In this article, we review the top 10 colleges for an online degree near San Jose, California.
San Jose is centrally located to major California cities like Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. From Stanford to UC – Berkley, this area is heavily populated with some of the finest colleges and universities in the country. Many of the nation’s top colleges in the San Jose area offer online degree programs that allow students to balance life obligations or work demands while attending school.
We reviewed a number of accredited colleges and universities near the San Jose area that offered at least one online degree program. We then examined the school’s rankings with major publications like Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report. We listed the schools by national and regional rankings received from these major publications. A school with a national ranking was placed higher on the list than one with a regional ranking.
Below are the top 10 online colleges near San Jose, California and outlying areas.
#10 – Academy of Art University
San Francisco, California
Founded in San Francisco in 1929, the Academy of Art University has transitioned some of its popular degree programs to an online format. The institution allows students to take full or part-time course load, work at their own pace, and study on their own time without having to spend time in traffic while traveling to school. Online bachelor’s degrees, including the BFA, are available in advertising, fashion, landscape architecture, music production and sound design, photography, and visual development. Online master’s and MFA programs are available in art education, art history, fine art, graphic design, illustration, web design, and writing for film and digital media. The university’s online bachelor’s programs have been ranked but not published with U.S. News and World Report.
#9 – Holy Names University
Holy Names University offers hybrid and online course completion programs for working adults and traditional students who desire online learning options. The school’s adult education programs allow students to take evening classes, receive online instruction, or a mix of both in order to complete their degree requirements. Holy Names offers select master’s degrees online, including the master’s in culture and spirituality. The institution has earned rankings from major publications like U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the 2016 edition of Best Colleges ranks the university as the 50th best regional university in the west and the 38th best college for veterans.
#8 – San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California
San Francisco State University offers various online degree programs for residents of San Jose and nearby areas like San Francisco and Oakland. Students may take classes online or enroll in select degree programs, including film and media studies, pharmacy technician, and screenwriting. San Francisco State University also collaborates with the California State University (Cal State) to offer a hybrid-online master’s degree in recreation, parks, and tourism. San Francisco State has earned rankings from major publications like Forbes magazine and U.S. News and World Report. U.S. News ranks the institution as the 63rd best regional university in the west and the 18th top public school.
#7 – Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, California
Sonoma State University’s School of Extended and International Education offers various online degree programs designed for busy and working adults in the San Jose area. Online early education certificates, degrees in kinesiology, and various hybrid programs are available at Sonoma State. The school is ranked with major publications like Forbes magazine and U.S. News and World Report. In the 2016 edition of Best Colleges, Sonoma State is named as the 48th best regional university in the west and the 11th top public school. The university’s graduate schools have also been previously ranked. Grad school rankings include best business school, best part-time MBA, and best nursing school.
#6 – Notre Dame de Namur University
Notre Dame de Namur University is located about 30 minutes from San Jose. The school offers two online master’s degree programs in business administration (MBA) and public administration (MPA). The online MBA offers three concentration disciplines, including finance, human resources management, and marketing. The online MPA also offers three concentration areas, which include general studies, human resources management, and public affairs administration. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Notre Dame de Namur as the 39th best regional university in the west. The institution’s graduate public affairs school has also earned recognition for its programs.
#5 – San Jose State University
San Jose, California
San Jose State University’s College of International and Extended Studies offers online certificates and degree programs that range from business analytics to nursing. While the programs are select, the school’s Spartans Online option offers high demand courses online that may be used to fulfill various degree requirements. San Jose State University is highly ranked with major publications like U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the publication ranks the institution as the 39th best regional university in the west, the 8th top public school, and the 31st best college for veterans. Various graduate schools at San Jose State, including nursing, public affairs, and social work have earned rankings in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges.
#4 – Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, California
Santa Clara University offers an online master of theological studies degree program and several online business certificates. The online programs are designed for working adults, busy students, and individuals who want the flexibility of learning online. While programs are limited, the online MTS is ideal for those interested in ministry and theology. Santa Clara is a top-ranked school. According to U.S. News and World Report, the university ranks #2 among the best regional universities in the west. Additional rankings include #12 among best undergraduate engineering programs, #3 among best undergraduate teaching programs, and #2 among the best colleges for veterans.
#3 – University of San Francisco
San Francisco, California
The University of San Francisco offers a large variety of online graduate degree options for students living in San Jose and nearby locations. Online degree programs include the doctor of nursing practice and master’s degrees in healthcare simulation, nursing, public administration, and public health. The university’s online graduate nursing program has earned rankings from major publications like U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the 2016 edition of Best Colleges lists the online graduate nursing program as the 76th best in the nation. Other rankings include 108th among best national universities and 89th among best colleges for veterans.
#2 – Stanford University
Stanford University has earned top rankings from major publications like Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report for years. The school has earned national rankings from U.S. News as having the #1 best undergraduate engineering program and the #1 best graduate business school in the country. Other rankings include #4 among the best national universities, #4 among the best value schools, and #2 among the most innovative schools. In recent years, Stanford has implemented online courses and select online degree programs designed for working and adult students. The university offers a master’s in computer science and several certificates that may be completed online. Many of the engineering classes and select management courses are also offered online.
#1 – University of California – Berkley
The University of California at Berkley is about 60 miles from San Jose. The school offers various online degree programs designed to provide a flexible learning environment for students who desire to eliminate the commute to college. UC Berkley offers online programs and certificates in behavioral health sciences, business, education, humanities and languages, sciences, and technology and information management. UC-Berkeley has earned rankings from major publications like U.S. News and World Report. The 2016 edition of Best Colleges lists the university as the 20th best national university, 2nd best undergraduate business programs, 21st most innovative school, and the #1 top public school in the country.
Click here for a high resolution version of the award badge.
Posted April 2016