Private, nonprofit colleges have a number of benefits that may not always be available at other types of colleges (public and private for-profits). Consider some of these potential benefits – in no particular order – which are backed by recent research (references below list):
- Graduates of private, nonprofit colleges earn slightly more per year, on average, than for other types of colleges.
- Private, nonprofit colleges spend significantly more per student for instructional expenditures compared to for-profits — as much as five times the latter.
- For research, for-profits were found to spend $8 per student, on average, compared to nearly $6,000 per student by private, nonprofits. Having a tax-exempt status allows for greater per-student expenditures.
- The average graduation rate for nonprofits is higher than for for-profit institutions.
- Nonprofit colleges are generally student-centric, not profit-driven.
- Nonprofit tuition, on average, is closer to the average tuition of public institutions
- Nonprofits generally have closer ties to the community where they’re located. Some welcome community leaders’ feedback.
- Nonprofit institutions are operated and governed by a board of trustees instead of by an owner (for-profits).
- The average private college student finishes a bachelor’s degree in about 4.5 years, compared to six years for an average public college student. This typically means graduates can start earning sooner and paying down debts faster.
- Out-of-state students have an advantage that tuition at nonprofit institutions is typically the same as for in-state students, which is generally not the case for public institutions.
- The Benefits of Non-Profit Universities over For-Profit Institutions
- Non-Profit vs. For-Profit Colleges: What You Need to Know
- What Are the Advantages of Attending a Private College?
If you’re leaning towards choosing a private, nonprofit institution for a bachelor’s program, this college rankings list might be of value. It’s the first of three parts, starting with the 25 most affordable nonprofit colleges with over 15,000 students. Also check back later on AffordableSchools’ Features page for parts 2 and 3, which will cover medium-sized colleges (5-15K students) and small colleges (2-5K students), respectively.
Before getting to the actual college rankings for this list, here is a summary of metadata and statistics to help you get a broader view of the 25 schools included here.
- As college accreditation can change or only be valid regionally, please verify accreditation of any college to which you are planning to apply.
- NCES data is subject to change and this ranking list uses the most recently reported data at time of writing.
- The Areavibes cost of living score is from Areavibes.com and represents the city/ town of the college in question. It is independent of each college’s on-campus housing costs.
This is a summary of data available for the colleges/ universities mentioned in this college rankings list for bachelor’s degree programs.
|Yearly net price range:||$7,968 – $30,546 (avg. for all students per school after discounts/ financial aid).|
|In-state tuition range:||$3,950 – $51,008.|
|Out-of-state tuition range:||$3,950 – $51,008.|
|Lowest in-state:||Brigham Young University-Idaho.|
|Lowest out-of-state:||Brigham Young University-Idaho.|
|Graduation rate range:||17-98%.|
|Transfer-out rate range:||2-43% (18 schools did not report).|
|Highest graduation rate:||Harvard University.|
|Lowest transfer-out rate:||Johns Hopkins University.|
|Student population range:||15856 – 81459.|
|Undergrad population range:||3459 – 49744.|
|Largest # students:||Liberty University.|
|Largest # undergrads:||Liberty University.|
|Oldest school:||Harvard University (est. 1636).|
|Youngest school:||Western Governors University (est. 1997).|
|# states covered:||14.|
|States covered:||California (2), District of Columbia, Florida (3), Idaho, Illinois (2), Maryland, Massachusetts (2), Missouri (2), New Hampshire, New York (5), North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah (2), Virginia.|
Alphabetic list of schools covered in this ranking
The abbreviations used in the table below may not be official and in which case are used here for convenience only.
