Top 10 Online Universities & Colleges by US News & World Report

US News & World Report has been putting out an annual ranking of the top Universities and colleges for several years now. They have collected large amounts of data from all the schools across the country and have scientifically created a method of ranking them. They take many factors into account and provide their rankings as a way to assist students who are preparing to make their college choices.

The 2009 US News & World Report rankings are not focused on the online aspect of the schools but it certainly affects the rankings in an indirect way. We have included these rankings because of the deep statistical analysis that US News goes through to provide it’s rankings and we feel that these top schools offer a valid option for online distance learning as well.

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.

US News & World Report’s 2009 Rankings

1 Harvard University - Cambridge, MA
2 Princeton University - Princeton, NJ
3 Yale University - New Haven, CT
T-4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA
T-4 Stanford University - Stanford, CA
T-6 California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, CA
T-6 University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA
T-8 Columbia University - New York, NY
T-8 Duke University - Durham, NC
T-8 University of Chicago - Chicago, IL
(Source: US News & World Report -

Harvard University – Number 1 University

Let’s take a closer look at Harvard University. Harvard was established in 1636 as one of our nations first higher learning institutions. It’s motto is Veritas (Latin for “truth”). They have approximately 20,000 students and are a part of the prestigious Ivy League of schools. Harvard has 10 principal academic units including the studies of Arts & Sciences, Business, Design, Divinity, Education, Government, Law, Medicine and Public Health.