According to the Babson Survey Research Group’s “Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States”, in fall of 2011, nearly 77% of chief academic officers at over 2,800 colleges and universities said the outcome of learning online was the same or superior to face-to-face learning. With stats like these, it’s no wonder then that the adoption of online programs is on the rise at schools that were once strictly campus-based. In fact, many of the schools ranked highly in U.S. News’ National University Rankings now offer online courses, certificates, and degrees.
Check out these 10 schools you didn’t know you could earn an online degree from, all part of the top 15 in U.S. News’ Rankings.
1. Harvard University
Harvard University now offers over 200 courses online available for students working toward a blended associates, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. A blended degree is one in which your course load will be split between online and on-campus courses. Click here to see the blended degrees Harvard offers.
This prestigious and private Ivy League university also offers online professional certificates in:
- Religious studies and education
- Software engineering
- Strategic management
- Web technologies
2. Yale University
For those students who are away during the summer, Yale University’s undergraduate division, Yale College, offers accredited summer programs. Based in Connecticut, the private, Ivy League university’s online summer sessions are lauded as “rigorous” academic courses from the same faculty that teach courses throughout the year at Yale.
Some of the courses offered at Yale College this summer include:
- ENVE S105E - Introduction to Green Energy
- PSYC S110E - Introduction to Psychology
- ECON S131E – Econometrics and Data Analysis I
- PSYC S350E / CHLD S350E - Autism and Related Disorders
- ENGL S220E – Milton
To see the full list of Yale’s online summer courses click here.
3. Columbia University
New York City’s Columbia University has a number of its different programs available online. The school’s online options include individual online courses as well as full requirements for certain graduate studies and certificate programs. Columbia also offers the option to earn certificates and degrees with a combination of online and on-campus courses.
Columbia offers these degrees and certificates online:
- Quantitative Studies Programs
- Master of Arts in Statistics
- Master of Science in Actuarial Science
- Core Statistics Certificates
- Actuarial Science Certificates
- Bioethics Certificates
- Business Certificates
- Business Certificates
- Advanced Business Certificates
- Graduate Engineering Programs
- Graduate Teaching Programs
4. University of Chicago
The University of Chicago’s Graham School offers online certificate programs, “designed to offer challenging, rigorous, and relevant curriculum, advancing the University’s scholarly values and commitment to learning to non-traditional students.” The university’s Graham School focuses on continuing liberal and professional studies.
The university’s distance learning programs include:
5. Stanford University
Stanford University’s online program enrollment is mainly available in its professional development department. In this department, students can work part-time toward their Master of Science, complete certificate requirements, take individual courses, or participate in workshops and seminars online. Stanford also has a fully accredited online high school division for those who have not yet obtained their diploma. To see some of the master’s degrees, graduate certificates, and professional certificates that Stanford offers, click here.
6. Duke University
This private research university offers a large selection of distance learning options. Duke University’s Continuing Studies Department includes options to study online to earn various certificates or complete individual courses during its summer sessions.
Duke offers the following online courses and programs:
- 2013 Summer Session Courses
- Paralegal Certificates
- Paralegal Specialist Certificates
- Nonprofit Management Certificates
- Management Training Certificates
- Project Management
- Business Analysis
- Management and Leadership
- Business Process Management
7. University of Pennsylvania
Despite being one of the oldest American universities, the University of Pennsylvania has kept up with the times by creating a number of distance learning courses and program paths. The University of Pennsylvania’s online learning division includes courses that range from dental education to earning an MBA.
UPenn’s online paths include:
- Continuing Dental Education
- Continuing Medical Education
- Continuing Nursing Education
- Summer Session Courses
- Wharton Executive Education Programs
8. Dartmouth College
Dartmouth College, an Ivy League research university, now offers some of its programs and courses entirely online or through a hybrid learning program that combines on-campus and distance learning. These programs include MBA programs offered by Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and its Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.
Online programs include:
- Master of Health Care Delivery Science
- Executive Program on Strategic Reputation Management
- TDI Certificate in the Fundamentals of Value-based Health Care
9. Northwestern University
This private, Illinois-based research university touts its large listing of online programs as being equivalent in curriculum and quality with Northwestern’s campus-based programs. Northwestern University provides the ability for students to earn one of four certificates or five master’s degrees online.
Northwestern’s online course offerings include:
- Master’s Degrees:
10. Johns Hopkins University
As far as online learning goes, the prestigious John Hopkins University is ranked #17 in the country by the U.S. News and World report. John Hopkins offers over 140 online courses in their Engineering for Professionals program that count toward a variety of Master’s and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degree tracks and two certificate tracks in its School of Nursing.
John Hopkin’s Online Engineering for Professionals Programs include:
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Environmental Engineering, Science and Management
- Information Systems Engineering
- Systems Engineering
- Technical Management
John Hopkin’s Online School of Nursing Master’s Programs include:
John Hopkin’s Online School of Nursing Certificate Programs include:
Were you surprised to find out that these universities and colleges offer online courses and programs? For you, is school ranking a factor when choosing an online program? Let us know in the comment section below!