TOP_schools_IndianaContinuing our series of best online college by state rankings, we have examined all online colleges in Indiana and chosen to showcase the top 20 schools, based on the methodology stated below.

To create this Top 20 Best Online College ranking, we scored each of the colleges and universities that are located in the State of Indiana to discover which ones can provide distance learning students with the highest-quality education possible. For a college to be considered for this list, it had to be both located in the State of Indiana and have a selection of online academic programs available in which students can enroll.

Methodology

We have judged each online college that is located in the State of Indiana, and also has a selection of online and asynchronous academic programs available for distance learning students based on the following ranking criteria:

  • 50%: Freshmen Retention Rates and;
  • 50%: Graduation Rates

After obtaining the two rates, we then added them together to give each school a Final Score which has a maximum of 200 total points. To gather the information that we required to rank each Indiana-based school based on this ranking criteria, we used each of the school’s websites whenever possible to obtain their two different rates. In cases where a school does not provide this information, we utilized the databases of both:

Additionally, in the case where multiple schools had the same Final Score based on the combination of the two scoring rates for this Top 20, we utilized the alphabetical ordering of their names as our designated tie-breaker.

How we scored each of these schools was based on a straightforward formula: we took each of the school’s two rates (Freshman Retention Rate percentage and Graduation Rate percentage) and added them together. The total we are left with is the school’s Final Score. The higher a school’s Final Score, the better they placed in the ranking.

We also referred to our ranking of the top 100 best online colleges when ranking these schools.

20: Vincennes University

Vincennes

Vincennes University is a public land-grant research university located in Vincennes, Indiana. Vincennes University–which is commonly referred to just as VU–was originally established in 1801 as the Jefferson Academy. Vincennes University is the oldest public institution of higher learning that is located in the Northwest Territory and the State of Indiana. Vincennes University was by William Henry Harrison, the ninth President of the United States. This makes VU one of only two colleges located in the United States that was founded by a President of the United States; the other of the two is the University of Virginia, which was founded by Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. For more than 200 years, VU was the only two-year university that was located in Indiana.

Today, Vincennes University offers its more than 4,500 total enrolled students a selection of online and asynchronous academic programs, such as an Associate of Applied Science in Business Management degree program, an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Programming Technology degree program, an Associate of Applied Science in General Studies degree program, a Law Enforcement certification program, and a Pharmacy Technology certification program, among many others.

School’s Website: https://www.vinu.edu/home
Freshman Retention Rate: 52.0%
Graduation Rate: 23.0%
Final Score: 75.0/200

19: Indiana Institute of Technology

IIT

The Indiana Institute of Technology, which is commonly referred to simply as Indiana Tech, is a private, not-for-profit and Ph.D-granting University that is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Indiana Tech was originally established in 1930 as the Indiana Technical College. The college was founded by John A. Kalbfleisch, who also served as the school’s first president. Today, the university is organized into four academic colleges: the College of Business; the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences; the College of General Studies and; the College of Professional Studies. It is through these four colleges that Indiana Tech offers to its nearly 10,000 total enrolled students a broad selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree granting programs and professional certification programs.

Many of the school’s available academic programs are offered in an online and fully asynchronous format, and are taught by the same dedicated faculty members as the on-campus counterparts. Some of the available online programs that are available for distance learning students to choose from include: a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree program, an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree program, a Bachelor of Arts in Information Systems degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership degree program, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program, among others.

School’s Website: https://www.indianatech.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 52.0%
Graduation Rate: 31.0%
Final Score: 83.0/200

18: Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne

IPFW

Commonly referred to simply as IPFW, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne is a coeducational public university that is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne was originally established in 1964. IPFW is a cooperatively-managed regional campus of two different state university systems: Indiana University and Purdue University. IPFW is organized into nine academic divisions: the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Education and Public Policy; the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science; the College of Health and Human Services; the College of Visual and Performing Arts; the Division of Continuing Studies; the Indiana University School of Medicine–Fort Wayne; the Indiana University School of Social Work and; the Richard T. Doermer School of Business. It is through these nine academic divisions that IPFW students–both traditional on-campus students and distance learning students–can choose from a myriad of degree-granting programs and professional certification programs.

