online-schools ranks the top schools in the state that offer online education

Gayathri | Saturday, November 5, 2016 10:43 AM IST

The University of Akron ranks third out of 121 four-year schools in Ohio that offer online classes or degree programs.

A recent study by the website also ranks Stark State College third among the top two-year schools in Ohio offering online programs or classes.

OnlineColleges provides information about online colleges and degree programs by featuring school rankings, program guides and career outlooks.

The website used data from the National Center for Education Statistics to evaluate the schools.

Some of the criteria included the number of online programs the school offers, the percentage of students studying online, the average cost of in-state and out-of-state tuition and student services.

According to the study, 12.1 percent of UA students participate in distance learning. Almost a third (31.5 percent) of Stark State students are enrolled in distance education.

Tiffin University in western Ohio ranks No. 1 among four-year colleges for online programs and classes, according to the study. Tiffin also ranks first out of all the schools statewide for the number of distance education programs, which can be on campus or at another location.

Columbus State Community College tops the list for two-year colleges.

Among Northeast Ohio colleges the Akron Institute of Herzing University ranks fourth for online four-year colleges and programs.

Cuyahoga Community College District ranks fifth among two-year colleges.