England & UK University Rankings

The Times Good University Guide is the most easily understood rankings of English and UK university and college rankings. However, the Guardian University Guide and Times Higher Education provide vast insight into universities throughout this area as well. Methodologies are rigorous, and current rankings obtain data from public sources and previous rankings for public scrutiny.

The Times Good University Guide 2009

Methodology: The guide this year changed from the previous year (see below) The biggest development was in the 61 subject tables, which for the first time incorporate results from the National Student Survey (NSS). This year there is a change in the main table to entry standards, which were based on A and AS levels or “Highers and Advanced Highers.” Previously, entry standards included a wider range of qualifications, included in the tariff laid down by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. This change is for one year only.

The Times Good University Guide 2008

Methodology: This table was ranked by nine key aspects of activity including student satisfaction, research assessment, entry standards, student-staff ration, library and computing spend, facilities expenditure, good honors, graduate prospects and graduation rate. Student satisfaction was completed by survey, while all other data compiled from HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) and from a 2001 Research Assessment Exercise.

Guardian University Guide 2008

Methodology: These tables were compiled in association with EducationGuardian.co.uk by Campus Pi, an applied research department at Brunel University. The rankings are compiled from official information published on universities and HE colleges. The scores are derived from figures published or provided by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). They only ranked institutions which have ten or more students in the subjects. Universities also are ranked by subject.

Guardian University Guide Previous Years

Methodology: The links on this page will lead you to previous standings for UK colleges and to a 2005 student satisfaction survey – the survey that shook UK schools at the time. One addition to 2007 was the arrival of variable tuition fees, a category that was included in that year’s assessment. Other links will explain the methodology, both past and present, for this survey.

RAE 2008

Methodology: Times Higher Education has devised tables of excellence to rank institutions according to their subject successes and their overall quality. These tables are presented at the RAE (Research Assessment Exercises). Ranked by numerous factors, the ratings for each institution range from 4* for “world leading” to 1* for “nationally recognized. The previous rankings occurred in 2000 for 2001. Further information about the methodology is found at Times Higher Education.

4 International Colleges and Universities

Methodology: This site (4icu.org) ranks colleges simply by Web popularity, and the rankings change every six months depending upon universities added and algorithms at various Web ranking sites. The aim is to provide an approximate ranking of universities and colleges based on Web site popularity only. They do not claim to rank universities by reputation, quality of education or level of services provided.

Featured Colleges

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has a CollegeNavigator tool that we used to help us gather some of the top ranked colleges in the U.S. with programs that can be completed entirely online. Below is a list of accredited schools that have a wide selection of online certificate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees for students to choose from (source: NCES.ED.gov: CollegeNavigator, data 2018).

American InterContinental University
American InterContinental University
American InterContinental University — "Serious about success? With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, at AIU, the Serious U™, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7. American InterContinental University® is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission."
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Antioch University
Antioch University
Antioch University — "Serious about success? With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, at AIU, the Serious U™, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7. American InterContinental University® is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission."
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Colorado State University - Global Campus
Colorado State University - Global Campus
Colorado State University - Global Campus — "At CSU-Global, our mission is to provide academically authoritative, career-focused online degree and certificate programs in an adaptive environment beyond traditional higher education models. Designed for working adults, our professionally relevant degrees undergo continual evaluation to ensure alignment with fast-changing market and industry practices and innovation."
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Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Institute of Technology — "What we are is a private, coeducational, residential, research-intensive, doctoral granting university located in the beautiful City of Melbourne on Florida’s sunny “Space Coast.” We are a community of researchers, scholars and learners hailing from all around the world. We are engineers, aviators, innovators, leaders, educators, athletes and astronauts. We are Florida Tech."
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Grantham University
Grantham University
Grantham University — "Grantham delivers a high quality, relevant education and offers exceptional flexibility, accessibility and affordability to deserving, working adults trying to better their lives. You do your part by working hard to earn your degree. And we do ours by providing you an exceptional Grantham experience that leads to an even more amazing career."
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Johnson & Wales University
Johnson & Wales University
Johnson & Wales University — "As a student at Johnson & Wales University College of Online Education, you’ll benefit from competitively priced tuition, small class sizes, personal advising, financial assistance options, flexible credit transfer policies and the opportunity to learn from faculty who bring years of expertise, experience, and mentorship to your education - all in our convenient online format."
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Northcentral University
Northcentral University
Northcentral University — "Northcentral University is a premier online graduate university and a global leader in providing unprecedented access to U.S. regionally accredited higher education. We hold all members of our community to the highest ethical standards of professional and academic conduct and the rules and regulations of U.S. higher education."
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South University
South University
South University — "South University is a private academic institution that offers focused and balanced curricula at the associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. A broad-based core curriculum is offered, promoting critical thinking, effective verbal and written communication, and skills for life-long learning."
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University of Wisconsin Colleges Flex
University of Wisconsin Colleges Flex
University of Wisconsin Colleges Flex — "The UW Flexible Option is a self-paced, competency-based education format that allows busy adult learners to start any month, study at their own pace, and earn credit using their existing knowledge. To maintain rigorous academic standards, distinguished UW System faculty oversee all aspects of UW Flexible Option programs. Several programs are available in this flexible format, and more are on the way."
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Walden University
Walden University
Walden University — "As a student at Walden, you can participate in online courses on a weekly basis whenever it’s convenient for you; gain practical experience through in-person academic residencies or virtual field experiences; collaborate with expert faculty and fellow students around the corner or around the world; and find the support you need when you need it 24/7."
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