Distance learning students that decide to enroll at IPFW can choose from one of three different academic programs that are offered in a fully online and asynchronous format. These academic programs are all taught at the undergraduate level, and are: a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program, a Bachelor of Applied Science in General Studies degree program and a Bachelor of Applied Science or Associate of Applied Science degree program with the following tracks available: Business Specialty; Supervision and Leadership or; Interdisciplinary. Each of these online programs is taught by the same highly qualified academic staff as their traditional on-campus counterparts, ensuring that all of the students at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne obtain the same high-quality education regardless of how they choose to pursue their degree.

School’s Website: https://www.ipfw.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 64.0%
Graduation Rate: 25.0%
Final Score: 89.0/200

17: Indiana University – Northwest

IUN

Indiana University – Northwest (which is commonly referred to as IU Northwest or simply as IUN) is a regional public university that is located in Gary, Indiana. IU Northwest was initially established in 1963. IU Northwest is organized into six academic divisions through which the university’s more than 6,000 students can choose from a myriad of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs. Many of these academic programs are available for distance learning students to choose from due to being offered in an online and fully asynchronous format. These online programs are taught by the same academic faculty members as the on-campus counterparts, ensuring students will receive the same quality education regardless of which form they choose to obtain their education.

The online and asynchronous academic programs that are available for distance learning students to choose from at IU Northwest are: an Associate of Science in Labor Studies degree program, a Bachelor of Applied Science degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Informatics degree program, a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Labor Studies degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree program, a K-12 Online Teaching certificate program, and a Labor Studies certificate program.

School’s Website: http://www.iun.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 66.0%
Graduation Rate: 24.0%
Final Score: 90.0/200

16: Indiana University – East

IUE

With online and fully asynchronous programs such as a Bachelor of Applied Science
degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Informatics degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree program, and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science degree program among many others that are available for distance learning students to choose from, Indiana University – East is a provider of highly flexible and comprehensive academic programs. Indiana University – East, which is commonly referred to simply as IU East or IUE, is a a regional campus in the Indiana University school system that is located in Richmond, Indiana.

Indiana University – East was originally established in 1971 and has a total student enrollment of more than 4,500 students. IU East is organized into seven academic divisions. It is through these academic divisions that IU East students can choose from a myriad of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs, and professional certificate programs. These seven divisions are the School of Business and Economics; the School of Education; the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; the School of Natural Science and Mathematics; the School of Nursing; the School of Social Work; the School of General Studies and; the School of Informatics.

School’s Website: http://www.iue.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 64.0%
Graduation Rate: 28.0%
Final Score: 92.0/200

15: Indiana University – Kokomo

 IUK

Indiana University – Kokomo, which is commonly referred to as IU Kokomo or simply as IUK, is a regional campus in the Indiana University school system and is located in Kokomo, Indiana. IU Kokomo is organized into six academic divisions. It is through these six academic divisions that the more than 4,000 total enrolled students can enroll into one of the many available undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs, and professional certificate programs. These academic divisions are the Division of Allied Health Sciences; the School of Business; the School of Education; the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; the School of Nursing and; the School of Sciences. Many of the university’s available academic programs are offered in an online and fully asynchronous format to serve the many distance learning students that enroll at IU Kokomo each year.

The programs that are available to distance learning students are: a Bachelor of Applied Science degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science degree program, a Bachelor of General Studies degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, and a Bachelor of Science in Informatics degree program.

School’s Website: http://iuk.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 65.0%
Graduation Rate: 30.0%
Final Score: 95.0/200

14: Indiana State University

Indiana State University

Indiana State University is a public research university that is located in Terre Haute, Indiana. Indiana State University was originally established in 1865 by the Indiana General Assembly as the Indiana State Normal School. The Indiana State Normal School would later be renamed to the Indiana State Teachers College in 1929 and would later be renamed again, this time to Indiana State College, in 1961. It wouldn’t be until 1965–100 years after its initial founding–that the school would become Indiana State University. Indiana State University is organized into six different academic divisions: the Bayh College of Education; the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Graduate and Professional Studies; the College of Health and Human Services; the College of Technology and; the Donald W. Scott College of Business.

