Top Online Schools According to Student Reviews
By Richard Orr in Online Degrees / Mon August 22, 2011
We highlight 15 top U.S. based online schools. Our list is primarily based on the schools consistently receiving positive student reviews on a leading online degree review site, OnlineDegreeReviews.org. Please suggest others with your own personal experiences in the comments section below.
Looking for a top online school?
Are you looking for a top online school? I’ve been there, and it can be difficult navigating your way through the sea of online schools to find the best option for you. I’m Patti Faustini and I’m a citizen of the online education world. I earned my BS from Ohio State University and my Master of Education (M.Ed.) from a truly terrific online school that shall remain unnamed.
Back when I was choosing my online school, I was really interested in the experiences of other students, as they are a good indicator of the quality of the school. If the students have lots of good things to say, the school must be good right? Well, to make your life easier, we (myself, with help from Richard, the Study2U editor) have drawn up a list of some top online schools based in the U.S.. Their selection was based on them consistently receiving positive reviews on the online degree student review site ‘Online Degree Reviews’. The list also takes into account my own personal experience and knowledge of online schools, along with the input of my friends’ and colleagues’. If a school that you like isn’t on our list, it doesn’t necessarily mean it hasn’t got good reviews, but just that there were no reviews available (and we also limited the number of schools) – see if you can find reviews for it on Online Degree Reviews or Google the school’s name with “reviews”.
Let us know of other top online schools in the comments section below (students and former students only).
Top Online Schools with Sample Student Reviews
“It’s amazing how this institution can do what other colleges can’t do. I attended two other colleges before attending AIU and have been very satisfied on everything AIU does for the students.” (Excerpt of a review on OnlineDegreeReviews.org). Reviewer: Anonymous (Graduate) on December 18, 2009.
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“I am currently attending Bellevue University. It was one of the best decisions that I have made. The online format is awesome.” (Excerpt of a review on OnlineDegreeReviews.org). Reviewer: Anonymous (Degree In Progress) on June 23, 2010.
“The program in Instructional and Performance Technology was exceptional. The instructors were well known experts in the field, and modelled what they were teaching. The materials were the best thought out of any I’ve encountered in my years of higher education. Not only that, but the support staff was outstanding. I can’t recommend this program highly enough.” (Excerpt of a review on OnlineDegreeReviews.org). Reviewer: Anonymous (Graduate) on February 9, 2008.
“As someone who has been on a doctoral committee at the Union Institute and University prior to my PhD at Capella University, I know that the quality of the phenomenal mentors, committee members, and professors at Capella is top notch. I have taught in the Biology Dept. at Syracuse University and I know that the PhD I received from Capella has been unbelievably worthwhile.” (Excerpt of a review on OnlineDegreeReviews.org). Reviewer: einsteinium2009 (Graduate) on January 14, 2011.
“The school is highly reputable with classmates from all over the country/world with diverse professional backgrounds”. (Excerpt of a review on OnlineDegreeReviews.org) Reviewer: Anonymous (In Progress) on October 6, 2010
“CTU was an excellent choice for me. I found the material challenging and the staff well prepared to teach” (Excerpt of a review on OnlineDegreeReviews.org). Reviewer: Sterling.Carter1 (Degree In Progress) on June 14, 2010.
“I would highly recommend the university. The professors have been very supportive. The masters program has been a great experience for me. I have had no problems at all getting my degree recognized.” (Excerpt of a review on OnlineDegreeReviews.org). Reviewer: Anonymous (Graduate) on October 20, 2010.
“I am working toward my Master’s in Education at JIU. I must say that it is working out very well. I work full-time and have a family, but the organization of the courses is manageable. The professors have been very active and supportive, and I even feel that I have gotten to know my classmates. They make you feel that your success is a goal for them.” (Excerpt of a review on OnlineDegreeReviews.org). Reviewer: katiehill6611 (Degree In Progress) on October 14, 2010.
“I have been attending LU since March of 2010 to earn my MAT in secondary English education, and I can’t recommend another school more. I will be done this May following student teaching. I will miss this school so much that I’m now considering getting my specialist and doctorate here.” (Excerpt of a review on OnlineDegreeReviews.org). Reviewer: teasley09 (Degree In Progress) on January 17, 2011.
“The degree is incredibly challenging and requires a lot of reading and critical thinking. From weekly discussions in the online classroom to the 20-25 page term papers, you are given every opportunity to learn from engaging with classmates and to develop writing skills…It was an amazing experience.” (Excerpt of a review on OnlineDegreeReviews.org). Reviewer: Anonymous (Degree In Progress) on July 2, 2010.
“I graduated from Saint Leo’s with a degree in Business Admin – concentration in Management and minor in HR… I loved this experience and am planning on focusing on my graduate degree next!” (Excerpt of a review on OnlineDegreeReviews.org). Reviewer: Anonymous (Graduate) on June 16, 2010.
“I have been a student at UIU online since 2007 and I definitely made the right choice.” (Excerpt of a review on OnlineDegreeReviews.org). Reviewer: Anonymous (Degree In Progress) on February 18, 2010.
“I received my MBA in the spring of 2010 and was very pleased with the quality of the program… I received excellent support from my professors and classmates.” (Excerpt of a review on OnlineDegreeReviews.org). Reviewer: timwright07 (Graduate) on January 6, 2011.
“I recently completed my MBA from WGU and would highly recommend the program due to the course content, accessibility, and affordability of the program. The mentorship program at WGU provides support and guidance and is an extremely helpful part of the transition into WGU.” (Excerpt of a review on OnlineDegreeReviews.org). Reviewer: Anonymous (Graduate) on November 22, 2010.
Disclaimer: this is intended to be a guide only and Study2U , the author, and OnlineDegreeReviews.org accept no liability for decisions and actions taken as a result of this article. We recommend that you conduct your own comprehensive research when selecting your degree and education provider.