By Kelley Jacobs
Posted November 2015

This ranking highlights the top small schools offering online degrees.

According to data by the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately one in four students took an online course during the fall semester of 2012. This number is expected to rise dramatically as more and more students take advantage of the convenience flexibility an online program can provide. Benefits of an online program include variety of programs, low cost, ability to continue working while advancing your career. Online degree programs allow working adults to earn a college degree to stay competative in the marketplace while maintaining a work/life/school balance.

We created this list of the top small schools offering online degrees. The sample for this list was pulled from College Navigator based on size, cost, and Bachelor’s degree online program offerings. From that group, we applied ranking criteria and came up with our list of the top 30 small schools. For the purpose of this list, small was defined as less than 4,100 undergraduate students. Figures used for this ranking come from College Navigator. Sources of information include college websites, the Princeton Review and U.S. World and News Report.

Student to Faculty Ratio:
Less than 14:1- 3 Points
15:1 to 20:1- 2 Points
More than 20:1- 1 Point

Net Cost
Less than $15,000/year- 3 Points
$15,001-$20,000/year- 2 Points
More than $20,000/year- 1 Point

Applicants Admitted
Less than 60%- 3 Points
61%-74&- 2 Points
More than 75%- 1 Point

Graduation Rate
50% or Greater- 2 Points
Less than 50%- 1 Point

Ranking the Top Small Non-profit Colleges for an Online Degree

#30 – Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne, Florida

Florida Institute of Technology
Website
Net Cost: Info Not Available
Points: 4

Florida Institute of Technology offers an extensive list of accredited online Bachelor’s degree programs through a state of the art learning system. Students have access to streaming lectures, online discussion boards, live chat rooms, and MP4 video lectures. Online students are assigned an online learning program advisor to assist in registration, ordering books and getting familiarized with e-services. Students can access IT support at any time. No campus attendance is required for these programs.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Accounting, Applied Psychology, Aviation Management, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice Homeland Security

#29 – Lynn University-Boca Raton, Florida

Lynn University
Website
Net Cost: $35,147
Points: 5

Lynn University offers accredited, online, accelerated degree options in six different areas. Professors at Lynn are experienced in their field of study as both practitioners and educators. The online program utilizes an iPad curriculum and all students receive an iPad Mini as part of the program. Lynn is an Apple Distinguished School for Innovation, Leadership and Educational Excellence. Students with significant life or work experience in their area of study can receive up to 30 credits through the “Learning Counts” program. Online programs at Lynn University are tailored to meet the needs of working adults.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Aviation Management, Business Administration, Communication and Media, Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts, Psychology

#28 – Regent University-Virginia Beach, Virginia

Regent University
Website
Net Cost: $16,880
Points: 6

Regent University offers over 30 different accredited online bachelor’s degree programs to match career interests. Course offerings are flexible, with most lasting eight weeks. Faculty are experts in the field and experienced in teaching the online learner. Regent was ranked 11th by U.S. News and World Report for Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs and is nationally recognized by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, receiving an “A” rating.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Business, Accounting, History, English, Leadership, Psychology, Nursing, Government, Communication, Cyber Security

#27 – Herzing University-Madison, Wisconsin

Herzing University
Website
Net Cost: $2,369
Points: 6

Herzing University offers an online degree program with over 20 different Bachelor’s degree options for study. Students receive personalized attention and are able to log in when it’s most convenient for them. Online students have access to the online library, academic support center, and an admission advisor. The Career Development Program offers students assistance in finding employment while in school and after graduation. Herzing utilizes the Blackboard system to provide an engaging learning environment which is important for the adult learner.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

RN to BSN, Accounting, Business Management, Legal Studies, Graphic Design, Health Information Management, Healthcare Management, Health Information Management, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security and Public Safety

