public Sector

For more information: North Carolina State University

9. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in the United States and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
.Net price: $11,994
Graduation Rate: 90%
Online degrees: Accounting

For more information: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

8. University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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The University of Illinois at Chicago is a state-funded public research university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $11,645
Graduation Rate: 57%
Online degrees: Health Information Management, and Nursing (RN to BSN)

For more information: University of Illinois at Chicago

7. University of South Florida

Tampa, Florida

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The University of South Florida is a member institution of the State University System of Florida and a public research university accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $11,335
Graduation Rate: 63%
Online degrees: Criminal Justice, Information Studies, Public Health, Information Studies, Information Technology, Nursing (RN to BS), Women’s and Gender Studies, and Criminology

For more information: University of South Florida

6. Virginia College

Birmingham, Alabama

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Virginia College is a chain of private for-profit institutions located primarily in the southeastern United States and accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $11,302
Graduation Rate: 57%
Online degrees: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Golf Course Management, Health Service Management, Human Resource Management, Management Information Systems, Network Management, Paralegal Studies, and Private Sector Accounting

For more information: Virginia College

5. University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a public research university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges.
Net price: $10,506
Graduation Rate: 54%
Online degrees: Respiratory Therapy, Nursing (RN to BSN and RN to MSN), Engineering Technology-Electrical, Engineering Technology- Fire Safety, and Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science

For more information: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4. West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia

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West Virginia University is a public land grant research university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Net price: $9,826
Graduation Rate: 57%
Online degrees: Multidisciplinary Studies, Nursing RN to BSN, and Regents Bachelor of Arts

For more information: West Virginia University

3. University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina

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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a public research university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Net price: $9,581
Graduation Rate: 55%
Online degrees: Liberal Studies, Business Administration, Human Development and Family Studies, Public Health, and Supply Chain Management

For more information: University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2. University of Washington

Seattle, Washington

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University of Washington is a public research university accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Net price: $9,559
Graduation Rate: 82%
Online degrees: Early Childhood and Family Studies, and Integrated Social Sciences

For more information: University of Washington

1. St. Joseph’s College New York

Brooklyn and Patchogue, New York

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St. Joseph’s College is a liberal arts college in New York State accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Net price: $9,114
Graduation Rate: 72%
Online degrees: Organizational Management

*College Navigator indicates that graduation rate “tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of “normal time” for completing the program in which they are enrolled.”

For more information: St. Joseph’s College New York

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