It is through these six academic divisions that the more than 12,500 total enrolled students are able to enroll into a wide variety of available undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certificate programs. Many of these academic programs are available not only in a traditional on-campus format but also an asynchronous online format. Some of the online academic programs that are available for distance learning students to choose from include: a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services degree program, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology degree program, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Accounting degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Adult Career Education degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology degree program, a Bachelor of Science in General Studies degree program, and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing degree program, among numerous others.

School’s Website: http://www.indstate.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 64.0%
Graduation Rate: 41.0%
Final Score: 105.0/200

13: University of Southern Indiana

University of Southern Indiana

The University of Southern Indiana is a public research university that is located in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. USI, as the University of Southern Indiana, is commonly referred to as was originally established in 1965. The University of Southern Indiana originally started as a regional campus of Indiana State University. Today, USI offers to its more than 11,000 total enrolled students a selection of over 70 undergraduate degree-granting programs, 10 Master’s degree programs, and one Doctoral degree program. These academic programs are offered through the six academic divisions into which the school is organized. These academic divisions are the Romain College of Business; the College of Liberal Arts, College of Nursing and Health Professions; the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education; the University Division and; the Division of Outreach and Engagement.

A selection of the school’s academic programs are available in an online and asynchronous format, all of which are taught by the same dedicated faculty members as the on-campus counterparts. These online degree-granting programs are: a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program, a Master of Science in Nursing degree program, a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree program and a Registered Nurse to a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) degree program. The Master of Science in Nursing degree program additionally has numerous tracks that students can choose from, such as a Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) concentration, a Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) concentration, and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration among others. All of these online programs are fully accredited and highly comprehensive in addition to being incredibly flexible.

School’s Website: http://www.usi.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 71.0%
Graduation Rate: 41.0%
Final Score: 112.0/200

12: Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis offers their distance learning students a wide variety of online and asynchronous academic programs, such as: a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science degree program, a degree program, a Bachelor of Applied Science degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program, a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program, a Bachelor of Arts in English, Technical and Professional Writing degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Informatics degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Labor Studies degree program, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree program, among many others.

Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, which is commonly referred to simply as IUPUI, is a public research university that is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Belonging to the school systems of both Indiana University and of Purdue University, IUPUI is the result of a merger that occurred in 1969. The two institutions that made the merger was the Purdue Indianapolis Extension Center (which was established in 1946) and Indiana University Indianapolis (founded in 1916). IUPUI has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC)–which is a United States Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation approved accrediting body–since 1972. In 2013, IUPUI received reaffirmation of its accreditation from HLC through the 2022–2023 academic school year.

School’s Website: https://www.iupui.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 74.0%
Graduation Rate: 44.0%
Final Score: 118.0/200

11: Anderson University – Indiana

Anderson University - Indiana

Anderson University is a fully accredited, private and not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university that is located in Anderson, Indiana. Anderson University was originally established in 1917 as the Anderson Bible Training School by the Church of God movement. The school was renamed to Anderson College in 1929 and again to its present-day name of Anderson University in 1987. The college is affiliated with the Church of God, which is a Holiness Christian denomination with historical roots in Wesleyan pietism and also in the restorationist Christian traditions and that was established in 1881. Anderson University is additionally a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and a member of the Independent Colleges of Indiana society. Today, the university offers more than 50 undergraduate degree-granting majors, as well as graduate programs in business and theological studies.

Anderson University offers its distance learning students an online and asynchronous format Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program. This Master of Business Administration program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), which is a United States Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) approved programmatic accrediting body. This online MBA program was first launched in the Fall semester in 2016 and is taught by the same experienced and dedicated academic faculty members as the on-campus counterpart is. The MBA program will not only teach students the core foundations of business administration but will provide them with a solid understanding of the more nuanced aspects of business management and will do so while placing great emphasis on the Christian worldview.

