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2021 Most Popular Online General Education Schools

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

In 2018-2019, 31,066 people earned a degree or certificate in general education, making the major the #40 most popular in the United States.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. 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. This report analyzed 92 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.

Check out the online education programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#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 large city of San Diego.

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#2

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Nova Southeastern University is a great place for general education students pursuing an online degree. Located in the suburb of Fort Lauderdale, NUS Florida is a private not-for-profit college 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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#3

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Out of the 92 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Walden University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Walden University is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis.

On average, education graduates from Walden University take out $68,043 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $781.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Most Popular Online General Education Schools list. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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The excellent online programs at Azusa Pacific University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best general education schools in the United States. Azusa Pacific is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Azusa.

Education majors at Azusa Pacific take out an average of $67,432 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 $786.

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#6

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

With a ranking of #6, Ashford University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general education students. Located in the large city of San Diego, Ashford University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that education majors at Ashford University 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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#7

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY

With a ranking of #7, SUNY Empire State College did quite well on this year’s best schools for general education students. Located in the 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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#8

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

Wilmington University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online General Education Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of New Castle, Wilmington University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, education majors at Wilmington University accumulate an average of around $28,074 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $312.

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#9

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Online General Education Schools list. Located in the city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, education majors at Johns Hopkins accumulate an average of around $20,500 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

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#10

Jackson State University

Jackson, MS

Jackson State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general education students. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the midsize city of Jackson, Jackson State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that education majors at Jackson State take out is $90,356. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $1,053, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN

Bethel University Minnesota came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online General Education Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Saint Paul, Bethel University Minnesota is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that education majors at Bethel University Minnesota take out is $23,010. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $268, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

Campbell University

Buies Creek, NC

With a ranking of #12, Campbell University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general education students. Campbell is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Buies Creek.

On average, education graduates from Campbell take out $11,250 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $117.

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#13

Highland Community College

Highland, KS

Highland Community College ranked #13 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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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
14 Auburn University Auburn, AL
15 University of Arkansas at Monticello Monticello, AR
16 Tulsa Community College Tulsa, OK
17 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
18 Webster University Saint Louis, MO

View the Most Popular Online General Education Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
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.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
Special Education 30,639
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767

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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