Colleges and universities across the U.S. continue to add full online programs and courses to expand learning opportunities for students. Once dominated by for-profit institutions, this now includes hundreds of traditional, not-for-profit colleges with decades of demonstrated academic excellence. Small community colleges, for example, offer online diploma, certificate and associate degree programs for students looking for entry-level credentials. In contrast, major universities give both undergraduate and graduate students the chance to study online at the bachelor’s, master’s, and, in many cases, the doctorate level.
The following page organizes today’s growing collection of online colleges and their programs into several common and convenient categories. Whether new to distance education or a seasoned online learner, moving in the right direction starts with identifying career needs, and then searching for and finding academic opportunities to match.