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The Colleges with the Most Online Students in the U.S.

The Colleges with the Most Online Students in the U.S.
Rank School Location
1 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, Utah
2 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, New Hampshire
3 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, Arizona
4 Liberty University Lynchburg, Virginia
5 University of Phoenix-Arizona Phoenix, Arizona
6 Arizona State University Digital Immersion Scottsdale, Arizona
7 Texas A & M University College Station, Texas
8 University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida
9 Dallas College Dallas, Texas
10 Lone Star College System The Woodlands, Texas

We have compiled the ten largest online colleges and universities in the U.S. in terms of the highest number of enrolled online students.

We have also included their tuition amounts and graduation rates, so that students who may be interested in attending one of these schools can see their cost, and get an idea of the percentage of students that graduate.

Online college has seen an increase in the past few years. The pandemic accelerated the boom in online students, and the trend has continued.

The tuition rate is per-year for an online bachelor's degree program. The typical time it takes to graduate is four years. However, there are accelerated online programs, such as the Sophia Learning program through Southern New Hampshire, that can greatly reduce the time to finish a degree; motivated students may be able to finish an online bachelor's degree in 18 months. Arizona State University also offers fast online bachelor's degrees.

The ranking order is determined by the number of students who are enrolled online, from highest to lowest. Of the ten universities and colleges listed here, three are in Texas. The last two in the list are community colleges, which has also seen a large increase in enrollments in the last few years.

Collectively these 10 institutions represent approximately 1,000,000 students.

The Largest Online Colleges in the United States

1.

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah

Western Governors University

Western Governors is a private, not-for-profit online university.

  • Total Online Enrollment: 150,116
  • Tuition: $7,452
  • Graduation Rate: 68%

Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

2.

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire

Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, not-for-profit university. SNHU offers online associate's through master's degrees. SNHU offers fast online degrees through their Sophia Learning program.

  • Total Online Enrollment: 145,533
  • Tuition: $9,600
  • Graduation Rate: 71%

Accreditation: New England Commission of Higher Education, Inc.

3.

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona

Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is a private, for-profit Christian university, offering online bachelor's through doctorate degrees in a large variety of subjects. Grand Canyon is one of the largest Christian universities in the world in numbers of students.

  • Total Online Enrollment: 103,072
  • Tuition: $13,580
  • Graduation Rate: 58%

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

4.

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia

Liberty University

Liberty University is a private, not-for-profit Christian university. Liberty is also one of the largest Christian universities in the world in number of students.

  • Total Online Enrollment: 94,709
  • Tuition: $17,678
  • Graduation Rate: 54%

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

5.

University of Phoenix-Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is a private, for-profit university.

  • Total Online Enrollment: 85,836
  • Tuition: $20,240
  • Graduation Rate: 57%

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

6.

Arizona State University Digital Immersion

Scottsdale, Arizona

Arizona State university

Arizona State University is a public, research university. They offer accelerated online bachelor's degrees in certain subjects.

  • Total Online Enrollment: 77,881
  • Tuition: $29,144
  • Graduation Rate: 50%

Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

7.

Texas A & M University

College Station, Texas

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M is a public, research university.

  • Total Online Enrollment: 72,530
  • Tuition: $35,374
  • Graduation Rate: 56%

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

8.

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida is a public, research university.

  • Total Online Enrollment: 70,310
  • Tuition: $34,580
  • Graduation Rate: 55%

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

9.

Dallas College

Dallas, Texas

Dallas College

Dallas College is a public community college with seven locations around the Dallas area.

  • Total Online Enrollment: 69,171
  • Tuition: $10,874
  • Graduation Rate: 48%

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

10.

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, Texas

Lone Star College System

Lone Star College System is a public community college in north Houston.

  • Total Online Enrollment: 68,653
  • Tuition: $11,254
  • Graduation Rate: 42%

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Tuition Amounts: Ranked Lowest to Highest

  1. Western Governors University (WGU): $7,452
  2. Southern New Hampshire University: $9,600
  3. Dallas College: $10,874
  4. Lone Star College System: $11,254
  5. Grand Canyon University: $13,580
  6. Liberty University: $17,678
  7. University of Phoenix: $20,240
  8. Arizona State University: $29,144
  9. University of Central Florida: $34,580
  10. Texas A&M University: $35,374

Graduation Rates: Highest to Lowest

  1. Southern New Hampshire University: 71%
  2. Western Governors University (WGU): 68%
  3. Grand Canyon University: 58%
  4. University of Phoenix: 57%
  5. Texas A&M University: 56%
  6. University of Central Florida: 55%
  7. Liberty University: 54%
  8. Arizona State University: 50%
  9. Dallas College: 48%
  10. Lone Star College System: 42%

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