School’s Website: https://www.anderson.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 75.0%
Graduation Rate: 54.0%
Final Score: 129.0/200

10: Trine University

Trine University

Trine University is a private, not-for-profit liberal arts university that is located in Angola, Indiana. The school was originally founded in 1884 as the Tri-State Normal College. The college would later undergo a name change to Tri-State College in 1906 and again–this time to its present-day name of Trine University–in 1975. Trine University today is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is also a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Trine University operates several satellite campuses across northern and central Indiana. Additionally, Trine University maintains a campus that is located in Centreville, Michigan. Trine University’s more than 5,000 total enrolled students can choose from numerous different undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs, and professional certification programs. Many of these academic programs are also taught in an online and fully asynchronous format to serve distance learning students better. These asynchronous and online educational programs are taught by the same dedicated faculty members as the on-campus counterparts, ensuring that each of Trine University’s students will receive the same high-quality and comprehensive education regardless of how they choose to obtain their education.

Some of the online and asynchronous degree-granting programs that are available through Trine University include: an Associate of Science in Business Administration degree program, an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree program, an Associate of Science in Engineering Technology degree program, an Associate of Science in Accounting degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Design Engineering Technology degree program, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program among others.

School’s Website: https://www.trine.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 73.0%
Graduation Rate: 56.0%
Final Score: 129.0/200

9: Oakland City University

Oakland City University

With online and asynchronous academic programs such as a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management degree program, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program, a Masters of Science in Strategic Management degree program and an Educational Specialist advance certification program, Oakland City University provides its distance learning students with a selection of high-quality and comprehensive academic programs that are incredibly flexible and will ultimately be the catalyst for a career-defining change in each and every Oakland City University alumni’s professional life.

Oakland City University is a private, not-for-profit liberal arts university that is located in Oakland City, Indiana. Oakland City University, which is commonly referred to as OCU, was originally established in 1885. Oakland City University is the only General Baptist Church-affiliated college in the United States. In addition to the institution’s Oakland City Main Campus, the university also operates numerous satellite campuses in Indianapolis, Evansville, Rockport and Bedford where they hold classes for busy adult students. These satellite sites utilize the Adult Learning Model that emphasizes experiential application to various objectives and theory. Courses provided at these adult teaching centers are taught at an accelerated pace and in a condensed format.

School’s Website: http://www.oak.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 71.0%
Graduation Rate: 63.0%
Final Score: 134.0/200

8: Ball State University

Ball State University

Ball State University, which is commonly referred to as Ball State or simply as BSU, is a public research university that is located in Muncie, Indiana, and that operates two satellite facilities in Fishers and Indianapolis. Ball State University was originally established in 1876 as the Eastern Indiana Normal School. The school’s name would change numerous times over the years before settling on its present-day name of Ball State University. The previous names that the school operated under were: Ball Teachers College, Ball State Teachers College, and Ball State College. Ball State University is classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a Doctoral University with a Higher Research Activity rating. The university is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

The university is organized into eight different academic divisions: the College of Applied Sciences and Technology; the College of Architecture and Planning; the College of Communication, Information, and Media; the Miller College of Business; the College of Fine Arts, College of Health; the College of Sciences and Humanities and; the Teachers College. It is through these eight divisions that the university’s more than 22,000 total enrolled students can choose from a myriad of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certificate programs. Many of these academic programs are available to distance learning students in an online and fully asynchronous format, such as: a Bachelor of Science in Business Administrations degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree program, a Bachelor’s in General Studies degree program, a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) degree program, and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a Minor in Early Childhood Special Education degree program, among many others.

School’s Website: http://cms.bsu.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 82.0%
Graduation Rate: 60.0%
Final Score: 142.0/200

7: Bethel College – Indiana

Bethel College - Indiana

Bethel College is a Christian liberal arts college that is located in Mishawaka, Indiana. Bethel College was originally established in 1947 and is affiliated with the Evangelical Christian Missionary Church. Bethel is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the Council of Independent Colleges. Bethel College is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which is a United States Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation approved regional accrediting body. Bethel College also has specialized programmatic accreditation from The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission; the National Association of Schools of Music and; the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. Bethel College is organized into three academic divisions. These academic divisions are the Division of Arts and Sciences; the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences and; the School of Nursing. It is through these academic divisions that the more than 1,600 total enrolled Bethel College students can choose from numerous undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs, and professional certificate programs.

