By BVS Staff
Welcome to our best value ranking of online colleges in Colorado.
There are roughly 25 different institutions of higher education in Colorado, and almost 80% of them enroll a decent portion of students in online courses. Of those online-accessible schools, we’re bringing you the 10 “best value.” These top 10 colleges all earned at least 50 points (out of 100) in our ranking.
10. Adams State University
Adams State is the only school on this Colorado top online colleges ranking to offer a standard BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. This unique program enables students to build their own multi-disciplinary degree by completing 20 credits from two different academic disciplines. The school’s Women’s Studies minor is similarly unusual. Students looking for a more traditional bachelor’s degree can choose from a BBA, BAs in English and Sociology, and an RN to BSN program. No matter the degree, ASU prioritizes flexibility and convenience, and the school aims to serve nontraditional students of every stripe.
In-State Tuition: $8,574/yr
9. Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, CO
CMU developed its accredited online degrees in Colorado carefully, creating a diverse set of degree programs that cover practical, in-demand subjects like teaching, radiology, sports medicine, and nursing. The quality of these offerings is likely due to CMU’s long history in undergraduate education, and the school has been focused on providing quality bachelor’s degrees since 1925. CMU has grown slowly but steadily over the last 90 years, and students can expect the same methodical development from its online initiative. Online course design thus far has closely followed the Quality Matters program, while future improvements will integrate additional features that go far above and beyond the “baseline” standard.
In-State Tuition: $7,474/yr
8. University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO
Each of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ eight online undergraduate degrees are managed by the same department that offers the on-campus program, so students can expect to get the same great education on the web as they would in person. This structure provides the opportunity for cross-departmental collaboration to produce programs like the Criminal Justice/Sociology Dual Degree. This fully online curriculum is the only such “double degree” on this Colorado affordable online degree ranking and enables students to obtain bachelor’s degrees in sociology and criminal justice simultaneously. It’s worth noting that a few of these programs, including the Health Sciences and Nursing degrees, require some in-person studying, but the majority can accommodate distance-only learners.
In-State Tuition: $7,692/yr
7. University of Colorado-Denver
CU Denver has a set of 450 highly developed and affordable online college courses in Colorado in subjects covering nearly every field imaginable. In 2014, the school migrated from the Blackboard course management system to Canvas in 2014, which features cutting-edge communication technologies and high-quality mobile apps that increase accessibility for students. And while some universities might worry about the success rate of online learners who lack interaction with classmates, not CU Denver. At this school, students who take at least one online course are one and a half times more likely to graduate than those who don’t. In other words, it is clearly doing something right with its online program.
In-State Tuition: $8,692/yr
6. Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design is one of the most unique online colleges in Colorado, offering online degrees – such as Game Design, 3D Animation, and Interior Design – in fields you won’t find at any other school on this list. But the school has more to offer than hard-to-find programs; RMCAD has also built a custom state-of-the-art learning management system to organize its online degrees. Unique features like the Critique Zone, which provides a dedicated (and safe) space for project feedback from classmates, exemplify RMCAD’s cutting-edge approach to online learning.
In-State Tuition: $16,370/yr
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5. Colorado Christian University
The century-old Colorado Christian University is one of the region’s top Christian universities, and the school’s online degrees follow in that proud tradition. Professors teach all courses “from a Christian worldview,” and bachelor’s degrees in Biblical Studies and Organizational Management – Christian Leadership provide great opportunities for students of faith looking to advance their careers. CCU also provides a dozen other top online degrees in Colorado, including programs in accounting, marketing and sales, and psychology. And because all of CCU’s online degrees can be completed without setting foot in a classroom, the school is a great choice for Christian students who aren’t able to visit campus (except, perhaps, to graduate!).
In-State Tuition: $27,986/yr
4. Regis University
Regis University is the only Jesuit institution in Colorado, and that rich learning tradition has helped the school build a high-quality and affordable online school in Colorado. The majority of the school’s degrees fall into the business, economics technology, and healthcare fields, and some of them, like the bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Computer Science, are fairly unique among accredited online colleges in Colorado. As a part of the school’s open Jesuit tradition, Regis is also committed to making the majority of its online courses fully accessible to students with disabilities.
In-State Tuition: $33,710/yr
3. Aspen University
Not only is Aspen University the only 100% online school on this list, it’s also one of the most affordable on our Colorado best online colleges ranking. Aspen offers a convenient monthly payment plan that enables students to pay just $250 per month to pursue one of the school’s undergraduate degree programs, although they can also use a traditional payment structure. Along with this financial flexibility, the school maintains a generous transfer policy for students who already have some college credits and has designed an accommodating class schedule that can easily fit around work and family obligations.
In-State Tuition: $4,500/yr
2. Nazarene Bible College
Colorado Springs, CO
Nazarene Bible College has offered ministerial education to students in Colorado Springs since 1964, and in the 21st century the school is aiming to offer an “accessible Christian education” to students through a robust set of accredited online college courses in Colorado. To that end, Nazarene’s 2016-2017 catalog includes nearly 200 online courses, many of which are in Spanish, across a dozen departments. That diverse set of courses serves as the building blocks for a handful of Bachelor’s of Ministry degrees, from a basic Bible and Theology program to Christian-focused counseling, education, and leadership programs.
In-State Tuition: $11,400/yr
1. Colorado Technical University-Online
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Tech’s online program is so well-developed that the school boasts one of the highest numbers of undergraduate degrees on this Colorado best online degrees ranking. The breadth of Colorado Tech’s programs is impressive, but so is the depth; the Business Administration degree, for example, includes over a dozen specializations. Students pursuing a degree at Colorado Tech also benefit from the school’s world-class “virtual classroom,” which features a brand-new course management system and programs designed for cost-conscious online students. One such program is the FAST TRACK™ testing system, which enables professionals to earn credit for skills they already have – and save up to 30% on tuition in the process!
In-State Tuition: $11,656/yr
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