2020 Best Online Colleges for Earning Potential

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Our top online colleges represent the schools offering fully online degrees whose graduates go on to be high earners. We feature 10 of the most popular majors that span over 1,900 individual college programs, as well as starting salary data from over 800,000 graduates, making ours one of the most comprehensive online college rankings. While the majority of these students likely did not complete their degrees online, these schools offer fully online options for these degree programs and all students graduate with the same credentials regardless of format. We also offer rankings of popular online master's programs.

For this year’s rankings, nursing is the highest earning online program. Graduates from top schools Mercy College, Pacific College, and University of Providence earn a median salary of more than $96,000.

For-profit institutions, some of which have received criticism in the past, have placed well in some programs. Capella University is ranked #3 in healthcare administration and #4 in business. University of Phoenix is ranked #10 in Nursing with its graduates earning over $86,000.

Below are our rankings for online bachelor's programs. You can also see rankings for the best campus-based bachelor's degrees, best master's degrees, and best online master's programs.

Best Online Bachelor's Degrees by Major