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Online and On-Campus Colleges in
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Online and On-Campus Colleges in & Vermont

Article Sources
  • Vermont State Colleges System, Accessed May 2017, https://www.vsc.edu/
  • History and Traditions, The University of Vermont, Accessed May 2017, https://www.uvm.edu/history_and_traditions
  • Fast Facts, Southern Vermont University, Accessed May 2017, https://svc.edu/about/fast-facts/
  • The Legacy of Norwich, Norwich University, Accessed May 2017, http://about.norwich.edu/legacy/
  • Champlain at a Glance, Champlain College, Accessed May 2017, http://www.champlain.edu/about-champlain/quick-facts-and-history
  • Quick Facts, Middlebury, Accessed May 2017, http://www.middlebury.edu/about/facts
  • Student Life: The CSJ Family, College of St. Joseph, Accessed May 2017, https://www.csj.edu/students/
  • Fast Facts, Vermont Tech, Accessed May 2017, http://www.vtc.edu/meet-vtc/fast-facts
  • Welcome to Lyndon State College, Lyndon State College, Accessed May 2017, http://lyndonstate.edu/about/overview/
  • Quick Facts, Castleton University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.castleton.edu/about-castleton/quick-facts/
  • Quick Facts, About Johnson State College, Accessed May 2017, http://www.jsc.edu/who-we-are/about-johnson-state/in-depth/quick-facts/
  • Student Aid Options, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Accessed May 2017, http://www.vsac.org/pay/student-aid-options/
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Tucked away in New England are a number of quality colleges and universities. Whether students in Vermont want to live on campus or earn an online bachelor's degree, there are plenty of options from which to choose. The schools of Vermont include public, private and online institutions.

Vermont State Colleges is the state's public system of higher education, and every Vermonter lives within 25 miles of a member institution's classroom. The five schools within the system include a community college, state colleges and a university. A direct admissions program allows students to easily transfer credits from the Community College of Vermont to a four-year institution.

There are also 15 member schools within the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges. These institutions may identify with a specific religious tradition or be nonsectarian. Beyond those, there are online colleges for Vermont which may be based outside the state but still enroll residents in distance education classes.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Vermont

To identify the best schools in the state, we analyzed colleges and universities for their costs, degree availability, flexible learning options, and several other important factors that matter to students. We calculated these factors using data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.

Methodology
1The University of Vermont+
ADMISSION RATE
71%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$55
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
3

The number one school in the state is also the largest. Enrolling nearly 13,000 students in 2015, The University of Vermont identifies itself as a quasi-public school that blends the traditions of a public and private university. Although the school receives state funding, it is not a part of the Vermont State Colleges System.

UVM ranks first in the state for the number of academic programs it offers. What's more, it ranks third for the number of programs available via distance education. Not only do students have plenty of choices, but they are likely to be successful in their studies as well. UVM has the second best graduation rate in Vermont.

The University of Vermont was chartered in 1791 and has its campus in Burlington.

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2Vermont Technical College+
ADMISSION RATE
85%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Recommended
APPLICATION FEE
$48
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
2

Vermont Tech, as Vermont Technical College is called, does a good job of keeping costs down and bringing students back after their first year. The school ranks second in the state for its retention rate. It is also second for the cost of its books and supplies. Its graduates have the lowest median level of student debt of any Vermont school surveyed.

The college prides itself on offering a personal, practical education. Its degree programs are focused on fields that have specific career objectives such as nursing, agriculture and computer technology. The student to teacher ratio at Vermont Technical College is 12:1. In addition to bachelor's degrees, the school awards associate degrees and certificates.

As one of the Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech has its main campus in Randolph Center and maintains 11 other campuses and distance sites elsewhere in the state.

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3Lyndon State College+
ADMISSION RATE
98%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$48
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

Lyndon State College tops the list as the most affordable school in Vermont. It ranks number one for the sticker price of its tuition and fees and number two for the cost of books and supplies. Its average net price is the second best in the state and its average net price for low-income students is the third best.

Students can enroll in online, night and weekend courses through the Lyndon Flex program. The school also offers a number of two-year, four-year and graduate degree programs on its campus. These include popular options such as business and psychology as well as less common fields like mountain recreation management. The school handed out more bachelor's degrees in music than any other major in 2015.

Founded in 1911, Lyndon State College is part of the Vermont State Colleges and is based in Lyndonville.

Additional Info
4Castleton University+
ADMISSION RATE
97%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$48
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

Castleton is a university within the Vermont State Colleges system. It was also the state's first institution of higher learning, having been founded in 1787. While you won't find online Vermont degree programs at Castleton University, it does have more than 75 on-campus programs.

This university ranks third in the state for both its tuition and fees and its average net price. Books and supplies are also affordable, ranking the second best in the state. Students have access to remedial support, academic counseling and career placement services. Adult learners could benefit from a policy that allows credit for some life experiences.