#26 – Dominican College-Orangeburg, New York

Dominican College
Website
Net Cost: $20,197
Points: 6

Dominican University is a fully accredited institution offering six different accelerated online programs for the adult learner. Students may transfer between 70 and 90 credit hours toward their bachelors degree. Students have access to career counseling services as well as the ability to utilize the on campus fitness center. Students are taught by expert faculty who have the experience, qualifications and teaching skills needed to help students excel in the online learning environment.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Social Sciences, Communication Studies, Management, Criminal Justice, Psychology

#25 – University of Bridgeport-Bridgeport, Connecticut

University of Bridgeport
Website
Net Cost: $22,789
Points: 6

The University of Bridgeport has been offering distance education options since 1997. UB engages students through a holistic learning approach with faculty developed courses, one on one academic advising, and career development services. Students participate in courses through the Canvas online learning platform which offers 24×7 support. Courses begin three to five times each year and are offered in either a 16 week or an accelerated eight week format. U.S. News and World Report has named the University of Bridgeport as a Top Online Program in their 2015 list.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Professional Studies (Healthcare Administration, Human Resource Administration, Organizational Leadership and Change), Dental Hygiene, General Studies, RN to BSN Nursing

#24 – Everglades University-Boca Raton, Florida

Everglades University
Website
Net Cost: $33,930
Points: 7

Everglades University offers interactive and challenging programs in a 100% online environment. Courses are designed by faculty and staff at EU and are updated frequently to keep content relevant and current. Students are able to engage in discussions and live chats with their instructors and peers through an online learning platform. Students complete a telephone orientation and are assigned an academic advisor that is available to them while they attend EU. Everglades University provides employment placement services after graduation.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Alternative Medicine, Land and Energy Management, Environmental Policy and Management, Alternative and Renewable Energy Management, Construction Management, Crisis and Disaster Management, Business Administration, Aviation/Aerospace

#23 – Linfield College, McMinnville Campus-McMinnville, Oregon

Linfield College
Website
Net Cost: $25,762
Points: 7

Linfield College offers six different accredited online Bachelor’s degree options to meet the needs to today’s adult student. Linfield boasts a higher completion rate than the national average which may be attributed to a strong support system available to online students. Linfield offers admissions counselors, academic advisors, technical support and the Blackboard learning platform which simplifies online learning. Students with prior experience or training can complete a Prior Learning Degree Portfolio and earn up to 31 credits toward their degree.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Accounting, Business Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, RN to BSN

#22 – Palm Beach Atlantic University-West Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach Atlantic University
Website
Net Cost: $20,056
Points: 7

Palm Beach Atlantic University is a Christ-first university offering a personalized online experience for looking to pursue their degree in a virtual environment. Courses are synchronous which allow for optimal student/faculty interaction. Students can listen to their lectures or lessons through podcasts. Courses can be accessed through computers, tablets and smart phones which allows students to stay connected. PBAU accepts transfer and professional education credits so students graduate in less time.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Ministry, Organizational Management (concentrations in Human Resource Management or Organizational Behavior), Psychology

#21 – Cornerstone University-Grand Rapids, Michigan

Cornerstone University
Website
Net Cost: $19,534
Points: 7

Cornerstone University offers online degree completion programs that can be completed in less than two years. Online programs follow a cohort format which allows students to collaborate and develop professional relationships. Cornerstone is a Christian institution and incorporates Christian viewpoints into its teachings. Programs are offered through an easy to use online learning management system. Cornerstone is ideal for working adults, those with families and students looking to attend part-time. Edudemic ranked Cornerstone as the #1 online school in the state of Michigan.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Business Administration, Management, Psychology, Ministry Leadership

#20 – University of Minnesota-Crookston, Minnesota

University of Minnesota Crookston
Website
Net Cost: $13,055
Points: 7

The University of Minnesota Crookston Online program has received numerous awards and recognition from U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, Affordable Colleges Online and The Best Schools. Over 14 different Bachelor Degree programs are offered, in addition to several online certificates. Programs are flexible and are designed for working adults and part-time students. Courses start each semester and last 15 weeks. Students are able to access their coursework at any time through the Moodle learning content management system.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Accounting, Applied Health, Applied Studies, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Management, Information Technology Management, International Business, Management