|NCES Name (abbrev, estdate, rank)||location||$in-state||$out-of-state||$net price|
|Brigham Young University (BYU, 1875, #4)||Provo, Utah||$5,000||$5,000||$12,335|
|Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYUI, 1888, #1)||Rexburg, Idaho||$3,950||$3,950||$7,968|
|Columbia College (CCM, 1851, #3)||Columbia, Missouri||$7,465||$7,465||$11,031|
|Columbia University in the City of New York (Columbia, 1754, #8)||New York, New York||$51,008||$51,008||$20,838|
|Cornell University (Cornell, 1865, #20)||Ithaca, New York||$47,286||$47,286||$28,537|
|DePaul University (DPU, 1898, #24)||Chicago, Illinois||$35,071||$35,071||$29,756|
|Duke University (Duke, 1838, #11)||Durham, North Carolina||$47,243||$47,243||$21,764|
|Georgetown University (GU, 1789, #17)||Washington, District of Columbia||$46,744||$46,744||$25,786|
|Harvard University (Harvard, 1636, #5)||Cambridge, Massachusetts||$43,938||$43,938||$15,095|
|Johns Hopkins University (JHU, 1876, #16)||Baltimore, Maryland||$47,060||$47,060||$25,207|
|Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale (KU, 1977, #9)||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||$16,936||$16,936||$21,129|
|Liberty University (Liberty, 1971, #14)||Lynchburg, Virginia||$21,000||$21,000||$23,367|
|National University (NU, 1971, #12)||La Jolla, California||$12,384||$12,384||$22,058|
|Northeastern University (NU, 1898, #25)||Boston, Massachusetts||$43,440||$43,440||$30,546|
|Northwestern University (NU, 1851, #21)||Evanston, Illinois||$47,251||$47,251||$28,667|
|Nova Southeastern University (NSU, 1964, #15)||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||$26,700||$26,700||$24,833|
|Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT, 1829, #18)||Rochester, New York||$35,768||$35,768||$27,923|
|Saint Leo University (SLU, 1889, #7)||Saint Leo, Florida||$20,420||$20,420||$19,466|
|Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU, 1932, #22)||Manchester, New Hampshire||$29,604||$29,604||$29,144|
|St John’s University-New York (SJU, 1870, #19)||Queens, New York||$38,680||$38,680||$27,923|
|Stanford University (Stanford, 1885, #6)||Stanford, California||$45,195||$45,195||$17,952|
|Syracuse University (SU, 1870, #23)||Syracuse, New York||$41,886||$41,886||$29,621|
|University of Pennsylvania (Penn, 1740, #13)||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||$47,668||$47,668||$22,694|
|Webster University (WU, 1915, #10)||Saint Louis, Missouri||$24,600||$24,600||$21,683|
|Western Governors University (WGU, 1997, #2)||Salt Lake City, Utah||$6,070||$6,070||$8,624|
Rectangular Interactive Chart: Tuition vs Net Price
The following chart is interactive. It compares each ranked institution’s official tuition against their average yearly net price (all academic and living costs, averaged across all undergrad students at the institution for the last academic year). Note: the four U.S. service academies have had “$0” substituted for some or all of their tuition and net price values, as those were recorded as “NA” in the NCES.ed.gov database. Chart details:
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- The vertical Y axis represents cost in dollars, for both net price and tuition data per college.
- The horizontal X axis represents the schools (not the rankings).
- For this chart, schools are sorted left to right by increasing net price, which is also in order of increasing ranking on this list.
- The orange line chart connects the net price points.
- The blue bar chart represents the in-state tuition values.
- The orange bar chart represents the out-of-state tuition values.
- For this particular data set of private, nonprofit schools, each school’s in-state and out-of-state tuition are the same
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Circular “Circos” Non-Interactive Chart: Multiple Data Points
This chart may appear intimidating at first. However, if you know what the charts/ text in each circular “track” represent, it’s relatively easy to visually compare multiple data points simultaneously – something that’s very difficult to do from a list or even a multi-data point rectangular chart.
Map for schools covered
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Northeastern University (source)
Northeastern University (NU) is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1898. Northeastern also has campuses in Burlington, Charlotte, and Dedham, Massachusetts, other parts of the state and in Seattle WA, and a Marine Science Center in Nahant, MA. Northeastern has adopted an official Climate Action Plan and won numerous awards for its green initiatives.
Northeastern University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs, as well as online associate degree programs. The university promotes interdisciplinary studies across its nine colleges and schools; 1) College of Arts, Media and Design; 2) D’Amore-McKim School of Business; 3) College of Computer and Information Science; 4) College of Engineering; 5) Bouve College of Health Sciences; 6) School of Law; 7) College of Professionals Studies; 8) College of Science; and 9) College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Undergraduate majors include African-American Studies, Applied Psychology, Art and Design, Behavioral Neuroscience, Criminal Justice, English, Landscape Architecture, Linguistics, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Physical Therapy, Sociology and Anthropology, and Theatre. Through its co-op, student research, and experiential-learning programs, Northeastern actively promotes the integration of study with professional work and research, and with service-learning programs in over 130 countries around the world.
