Top 10 Online Universities & Colleges by Forbes

Forbes attempted to create its’ college rankings from a student’s perspective. They came at it from the angle of what is the quality of education provided and how much do their students achieve. 25% of the rankings were based on several million student evaluations. Another 25% was based on how many of the school’s alumni were listed in the Who’s Who in America. The final 50% was based on the average amount of student debt at graduation for those who got loans, the percentage graduating with a 4 year time period and the number of students and faculty that won national awards.

Forbes rankings are not specific to online distance learning but it’s a part of each of the institutions listed. We liked the depth and angle taken on by this study and have included it in our calculations to find the top online schools.

As always, we recommend that you do your due diligence and research the colleges that you have an interest in. Talk with former students, read their websites, visit the schools and speak with a representative from the school to learn as much as you possibly can about each school that you are interested in.

Forbes’ 2008 Rankings

1 Princeton University - NJ
2 California Institute of Technology - CA
3 Harvard University - MA
4 Swarthmore College - PA
5 Williams College - MA
6 United States Military Academy - NY
7 Amherst College - MA
8 Wellesley College - MA
9 Yale University - CT
10 Columbia University - NY
11 Northwestern University - IL
12 Wabash College - IN
13 Centre College - KY
14 Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MA
15 Bowdoin College - ME
16 United States Air Force Academy - CO
17 Middlebury College - VT
18 University of Chicago - IL
19 Smith College - MA
20 Pomona College - CA
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Princeton University – Number 1 University

Let’s take a closer look at Princeton University. They can be found online at Princeton was started in 1746 and is our nations fourth oldest college. Princeton serves over 7,000 students with about 850 full time faculty members. They offer a vast number of degrees and programs for students to choose from at both the undergraduate level and graduate level