The independent, trusted guide to online education for over 24 years!

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Our History is a consumer group that publishes online college rankings and online university ratings along dimensions that matter most to online students themselves: affordability and credibility. Our Mission is to Educate~ Advocate ~ Protect!

Now an Approved Colleges LLC property, was founded in 1989 by a psychologist and educator and was created in partnership with America Online and the Electronic University Network. The result? America’s first free online counseling center for adult students with the goal of helping consumers make informed choices about the second most expensive purchase most will make in their lifetime—a college degree.  We provide unique tools that help consumers rate and compare more than 25,000 online degree programs. We pride ourselves in being the most comprehensive directory of online degrees in the United States.

Our Philosophy

Degree granting online colleges and universities who are listed on must be accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or by an international equivalent. They include public and state supported institutions; private, non-profit schools as well as private, for-profit colleges and universities. There is no fee to be listed on the site though some learning providers may enhance their promotion through sponsored listings.

We believe that one of the greatest challenges facing our society today is the mismatch of an individual’s education and skills and needs of the marketplace. When properly educated, an individual’s financial opportunities and career prospects are much brighter.

Finding the right school and program is critical to a student’s success in achieving their education goals and choosing a school or degree is an important decision that incorporates many personal and professional factors. We empower students to make those decisions with confidence and knowledge through a selection of powerful tools (with many more under development) that help prospective students better determine the best education path for them based on their career objectives, prior education experience, preferred learning methods, and financial position.

Our mission is to create the most comprehensive and easy-to-use research and comparison site available for online, post-secondary education opportunities.


  • More Choices – We list all ALL accredited online schools and degrees
  • Better Choices – We list small, private colleges and large non-profit universities that you won’t find listed elsewhere
  • No listings or ads from unaccredited colleges or degree mills
  • No listings or ads from online colleges that are “accredited” by fake agencies
  • We pledge to protect you—the consumer—by fearlessly blowing the whistle on diploma mills and online education scams

Our Team is led by President and industry veteran, Tony Huffman, who has over 20 years of experience in the online education industry. Tony has seen first hand the challenges that students face in making the life altering decision to continue their studies online. Tony believes that the student’s education starts before they enroll in school through taking careful steps to compare and weigh which field and program is best.

Tony is joined by several other industry veterans and a wonderful team of content editors, writers, designers, developers and support staff who believe that in order to make an informed choice, a prospective student must have all the information to find, compare and evaluate their options. As such, it is our goal to build the most comprehensive, date-rich platform for you, the user.


Our tagline “The independent, trusted guide to online education for over 23 years!” means that schools do NOT pay to be included in any GetEducated online degree ranking report. These rankings are editorially independent, open to any properly accredited college that offers an associate’s degree that is available at least 80 percent through online learning and that is open to enrollment by the public. If your online college is not currently reviewed by GetEducated, please contact us for inclusion.

Our Partners

We partner with industry pioneers in online education such as Western Governors University and Capella University who are leading the charge in program availability and educational technology. These advancements in online studies eventually find their way into traditional institutions which provide more options for you, the prospective student. We showcase our partner schools through enhanced listings that often include a logo or are designated as sponsored programs but all programs listed on are high quality, accredited degrees and certificates to help you advance your career.

If you are interested in listing your institution or online programs or would like to sponsor your existing listings for more visibility, please contact us today.