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Best Online Bachelor Degree Program Rankings 2014

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Central Michigan University

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Founded in 1892, Central Michigan is a large public university with more than 21,000 undergraduate students. Located in Mount Pleasant, Mich., about equal distance from Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, the doctoral research university offers degrees in numerous majors through eight colleges and is the fourth largest institution in Michigan. In addition to student organizations, the school’s athletic programs participate in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference and offers nine intercollegiate sports for women and seven for men.

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Pace University

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A private institution with a 100-year history, Pace University began providing online education in 2004. The school's distance learning program, called iPace, offers bachelor's degree completion programs in business studies, nursing, professional communication studies and professional technology studies. Additional resources available to iPace students include counseling services, an online library and online tutoring.                    

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Pennsylvania State University--World Campus

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Pennsylvania State University at University Park, located in urban University Park, PA, offers highly ranked graduate programs through the College of Education and the College of Engineering. This public institution, founded in 1855, offers several student activities on its 8,556 acre campus including numerous clubs and organizations, an active Greek life, and THON (the largest student-run philanthropy in the world). The Nittany Lions compete in the Division I Big 10 Conference and the football team plays on one of the largest arenas in North America. Notable alumni include John Cappelletti, a Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL player; and Valerie Plame Wilson, former CIA agent and author.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University--Worldwide

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, founded in 1926, is a private institution residing on 185 suburban acres in Daytona Beach, Florida. The school offers more than 40 majors, including the nation's largest Aerospace Engineering and Aeronautical Science programs. The Embry-Riddle Eagles compete in the NAIA Division I Sun Conference.

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University of Florida

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The University of Florida, located in suburban Gainesville, FL, is the state’s oldest university, founded in 1853. This public institution offers a ton of fun activities and students bring plenty of school spirit. The Florida Gators compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference and The Gator Growl is the largest student-run pep rally in the world. Students can attend Gator Nights for free entertainment and a late-night breakfast.

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Daytona State College

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Founded in 1957, Daytona State College is a public institution located in Daytona Beach, Fla. The college began offering online courses in 2006, including online bachelor's programs in business, office management and supervision, computer and information sciences and liberal arts general studies.

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University of Alabama--Huntsville

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The University of Alabama—Huntsville, a public institution, has been providing online bachelor’s degree programs since 1999. Online students have access to bulletin boards, live streaming and recorded audio and video. Services include academic advising, mentoring access to digitized library materials, technical support and more.

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Arizona State University

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Arizona State University was founded in 1885 and is a public institution. The university has four campuses throughout Phoenix occupying 1,966 acres. Students can choose from more than 275 majors, 500 clubs and organizations and more than 300 study abroad options. ASU’s Sun Devils student athletes compete in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 conference. Notable alumni of the university include David Spade, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and baseball star Barry Bonds.

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Indiana University-Purdue University--Fort Wayne

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Indiana University-Purdue University – Fort Wayne offers online degrees, minors and certificates in such disciplines as psychology and business, communication and women’s studies. Instructors download video presentation recordings to the web and students can email questions to these professors. Each online class is unique and may use a combination of technologies and services.

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University of Illinois--Chicago

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The University of Illinois—Chicago is home to a variety of online programs including applied health sciences, business administration, education, engineering, medicine and more. Students can download assignments and review faculty feedback 24 hours a day. They can interact with each other and instructors utilizing multimedia, threaded discussion, chat and more.

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University of Wisconsin--Superior

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A public institution founded in 1893, University of Wisconsin—Superior is situated on 125 city acres in Superior, Wisconsin. The university offers more than 30 undergraduate majors, seven graduate programs, and several pre-professional and professional education certification programs. University of Wisconsin—Superior students can participate in more than 60 registered organizations and clubs.

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St. John’s University

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St. John’s University, a private institution, provides a number of online undergraduate, master’s degrees, and advanced certificates in a number of areas including business, criminal justice and liberal studies. All courses are recorded, accessible online and available to online students at their convenience. Other resources include online registration, financial aid, library and campus ministry.

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University of Denver

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The University of Denver gives students the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s or graduate degrees entirely online. Online classes are presented in asynchronous format, allowing students to join online classes when scheduling permits. 24/7 technical assistance is available for each online class and instructors are available via email to answer questions.

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University of La Verne

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The University of La Verne is a private school founded in 1891 in La Verne, Ca. The school promotes students becoming knowledgeable about biodiversity, the global economy and the pursuit of lifelong learning. The school offers online bachelor's degree programs in several areas, including business administration and entrepreneurial studies. The school also offers an online MBA.

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Colorado State University--Global Campus

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Colorado State University, located in urban Fort Collins, CO, is one of the premier teaching and research institution in the U.S. This public institution, founded in 1870, offers several degrees in eight colleges with graduate programs in the schools of business, engineering and education. CSU is considered one of the leading research universities, exploring fields in atmospheric science, infectious diseases, clean energy technologies, and environmental sciences.

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Fort Hays State University

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Fort Hayes State University’s virtual college offers certificate programs and associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. About 600 courses are available each semester. All classes are taught by the same instructors that teach on campus. They are available by phone or email whenever students require assistance.

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Bellevue University

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Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a private institution that started providing online education in 1996. The school offers distance learning courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Additional resources available to Bellevue University's online students include the BRUIN online resource center, an online learning guide and much more.

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Marist College

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Marist College, located in Poughkeepsie, New York, is a private institution founded in 1929. Marist students often benefit from the school’s special relationship with IBM. For decades, the IBM staff has worked with Marist students to brainstorm and try innovative technologies. One product of this partnership is the college’s Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Library and Museum website.

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University of Nebraska--Omaha

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A public university first opened in 1908 as Omaha University, the University of Nebraska-Omaha got its current name after merging with the University of Nebraska in 1968. The university, which is located in the heart of Omaha, now offers its more than 12,000 students 200 different areas of study and is recognized as a doctoral/research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks compete in 14 different intercollegiate athletic programs.

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Palm Beach Atlantic University

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Palm Beach Atlantic College (PBA), a private institution founded in 1968, resides on 78 urban acres in West Palm Beach, Florida. It is an interdenominational Christian school that offers more than 45 undergraduate majors and a variety of graduate programs. Students have over 60 campus clubs and organizations to join, and the PBA Sailfish compete in the NCAA Division II National Christian College Athletic Association.

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Regent University

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A private school founded by Pat Robertson in 1978 in Virginia Beach, Vir., Regent University’s mission is “to serve as a leading center of Christian thought and action.” The school, which has 5,915 students, offers 54 graduate and undergraduate degrees. Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is a professor at the university.

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Wayne State University

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Located in Detroit, Mich., Wayne State University was founded in 1868 and has become the state’s only urban research university and now has more than 30,000 students. The main campus is in Midtown Detroit, while five satellite campuses are located throughout Southeast Michigan. The school has 13 colleges offering more than 400 academic and certificate programs, including a law school and a college pharmacy and health sciences. The Wayne State University Warriors compete in NCAA Division II sports.

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Savannah College of Art and Design

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Founded in 1978, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a private art and design university that began providing online education in 2006. The school offers a variety of web-based bachelor's and master's degrees through its eLearning program. SCAD online students also have access to services such as MySCAD, the SCAD eLearning Club and the Virtual Lecture Hall.

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