How Can I Find a College Online?

Several comprehensive college databases allow students to easily find and research colleges online. Three reliable and accurate tools for finding colleges online are the College Navigator, the 'Best College Rankings' by U.S. News and World Report and The College Board's College Search.

Finding the Right Online College Overview

Searching for the right online college can be a daunting task, but there are number of resources available to perspective students. Outlined below are some available resources and some details concerning them.

Important Facts About Online Colleges

Degree Levels Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees available
Prerequisites Varies, depending upon the intended program of enrollment; bachelor's degree programs typically require a high school diploma, or equivalent
Concentrations English, public health, psychology, sociology, information technologies, business administration, accounting, marketing, finance, history
Possible Careers Graphic designer, budget analyst, cost estimator, teacher, technical writer, software developer, computer programmer

College Navigator

The National Center for Educational Statistics offers College Navigator, a site that provides comprehensive information on accredited colleges and universities around the country. Users can find colleges by state, zip code, major, degree type and institution type. Altogether, the College Navigator lists more than 6,500 colleges. Advanced search options allow students to search by student population, housing options, tuition costs, distance learning programs, athletic organizations and geographical campus settings. By searching with these factors, users can easily identify university and college options.

Each college listed on the College Navigator has contact information for the college, including website address, physical address and phone number. Students can locate the college on a small interactive map and get directions from an additional location. Each college listing has accreditation information, the types of majors offered at the school and financial aid information. Additional information listed on the profiles includes:

  • Admission deadlines and procedures
  • Specialized learning opportunities
  • Enrollment information and demographics
  • Retention rates

U.S. News and World Report's Best College Rankings

Each year, U.S News and World Report releases an in-depth analysis of the country's best colleges and universities. Users can view the broad list of top universities or view colleges by specific area, including business, health, law and engineering. Undergraduate and graduate schools are ranked separately for easy navigation, and each list can be organized by location, admission processes, tier information and environment.

A free version of the rankings provides basic college information, and a paid, premium version provides more analytical information. The free version, however, provides contact information, application deadlines, selectivity information and estimated expenses. The premium version provides access to campus life info and detailed ranking reports. The site also provides information on:

  • Majors offered
  • Various academic services
  • Campus security information
  • Student demographics

The College Board's College Search

The College Board, a nonprofit academic organization founded in 1900, offers a College Search website that helps students, teachers and parents find accredited colleges. The College Board assists more than seven million students looking for academic information, and the College Search is a popular online search tool. Users can create, save and organize college searches. Colleges can be searched by location, major, financial aid information, overall costs and housing programs. Students can find small, medium and large schools in urban, rural and suburban settings.

With 3,854 colleges listed, the College Search is considerably smaller than the College Navigator offered by the NCES. The College Search is an innovative tool, however, providing campus profiles, information on college testing, college planning steps and admissions assistance. Users can even sign up for a free account and create detailed college lists based on academic and financial interests.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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

  • Southern New Hampshire University

    Southern New Hampshire University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Southern New Hampshire University:

    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Associate Programs

    Online Programs Available

  • Full Sail University

    Full Sail University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Full Sail University:

    Online Programs Available

  • Strayer University

    Strayer University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Strayer University:

    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Associate Programs
    • Certificates

    Online Programs Available

  • Colorado Christian University

    Colorado Christian University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Colorado Christian University:

    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Associate Programs

    Online Programs Available

  • Brenau University

    Brenau University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Brenau University:

    • Associate Programs

    Online Programs Available

  • Georgetown University

    Georgetown University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Georgetown University:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • Capella University

    Capella University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Capella University:

    • Doctoral
    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees

    Online Programs Available

  • Post University

    Post University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Post University:

    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Associate Programs

    Online Programs Available

  • Ohio Christian University

    Ohio Christian University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Ohio Christian University:

    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Associate Programs

    Online Programs Available

  • Ashford University

    Ashford University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Ashford University:

    Online Programs Available

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