online university statistics

Online University Statistics

Online University Statistics Data
Total number of students who took a class online in the past 12 months 6,150,000
Percent increase in online students from 2011 – 2015 9.1 %
Total number of accredited online universities 277
Average annual tuition cost of an online university $ 15,650
Percent of online universities that are Non-Profit 71 %
Percent of online universities that have a 50% + graduation rate 38 %
Percent of online universities that have a 50% + retention rate 75 %
Percent of online universities that have a 25:1 or better student/faculty ration 97 %
Percent of online universities that have a student population larger than 20,000 19 %
Percent of US colleges that offer online bachelors degrees 34 %
Number of students enrolled in the University of Phoenix online campus 545,200

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.

Statistic Verification
Source: National Center for Education
Research Date: June 12th, 2016

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