Richardson Library, DePaul University (source)
DePaul University (DPU) is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1898 in Chicago, by the Congregation of the Mission (or Vincentian) religious community. DePaul has grown into one of the largest Catholic universities (by enrollment) in the United States. DePaul has several Chicago campuses.
DePaul University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees across its ten schools and colleges; 1) Driehaus College of Business; 2) College of Communication; 3) College of Computing and Digital Media; 4) College of Education; 5) College of Law; 6) College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; 7) College of Science and Health; 8) School of Music; 9) School for New Learning; and 10) The Theatre School. DePaul offers more than 100 bachelor’s degree programs ranging from Accountancy to Computer Game Development, Costume Technology, Economics, Hospitality Leadership, Information Systems, Journalism, Mathematical Sciences, Network Engineering and Security, Playwriting, Religious Studies, and Sound Design. The university offers undergraduate and graduate study-abroad programs in more than 35 locations including Beijing, Istanbul, Paris, and Buenos Aires. Undergraduate degrees in Communications and Media, Computer Science, Computing, Information Technology, and Psychology can also be earned 100 percent online.
Carnegie Library, Syracuse University (source)
Syracuse University (SU) was established in 1870 as private, nonprofit institution of higher education. It is located in Syracuse, New York, which is approximately 145 miles west of the state capital, Albany, and 150 miles east of Buffalo, NY. Syracuse also has learning centers in several large American cities and abroad.
SU offers certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees across its schools and colleges. Undergraduate schools and colleges include; 1) Architecture; 2) Education; 3) Information Studies; 4) Martin J. Whitman School of Management; 5) Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; 6) Newhouse School of Public Communications; 7) Arts and Sciences; 8) Engineering and Computer Sciences; 9) David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics; and 10) Visual and Performing Arts. Undergraduate majors include Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Bioengineering, Child and Family Studies, Computer Art and Animation, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science, Food Studies, International Relations, Mathematics Education, Nutrition Sciences, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Retail Management, Social Work, and Sports Management. Undergraduate students can also pursue dual enrollment, in which students enroll in two different Syracuse colleges and receive a single bachelor’s degree granted by both colleges. Students can also pursue combined enrollment, with one major in the College of Arts and Sciences and one in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. This form of enrollment requires an additional year of study.
Robert Frost Hall, Southern New Hampshire University (source)
Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1932. Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, SNHU is 18 miles south of Concord and approximately 160 miles north of Boston. Satellite campuses are located in other parts of New Hampshire, in Maine, and internationally. In 2007, SNHU became the first carbon-neutral university in New Hampshire.
SNHU offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs across its three schools; 1) School of Business; 2) School of Education; and 3) School of Liberal Arts. Bachelor’s degree programs include Business Administration, Game Programming and Development, Justice Studies, Marketing, Music Education, Psychology, Public Service, Special Education, and Sports Management. SNHU also offers a number of “Degree in Three” programs for undergraduates. These programs combine traditional classes with on-campus workshops, civic events, and team-based projects, and enable students to earn their degrees in three years instead of four. Degree in Three programs include Accounting, Business Administration, Fashion Merchandising and Management, Operations and Operations and Project Management, and Sports Management. SNHU offers approximately 60 bachelor’s degree programs and has an Internet-based distance learning program, SNHU Online.
Northwestern University (NU) is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1851 to serve what was then the Northwest Territory Northwestern is comprised of a dozen colleges and schools, with its main campus in Evanston, Illinois, located approximately 14 miles north of Chicago.
NU offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across its 12 schools and colleges, nine of which are located at the school’s Evanston campus; 1) Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; 2) School of Communications; 3) School of Education and Social Policy; 4) McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; 5) Graduate School; 6) Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications; 7) Kellogg School of Management; 9)Bienen School of Music. The Pritzker School of Law, Feinberg School of Medicine, and School of Professional Studies are located at the university’s Chicago campus. Bachelor’s degree programs include American Studies, Applied Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering, Cognitive Science, Combined Music and Engineering, Computer Science, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Information Systems, Jewish Studies, Materials Science, Music Performance, Neuroscience, Statistics, and Theatre.The Qatar campus offers bachelor of science degrees conferred by the Medill School and the School of Communication. High school graduates accepted for the Honors Program in Medical Education can receive a Feinberg MD degree in seven or eight years after they enter Weinberg College, the McCormick School, or the School of Communication. Students also may participate in a five-year program to earn a JD and a PhD in one of the social sciences.