#19 – University of Wisconsin, Superior-Superior, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin, Superior
Website
Net Cost: $10,748
Points: 7

The University of Wisconsin-Superior has been offering distance learning for over 35 years. BestColleges.com ranked UW-Superior as one of the most affordable online programs in the country. UW-Superior offers six different Bachelor’s degree options, most with no on-campus requirements. Online students have access to the Distance Learning Library, online tutoring services, counseling, a writing center and technology services. Current students and graduates can utilize Career Services to help find a job or obtain career information. Those with previous military/ACE credits or who pass challenge exams may earn Credit for Prior Learning.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Communicating Arts, Elementary Education, Exercise Science, Health and Wellness Management, Sustainable Management and Self-Designed Majors

#18 – Creighton University-Omaha, Nebraska

Creighton University
Website
Net Cost: $28,551
Points: 8

Creighton University offers two distinct online Bachelor’s degree program options offered in an accelerated format. Both degree options are designed for the full time working student by offering flexible entry dates, various specializations to match career interests and eight week courses. Online students have access to student services coordinators and the career services department which keep students on track for graduation and assist in career planning and development. Students benefit from a new student orientation and have access to a 24×7 Help Desk for technical support.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Healthy Lifestyle Management, Leadership

#17 – Norwich University-Northfield, Vermont

Norwich University
Website
Net Cost: $27,429
Points: 8

Norwich University offers online degree options through a state of the art learning platform. Classes are designed with fixed assignment due dates so students can plan their schedule around their coursework. The online bachelor’s programs in both Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis rank in the top 35% of all programs based on the rankings by U.S. News and World Report. Online students have access to a Student Services Advisor to assist with planning their degree, the Kreitzberg Library and the Career Services Center to assist in job placement.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Interdisciplinary Studies, Criminal Justice, Cyber Security, Management Studies, Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis

#16 – Lawrence Technological University-Southfield, Michigan

Lawrence Technological University
Website
Net Cost: $25,824
Points: 8

Lawrence Technological University offers an online degree in Business Administration or Information Technology. Both programs are academically challenging while preparing students for the workforce. Courses are offered in an asynchronous format allowing maximum flexibility for the working adult. Students have access to an extensive online library and an IT Help Desk. Students benefit from taking courses from the same experienced professors as their traditional counterparts. Lawrence has been ranking in the Top 30% of universities by Bloomberg Business and has included in the “Best of the Midwest” ranking by the Princeton Review. U.S. News and World Report named Lawrence first for student engagement.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Business Administration, Information Technology

#15 – Northwood University-Midland, Michigan

Northwood University
Website
Net Cost: $19,870
Points: 8

Northwood University offers an online Bachelor’s of Business Administration in ten different areas of study. All concentrations are fully online or students can complete courses at one of the Regional Education Centers around the state. Programs are designed for busy adults who are either working in the field of business or who plan to pursue a career in business administration. Students benefit from professors with both teaching and field experience. Northwood University has a specific mission to “develop future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society.”

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Bachelor of Business Administration (concentrations in Accounting, Automotive Marketing and Management, Computer Information Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Franchising Management, Health Care Management, Management and Marketing)

#14 – John Brown University-Siloam Springs, Arkansas

John Brown University
Website
Net Cost: $18,924
Points: 8

John Brown University is a Christian institution with online degree programs for the working adult. The online program was created with the assistance of a 2 million dollar grant from the United States Department of Education to expand online learning in the state of Arkansas. John Brown has created a dynamic, state of the art online education system for students looking to complete their degree with little-to-no on campus residency requirements. One students have access to an online orientation website which includes a helpdesk, registration information, tutorials and other online resources.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Business Administration, Liberal Arts, Management Accounting

