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2022 Most Popular Online General Education Schools

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

General Education is the #40 most popular major in the country with 29,936 degrees and certificates awarded in 2019-2020.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

The Most Popular Online General Education Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 816 schools in the United States to see which online programs were the most popular 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 be in good company if you decide to attend Nova Southeastern University. It ranked #2 on our 2022 Most Popular Online General Education Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Fort Lauderdale, NUS Florida is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

On average, education graduates from NUS Florida take out $130,325 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $1,519.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network. It ranked #4 on our 2022 Most Popular Online General Education Schools list. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend The University of Arizona Global Campus. It ranked #5 on our 2022 Most Popular Online General Education Schools list. Located in the large city of San Diego, UAGC is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that education majors at UAGC take out is $37,688. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $418.

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#6

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY

With a ranking of #6, SUNY Empire State College did quite well on this year’s best schools for general education students. Located in the small suburb of Saratoga Springs, SUNY Empire is a public college with a large student population.

While working on their degree, education majors at SUNY Empire accumulate an average of around $22,000 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $228, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Oregon State University landed the #7 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best general education programs. Oregon State is a very large public school located in the city of Corvallis.

Education majors at Oregon State take out an average of $42,924 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $483.

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#8

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general education students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the small city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Highland Community College ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Online General Education Schools list. Highland Community College is a small public school located in the rural area of Highland.

While working on their degree, education majors at Highland Community College accumulate an average of around $11,900 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $124.

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#9

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

Wilmington University landed the #9 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best general education programs. Located in the suburb of New Castle, Wilmington University is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

Education majors at Wilmington University take out an average of $28,075 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $313.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for online General Education students that almost earned our Most Popular Online General Education Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 Auburn University Auburn, AL
12 University of Arkansas at Monticello Monticello, AR
13 Campbell University Buies Creek, NC
13 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD

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More General Education Rankings

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 102,079
Educational Administration 45,664
Teacher Education Subject Specific 42,436
Special Education 33,249
Curriculum & Instruction 18,195

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 26 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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