Sage Chapel, Cornell University (source)
Cornell University, a member of the prestigious Ivy League, is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1865. Its main campus in Ithaca, New York is located approximately 235 miles northwest of New York City and 54 miles southwest of Syracuse, NY. Cornell awarded the world’s first degree in journalism, the nation’s first degree in veterinary medicine, and the first doctorates in electrical and industrial engineering.
Cornell offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across its 14 colleges and schools. It also offers dual-degree programs and numerous interdisciplinary majors that cross traditional departmental boundaries. The College of Arts and Sciences is the school’s largest undergraduate college. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is the second largest, and third largest of its kind in the United States. Cornell offers more than 90 undergraduate degree programs, including Crop Production and Management, Sustainable Agriculture, Race and Ethnicity, American Capitalism, Applied Economics and Management, Biological Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Fiber Science and Apparel Design. The university’s continuing education program includes the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the School of Hotel Administration, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Weill Cornell Medical College (New York City).
St. Augustine Hall, St. John’s University (source)
St. John’s University, a private, nonprofit university, was established in 1870 as a Catholic and Vincentian institution. St. John’s has a number of residential campuses in New York City, with international campuses in Rome and Paris. St. John’s also offers study abroad programs in several locations around the world.
SJU offers associate, bachelor’s, masters, and doctoral degree programs in the arts, business, education, law, pharmacy, the sciences, and specialized professional programs. The programs are offered across the university’s six schools and colleges; 1) St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; 2) School of Education; 3) Peter J. Tobin College of Business; 4) College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; 5) College of Professional Studies; and 6) School of Law. St. John’s offers more than 60 bachelor’s degree programs, including BS in Accounting, BSEd in Adolescent Studies, BS in Computer Science, BA or BS in Economics, BS in Information Technology, BA in Philosophy, BA in Rhetoric and Public Address, and BS in Toxicology. The school also offers an accelerated three-year bachelor’s degree programs, five-year bachelor’s/ master’s degree programs, a six-year bachelor’s/J.D. program, and a six-year Pharm.D. program.
Rochester Institute of Technology (source)
The private, nonprofit Rochester Athenaeum was established in 1829 in upstate New York and merged with the Mechanics Institute in 1891. The school was renamed the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1944. RIT comprises 1,300 acres in suburban Rochester, and is located approximately 330 miles northwest of New York City and 170 miles southeast of Toronto. Rochester is the third-largest city in New York state.
RIT offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as certificates and advanced certificates across its nine colleges; 1) College of Applied Science and Technology; 2) Saunders College of Business; 3) B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences; 4) Kate Gleason College of Engineering; 5) College of Health Sciences and Technology; 6) College of Imaging Arts and Sciences; 7) College of Liberal Arts; 8) National Technical Institute for the Deaf; and 9) College of Science. RIT offers more than 60 bachelor’s degree programs, including Advertising and Public Relations, Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience, Game Design and Development, Human-Centered Computing, Manufacturing Engineering, Motion Picture Science, Photographic Communications, Physician Assistant, and Web and Mobile Computing. Undergraduate students can combine undergraduate and graduate studies in accelerated options such as BS/MS, BS/ME, or 4+1 MBA degree programs. RIT was among the first universities in the world to offer cooperative education. Last year, more than 3,500 co-op students worked for nearly 2,000 firms across the United States and overseas.
Lauinger Library, Georgetown University (source)
Georgetown University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1789. Located in Washington, D.C., it is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit universities, and one of the world’s leading academic and research universities.
Georgetown offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as law and medical degrees, medical residencies, post-doctoral positions, specialized certificates, and continuing education programs across its nine schools. The schools include; 1) Georgetown College; 2) McDonough School of Business; 3) Walsh School of Foreign Service; 4) Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; 5) Law Center; 6) School of Medicine; 7) School of Continuing Studies; 8) School of Nursing and Health Studies; and 9) McCourt School of Public Policy. Georgetown offers more than 90 bachelor’s degree programs including Business and Economics; Government, Politics, and Policy; International Affairs; Language and Linguistics; Mathematics and Computer Science; Regional and Ethnic Studies; and Social Sciences. During their academic career, approximately 57 percent of Georgetown undergraduates study abroad in university-supported programs located in Qatar, Italy, and Turkey. Students can participate in more than 120 programs in 40 different countries.
