Publishing the online best and worst of the online colleges annually for over ten years, DiUlus is credited with being the father of online college ratings and rankings. He first published his ratings book and top ten list in 2003. As a result of the exponential growth of online degree programs offered by increasing numbers of traditional schools, he has expanded the top ten list to include all of the top 20.
In the early years, according to DiUlus, there were barely more than 20 schools one could call online degree program providers. Today, there are hundreds globally with more traditional schools climbing on board every day at a record rate.
“Online education is the wild west of higher education”, says DiUlus, “its opportunities endless touching literally everyone, everywhere, no matter how young or old.”
The Top Twenty Online Colleges
1. University of London, #1 in the world for ten consecutive years. No one else comes close.
2. University of South Africa, #1 traditional school and the #1 online degree provider in all of Africa.
3. University of Southern Queensland, #1 in Australasia. That says it all. They are expanding rapidly with top faculty and admin.
4. University of Phoenix, #1 in America. This is no surprise for those who really know that every online program provider worth their salt copied UOP. They are the largest university in North America with the largest living alumni base worldwide. Overlooked is the fact that this is an online student’s networking heaven.
5. Jones International University, #2 in North America. Conceived, created, and designed to be a world leader in online higher education, this school has the ability and potential to be the #1 online university.
6. Golden Gate University, #3 in North America. Founded by a handful of San Francisco Bay Area CEO’s and bankers, this sleeping giant grew up to be an international bankers and leadership school for the US Military. It is now on or near US military bases and trade centers around the world.
7. University of Maryland College Park, is an original online pioneer school that made study abroad fashionable. Online programs and faculty are highly competitive.
8. Drexel University (http://www.drexel.edu/
9. Florida State University (http://www.fsu.edu/
10. Regent University, is recognized in the top two percent of universities and one that is the #1 faith based online university in the world. Its degree programs in strategic leadership are unique to Regent and are trend setting pragmatically designed programs.
11. Griffith University, is not well known in North America but possesses a sterling reputation globally. They are putting forth a major high-end effort to challenge and compete globally.
12. Stanford University (http://scpd.stanford.edu/
13. Indiana University (http://www.iu.edu/~
14.Charles Sturt University, the largest distance education and online provider in Australasia.
15. Seton Hall University (http://www.shu.edu/)
16. Florida Tech University (http://www.floridatechonline.com/)
17. University of Massachusetts (http://www.umassonline.net/
18. Cornell University (http://www.ecornell.com/)
19. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (http://www.unc.edu/)
20. University of Liverpool, an international school with appeal to American and European students for both traditional and online programs. For some reason this school has a propensity to attract a lot of students from the USA. Its appeal includes the aura of a UK degree at a reasonable cost accomplished entirely online.