Many of the academic programs taught at Bethel College are available in an online and fully asynchronous format. These online programs are taught by the same academic faculty members as the on-campus counterparts, and includes programs such as: a Bachelor of Bible and Ministry degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Business degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral and Social Science degree program, a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program, among others.

School’s Website: https://www.bethelcollege.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 78.0%
Graduation Rate: 64.0%
Final Score: 142.0/200

6: Indiana Wesleyan University – Marion

Indiana Wesleyan University - Marion

Indiana Wesleyan University, which is commonly referred to simply as IWU, is a private, not-for-profit evangelical Christian-affiliated, liberal arts university that is headquartered in Marion, Indiana. Indiana Wesleyan University is affiliated specifically with the Wesleyan Church denomination. IWU is the largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in addition to being the largest private university that is located in the State of Indiana. Indiana Wesleyan University was originally established in 1920 as the Marion Normal College. The Marion Normal College would later have its name changed to the Marion Normal Institute in 1912 and again to Marion College in 1918. Finally, its name would become its present-day name of Indiana Wesleyan University in 1920. Indiana Wesleyan University is organized into five academic divisions. It is through these five different academic divisions that the more than 16,000 total enrolled students can choose from a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs, and professional certificate programs. The five academic divisions that Indiana Wesleyan University is organized into are the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Adult and Professional Studies; the Graduate School; the School of Nursing and; the Wesley Seminary.

Indiana Wesleyan University offers distance learning students a variety of online and fully asynchronous academic programs. These online programs include: a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Healtchare Administration degree program, and a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degree program, among others. All of the online programs that are available are taught by the same dedicated faculty members as the on-campus counterparts.

School’s Website: https://www.indwes.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 82.0%
Graduation Rate: 60.0%
Final Score: 142.0/200

5: Huntington University

Huntington University

Huntington University is a liberal arts university that is located in Huntington, Indiana. Huntington University is affiliated with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, and the University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Huntington University was originally established in 1897 as Central College. The school’s name would later be changed to Huntington College in 1917 and again to its present-day name of Huntington University in 2005. Huntington University was originally established by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, which is an Evangelical Christian denomination that is based in Huntington, Indiana. There are more than 30 student-ran organizations that are available to students at Huntington University, ranging from academic groups and honors societies to special interest groups and social clubs.

The online and asynchronous academic programs that are offered to distance learning students by Huntington University are: a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling degree program, a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Global Youth Ministry degree program, a Masters in Organizational Leadership degree program, and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Pastoral Leadership degree program. These highly flexible degree-granting academic programs are taught by the same experienced, caring and dedicated faculty members as the on-campus counterparts. This ensures that each of Huntington University’s students will receive the same high-quality education regardless of whether they are a traditional on-campus student or they are a distance learning student.

School’s Website: https://www.huntington.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 79.0%
Graduation Rate: 66.0%
Final Score: 145.0/200

4: Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University

With online and asynchronous academic programs available to distance learning students, such as a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHCA) with a Concentration in Strategic Leadership degree program, a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHCA) with a Concentration in Health Informatics degree program, a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHCA) with a Concentration in Gerontology degree program, and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHCA) with a Concentration in Forensic Health degree program, Valparaiso University provides distance learning students with a variety of comprehensive and flexible academic programs. These online degree-granting programs are taught by the same faculty members as the on-campus counterparts, ensuring the same amount of educational quality regardless of in which format a student chooses to pursue their degree.

Valparaiso University is a private, not-for-profit university that is located in Valparaiso, Indiana. Valparaiso University, which is commonly referred to simply as Valpo, was originally established in 1859 as the Valparaiso Male and Female College. Valparaiso Male and Female College was the first coeducational institution in the United States of America. The college’s name was changed to Northern Indiana Normal School and Business Institute in 1873. Today, Valparaiso is organized into five undergraduate colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Business; the College of Engineering; the College of Nursing and Health Professions and; the Christ College. Additionally, Valparaiso operates the two graduate schools: the Law School and the Graduate School. It is through these academic divisions that the more than 4,500 total enrolled Valpo students can choose from a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs, and professional certificate programs.