Peabody Library interior, Johns Hopkins University (source)
Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is a private, nonprofit institution established in Baltimore, Maryland in 1876. The university was founded on the belief that teaching and research are interdependent, and is considered America’s first research university. It is also the nation’s leading university in terms of total research and development spending. Johns Hopkins University takes credit for developing the ramjet engine, launching the field of genetic engineering, and authenticating the Dead Sea Scrolls.
JHU offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees as well as certificates across its ten schools, institutes, and laboratories; 1) School of Advanced International Studies; 2) Applied Physics Laboratory; 3) Krieger School of Arts and Sciences; 4) Carey Business School; 5) School of Education; 6) Whiting School of Engineering; 7) School of Medicine; 8) School of Nursing; 9) Peabody Institute; and 10) Bloomberg School of Public Health. Bachelor’s degree programs include Africana Studies, Applied Math and Statistics, Behavioral Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cognitive Science, Environmental Engineering, Film and Media Studies, International Studies, Music Composition, Neuroscience, Physics, Public Health, Recording Arts and Sciences, and Sociology. Johns Hopkins offers more than 240 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. It also offers dozens of online courses and programs — some for credit and some for free. The school has additional campuses and facilities in Maryland and Washington, D.C., as well as in China and Italy.
Sherman Library, Nova Southeastern University (source)
Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a private, nonprofit institution based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The university was established in 1964 as a small, graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. In 1994, Nova University merged with Southeastern University of Health Sciences. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has classified NSU as a research university with “high research activity.
NSU offers a range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs acros. Colleges and schools include; 1) Allopathic Medicine; 2) Early Childhood Education; 3) Engineering and Computing; 4) Natural Sciences and Oceanography; 5) Nursing; 6) Optometry; 7) Osteopathic Medicine; 8) Pharmacy; 9) Psychology, and more. Bachelor’s degree programs include Applied Statistics, Behavioral Neuroscience, Bioinformatics, Communications Studies, Education, Environmental Science, Human Resources, Recreational Therapy, Speech Communications, Theatre, and Writing. Undergraduate students can choose from more than 50 bachelor’s degree programs. NSU online bachelor’s programs include BS degrees in Business Management, Computer Information Systems, Psychology, and Nursing.
DeMoss Learning Center, Liberty University (source)
Liberty University is a private, nonprofit, Christian institution established in 1971 by noted Pastor Jerry Falwell. The university was founded as Lynchburg Baptist College and renamed in 1984. Liberty, which claims to be the world’s largest Christian university, is located in Lynchburg, Virginia, approximately 115 miles west of Richmond, VA. All programs are taught from a solid Christian foundation.
Liberty offers a broad range of academic programs, from certificates and associate degrees to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Bachelor’s degree programs include Accounting, Aeronautics, Biblical Studies, Biomedical Sciences, Business Administration, Christian Leadership, Computer Science, Digital Media, Education, Government, Informatics, Information Technology, Music, Journalism, and Psychology. There are approximately 80 bachelor’s degree programs, including Business Information Management, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Religion, Religious Evangelism, and Special Education. Degrees include BA, BS, BM (music), and BFA. Liberty University online bachelor’s degree programs are completed primarily online, but can be combined with traditional residential course, on-campus intensive study, and a combination of all three. Most online courses are eight weeks long, while a few are 16 weeks long.
University Museum and Warden Garden, University of Pennsylvania (source)
The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) was established in Philadelphia in 1740 as the “Academy and Charitable School” in the Province of Pennsylvania, with Benjamin Franklin serving as its first president. In 1779, this private, nonprofit school was the fist American institution of higher education to be named a university. Penn’s 302-acre campus in West Philadelphia includes the nation’s first student union and first double-decker college football stadium. Penn is a member of the prestigious Ivy League group of schools.
Penn offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across its twelve schools; 1) Annenberg School for Communication; 2) School of Arts and Sciences; 3) School of Dental Medicine; 4) School of Design; 5) School of Engineering and Applied Science; 6) Graduate School of Education; 7) Law School; 8) School of Nursing; 9) Perelman School of Medicine; 10) School of Social Policy and Practice; 11) School of Veterinary Medicine; and 12) Wharton School. Penn offers more than 150 bachelor’s degree programs including Accounting, Architecture, Biochemistry, Computational Biology, Dental Medicine, East Asian Studies, Fine Arts, Geology, Hispanic Studies, Insurance and Risk Management, Law, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Networked and Social Systems Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Statistics, Theatre Arts, and Urban Studies. Penn’s coordinated dual-degree programs enables students to pursue additional academic interests along with their undergraduate business degrees. Students simultaneously earn two undergraduate degrees from two different schools within four to five years. Thirty percent of Wharton students earn more than one degree.
