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Top Online Universities with Accredited Programs

Many private, for-profit online universities are available, but quality ranking systems for these schools don't generally exist. Several well-ranked national universities offer both physical campus locations and well-established, accredited online programs. Two top options include Harvard University in Massachusetts and Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.

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Top Universities with Accredited Online Programs

1. Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University is an Ivy League school ranked first in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2010. Although best known for its traditional on-campus courses, this university also offers accredited online courses through the Harvard University Extension School. Students can pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees entirely online through more than 100 distance-learning options. Online credits can be applied toward an extension degree, or taken for personal enrichment.

Contact Information

  • Address: Mass. Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Phone Number: (617) 495-1000

2. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland

Johns Hopkins University is a popular and top-ranked national university that offers online programs. This 4-year private school was ranked 14th in the U.S. News and World Report 2010 list of the best colleges in the U.S. Undergraduate and graduate students can take online courses through the school's distance education division. Online courses are offered through the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Whiting School of Engineering.

Contact Information

  • Address: 3400 N. Charles St., Mason Hall, Baltimore, MA 21218
  • Phone Number: (410) 516-8000

List of Good Colleges and Universities with Accredited Online Programs

College/University Name Student Population Address Phone Number
Ohio State University 53,715190 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210(614) 292-6446
University of Florida51,474355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611(352) 392-3261
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities51,140100 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455(612) 625-5000
Texas A & M University48,039College Station, TX 77843(979) 845-3211
Michigan State University46,510East Lansing, MI 48824(517) 355-1855
Pennsylvania State University 44,406201 Old Main, University Park, PA16802(814) 865-4700
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign43,246601 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820(217) 333-1000
New York University42,18970 Washington Sq. S., New York, NY 10012(212) 998-1212
University of Wisconsin - Madison41,620500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706(608) 262-1234
Purdue University 41,433Hovde Hall of Administration, West Lafayette, IN 47907(765) 494-4600
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor41,028Ann Arbor, MI 48109(734) 764-1817
Indiana University - Bloomington40,354107 S. Indiana Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405(812) 855-4848
University of Washington - Seattle39,6751400 NE Campus Pkwy, Seattle, WA 98195(206) 543-2100
University of California, Los Angeles38,220405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095(310) 825-4321
University of California - Berkeley35,396Berkeley, CA 94720(510) 642-6000
Harvard University26,495Mass. Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138(617) 495-1000
University of Virginia24,541Charlottesville, VI 22904(434) 924-0311
Johns Hopkins University19,7583400 N. Charles St., Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218(410) 516-8000
University of Notre Dame11,731Notre Dame, IN 46556(574) 631-5000
Carnegie Mellon University10,8755000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213(412) 268-2000
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