#13 – Concordia University, St. Paul-St. Paul, Minnesota

Concordia University St. Paul
Website
Net Cost: $18,677
Points: 8

Concordia University in St. Paul offers online degree programs for students looking for a Christ-centered online learning experience. Programs are offered in a cohort format which allows students to get to know each other and collaborate during their time at Concordia. The Concordia Transfer Advantage program provides students with an Associates degree a $2,000 scholarship when they transfer to Concordia to complete their Bachelor’s degree. All courses are offered online and coursework is completed through an online education learning platform.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Accounting, Business, Child Development, Criminal Justice, Exercise Science, Family Science, Health Care Administration, Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management, Information and Technology Management

#12 – Charleston Southern University-Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston Southern University
Website
Net Cost: $17,561
Points: 8

Charleston Southern University offers three different online Bachelor’s degree programs entirely online. The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management offers concentrations in healthcare management, hospitality and tourism, project management and human resource management. Online courses are offered in seven week, accelerated terms with six terms per year. Faculty are experienced leaders in the field and engage students in discussion and classroom activities through a state of the art virtual classroom.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Organizational Management, Technology in Computer Systems and Information Sciences, RN-BSN

#11 – Brandman University-Irvine, California

Brandman University
Website
Net Cost: $13,830
Points: 8

Brandman University offers fully online degree options with year round sessions. Brandman offers five different program areas with over 40 different degree options, making Brandman one of the most extensive online learning institutions in this list. Students benefit from support services that include admissions, financial aid and registration assistance to keep them on track and set for graduation. Coursework is completed online in a virtual learning platform that students can access any time of day or night, ideal for the working adult learner.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Applied Studies, Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, Psychology, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology, Organizational Leadership, Business Administration, Finance

#10 – Granite State College-Concord, New Hampshire

Granite State College
Website
Net Cost: $13,716
Points: 8

Granite State College offers flexible online Bachelor’s degree programs that can be completed part-time or full-time. Programs are designed for the working professional and are offered in an accelerated format. The Degree Completion Pathway Program allows students to earn their degree in just 15 courses if they have met program criteria. Faculty are practitioners in their fields and professional educators. Degrees prepare students for entry into the workforce as well as graduate school. Granite State College offers students personalized attention through Student Centered Advising which helps each student reach their personal and professional goals.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Accounting and Finance, Allied Health Leadership, Applied Studies (3 options), Business Management, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Digital and Social Media, Early Childhood Education, English, Health and Wellness

#9 – SUNY College of Technology-Delhi, New York

SUNY College of Technology-Delhi

Website
Net Cost: $13,043
Points: 8

SUNY College of Technology is one of the technology colleges of the State University of New York education system. SUNY offers three different online Bachelor’s degree programs that are designed for the working adult. Programs can be completed either full-time or part-time and there is no residency requirement. Online student services include academic advising, library services, online tutoring and English Language Learner Services. SUNY uses the Moodle online learning platform. SUNY has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report for the last 10 years in their “Best Regional Colleges” list.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

RN to BSN, Criminal Justice, Hospitality Management

#8 – Valley City State University-Valley City, North Dakota

Valley City State University
Website
Net Cost: $11,848
Points: 8

Students interested in an online degree with the option for hybrid courses may want to consider Valley City State University. Courses may include online courses that students can complete independently or collaboratively, weekend workshops, or full term courses. VCSU offers online students access to the Technology Service Desk, the Allen Memorial Library, Student Services and Counseling Services. Valley City is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Online Programs in the country.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Business Education, Career and Technical Education, English Education, History Education, Technology Education, Professional Communication, Music

#7 – Peirce College-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Peirce College
Website
Net Cost: $9,302
Points: 8

Peirce College was one of the first schools in the country to offer online programs. Online Bachelor’s degree programs at Peirce are flexible, with new courses starting every month. Programs are flexible and are geared toward the working adult. Students are able to have direct interaction with faculty and classmates through an advanced online learning platform. Services available to online students include an online library and bookstore, advising services, and academic workshops.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

