Best and Worst Online College Awards - 2007
Based on 488 reviews by online college students over the past 15 months on OnlineDegreeReviews.org I've compiled a list of the top 5 best and worst schools.
The "Rating out of 10" is an average calculated from all the review.
Only online colleges with sufficient data were included. To be eligible for inclusion the school must have:
- at least 10 reviews
- reviews from a variety of programs (not just one or two)
Top 5 Best - Student Choice Awards
Five colleges have consistently received excellent reviews from students on OnlineDegreeReviews.org and have qualified for the Online Degree Reviews Student Choice Awards. These awards are calculated from the rankings by real students based on their experiences, unlike other rankings that may be based on price or other factors that don't reflect the actual experience or value. The Online Degree Reviews Student Choice Awards are a good indicator that you (the prospective student reader) will receive excellent value and be completely satisfied with any of these colleges you choose to pursue your online degree.
|College||Review Count||Rating out of 10|
|1. Columbia Southern University||50 Reviews||9.3|
What students had to say about the online degree program at Columbia Southern University:
"CSU not only exceeded my expectations in online education, it provided me with a challenging and valuable program that clearly exceeded the quality I found in the traditional college I previously attended. I would recommend this program to anyone."
"My highest recommendation!"
"What I found was a great school who was glad to assist their students in anyway possible."
|2. Seton Hall University||57 Reviews||9.1|
What students had to say about the online degree program at Seton Hall University:
"The courses were challenging - the professors top notch - and my peers were some of the most amazing professionals I've ever met."
"I think every graduate will tell you that although it is incredibly demanding, it is equally rewarding and is sorely missed when graduation is complete. I cannot praise this program enough- it lived up to every expectation, and then some."
|3. Norwich University||30 Reviews||8.8|
What students had to say about the online degree program at Norwich University:
"My big selling point on the university itself was that Norwich was a well established "brick and mortar" school first, then added an Internet degree program. They already had a well established and respected reputation and, knowing that reputation was on the line, created an outstanding online degree program."
"I never expected to be as pleased as I was. The classes were exceptional, the work was extensive, and I learned more in these two years than I ever imagined possible on a range of topics I thought I knew fairly well."
|4. American Military University||10 Reviews||8.8|
What students had to say about the online degree program at American Military University:
"I have attended other online universities, private colleges, community colleges, and even Ohio State and have found AMU the most difficult and most rewarding of all 6 colleges I have attended"
"...a significant percentage of students are serving in the military but many are not. Most of those who are not in the military are in security management, law enforcement, or emergency services careers." About 70% active military, 30% civilian
"The instruction was superior, far beyond what I ever experienced via a 'regular' college. AMU is highly recommended across the board.."
|5. Northcentral University||38 Reviews||8.2|
What students had to say about the online degree program at Northcentral University:
"NCU has been a blessing in my educational journey."
"Northcentral is a quality educational experience. The courses are engaging with supportive instructors (mentors). There is a community feeling at the school. I'm working on an EdD and learning far more than I ever imagined I would. It's a great journey!"
"I have completed 3 degrees from B&M schools, including an MBA. NCU's curriculum is indeed rigorous and appropriate. In my experience at NCU, nothing less than scholarly writing is acceptable. Reading, researching, reflecting, writing, and discussing (asynchronously) keep me very busy for each course. My mentors have been timely and thorough in their responses."
Top 5 Worst - Academic Probation Awards
Five colleges have consistently received poor reviews from students on OnlineDegreeReviews.org and have qualified for the Online Degree Reviews Academic Probation Awards. These awards are calculated from the rankings by real students based on their experiences, such as issues with accreditation, or the ability to transfer credits when changing schools or going on to pursue a higher education such as a Masters degree or PhD. Sometimes these issues stem from potential employers not accepting or recognizing the online degrees. Furthermore, poor student services seem to be a common theme with the five colleges who have been awarded the Online Degree Reviews Academic Probation Awards. This may be a good indicator that prospective students should be urged to use caution and do their research before enrolling in any of these colleges. These schools may be a good fit for some people, but often they get poor reviews from students.
November 2009 Update: there is a new "leader" for the worst online school. If you read the Argosy University Reviews you'll quickly see how poorly many students are rating this school, especially in terms of student support services. Looking over the Western Governors University Reviews it's also become a university on probation. Being one of the more often reviewed and popular schools students should be cautious.
|College||Review Count||Rating out of 10|
|1. Grantham University||36 Reviews||4.9|
What students had to say about the online degree program at Grantham University:
"Grantham is really not an institution of higher learning, it is a business which is run like a used car lot. Once they get your money, forget about customer service until it is once again time to enroll."
"All in all, I'm not happy with my experience. If I were to do it all again, I would have went with another school."
"A horrible experience. You can't get in touch with the teachers, or support staff. They are only there to hassle you to re-enroll after you complete your semester."
"Grantham is just about the most disturbing thing I have suffered in my educational quest. They offered much and delivered little..."
|2. Kaplan University||10 Reviews||5.5|
What students had to say about the online degree program at Kaplan University:
"Although the courses and teachers aren't so bad, but the whole school organization and overall personnel is a huge mess."
"When I need help, people shove me off onto someone else, and I never feel satisfied with the way I am treated."
|3. Western Governors University||11 Reviews||5.9|
What students had to say about the online degree program at Western Governors University:
"My WGU experience was a depressing slog through low quality materials (20 year old training videos) and mind-numbing busy work."
"I truly didn't study or buy books. The books don't correlate with the busy work. Anyone off the street could pass a WGU exam. The passing scores are often mid-30s and they're multiple choice!!"
|4. Warren National University||14 Reviews||6.2|
What students had to say about the online degree program at Warren National University:
"Unaccredited. Unable to qualify for any graduate school with this degree. [High] value based on the large amount of classes they grant for "life experience". Decent materials. Can't recommend though."
"If you're a mid-career professional this is a great place to get your degree. If you want to teach in a university or work for the government you can't use an unaccredited degree."
|5. University of Phoenix Online Campus||25 Reviews||6.7|
What students had to say about the online degree program at University of Phoenix Online Campus:
"Working in teams (is) often difficult and stressful if other students don't put in equal effort. It also almost totally removes the 'flexibility' I was looking for in an online program - just how do you expect people to 'get together'?"
"I find the entire "learning teams" thing to be very annoying"
"Overall, U of P provides a minimally decent program"
"I graduated from UoP. Since, I've been shocked at just how bad a reputation UoP really has in the business world. In speaking with several HR professionals at various organizations the concensus [sic] is overwhelmingly negative. If I had it to do all over again I would have NEVER inrolled [sic] here. DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE!!"
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