At its campus in Castleton, the university enrolls students from more than 40 countries and has a 14:1 student to faculty ratio.

Additional Info
5Johnson State College+
ADMISSION RATE
95%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$48
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
2

Johnson State College ties with Lyndon State College for having the best tuition and fees in the state. Once financial aid is factored, the college also ranks first for the average net price its students pay. Thanks to its JSC Online and JSC in Your Community programs, Johnson State College had the third highest percentage of students enrolled in distance education.

The school offers associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs in dozens of academic areas. Popular fields of study include business, history and political science. Johnson State College has more than 20 student clubs on-campus, and its athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division III.

Originally created as an elementary and secondary school in 1828, Johnson State College is now one of the Vermont State Colleges located in Johnson.

Additional Info
6Middlebury College+
ADMISSION RATE
17%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$65
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

As one of the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges in the nation, Middlebury College has a long legacy of quality education. It was founded in 1800 and is now known for rigorous academics, a commitment to sustainability and a focus on the arts.

Middlebury College is the best school in Vermont when it comes to helping students successfully graduate. It ranks first for both its retention and graduation rates. Despite having a higher sticker price than other Vermont institutions, the school keeps student costs reasonable by offering more institutional grant aid than any other college or university in the state, as calculated as a percentage of tuition and fees. As a result, it has the lowest average net price in Vermont.

The college is a private institution and has its campus in Middlebury.

Additional Info
7Champlain College+
ADMISSION RATE
66%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
66

Champlain College is one of the best online colleges for Vermont and ranks first for the number of distance education programs it offers. Its online college offers more than 60 certificate, associate, bachelor and master degree programs. Using 7 and 8-week courses, the online format allows many students to earn their degree at an accelerated pace.

Including its on-campus programs, the college offers instruction in more than 80 subject areas. It ranks third in the state for the total number of academic programs available. Champlain College says classes average 16 students and are capped at 30. Among the class of 2016, the vast majority — 95 percent — had successfully found career placement within six months of graduation.

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private institution with a campus in Burlington.

Additional Info
8Norwich University+
ADMISSION RATE
57%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Recommended
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
12

Another good choice for online Vermont degree programs is Norwich University. The school has the second greatest number of distance education programs in the state. It also ranks first for the percentage of students enrolled in distance education in 2015.

Norwich University says the education it provides is guided by principles that are American in character, global in perspective and based on attributes such service and mutual respect. Students include both civilians and cadets which make for a dynamic campus environment. Within its Corps of Cadets, students prepare for military service or jobs in the civilian world. Meanwhile, civilian students have the same college experience, minus the military training.

Located in Northfield, Norwich University was founded in 1819 and is a private institution.

Additional Info
9College of St. Joseph+
ADMISSION RATE
71%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Recommended
APPLICATION FEE
$25
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

The smallest top-ten school in Vermont is College of St. Joseph. With a student body of less than 350 in 2015, many on campus talk about being part of the CSJ family. Wednesdays are set aside as community days for academic work and community service. No classes are held, but students often gather with faculty for a family-style lunch on these days off.

CSJ ranks fifth for the amount of institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees. It also has the fourth best average net price in the state. The college has more than 40 majors and has weekend and night classes for those who need a flexible learning schedule. Students may also be eligible to gain credit for life experience.

College of St. Joseph is a private, Catholic institution founded in 1956. Its campus is in Rutland.

Additional Info
10Southern Vermont College+
ADMISSION RATE
63%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

Southern Vermont College likes to say it's a small college offering big possibilities. Fewer than 500 students were enrolled in 2015, making this another good choice for students looking for a personalized experience. Located in Bennington near the Green Mountains, SVC boasts a beautiful location and miles of nearby trails.

The school ranks sixth for both the average net price for low-income students and the median debt carried by graduates. Southern Vermont College notes 96 percent of those enrolled receive financial aid. Students can create individualized degree programs from majors within five academic divisions.

SVC was founded as St. Joseph College in 1926. However, it was converted to a private, independent college in 1974. Today, it has no religious affiliation.

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Most Popular Degree Programs in Vermont

If you're not sure which topic of study is right for you, consider that these are the most popular choices among Vermonters.

In-Demand Careers in Vermont

Regardless of whether you want to earn an online bachelor's degree in Vermont or study on campus, your goal is undoubtedly to get a job when you're done with school. Here's a look at some of the occupations expected to have the brightest prospects in the coming years.

