Online University Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: National Center for Education
Research Date: July 14th, 2014

An online degree is an academic degree (usually a college degree, but sometimes the term includes high school diplomas and non-degree certificate programs) that can be earned primarily or entirely through the use of an Internet-connected computer, rather than attending college in a traditional campus setting. Improvements in technology, the increasing use of the Internet worldwide, and the need for people to have flexible school schedules while they are working have led to a proliferation of online colleges that award associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

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Online University Statistics
Total number of students who took a class online in 20106.1 million
Percent increase in online students from 2009 – 201010.1 %
Total number of accredited online universities277
Average annual tuition cost of an online university$ 14,850
Percent of online universities that are Non-Profit71 %
Percent of online universities that have a 50% + graduation rate38 %
Percent of online universities that have a 50% + retention rate75 %
Percent of online universities that have a 25:1 or better student/faculty ration97 %
Percent of online universities that have a student population larger than 20,00019 %
Percent of US colleges that offer online bachelors degrees34 %
Number of students enrolled in the University of Phoenix online campus532,600

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