BestColleges.com Names 2018 Schools of Distinction Recipients

November 5, 2018

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With a consistent increase in the number of online degree programs offered around the country, BestColleges.com honors excellence in online higher education

November 6, 2018 (Seattle, WA) - BestColleges.com, a leading provider of college planning resources and higher education research, today announced the recipients of its second annual Schools of Distinction award. This honor recognizes colleges and universities who have dedicated themselves to developing quality online programs. Of the over 3,500 eligible universities in the United States, more than 2,000 offer online degree programs, and of these schools, 100 earned the Schools of Distinction honor. This year, 15 schools received a gold standing, 26 silver, and 59 bronze.

Recipients of the Schools of Distinction represent the top 10 percent of all online colleges nationwide. To be considered, colleges and universities must be a two or four year, accredited, not-for-profit institution that offer online degree programs ranked on BestColleges.com's program rankings. While all the schools who earned a Schools of Distinction award offer a diverse selection of online programs, those who earned a gold standing consistently finish in the top three places on their respective rankings.

“The colleges and universities that appear on our Schools of Distinction list have devoted time, energy, and resources into developing quality online higher education programs. These schools consistently appear in the top percentile of our online program rankings and we believe this constitutes widespread recognition,” says Stephanie Snider, Director of BestColleges.com. “As online education continues to grow in the United States, these schools will lead the path for flexible, customized alternative learning for today's nontraditional students.”

To view the award and learn more about the Schools of Distinction honor, please visit: https://www.bestcolleges.com/

Gold colleges and universities are in the 98th percentile of all online colleges ranked on BestColleges.com. All schools listed alphabetically:

Silver colleges and universities represent the 95th percentile of all online colleges ranked on BestColleges.com. All schools listed alphabetically:

Bronze colleges and universities round out the top 10% of BestColleges.com's ranked online college. Some of the Bronze recipients include:

To view the rest of the bronze schools, please visit: https://www.bestcolleges.com/features/schools-of-distinction/#bronze

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