School’s Website: http://www.valpo.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 82.0%
Graduation Rate: 67.0%
Final Score: 149.0/200

3: Indiana University – Bloomington

Indiana University - Bloomington

Indiana University – Bloomington, which is commonly referred to as IU Bloomington or simply as IU, is a public research university that is located in Bloomington, Indiana, United States. IU Bloomington–the flagship institution of the Indiana University school system–has more than 48,000 total enrolled students, which makes IU Blooming the largest university in the Indiana University school system. IU Bloomington is one of America’s Public Ivy universities, which refers to the top public universities that are located in the United States and that are considered to provide a quality of education that is comparable to the Ivy League schools. IU Bloomington is organized into seventeen academic divisions: the College of Arts and Sciences; the School of Art + Design; the School of Global and International Studies; the Media School; the Hutton Honors College; the Jacobs School of Music; the Kelley School of Business; the Maurer School of Law; the School of Education; the School of Informatics and Computing; the School of Public and Environmental Affairs; the School of Public Health-Bloomington; the School of Social Work; the School of Medicine; the School of Nursing; the School of Optometry and; the University Graduate School.

Through these academic divisions, students–both traditional on-campus students and distance learning students–are able to choose from a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certificate programs. Some of the online and asynchronous academic programs that are available include: a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree program, and a Bachelor of Science in Labor Studies degree program, among others.

School’s Website: https://www.indiana.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 89.0%
Graduation Rate: 77.0%
Final Score: 166.0/200

2: Goshen College

Goshen College

Goshen College is a private, not-for-profit liberal arts college that is located in Goshen, Indiana. Goshen College was originally established in 1894 as the Elkhart Institute of Science, Industry and the Arts. Goshen College is affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA, and the college has obtained full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which is a United States Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation approved regional accrediting body. Goshen College is home to the Mennonite Historical Library, which is a research library that has compiled one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Anabaptist and Mennonite primary source materials. In 2007, Goshen College President Jim Brenneman became a charter signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. He joined with leaders of 175 other higher education institutions that have agreed to make an effort to neutralize the greenhouse gas emissions on their respective campuses.

Currently, Goshen College offers distance learning students one online and fully asynchronous academic program. This online program is a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) degree program. In addition to this program, Goshen College also offers a Hybrid format Master of Business Administration degree program. This Hybrid format MBA program can be completed mostly online but does require a few short duration residencies. This Hybrid MBA program is taught in collaboration with Eastern Mennonite University and Bluffton University. The fully online RN to BSN degree program is taught by the same academic faculty members as the on-campus counterpart, ensuring that distance learning students will receive the same high-quality education.

School’s Website: https://www.goshen.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 78.0%
Graduation Rate: 66.0%
Final Score: 169.0/200

1: University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame

With a Final Score of 195.0 total points, the University of Notre Dame is our top Indiana-based school that offers a variety of online academic programs. This excellent score came from Notre Dame’s stable Freshman Retention Rate (at 98.0%) and their enviable Graduation Rate (at 97.0%). We will try and shed some light on why the University of Notre Dame is such a great school by looking at its past and some of the programs that are offered.

The University of Notre Dame du Lac is a private, not-for-profit Catholic-affiliated research university that is located in South Bend, Indiana. The University of Notre Dame was originally established in 1842 by Father Edward Sorin, CSC, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross. In 2016–2017, the University of Notre Dame ranked 7th in undergraduate teaching and 15th overall among “national universities” in the United States in U.S. News and World Report‘s Best Colleges 2016 rankings. The school has garnered much national and international recognition and praise for many years.

The University of Notre Dame offers its distance learning students a selection of online and asynchronous certification programs. These flexible and comprehensive online programs include: a Professional Certificate in Management program, an Executive Certificate in Leadership program, an Executive Certificate in Leadership and Management program, an Executive Certificate in Negotiation program, an Executive Certificate in Business Administration program, and an Advanced Specialized Certificate in Intercultural Management program, among others.

School’s Website: https://www.nd.edu/
Freshman Retention Rate: 98.0%
Graduation Rate: 97.0%
Final Score: 195.0/200