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The Internet has revolutionized education so that now you can earn a degree entirely online from the comfort of your home. This is perfect for working professionals or anyone who wants to get ahead in a career without having to go to a physical campus everyday.

University of Phoenix is world-renowned for being the largest online university. The University boasts dozens of degree programs at all levels that students can choose from. University of Phoenix has produced thousands of graduates in fields such as nursing, education, health care, and information technology. In addition to its online access, the University has campuses in over 100 locations.
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Kaplan is organized into ten different academic schools, including Arts & Sciences, Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Health Sciences, IS & Technology, Legal Studies, Nursing, Continuing Education, and Concord Law School. All told, Kaplan offers more than 125 degrees and programs both off- and online, with more than 70 campus-based locations nationwide.
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In addition to a host of options for students needing to transfer existing bachelor's and master's coursework into one of its more-than three dozen degree programs, Post University also welcomes military personnel to join its student body. Post offers detailed opportunities for veterans, those participating in active duty, as well as military dependent students.
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Learn to be highly effective in today’s global business environment and adapt to its rapid changes as a student of Forbes™ School of Business at Ashford University. Your curriculum embraces the technical knowledge and critical thinking skills you need to communicate ideas in a collaborative environment.
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For students looking for flexible and affordable online education, Walden University offers both. As a leading accredited online university for more than 40 years, Walden has more than 42,500 students, from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Nearly 85 percent of Walden students are satisfied with their university, and would be likely to recommend Walden to others.
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American InterContinental University, also known as AIU, is a private school accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Founded in 1970 as the American College of Applied Arts, AIU today has seven campuses in the US and UK and runs its online program out of its Chicago offices. AIU offers degree programs in several subjects, including healthcare, business, education, criminal justice, and more.
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Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 as Grand Canyon College, an Arizona Southern Baptist school. (It reached university status in 1989.) Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, GCU is typically featured among the Top 10 online colleges as ranked by The Online Education Database (OEDb).
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Capella University was founded in 1991 by Stephen Shank, the former CEO of Tonka, who felt that working adults were underserved by traditional brick-and-mortar universities. While their offices are located in downtown Minneapolis, being an online university, the majority of learning takes place outside of campus and instead via the Internet. Their motto: "Knowledge is solving problems no one else can."
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Frequently Asked Questions About Online University Rankings

How are universities rankings determined?

There are many different factors that go into the various formulas for determining university ratings. Elements such as graduation rate, student to teacher ratio, newly graduated students gainfully employed, variety of degree programs, and more. Additionally, different countries use varying metrics to rank their respective universities. How American university rankings compare to international university rankings can vary significantly because of the unique factors being evaluated. Finally, there are many institutions that offer excellent online university ratings. These institutions include BusinessWeek, US News & World Report, and many more.

How is obtaining a degree from an accredited online university different than a traditional campus education?

Many students have significant concerns about pursuing a degree from an online university instead of from a brick-and-mortar school. Concerns about the quality of education and logistics are often unfounded. Understanding what exactly is different between online and traditional campuses, as well as the advantages of an online education, can help assuage some fears.
  • Very flexible schedule: One of the biggest differences between traditional and online learning is the flexibility of the schedule. Students in online classes are able to have much more flexibility when it comes to their education. Online classes will usually not have too many set meeting times, and information can be accessed throughout the day. This is beneficial for students who have other work or family commitments.
  • Lack of commute: Traditional campus learning requires students to sometimes travel significant distances in order to attend classes. Online universities make learning possible from almost anywhere. Without a commute, learning can be a lot more manageable, as travel time is eliminated.
  • Lower costs: Students learning online are often able to benefit from lower overall costs. The lack of commute can save students money on gas, parking, and other fees. Additionally, many traditional schools have fees for certain facilities on campus. Online students generally don't have to pay such fees, since the facilities they use are online.
  • Many degree options: While traditional schools do offer many different degrees, students are often limited by what is offered in their area. Some schools offer unique degrees, and these schools may not always be easily reachable. Online schools remove this distance issue. Students can work towards degrees even if the school offering them is in a completely different part of the country.

What type of salary can someone with an online degree expect to obtain?

Anyone who obtains an advanced education should see their earning potential increase. This is no different for someone who obtains a degree from an online university. Salary variation comes into play when one considers the many different degree programs available. Generally someone who has an associate's or bachelor's level degree has an earning potential in the $30,000-$40,000 range. Those who have advanced degrees, such as master's and PhDs, can see their earnings go up to as much as over $100,000. All of these are far above the average salary of someone without a post secondary degree, which is closer to $20,000.

What kinds of financial aid are available for online universities?

If a student is able to demonstrate an appropriate need, then financial aid in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships will almost always be available. Online students are no exception to this fact. Any student of an accredited university should be eligible for some financial aid. Filling out a FAFSA form is the essential first step to take on the road to obtaining additional funding for an education. Students may also benefit from a variety of unusual scholarships. For example, the Frederick and Mary F. Beckley Scholarship, is given to someone who is left handed. The Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest is awarded to a student who can do the best duck call. The amount of scholarships is limitless, and students can qualify for more than they think. To this end, research is essential to finding all the available funding opportunities.

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