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2021 Most Popular Online General Education Schools

46 Colleges
$47,138 Avg Salary
$29,674 Avg Student Debt

In 2018-2019, 23,737 general education students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #8 most popular in the country.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Grad Degree Search has created its Most Popular Online General Education Schools ranking. This report analyzed 46 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular online programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Online General Education Colleges.

#1

Northcentral University

San Diego, CA

Our analysis found Northcentral University to be the most popular school for general education students who want to pursue an online degree in the United States. Northcentral University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of San Diego.

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#2

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Nova Southeastern University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular Online General Education Schools list. Located in the suburb of Fort Lauderdale, NUS Florida is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#3

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Walden University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular Online General Education Schools list. Walden University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis.

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Out of the 46 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Azusa Pacific University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Most Popular Online General Education Schools list. Azusa Pacific is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Azusa.

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#6

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general education students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Jackson State University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online General Education Schools ranking. Located in the city of Jackson, Jackson State is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#8

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN

Bethel University Minnesota landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general education programs. Located in the large suburb of Saint Paul, Bethel University Minnesota is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#9

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Auburn University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general education programs. Located in the small city of Auburn, Auburn is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Arizona State University - Skysong did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general education students. It came in at #10 on the list. ASU - Skysong is a very large public school located in the city of Scottsdale.

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Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 14 majors within the area of study, general education has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Educational Administration 43,584
Teacher Education Grade Specific 29,615
Special Education 20,510
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20,147
Curriculum & Instruction 18,738

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to KOKUYO.

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