Career Title Projected Job Growth Total Employment Annual Salary
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders65.3%110$43,210
Operations Research Analysts32.8%60$78,300
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic29.5%100$45,360
Industrial Machinery Mechanics28.5%610$49,610
Food Batchmakers26.7%490$35,770
Physical Therapist Assistants26%150$52,120
Software Developers, Systems Software25.9%880$107,830
Slaughterers and Meat Packers25.6%50$30,340
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders25%50$29,610
Dental Laboratory Technicians25%170$47,150
Web Developers24.7%560$65,930
Food Processing Workers, All Other24.6%50$30,850
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters23.6%140$34,260
Computer Systems Analysts23.1%480$78,260
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists23.1%410$68,470
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs22.7%680$24,860
Home Health Aides22.1%540$27,500
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals22.1%-$31,140
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists21.8%1,520$60,720
Physical Therapists21.7%740$77,860
Nurse Practitioners21.1%530-
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse21%240$27,880
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists20.6%40$54,850
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians20.4%50$49,660
Occupational Therapy Assistants20%80$58,790
Physical Therapist Aides20%80-
Interpreters and Translators19.4%160$41,100
Helpers--Electricians19%-$28,730
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders18.6%180$36,210
Food Scientists and Technologists18.2%60$78,410
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Vermont

The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) administers a number of grant, scholarship and loan programs. The Vermont Incentive Grant offers assistance to all residents with financial need. Other state programs, such as the VSAC Board of Directors Scholarship, have more narrow eligibility requirements. Vermont Advantage Loans are also available for those who need additional money to pay for a degree.

 
Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

 
Moody's Mega Math Challenge
Applicant must be a high school junior or senior who is part of a team working to solve an open-ended, applied math-modeling problem focused on a real-word issue in 14 hours. Teams must be comprised of three to five students.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 17

 

 

 
Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund
Applicants must be U.S. residents or resident aliens who are permanent residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont. They must be enrolled in a demanding undergraduate course of study pursuing their first degrees. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required. Applicants must demonstrate citizenship, character, serious-mindedness and financial need.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$18,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

May 1

 

 

 
President's Non-Resident Scholarship
Applicant must be an incoming freshman student who is not a resident of Utah. Applicant is automatically considered with application for admission.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$17,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Not Available

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.6 GPA.

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Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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Castleton University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
62 Alumni Dr
City
Castleton
State
VT
Zip Code
05735
Website
www.castleton.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
420-530
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
430-533
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
410-510
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-23
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Distant
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
1,950
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$48
Admission Rate
97%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$11,282
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
230834
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
1%
Johnson State College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
337 College Hill
City
Johnson
State
VT
Zip Code
05656
Website
www.jsc.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
450-560
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
430-540
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
420-530
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
14-22
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Rural: Distant
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
1,333
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$48
Admission Rate
95%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$11,018
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
230913
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
27%
Lyndon State College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1001 College Rd
City
Lyndonville
State
VT
Zip Code
05851
Website
WWW.LYNDONSTATE.EDU
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
410-540
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
430-520
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
390-510
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-20
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
1,201
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$48
Admission Rate
98%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$11,018
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
230931
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
7%
Middlebury College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
Old Chapel
City
Middlebury
State
VT
Zip Code
05753
Website
www.middlebury.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
630-750
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
640-750
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
650-760
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
29-33
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Distant
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,542
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$65
Admission Rate
17%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$47,828
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
230959
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
N/A
Norwich University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
158 Harmon Drive
City
Northfield
State
VT
Zip Code
05663
Website
www.norwich.edu
Test Scores
Recommended
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Distant
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,856
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
57%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$36,092
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
230995
Number of Online Programs Offered
12
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
100%
College of St Joseph
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
71 Clement Road
City
Rutland
State
VT
Zip Code
05701
Website
www.csj.edu
Test Scores
Recommended
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
255
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admission Rate
71%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$21,900
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
231077
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
N/A
Southern Vermont College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
982 Mansion Drive
City
Bennington
State
VT
Zip Code
05201
Website
www.svc.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
400-490
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
400-500
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
380-470
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
17-20
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Rural: Fringe
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
475
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
63%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$23,260
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
231086
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
13%
Vermont Technical College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1 Main Street
City
Randolph Center
State
VT
Zip Code
05061
Website
www.vtc.edu
Test Scores
Recommended
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Rural: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
1,559
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$48
Admission Rate
85%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$13,490
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
231165
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
23%
University of Vermont
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
85 S Prospect St
City
Burlington
State
VT
Zip Code
05405
Website
www.uvm.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
550-650
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
550-640
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
540-650
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
25-30
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
10,973
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$55
Admission Rate
71%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$16,768
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
231174
Number of Online Programs Offered
3
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
8%
Champlain College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
163 S Willard St
City
Burlington
State
VT
Zip Code
05401
Website
www.champlain.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
510-630
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
490-600
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
23-29
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
3,400
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
66%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$37,536
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
230852
Number of Online Programs Offered
66
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
44%
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