Report: The Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2020


If you’re thinking about attending college in the upcoming semester, the coronavirus pandemic may have you considering some remote options.

The good news is that there are plenty of highly esteemed online programs to earn a bachelor’s degree. They include some of the top schools in the United States.

This article is going to show you some of the best online education programs among four-year colleges and universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 list.

U.S. News came up with its list by assessing four primary factors:

  • Engagement (35%): Programs that promote participation among instructors and students.
  • Services and Technologies (25%): Those that incorporate diverse methods of online learning.
  • Faculty Credentials and Training (20%): Institutions that employ instructors with strong academic credentials.
  • Expert Opinion (20%): Those with programs and degrees held in high regard by employers.

10 Best Online Education Programs for a Bachelor’s Degree

RankSchoolTuition Per Credit (out of state)
1Ohio State University -- Columbus$359
2Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University -- Worldwide$413
3University of Illinois -- Chicago$462
4University of Florida$500
5Oregon State University$309
6Arizona State University$530
7University of Oklahoma$672
8 (tie)Loyola University Chicago$693
8 (tie)Pennsylvania State University -- World Campus$555
8 (tie)University of North Carolina -- Wilmington$644

See U.S. News & World Report’s complete list here.

Online college programs give students more flexibility, says Anita Narayan, managing editor of education at U.S. News.

“Prospective students now have a lot of options when choosing an online undergraduate or graduate program,” she says in the news release.

If you’re interested in no-cost options, here are 20+ online resources where you can find educational videos and university-level courses for free!

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