In this article, we highlight the top 10 colleges for an online degree near Arlington, Virginia.
We reviewed accredited colleges and universities located within a 30-mile radius of Arlington, Virginia that offer at least one online degree program. From our list of schools, we reviewed rankings with major publications like Forbes magazine and U.S. News and World Report. We listed the top 10 institutions based on their national and regional rankings. A higher national ranking carried more weight than a regional ranking, thus the school with a national ranking was listed higher on our list than a school with a regional ranking.
Below is our list of top 10 colleges for an online degree near Arlington, Virginia.
#10 – Chamberlain College of Nursing at Arlington
Chamberlain College of Nursing’s main campus is located in Illinois. The school has a branch campus in Arlington that offers online degree programs to residents of Virginia and nearby states. With no waiting lists and small class sizes, students may earn an online bachelor’s in nursing in as few as three years. To satisfy the clinical requirements, online students have access to the school’s on-site clinical setting that allows side-by-side mentoring with faculty and experienced nurses. Chamberlain College’s online programs have earned recognition from major publications like U.S. News and World Report. In the 2016 edition of Best Colleges, the online graduate nursing program ranks 88th in the country.
#9 – Marymount University
Marymount University is a private institution offering online master’s degree programs designed for working students. Available degrees include the master’s in business administration (MBA), M.Ed. in administration and supervision, M.S. in cybersecurity, and the doctor of nursing practice (DNP). Marymount is a regionally ranked institution, earning a 53rd spot on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges publication as a best regional university in the South. The school’s online graduate business programs (excluding the MBA) are ranked #75 out of approximately 1,200 programs. Additional rankings include #41 among the best colleges for veterans and #129 among the best graduate nursing schools.
#8 – Washington Adventist University
Takoma Park, Maryland
About nine miles from Arlington center, Washington Adventist University offers two online graduate programs for working adults. Students may earn master’s degrees in business administration (MBA) or public administration (MPA). The format for the online MBA program allows students to work at their own pace, even completing the degree requirements in as few as 12 months. The university is ranked by major publications like Forbes magazine and U.S. News and World Report. In the 2016 edition of Best Colleges, U.S. News and World Report ranks Washington Adventist as the 43rd best regional college in the North.
#7 – Gallaudet University
Located about six miles from Arlington’s city center, Gallaudet University offers online opportunities in select degree programs. Two undergraduate degree programs are available to adult learners who have earned 80 college credits towards a bachelor’s degree. These online degrees include deaf studies and psychology. Gallaudet is highly ranked with major publications like U.S. News and World Report. In the 2016 edition of Best Colleges, U.S. News ranks the institution as the 19th best regional university in the North, the #1 best value school, and the 14th best college for veterans. The school’s online bachelor’s programs are ranked #159 in the nation.
#6 – Howard University
Howard University is located about five miles from Arlington’s city center. The university is recognized as being one of the top historically black colleges in the nation. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks Howard as the 2nd best historically black university. Additional rankings include #135 among the best national universities and #111 among the best colleges for veterans. Howard’s distance learning programs include undergraduate degrees in allied health and nursing. Students may complete the RN to BSN program entirely online. Available online master’s degree programs include the executive MBA through Howard’s School of Business and the non-traditional post-baccalaureate pharmacy-D (NTDP) through the College of Pharmacy.
#5 – George Mason University
Located 12 miles from Arlington, George Mason University is home to more than 50 fully online and hybrid degree programs taught by top-tier George Mason faculty members. Available online degree programs include business, geography, information technology, nursing (RN to BSN pathway), and tourism and events management. Online graduate programs include accounting, bioinformatics, curriculum instruction (MEd), education leadership, and systems engineering. George Mason is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 135th best national university in the country. The school’s online programs have also earned rankings in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges. These rankings include 34th for best online MBA programs and 95th for best online graduate education programs.
#4 – The Catholic University of America
Located about seven miles from Arlington, The Catholic University of America offers online graduate programs designed for working adults. Students may earn online master’s degrees in nursing or social work, an online doctorate in nursing, or an online Ph.D. in nursing. The university has earned rankings with major publications like Forbes magazine and U.S. News and World Report. The school ranks #123 among the best national universities in the country. Additional rankings from the 2016 edition of Best Colleges include #101 for best colleges for veterans, #153 for best education schools, and #64 for best online graduate nursing programs in the country.
#3 – University of Maryland at College Park
College Park, Maryland
The University of Maryland at College Park is located 12 miles from Arlington’s city center. The school offers approximately 90 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral degrees, and certificates entirely online. Online bachelor’s degrees include majors in accounting, business administration, communication studies, computer science, English, history, and psychology. Online master’s degree programs include accounting and financial management (MS), business administration (MBA), education (MEd), health care administration (MS), and information technology (MS). Two online doctorates include the Doctor of Management and the Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration. The university is ranked 57th among the best national universities and the online graduate engineering program is ranked #16 in the country.
#2 – George Washington University
Located three miles from Arlington’s city center, George Washington University offers online degree programs designed for working students. George Washington University was one of the first major institutions to offer online programs to students around the globe. Available online degrees include master’s degrees in business administration, engineering management, health administration, and public health. The school also offers a 15-month part-time pathway to a BSN degree and a rigorous BSN to MSN degree program. George Washington ranks #57 among the best national universities in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. The institution’s online programs are also highly ranked. These rankings include 9th best online education program, 13th best online graduate nursing program, 18th best online graduate business program, and 27th best online bachelor’s programs.
#1 – Georgetown University
While located in DC, Georgetown also has a campus in Arlington. Online programs through Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies include master’s degrees in integrated marketing communications, project management, public relations, real estate, sports industry management, and technology management. Georgetown also offers several online nursing degree programs. The university is highly ranked with major publications like U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the 2016 edition of Best Colleges ranks Georgetown as the 21st best national university in the country. Additional rankings include #16 for best veteran’s colleges, #28 for best value schools, #248 for best global universities, and #28 for best online graduate nursing programs.
Arlington is home to a number of historical landmarks. Tourists from across the globe visit Arlington to see points of interest like the Arlington National Cemetery and The Pentagon. The city sits just 22 minutes from the nation’s capital and is filled with some of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities. Nearby institutions like Georgetown University and George Washington University also have campuses in Arlington.
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Posted April 2016