What Are the Largest Accredited Online Schools?

Students seeking a college degree often want to ensure that the programs or schools to which they apply are nationally or regionally accredited. Several large accredited schools throughout the United States offer online degree programs and courses. The largest accredited online schools are discussed in the following article.

Overview of Largest Accredited Online Schools

Some of the largest accredited online schools are those that are attached to large colleges or universities. In some cases, online enrollment at a particular school matches or exceeds that school's on-campus enrollment. This article highlights a few of the largest accredited online schools:

  • University of Massachusetts (UMassOnline)
  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Pennsylvania State University (Penn State Online)

Important Facts About the Largest Accredited Online Schools

Degree Levels Certificates, associate degrees, Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees, and doctoral degrees are all available online
Prerequisites Varies depending upon degree level; a high school diploma, or equivalent is typically required for enrollment in an associate's or Bachelor's degree program
Fields of Study Accounting, computer science, supply chain management, nursing, among others
Common Courses Varies by major, but some include financial and managerial accounting, database design and management, and physiology
Median Salary (2018)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)

University of Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts' online division, known as UMassOnline, may be one of the largest accredited online schools in the United States. In January 2014, its website reported the school offered over 1,500 classes and 100 degree and certificate programs to its students. UMassOnline offers the same fully accredited programs as those offered on any of the school's five campuses. In 2017, its online enrollment was 75,565, which was an increase of about 6.6% from 2016 figures.

Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana is one of the largest accredited schools in North America, with 23 campuses across the Hoosier State. In January 2014, its website noted that over 32,000 of its more than 100,000 students were enrolled in 350 online courses and 16 degree programs. Online courses are available through any of the school's campuses. Online degree programs are available in several areas, including business administration, criminal justice and early childhood education.

Pennsylvania State University

Penn State World Campus, the online campus of Pennsylvania State University, offers over 100 degree and certificate programs to its students and is among the largest accredited online schools. In 2013, the World Campus enrolled 13,287 students. Established in 1998, Penn State Online enrolls students from all 50 states and supports international enrollment from over 40 countries.

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