What Are Some of the Largest Online Schools in the U.S.?

Private, for-profit online schools have the largest Internet presence, but campus-based universities with online education programs also attract large numbers of students. Read below about some of the largest public U.S. online schools.

Largest Online Schools in the U.S.

This article focuses on the largest U.S. public schools with online programs. Each of these colleges and universities has well-established on-campus degree programs. Students in online degree programs are generally taught by the same instructors who teach on-campus courses, and their transcript and degree information doesn't indicate whether or not the degree was earned online.

Important Facts About Online Schools

Degree Levels Professional, undergraduate, and graduate degrees and certificates are available
Program Fields Art history, business, English, film, geography, justice studies, mass communication and media studies, political science, psychology, sociology
Prerequisites Vary widely; science programs may require prerequisite coursework or knowledge, and art programs may require a portfolio submission
Possible Careers Engineer, logistician, teacher, financial advisor, camera operator, computer programmer, interior designer, interpreter

Arizona State University

Arizona State University (ASU), located in Tempe, Arizona, had a 2015 total enrollment of 50,320 students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). ASU Online offers bachelor's degree programs, master's degree programs and professional certificate programs. The university also offers an online library system, as well as online tutoring available six days a week.

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College had a total enrollment of 66,046 students in 2015, according to the NCES (www.nces.ed.gov). Miami Dade's Virtual College offers two associate's degree programs in several areas and a certificate program. The Department of Continuing Education and Professional Development also offers a variety of non-credit courses through online study. Online students can get technical support via live chat or e-mail.

Penn State World Campus

Penn State University's main campus created one of the first correspondence courses in 1892 and, as of 2015, had a total enrollment of 47,040 students according to the NCES. Penn State University offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as professional certificates, online through the Penn State World Campus.

University of Texas Online Consortium

The University of Texas (UT) Online Consortium allows students to access programs from schools within the University of Texas System, which includes eight campus locations throughout the state. Online students can choose from 11 undergraduate degree programs and 14 master's degree programs, in addition to several endorsement and teaching certification programs. The school also offers individual courses through online study.

The schools in the listing below are not free and may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users. Tuition and costs will vary across programs and locations. Be sure to always request tuition information before starting a program.

Popular Schools

  • Kaplan University

    Kaplan University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

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  • Indiana Wesleyan University

    Indiana Wesleyan University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Indiana Wesleyan University:

    • Doctoral
    • Master
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  • Ashford University

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  • Colorado State University Global

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    Popular programs at Colorado State University Global:

    • Master
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  • Herzing University

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  • Judson University

    Judson University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Judson University:

    • Master
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  • Strayer University

    Strayer University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Strayer University:

    • Master
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    • Associate Programs
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  • The George Washington University

    The George Washington University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at The George Washington University:

    • Master
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  • Grand Canyon University

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    Popular programs at Grand Canyon University:

    • Doctoral
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    • Master
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  • The University of Scranton

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    Popular programs at The University of Scranton:

    • Master
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