General Studies, Business, Information Technology, Legal Studies, Healthcare

#6 – Malone University-Canton, Ohio

Malone University
Website
Net Cost: $19,554
Points: 9

Malone University is a Christian university offering online students access to exceptional faculty. Over 75% of faculty having a doctoral/terminal degree in their field of study. Malone offers an online Business Management degree with five different concentrations. Students have access to course material at any time of the day or night along with a 24×7 Help Desk. Students do not need to come on campus during their time at Malone and are able to receive advisement services in a virtual environment. A state of the art online library is also available to online student with tools that help facilitate success.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Business Management (majors in Environmental, Health Services, Marketing, Organizational, and Project Management)

#5 – Siena Heights University-Adrian Michigan

siena heights university
Website
Net Cost: $18,911
Points: 9

Siena Heights University has offered online education since 2004. Siena offers five different online majors and four minors. Online Bachelor’s degree programs follow a cohort format with a sequence of courses that students follow together. Courses are eight weeks in duration. Faculty are experienced in the field and offer personalized attention to online students. Students have access to personal academic advising, financial aid services, and an online library database and support. Siena Heights is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a “Best Online Program” for 2015.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied Science, Multidisciplinary Studies, RN-BSN, Professional Communication

#4 – Toccoa Falls College-Toccoa Falls, Georgia

Toccoa Falls College
Website
Net Cost: $18,337
Points: 9

Toccoa Falls College offers personal, one on one support to online learners. Toccoa Falls is a Christ focused institution providing advising, counseling, IT support, online library services, an online orientation, and a tutoring center for online students. Students engage in Service and Outreach in their own communities during each semester. The online program is continuously expanding to offer new educational opportunities including degrees in Sports Management and Counseling Psychology which are new for the 2015 school year. Online students enjoy many of the same activities as their traditional counterparts including participation in clubs, chapel services and athletics (with approval).

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Biblical Studies, Counseling Psychology, General Studies, Ministry Leadership, Nonprofit Business Administration, Organizational Leadership, Sport Management, Youth Ministries

#3 – McKendree University-Lebanon, Illinois

McKendree University
Website
Net Cost: $17,572
Points: 9

McKendree University offers three different online accredited Bachelor’s degree programs that can be completed in two years. Classes begin every eight weeks and are offered in an accelerated format. McKendree University is a College of Distinction and is Military Friendly. Online students receive the same benefit as their traditional counterparts with personalized academic attention and access to student services. Students are kept engaged with professors and peers through an online learning platform which is easy to use. McKendree University is ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News and World Report.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Psychology, Business Administration, RN to BSN

#2 – University of St. Francis-Joliet, Illinois

University of St. Francis
Website
Net Cost: $17,366
Points: 10

The University of St. Francis offers a multitude of interactive accredited online programs to meet the needs of today’s adult learner. There are no mandatory class times, so students can log in whenever it is most convenient. Students must transfer in a minimum of 64 credit hours, with additional credits awarded through the Prior Learning Assessment Program for those with relevant work experience, military, CLEP or DANTES credits. Faculty members are highly educated and experienced in their field of study. Online students have access to 24×7 tech support.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Business Administration (Entrepreneurship, Management and Leadership, Managing Human Resources, Marketing, Transportation and Logistics Management), Health Care Leadership, RN to BSN

#1 – Chatham University-Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Chatham University
Website
Net Cost: $16,979
Points: 10

Chatham University offers two undergrad completion programs through the College for Continuing and Professional Studies. Degrees are offered entirely online using the “Moodle” online learning platform. Students engage with professors and each other through the WebEx online meeting platform as well as Skype for 1:1 interactions. New students attend a week long student orientation. Courses are seven weeks long, allowing students to quickly move from one course to another. Online students have access to online career resources with plans to expand those resources in the future.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

Business Administration and Psychology