National University (source)
With its academic headquarters in La Jolla, California and 28 multiple campuses across the United States, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution based in the state of California. Established in 1971, National University has earned a distinguished reputation for its support of military education, with campuses also located at numerous military bases across the country.
NU offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs as well as teaching credentials and certificates across its six schools and colleges; 1) School of Business and Management; 2) Sanford College of Education; 3) School of Engineering and Computing; 4) School of Health and Human Service; 5) School of Professional Studies; 6) College of Letters and Sciences. National University also features a Language Institute and a Division of Extended Learning. Bachelor’s degree programs include Digital Media Design, Digital Journalism, Early Childhood Education, Creative Writing, Integrated Marketing Communication, Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, and Science. National University offers a one-course-per-month format. Along with flexible online degree programs, National enables students to complete degrees in an accelerated time frame.
11: Duke University
Perkins Library, Duke University (source)
Duke University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1838. Founded by Methodist and Quaker families in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is located approximately 25 miles northwest of the state capital, Raleigh. In 1938, the renamed Duke University joined the Association of American Universities. With historic and symbolic ties to the Methodist Church, Duke University is independent of the Church in its governance.
Duke offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across its undergraduate and graduate schools; 1) Trinity College of Arts and Sciences; 2) Pratt School of Engineering; 3) Nicholas School of the Environment; 4) Sanford School of Public Policy; 5) Duke Divinity School; 6) Duke Law School; 7) Fuqua School of Business; 8) Duke Graduate School; 9) Duke School of Medicine; and 10) Duke School of Nursing. Bachelor’s degree programs include Asian and Middle East Studies, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Linguistics, Statistical Science, and Visual Arts. The university offers more than 50 bachelor’s programs. More than 50 percent of undergraduates participate in faculty research, and more than 70 percent of enrolled students earn two or more degrees.
Loretto Hall, Webster University (source)
Webster University is a private, nonprofit institution established in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1915 by the Sisters of Loretto — a Catholic religious organization. Originally named Loretto College, the school formally changed its name to Webster University in 1983. Webster has campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
WU offers bachelor’s, preprofessional, and master’s degree programs across its five schools and colleges; 1) College of Arts and Sciences; 2) Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts; 3) George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology; 4) School of Communications; and 5) School of Education. Bachelor’s programs include Accounting, Art, Audio Production, Biology, Computer Science, Education, Game Design, Global Journalism, Information Systems, Management, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, and Video Production. Webster also offers a range of online bachelor’s degree programs including Religion and Global Society, Data Analytics, Media Communications and Nursing. Webster offers a total of more than 100 bachelor’s degree programs.
Fort Lauderdale (source)
Keiser University is a private, nonprofit university established in 1977. With its main campus in Fort Lauderdale, Keiser also has campuses in major and mid-sized metro areas and communities in Florida, plus in several countries.
Keiser offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs on its campuses and through its online programs. Bachelor’s degree programs offered at Keiser campuses include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Business Administration. Areas of bachelor’s degree focus include Sports Management, Accounting, Transportation and Logistics, Homeland Security, Cyber Forensics, Information Technology Management, Health Science, Nursing, and Imaging Sciences with concentrations in Radiologic Technology, Vascular Sonography, and Nuclear Medicine. Since many of the university’s students are adults without an opportunity to enter an advanced-placement program, but who have a wide range of experiences, Keiser considers results of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) for credit by examination.
Butler Library at night, Columbia University (source)
Columbia University, a private, nonprofit institution, was originally established as King’s College in 1754 by royal charter of England’s King George II. and renamed Columbia in 1784. Columbia is located in New York City, and is the oldest institution of higher learning in New York state and the fifth oldest in the United States. It was the first American institution of higher learning to grant MD degrees.
