The 2013 Online College Rankings from the Open Education Database (OEDb) recognize the top online colleges that offer undergraduate degree programs in nursing, psychology, business administration, marketing, accounting, education, paralegal studies, criminal justice, computer science, IT, and graphic design.
This year, OEDb calculated 11 different program rankings to reflect the tremendous growth in online education and provide more guidance for students in their intended area of study.
OEDb was one of the earliest publishers to rank online colleges, with our first release in 2007. We believe our annual Online College Rankings to be the most useful and comprehensive published rankings of online schools today.
The top winners of 2013 include:
- BSN (Nursing): University of Delaware
- Psychology: Pennsylvania State University
- Business Administration: University of Michigan
- Marketing: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
- Accounting: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
- Paralegal: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
- Criminal Justice: Saint Louis University
- Education: University of Findlay
- Computer Science: Oregon State University
- IT: University of Denver
- Graphic Design: Savannah College of Art and Design
Calculating the Rankings
OEDb used only reliable and quantifiable data from trusted third parties and the schools’ websites to keep the rankings as verifiable and objective as possible.
OEDb’s researchers initially compiled a list of schools in the U.S. offering online learning as of November 2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator database. We defined online schools as those that offer at least one degree program that can be earned completely online; are accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; and are listed on College Navigator. We used that initial list, containing more than 3,000 schools, to identify which schools offered at least one completely online program in the subject areas we selected to rank.
From there, we compiled our final rankings based on the key metrics as described in our methodology. These metrics include: cost; selectivity in admissions; history of reputable accreditation; student loan default, institutional financial aid, graduation, retention, and job placement rate; and ratio of full-time to part-time faculty members.