The online education sources available to post-secondary students are rapidly expanding. More and more students are choosing to complete degrees in an online or blended format. What are the most popular online colleges and universities according to enrollment numbers? The following data for the top twenty is from the United States Department of Education’s study of 12-month enrollment numbers from the fall of 2010. The following five schools are listed by enrollment in either the 2009 or 2010 year.
2. Kaplan University: Offering campus locations in Iowa, Maryland, Maine, and Nebraska, Kaplan provides blended learning and fully online courses. The Concord Law School online program is a part of the Kaplan family.
3. Arizona State University: ASU has several traditional campuses in Arizona, as a public university. However, they also have an impressive online division which is embracing technology as a format to reach those who cannot attend a campus-based program.
4. Miami Dade College: MDC has several campuses in Florida, as well as a virtual campus online. It is known for two-year associates degrees.
5. Ohio State University: OSU is a public, four year institution in Ohio that also offers programs online for credit.
6. Houston Community College: HCC has a number of campus branches in the Houston, Texas area. They also have an online distance learning program.
8. University of Central Florida: UCF is a public, research university near Orlando, Florida, with twelve campuses. By enrollment, it is the second largest university in the United States, offering online coursework in addition to the campus experience.
9. University of Minnesota: The Crookston campus offers ten degree programs online, though UMN is a part of the public university system of Minnesota. Enrollment: 51,659
10. University of Texas at Austin: The University Extension of UT at Austin offers blended and online degree programs to complement the four-year, traditional on campus experience.
11. University of Florida: The UFL online distance learning MBA program was ranked #1 by the Economist. The school also offers a variety of other degree programs online.
12. Texas A&M University:
13. Michigan State University: MSU offers over 100 graduate and undergraduate courses online in addition to their traditional, campus based degree programs.
14. Ashford University: Based in Clinton, Iowa, Ashford is an online university which offers a variety of degree programs.
15. Northern Virginia Community College: NOVA’s online degrees and courses are offered through its Extended Learning Institute (ELI).
16. Lone Star College System: LSCS has eight campuses in Texas and an online campus for non-traditional students and distance learners.
17. Liberty University: Liberty is the largest online Christian university in the United States, with over 150 programs of study available.
18. University of Washington, Seattle Campus: The Professional and Continuing Education division of the University of Washington offers online course work in numerous disciplines.
19. Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus: Penn State offers online programs, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees in over seventy areas.
20. Tarrant County College District: The TCCD Distance Learning Program is offered through instructional television and the internet.
21. Walden University: Walden has been around for over 40 years. It is an online university focused on a student-centered education.
Enrollment: over 40,000
22. Baker College Online: Based in Michigan, Baker’s online programs are designed to help students accomplish goals, graduate, and further careers rather than become career students.
23. Capella University: Capella offers a full range of programs, including certificates, undergraduate degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees online.
Enrollment: about 30,000
Enrollment: over 25,000
25. Saint Leo University: SLO has had a center for online learning since 1999, and offers a nice selection of degree programs online.
Enrollment: 15, 565