CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 7, 2015 — Value Colleges (, an independent online guide to the best values in college education, is pleased to release its ranking of the 50 Best Value Online Colleges of 2015 at

The 50 Best Value Online Colleges ranking is a thoroughly-researched, comprehensive guide to the online colleges and universities that give students the best return on their investment: online colleges that meet the ideal combination of affordability and excellence, with high ROI and low debt. These fifty schools each offer an excellent education at a great value for students hoping to improve their education and status with a convenient, flexible online degree program.

The ranking was built using the following criteria:

*20-year net ROI

*Cost of attendance

*National rankings

Information was compiled from, US New & World Report, IPEDS, and the schools’ own websites, for complete accuracy.


Schools making the list include (in alphabetical order):

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Ball State University, Muncie, IN

Belhaven University, Jackson, MI

California State University, Chico – Chico, CA

California State University, Dominguez Hills, Dominguez Hills, CA

Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI

Charleston Southern University, Charleston, SC

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Columbia College, Columbia, MO

Concordia University, St. Paul – St. Paul, MI

DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona, FL

Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

George Washington University, Washington, DC

Indiana Institute of Technology, Fort Wayne, IN

Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

Loyola University (Chicago), Chicago, IL

Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

McKendree University, Lebanon, IL

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Norwich University, Norwich, VT

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Pace University, New York, NY

Penn State World Campus, State College, PA

Regis University, Denver, CO

Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX

Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Giardeau, MO

St. John’s University, Queens, NY

Troy University, Troy, AL

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

University of Denver, Denver, CO

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

University of Wisconsin – Superior, Superior, WI

Upper Iowa University, Fayette, IA

Utah State, Logan, UT

Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Westfield State, Westfield, MA

“For many potential students,” lead editor Carrie Sealey-Morris explains, “including working adults and other non-traditional students, online learning is the best option.” While some students still distrust or devalue online education, the tide is turning. “Online courses are more flexible to finesse around work schedules, many allow students to work at their own pace, and some can provide perks that campus courses can’t, like famous guest lecturers and fun, interactive content,” Sealey-Morris continues, noting that colleges that have not invested in online programs “are scrambling to catch up.”

Value Colleges is an independent, online resource with one mission: to help prospective students find the best educational value in their chosen field. At Value Colleges future students can find rankings for the top investments in online and residential college degrees, advice on making the best decisions about finances when in college, and explanations of commonly-misunderstood aspects of college costs.