Columbia offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across its 20 schools and colleges; 1) Architecture, Planning and Preservation; 2) Arts; 3) Arts and Sciences; 4) Barnard College; 5) College of Physicians and Surgeons; 6) Business; 7) Columbia College; 8) Dental Medicine; 9) Engineering; 10) General Studies; 11) International and Public Affairs; 12) Jewish Theological Seminary; 13) Journalism; 14) Law; 15) Nursing; 16) Professional Studies; 17) Public Health; 18) Social Work; 19) Teachers College; and 20) Union Theological Seminary. Degree programs include African-American Studies, Ancient Studies, Biological Sciences, Business Management, Computer Science, Environmental Biology, Film Studies, Human Rights, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Columbia University awards undergraduate AB, BA, and BS degrees, and offers more than 200 study abroad programs. Columbia spends nearly $1 billion in annual research in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences, and has more than 200 research centers and institutes. A dual BA Program is offered with Sciences Po, a Paris-based research university.
Saint Leo University (source)
Saint Leo University (SLU) is a private, nonprofit school established in 1889 by the Order of Saint Benedictus of Florida. This Catholic, liberal arts school is located in Saint Leo, approximately 35 miles north of Tampa. The school and the town are named after Pope Saint Leo the Great, who served as the head of the Catholic Church in the mid-fifth century. It is the oldest Catholic university in Florida, and the largest of the state’s four Catholic higher education institutions.
SLU offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs as well as graduate certificates and online degrees. Undergraduate majors include Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and Social Services. Bachelor of Science degree programs include Biomedical and Health Sciences, Ecology, Computer Information Systems, Cybersecurity, Education, and Health Care Management. Bachelor of Arts degrees are available in Advanced Literary Studies, Professional Writing, Education, Accounting, Economics, Management, Sports Business, Criminalistics, Social Science, Mathematics, English, and Biology. SLU offers more than 40 bachelor’s degree programs in Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and Social Services. St. Leo is a leading provider of educational services to the U.S. military, and offers a number of degree programs that emphasize criminal justice, homeland security, computer information systems, management, and other areas of special interest to active military and veterans.
Green Library, Stanford University (source)
Stanford University is a private, nonprofit university established in 1885 and opened in 1891. Located approximately 35 miles south of San Francisco, Stanford is a world-famous teaching and research university. It is one of the largest college campuses in the United States, in terms of acreage and building count.
Stanford offers bachelor’s, master’s, and post-graduate degrees across its schools; 1) Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences; 2) Engineering; 3) Humanities and Sciences; 4) Law; 5) Medicine; 6) Graduate School of Business; 7) Graduate School of Education. Undergraduate students can work concurrently toward Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Sciences degrees, as well as co-terminal degrees in which they study for a Master of Arts or Master of Sciences degree while completing a bachelor’s degree. Students can also pursue a B.A.S. (Bachelor of Arts and Sciences) through the school’s Joint Major Program, which is designed to integrate the Humanities and Computer Science. To earn a bachelor’s degree, each student must complete at least 180 allowable units and, in so doing, also complete the Writing Requirement, the General Education Requirements, the Language Requirement, and the requirements of their selected major.
Harvard-Yenching Institute and Library, Harvard University (source)
Established in 1636, Harvard University is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. A private, nonprofit university, Harvard is located approximately 3 miles northwest of Boston in Cambridge, with campuses throughout the Boston metropolitan area. It is a preeminent member of the Ivy League, a group of universities and colleges known for their academic excellence and selectivity in admissions.
Harvard offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across 12 schools and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The schools include; 1) Harvard Business School; 2) Harvard Kennedy School; 3) Harvard Medical School; 4) Harvard School of Dental Medicine; 5) Harvard Divinity School; 6) Harvard Law School; 7) Graduate School of Design; 8) Graduate School of Education; 9) Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; 10) John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; 11) T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and 12) Harvard College. All Bachelor’s of Arts and Bachelor’s of Science degree programs require 32 semester-long half courses, extensive work in the chosen field of study, as well as general education and elective courses. Harvard offers undergraduate degrees in 49 fields of study (plus subfields), including Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group studies; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Computer and Information Sciences; Engineering; English language and Literature; Mathematics; Natural Resources; Physical Sciences; Psychology: and Visual and Performing Arts.The Harvard Extension School offers part online/ part offline liberal arts degree programs, in which students take at least four courses (16 credits) on the harvard campus itself. The Extension School also offers joint undergraduate/ graduate degree programs, in which students combine online and on-campus study, coming to Harvard for three weeks each summer for three summers.
