Top 5 Online Colleges for 2015

Reviews by online college students give you insights that you won't find on a schools website or in their marketing materials! The reviews on OnlineDegreeReviews.org are real and free from corporate biases. Based on over 8000 since 2006 we offer you a list of the top 5 online colleges for 2015.

Our methodology is simple: online students submit reviews of the college and program that they have attended. The reviews include opinions about online program features, accessibility, and quality of professors, student support and other pivotal parts of online education. Depending on the number of reviews received and the number of programs represented in the reviews, we have zeroed in on our visitors’ choice of top 5 online colleges in 2015.

From exclusively online schools like Henley-Putnam University to more traditional colleges like Seton Hall, this list includes the students’ top rated choices from all over the United States. All colleges in the list are nationally or regionally accredited[1]. Keep reading to know more about the colleges online students love!

1. Henley-Putnam University

With its bachelors, masters, doctoral degrees and certificates in such fast-paced fields as intelligence management, threat assessment, security analysis, and counter-terrorism, Henley-Putnam University is the number one choice for our visitors. Nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Technical Council (DETC), Henley-Putnam University was established in 2001 by veterans of several intelligence agencies. The University offers 100% online courses with unparalleled flexibility: 151+ courses start a new session on the first of every month. Their faculty all have academic and professional expertise from a variety of backgrounds, including the FBI, CIA, U.S. military and other security organizations.

Our visitors have given the Bachelors and Masters of Intelligence Management 5 out of 5 stars[2]. The Terrorism and Counter-terrorism Studies degrees scored 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Satisfied students of Henley-Putnam University recommend the online school for the prompt responses and knowledgeable instructors, an easy-to-navigate website and a sensibly etched course program. Students have also given special mention to the fact that the instructors are approachable and understand the flexible needs of military students.

2. New Charter University

The second highest ranked based on visitor rankings is New Charter University, formerly knows as Andrew Jackson University. This university is nationally accredited by the DETC and is primarily a distance learning school. They are well-known for well-thought out career-centric degree programs that cover subjects like business, communications, entrepreneurship, criminal justice and addiction studies.

The university offers Bachelor’s and Master’s level courses which have been rated between 4 and 5 stars. Students especially recommend the Masters in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Business Management, MBA in Human Resources, MBA in Health Care Services and Masters of Public Administration, and have given these courses 5 out of 5 stars. Enlisted members and U.S. military veterans can avail special benefits like fee waivers and tuition deferments.

Satisfied students have noted that the college offers a challenging and robust curriculum at a very affordable price. They have also showed appreciation for the proctored examination facility extended by this online-only university. A detractor expressed concern over administrative errors and lack of exam reviews, but the overall reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.

3. Seton Hall University

Our third choice for best online school is Seton Hall University in New Jersey. This school has the honor of being America’s oldest Roman Catholic University and was established in 1856. Regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Seton Hall offers a variety of online courses at Associate’s and Master’s levels.

Seton Hall offers the MHA: Masters in Healthcare Administration as well as MA in Education Leadership, MA Counseling, MA in Strategic Communications & Leadership and MSN in Nursing. Overall their courses are rated between 4 and 5 stars.

Students rate this university quite high and have noted the rigorous, challenging and satisfying nature of the coursework. The university’s online MA in Strategic Communications & Leadership has been repeatedly recommended and praised for being intensive and interactive. One reviewer commented, "It is a rigorous, dialogue-intensive, highly regarded graduate program that leverages internet-based technologies to bring learners together." Students also reported that they enjoyed the immersive nature of the course work and learned more than they have in a traditional classroom environment in the past.

4. Norwich University

At fifth place, Norwich University is a good choice as per many of our contributors. Based out of Northfield, Vermont, Norwich University is a private school and was founded in 1819. Established as a military school, Norwich is a regionally accredited institution recognized by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Rated between 4 and 4.5 stars, the online school offers Master’s degrees in Military History, Business Administration, Diplomacy, Information Assurance, Justice Administration, Civil Engineering and Public Administration (MPA).

Our contributors rate this online college quite high and recommend it as one having “good programs”, teachers who are “vastly knowledgeable” and demanding, challenging but “worthy” courses. It has repeatedly been called a “military school with a good reputation”. Some students raised concerns pertaining to the response time taken by the administrative offices. The overall outlook toward the college and the programs offered remains positive.

5. Amberton University

Our contributor’s fifth ranked school is Amberton University, which is a non-profit nondenominational Christian college located in Garland, Texas. Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Amberton offers degrees that are recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the U.S. Department of Education.

The school offers credits for life-learning and students can opt to study one from the many online business programs they offer. The Masters in Professional Development courses were rated 5 out of 5 stars while Masters level courses in Human Relations and Business, MBA in Strategic Leadership and Project Management were rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Our contributors who were satisfied with Amberton’s courses noted that the course work is intensive and challenging but the instructors are top-notch and supportive. Students also recommended the college for being cost-effective as compared to other online colleges.


Once an online college has received fifteen student ratings and at least two or more programs from that school are represented, it becomes eligible for the list of best online colleges.

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[1] Schools can apply for national or regional accreditation in the United States. National accreditation is offered by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) while regional accreditation is offered by 6 authoritative bodies across the country.

[2]Evaluation averages are based on a five-star scale. 10-point rankings for each program can be found in their listings on OnlineDegreeReviews.org.