Top Ten Online Schools by Enrollment

According to data from the Department of Education, these are the 10 largest schools that enroll a majority of their students online, writes Brian Burnsed at

University of Phoenix – "The University of Phoenix aims to provide access to higher education opportunities that enable students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve professional goals, improve the productivity of their organizations, and provide leadership and service to their communities."

Kaplan University – "Kaplan University offer a supportive human touch combined with the technology of distance learning. There are no job interruptions or travel expenses, and Kaplan University is ready to provide you with the personal attention and academic support you need. Pursue your college degree or professional certificate on a schedule that fits your life."

Strayer University – "Strayer University offers three educational formats to make getting to class more convenient for busy, working adult students. Participate in dynamic classes on campus. Students can learn in the traditional classroom setting at the times that fit their schedule. Day and evening classes are offered at more than 85 campuses in twenty states plus Washington, DC."

Ashford University – "The mission of Ashford University is to provide accessible, affordable, innovative, high-quality learning opportunities and degree programs that meet the diverse needs of individuals pursuing integrity in their lives, professions, and communities."

Liberty University – "Liberty's 5,000-acre campus serves over 11,775 resident students each year. The student body represents all 50 states and 80 countries, with 20 percent of the student population representing minorities and international students."

Walden University – "Walden believe that knowledge is most valuable when put to use in organizations, communities, and families. They offer over 50 online degree programs with more than 220 specializations and concentrations, all designed to help professionals gain the knowledge they need to have a real impact in their lives and the lives of others."

University of Maryland – "University of Maryland–University College is a public institution that was founded in 1947. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,284 and its setting is suburban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,422 (2010-11); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,282 (2010-11)."

Grand Canyon University – "Grand Canyon University offers a cutting-edge curriculum where you will gain the real-world experience needed to succeed in today's global marketplace. The University offers nearly 100 bachelor's and master's degree programs."

American Public University System – "With one of the most affordable options for pursuing your education online, APU minimizes fees that can add significantly to the cost of the degree, setting it apart from other schools that charge technology, application, or admissions fees. In addition, APU provides all books at no cost to degree-seeking undergraduate students and accepts federal student aid and military tuition assistance."

Matthew Tabor

Matthew Tabor

Matthew is a prolific, independent voice in the national education debate. He is a tireless advocate for high academic standards from pre-K through graduate school, fiscal sense and personal responsibility. He values parents’ and families’ rights and believes in accountability for teachers, administrators, politicians and all taxpayer-funded education entities. With a unique background that includes work in higher education, executive recruiting, professional sport and government, Matthew has consulted on new media and communication strategies for a broad range of clients. He writes the blog “Education for the Aughts” at , has contributed to National Journal’s ‘Expert’ blog for Education , and interacts with the education community on Twitter and Google+.
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