Smoot building, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (source)
Brigham Young University (BYU) is a private, nonprofit university established in 1875 as Brigham Young Academy. The university, located approximately 44 miles south of Salt Lake City, is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is part of the Church Educational System, which serves hundreds of thousands of students at campuses around the world.
BYU offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across its 10 colleges, as well Continuing Education, Graduate Studies, and general undergraduate areas of study. BYU colleges include; 1) Marriott School; 2) McKay School of Education; 3) Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; 4) College of Family, Home and Social Sciences; 5) College of Fine Arts and Communications; 6) College of Humanities; 7) Kennedy Center for International Studies; 8) J. Reuben Clark Law School; 9) College of Life Sciences; 10) College of Nursing; 11) College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences; and 12) College of Religious Education. In 2014, the school’s Life Sciences had the largest enrollment, followed by the School of Management, the College of Fine Arts and Communications, and the College of Engineering and Technology. BYU offers more than 180 bachelor’s degree programs, as well as a growing portfolio of more than 210 online courses and 15 degrees available online.
Downtown Columbia, MO (source)
Columbia College Missouri (CCM) is a private, nonprofit college located in Columbia, Missouri, approximately 125 miles east of Kansas City, MO and 125 miles west of St. Louis, MO. Originally founded in 1851 as Christian Female College, the college changed its name to Columbia College in 1970, when it transitioned to a four-year coeducational college. Columbia Columbia College has campuses located across the U.S. and beyond, including San Diego, Denver, Fort Worth, Salt Lake, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
CCM offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s degree programs, as well as a number of certificates. Its department of Business, Finance, Management, and Marketing offers bachelor’s degree programs in Business Administration for Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare Management, Marketing, Public Relations, and Sports Management, and more. The school’s department of Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics offers bachelor’s degree programs in Computer Information Systems, Management Information Systems, and Mathematics, and more. Bachelor’s degree programs are also available in the departments of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Human Services and Fire Services, and from the departments of Fine Arts, Humanities, and History.WGU offers more than a dozen bachelor’s degree programs online. Columbia College has a Cooperative Cross-Enrollment Agreement with the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Western Governors University Administration Building (source)
Western Governors University (WGU) is a private, nonprofit, entirely online university incorporated in 1997. WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which also accredits University of Washington, University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, University of Utah, and the University of Idaho. To enable students to qualify for financial aid from their state, several states have established their own online schools affiliated with WGU. These states include Indiana, Washington, Texas, Missouri, Tennessee and Nevada.
WGU is an all-online school offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. WGU’s four online colleges are; 1) Teachers College; 2) College of Business; 3) College of Information Technology; and 4) College of Health Professions. WGU offers more than 20 bachelor’s degrees, including BA in Science, BS in Information Technology Management, BS in Nursing, and BS in Software Development. Unlike more traditional universities, WGU awards its degrees on the basis of real-world competencies rather than credit hours. To gain credit for a class, students can take a test to prove their mastery of the required course. If the student passes the test, he or she gets full class credit. Although this is an online-only university, students can interact with each other via WGU-sponsored student portals and online communities. The average age of the WGU student is about 36, with an age range from the 20s to the 60s.
Brigham Young University-Idaho, Spori building (source)
Brigham Young University Idaho (BYUI) is a private, nonprofit university affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is a sister school with BYU’s main campus in Provo, Utah. BYU Idaho was established in 1888 as Bannock State Academy. In 2001, its name was changed to Brigham Young University Idaho. BYU Idaho is located in Rexburg, Idaho, 28 miles north of Idaho City, and 85 miles east of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
BYUI offers a combination of associate and bachelor’s degrees across its seven colleges: 1) College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; 2) College of Business and Communication; 3) College of Education and Human Development; 4) College of Language and Letters; 5) College of Performing and Visual Arts; 6) College of Physical Sciences and Engineering; and 7) Foundations and Interdisciplinary Studies. Bachelor of Science degree programs include Animal Science, Advanced Vehicle Systems, Biology, Business Management, and Computer Engineering. Bachelor of Arts degree programs include Art Education, Political Science, International Studies, and Theatre Studies. Degrees require 120 credit hours, including major and minor classes. The university offers approximately 85 bachelor’s degree programs, and awards undergraduate degrees including BA, BS, BFA, BSCE, BSME, and BSN. BYU Idaho also offers a number of online 120-credit bachelor’s degree programs, including Applied Management, Computer Information Technology, Healthcare Administration, Marriage and Family Studies, and Software Engineering.