2013s Best Universities in America

Whether you're a high school student considering college for the first time, or an adult aspiring to attain a higher level of education for personal fulfillment or career advancement, online education is an excellent option for those looking to pursue a degree, while continuing with their present commitments. It also allows one to choose from a wide variety of schools and programs not available in their area.

Accreditation is one of the most important considerations for choosing an online university. Other important factors that you must check on the faculty qualifications, flexibility and convenience of the course and whether it suits your lifestyle, tuition fees and provision of any financial grants or scholarships, the time taken to complete the course and the facilities and support provided during the course as well on completion.

Read on as we put together a list of the top online universities for 2013.

Capella University

A member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and boasts of alliances with more than 100 corporations, 200 U.S. community colleges, and every branch of the U.S. armed forces and a curriculum designed to meet standards set by professional organisations. Capella has been awarded the CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes and the WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award, amongst numerous other awards and recognitions. It offer degrees in the fields of business, health care,K-12 education, public safety, higher education, mental health, public administration,human resources, social work, information technology and public service leadership.
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Liberty University

The worldís largest evangelical university, Liberty University is campus-based and offers more than 40 degree programs and 90 specializations through its online programs. It has regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the university provides quality education at some of the lowest tuition rates makes this a great value for money option. It also provides several scholarships and convenient payment plans which make it even more affordable. Liberty prides itself on its excellent student service and support facilities, a vast online library and an efficient student-friendly online interface which provides 24/7 access to coursework.
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Grand Canyon University

Operational since 1949, Grand Canyon University is a Christian university backed by a traditional campus. Online applicants can select from approximately 100 bachelorsí, mastersí and doctoral degree majors and concentrations in education, business, liberal arts, nursing, and health sciences. In addition to the faculty instructing at the GCU campus, it also provides dedicated, full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors for the online education students. GCU has accreditation fromthe North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, through its Higher Learning Commission.

Northcentral University

Northcentral University is affiliated with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and has on offer Doctoral, Masterís or Bachelorís degrees across59 business degree specializations, 34 in education and 18 in behavioral and health sciences. Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), students can choose from almost 60 business degree specializations. It also offers 34 programs in education and 18 in behavioural and health sciences. The tuition and fees of the programs are relatively affordable, and the university maintains a staff of 100% doctoral faculty. The students enjoy the benefit of a one-to-one teaching model are provided the facility of being able to take classes and exams from any computer with access to the internet.
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Post University

Supported with a traditional campus, established in 1890, Post University offers undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs through its online modules. With accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and College Inc.,the online programs provided by Post University are available in convenient eight-week modules,six times a year. In addition, the university accepts transfer credits for other accredited colleges and universities, therefore one can complete the bachelorís degree in just 18 months and the masterís degree within a period of 14-24 months.It also promises the students the benefits of a traditional New England college experience, without physically going to the campus.
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Sullivan University

A campus-based university established for the last 50 years, Sullivan University is Kentucky's largest private college or university, and has accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for its associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. The online courses have been especially designed to provide high quality education in a convenient and flexible format that fit even the busiest life. Moreover, even after the students complete their course they are promised unlimited employment assistance to help graduates find jobs nationwide.
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National American University

Associated with the North Central Association and accredited by Higher Learning Commission, the National American University is a multi-campus university and offers Diploma, Associate, Bachelorís, and Masterís degrees in various technical and professional fields. NAU also provides financial assistance through grants, scholarships, work-study opportunities and low interest loan programs via federal, state and local sources for those who qualify. Students have the added advantage of aid through placement service assistance as well as with professional resume writing, interviewing skills and post-interview follow-up.
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Berkeley College

Berkeley College established an innovative and proven approach to career education known as The Berkeley Advantageģ, It promises to provide students with a competitive edge and equip the m with skills sought by employers, through their flexible and conveniently designed online programs. Students can log onto Berkeley College Online from anywhere with internet access, and access their online courses 24hours a day, 7 days a week.Its bachelorís and associateís degree programs have been developed meet current business and professional demands and are supplemented through program-related, faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments. Berkeley College graduates can avail of free lifetime career assistance.
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All the best!

This list is by no means exhaustive, but should help you make the process of selection a bit easier. Once you have made your choice, do make the most of the resources and support provided by your university and remember the essential skills required for the success of your online studies - self-discipline, commitment, good time-management skills, computer proficiency and finally the motivation to succeed.