The 10 Most Popular Online Schools

Online education is the preferred mode of learning for an increasing number of students. The convenience and flexibility of online learning are two factors that account for the popularity of e-learning. In this article you'll find an overview of the top ten online schools in the nation by enrollment, according to a report by the US News and World Report.

1. Kaplan University

The university's total online enrollment is placed at about 70,000. Kaplan University offers various online degree programs, ranging from associate to master's programs. Faculty who deliver the university's online training are highly qualified with real-world experience and current knowledge in their fields.

Advanced technologies integrated in online instruction contribute to an excellent interactive online learning environment. Discussion boards allow students to interact extensively with their instructors as well as with fellow students. This contributes to a positive online learning experience, which facilitates attainment of program goals.

2. Post University

Post University Post University offers over 50 online degree programs from the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the Malcolm Baldridge School of Business, and the John P. Burke School of Public Service. Post is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and College, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The university offers a wide range of quality Certificate, Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Programs are taught in a highly interactive online format that emphasizes flexibility, convenience, and support, making the school a popular choice for students looking to pursue a higher education. Students can take classes in 8-week modules, six times a year from faculty members with advanced degrees and extensive real-world experience.

3. Strayer University

The university operates on a quarter system, which makes it possible to enroll for more courses in a year compared to the semester system. Both synchronous and asynchronous online learning formats are available. Online synchronous classes are conducted at a scheduled time and date each week. Live audio, blackboard features and real-time text messaging give students access to the instructors and allows interactions with other students.

Those enrolled for the asynchronous format are at liberty to attend classes at a time that best fits within their schedules. This allows individuals to choose an option that is most compatible with their lifestyles. The university also supports students in job placement by giving career advice, job referrals and help in resume writing.

4. Ashford University

The university offers various online associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs as well as certificate programs. Online associate degree programs include business, management and marketing.

These programs are also offered at the bachelor's and graduate level. This makes the university a good choice if you prefer to enroll in one school for the different phases of your academic development. Those interested in a career in teaching or in the social services are sure to find a program of their choice at the bachelor's and graduate level.

5. Liberty University

Although established fairly recently, Liberty University has rapidly established itself as an institution that offers high quality online education. The university offers online certificates and diplomas as well as bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs.

Post-mater's certificates are also available online. The diversity in online program offerings has helped to make Liberty University a popular choice for students. It also has one of the widest offerings of majors amongst universities that offer online education. This gives students great flexibility in their career design. The university offers remedial services in math, reading, study and writing skills.

6. Walden University

The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Walden University offers more than 50 online degree programs, more than 170 specializations and more than 55 concentrations. This gives students wide flexibility in shaping their careers.

The university boasts a large faculty of more than 2,000 members. The diversified program offering and extensive faculty body contributes to the high quality of online education that is associated with the university. The university offers more than 15 online bachelor's degree programs, more than 30 master's programs and more than 20 doctoral programs.

7. American - InterContinental University

American InterContinental University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. At AIU, students get pacing options that work around their schedules, as well as a 24/7 support system by phone, email or live chat. The university's Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degree programs are taught by professors who are industry specialists, bringing their experience directly into the students coursework so that students can get the solution-based skills employers seek. With over 50 programs available, AIU is a popular choice for those who wish to pursue a degree in a wide range of fields, including business, design, IT, education, and more.

8. Grand Canyon University

This is a regionally accredited university that is recognized as one of the best in the nation for online education. The university offers one of the widest offerings of bachelor's and master's degree programs. Students can enroll for programs in business, education, liberal arts or nursing and health sciences.

The university's state-of-the-art learning system for online education makes it one of the most popular choices for students interested in e-learning. The university emphasizes on individual attention, both in its traditional learning environment as well as online instruction.

9. Capella University

The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is also a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Capella University offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs online. Undergraduate programs include business, criminal justice, healthcare management, human resources, project management, public administration, public safety and technology.

The same programs are offered at the graduate level as well as counseling, education, nursing and social work. Capella University places much emphasis on professionalism in its program development. Many of the program offerings are designed to meet standards set by professional associations. This assures students of gaining the required skills and knowledge valued by employers.

10. American Public University System

The university offers its online programs in sessions of 8 and 16 weeks. This allows you to select a schedule that best fits into your lifestyle. More than 150 certificate and degree programs are offered by the university. In a bid to minimize costs for students, the university does not charge, admissions, application or technology fees. Further, the university accepts federal student aid as well as military tuition assistance.

Undergraduate students are provided with books at no cost. This makes it one of the most affordable universities for online education. The university offers more than 20 associate degree programs and more than 30 bachelor's programs.

Sources:

US News - Best Colleges

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