Best Associate Programs

Completing an associate degree is a good start if you want to work as a professional in a given field. It will give you a basic understanding of your chosen industry and prepare you to continue your studies should you choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Your exact path depends on your career aspirations and field of study.

An associate degree program can be completed in a few years, but it all depends on the pace of your learning, work schedule, prior experience, and the program that you select.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the average time it takes to complete an associate degree is 2-3 years. An associate degree can open doors for entry-level jobs in a wide variety of fields, including accounting, management, business, education, and IT. It’s also a more affordable way to begin your education, and the skills required to earn an associate degree are generally easier to learn.

Deciding whether to earn an associate degree through a traditional route or online route is a significant consideration. Be sure to review any requirements or limitations on your degree and see what type of financial aid may be available. For more guidance, see the ranking below to help you decide which associate program is right for you.

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    #1

    Harvard University

    Cambridge, MA

    Graduation Rate

    97%

    Enrollment

    31,655

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $51925

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $51925

    A top-ranked school, Harvard University enrolls learners in programs from its campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. The programs offer academic and technical tracks to help students meet their career goals. Completing a program can take anywhere from a few months to seven years depending on degree or certificate type and whether the student chooses part-time or full-time enrollment. Applicants may qualify for a test score waiver. A test score waiver makes it easier to enroll. Admission advisors can provide additional information on submitting an application. Financial aid helps enrollees cover their educational expenses. Harvard University has received accreditation from the New England Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #2

    University of Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia, PA

    Graduation Rate

    96%

    Enrollment

    26,675

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $57770

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $57770

    University of Pennsylvania offers programs from its campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. Academic and technical programs help students reach their professional goals. Consult the institution's website to find information on the typical timeline for program completion. Applicants may qualify for a standardized test score waiver. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department provides more information about the application process. At the accredited institution, students also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. University of Pennsylvania holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #3

    New York University

    New York, NY

    Graduation Rate

    85%

    Enrollment

    52,885

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $53308

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $53308

    From its campus in New York, New York, New York University enrolls students as a private institution. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. Students who complete an academic or technical program often enter the workforce right away. On average, students spend 1867 per credit. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 85%. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Applicants can reach out to the admissions office to learn more about enrolling. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #4

    Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences

    Cape Girardeau, MO

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    154

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $12177

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12177

    Located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences grants college degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, this school can help learners reach their educational goals. Students strengthen their knowledge of the field by completing coursework. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to enroll. The school supports learners with academic help and career services. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs such as the Pell Grant. Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #5

    Tulane University of Louisiana

    New Orleans, LA

    Graduation Rate

    86%

    Enrollment

    12,923

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $56800

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $56800

    A private institution located in New Orleans, Louisiana, Tulane University of Louisiana offers multiple programs. Students complete programs that prepare them for careers and professional advancement. The programs offer an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. Students can enroll in nationally ranked programs. The college charges an average of 1260 per credit. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Learners at the school choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, enrollees complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Tulane University of Louisiana holds accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    #6

    University of Florida

    Gainesville, FL

    Graduation Rate

    88%

    Enrollment

    52,407

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6381

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $28659

    Located in Gainesville, Florida, University of Florida awards degrees and certificates as a public institution. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. The institution reports a graduation rate of 88%. The school's admission rate is unavailable. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements. University of Florida has received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    #7

    Clarks Summit University

    South Abington Township, PA

    Graduation Rate

    88%

    Enrollment

    771

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $26082

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $26082

    Clarks Summit University, which operates a campus in South Abington Township, Pennsylvania, often ranks as a top school. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. Academic and technical programs help learners reach their unique professional goals. Enrollees earn their degree or certificate in as little time as a few months or as much time as seven years depending on program type and enrollment status. Many schools no longer require admissions tests such as ACT or SAT. A test score waiver makes it easier to apply. The admissions department provides additional resources on submitting an application. Financial aid helps degree-seekers pay for their education. Clarks Summit University holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #8

    St Luke's College

    Sioux City, IA

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    235

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $20440

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $20440

    Located in Sioux City, Iowa, St Luke's College attracts students with their well-regarded programs. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the programs help learners reach a variety of career goals. Academic programs can take as little as a few months or as many as seven years to complete, depending on the degree or certificate type and the student's enrollment status. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. The waiver makes it simpler to apply. The admissions department can help applicants determine the next steps. At the accredited institution, enrollees also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #9

    Villanova University

    Villanova, PA

    Graduation Rate

    90%

    Enrollment

    10,848

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $55280

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $55280

    Villanova University enrolls learners from its Villanova, Pennsylvania campus. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help learners meet their professional goals. Typical time for program completion ranges from a few months to seven years depending on the type of degree or certificate offered. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to apply. The admissions department provides additional resources on applying to the school. Learners at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover educational costs. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #10

    University of Richmond

    University of Richmond, VA

    Graduation Rate

    89%

    Enrollment

    3,914

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $54690

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $54690

    From its campus in University of Richmond, Virginia, University of Richmond enrolls students in programs as a private institution. The school offers programs that prepare learners for the workforce. The programs offer an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. Multiple programs at the school appear in national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical majors at the school. Depending on their major, learners complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    #11

    California Miramar University

    San Diego, CA

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    199

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8994

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8994

    A private institution, California Miramar University grants degrees from its campus in San Diego, California. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their professional goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to strengthen their skills. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. Test-optional policies make it easier to enroll. The school provides support such as tutoring and career services. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs such as the Pell Grant. The school holds accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #12

    FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles

    Los Angeles, CA

    Graduation Rate

    71%

    Enrollment

    2,227

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $32732

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $32732

    From its campus in Los Angeles, California, FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles enrolls students in programs as a private institution. Students leave the school with experience and credentials that prepare them for the workforce. Learners benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. The school's cost per credit is unknown. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. Learners at the school choose from academic and technical programs. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles has received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #13

    Divine Word College

    Epworth, IA

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    66

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $13440

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13440

    From its campus in Epworth, Iowa, Divine Word College offers programs as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their professional goals. Students complete courses and experiential learning opportunities to bolster their knowledge. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. The school provides support such as tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. Learners at the accredited school often fund their education with federal aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #14

    Fashion Institute of Technology

    New York, NY

    Graduation Rate

    80%

    Enrollment

    8,726

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6110

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16490

    Fashion Institute of Technology, which operates a campus in New York, New York, often ranks as a top school. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help students meet a variety of professional goals. Visit the program's website to find information on the typical timeline for completion. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. A test score waiver makes it easier to apply. The admissions department can help prospective students complete their application. At the accredited institution, enrollees also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Fashion Institute of Technology has received accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #15

    Emory University-Oxford College

    Oxford, GA

    Graduation Rate

    95%

    Enrollment

    983

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $53804

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $53804

    From its campus in Oxford, Georgia, Emory University-Oxford College educates students as a private institution. The school's accredited programs prepare learners for the workforce. Learners benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school's programs appear in national rankings. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school offers both academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Emory University-Oxford College has received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    #16

    Williamson College of the Trades

    Media, PA

    Graduation Rate

    73%

    Enrollment

    246

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $27570

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $27570

    Williamson College of the Trades, which is often listed among the best schools, operates from its main campus in Media, Pennsylvania. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. With academic and technical tracks, the programs help students reach a variety of career goals. Academic programs can take as little as a few months or as many as seven years to complete, depending on the degree or certificate type and the student's enrollment status. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. Admission advisors can provide additional information on submitting an application. Degree-seekers at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. Williamson College of the Trades holds accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

    #17

    FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-San Francisco

    San Francisco, CA

    Graduation Rate

    71%

    Enrollment

    188

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $32732

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $32732

    FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-San Francisco, located in San Francisco, California, often ranks as one of the best schools. Instructors bring expertise in their fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for students with a variety of professional goals. Visit the program's website to find information on the typical timeline for completion. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. Admission advisors can provide more information on the application process. Enrollees at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-San Francisco is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission.

    #18

    Florida State University

    Tallahassee, FL

    Graduation Rate

    83%

    Enrollment

    42,450

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5656

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18786

    From its campus in Tallahassee, Florida, Florida State University offers programs as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their professional goals. Students strengthen their knowledge of the field by completing coursework. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. Learners benefit from support services like tutoring and career counseling. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. Learners at the accredited school can pay for their educational costs with federal student aid programs. Florida State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    #19

    Riverside College of Health Careers

    Newport News, VA

    Graduation Rate

    50%

    Enrollment

    305

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $17610

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $17610

    From its campus in Newport News, Virginia, Riverside College of Health Careers enrolls students in programs as a private institution. The school offers accredited programs that prepare learners for the workforce. Learners benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school's programs appear in national rankings. The school's cost per credit is unknown. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the institution. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school holds accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

    #20

    St. Joseph's College of Nursing

    Syracuse, NY

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    337

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $21591

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $21591

    St. Joseph's College of Nursing, located in Syracuse, New York, grants degrees and certificates as a private institution. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for a successful career. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. At the accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. Students earn their bachelor's degree from the school at a rate of 100%. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements and start dates. St. Joseph's College of Nursing holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #21

    Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing

    Troy, NY

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    136

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14292

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14292

    A private institution, Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing educates students on its campus in Troy, New York. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their educational goals. Students prepare for a successful career by completing the program's coursework. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to enroll. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant. The school is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

    #22

    Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences

    Canton, OH

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    305

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $18950

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18950

    Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences, a private organization located in Canton, Ohio, offers multiple programs. Enrollees complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Students complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements depending on their program. Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #23

    Louisiana Culinary Institute

    Baton Rouge, LA

    Graduation Rate

    57%

    Enrollment

    107

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14575

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14575

    A private institution located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Louisiana Culinary Institute educates students through multiple programs. The school offers programs that prepare graduates for careers and professional advancement. The institution provides academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The institution offers both academic and technical programs. Students complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements depending on their program. Louisiana Culinary Institute is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education.

    #24

    George Washington University

    Washington, DC

    Graduation Rate

    82%

    Enrollment

    27,814

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $56935

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $56935

    From its campus in Washington, District of Columbia, George Washington University enrolls learners in 462 programs. Degree-seekers benefit from rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. The average student-to-teacher ratio is currently unknown. The average amount of aid awarded per student is not available. The private school reports a graduation rate of 82%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates become more competitive in the job market. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Some programs no longer require standardized tests for admission. Prospective applicants can contact the admissions office for more information about applying.

    #25

    Averett University-Non-Traditional Programs

    Danville, VA

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    485

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $11820

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11820

    From its campus in Danville, Virginia, Averett University-Non-Traditional Programs enrolls students in programs as a private institution. Students can earn a degree or certificate that prepares them for the workforce. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical programs. The school offers foundational courses, technical classes, and general education courses in multiple majors. The school holds accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, an independent accrediting body.

    #26

    Kettering College

    Kettering, OH

    Graduation Rate

    45%

    Enrollment

    815

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $13392

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13392

    A private institution, Kettering College enrolls students on its campus in Kettering, Ohio. The school offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to bolster their knowledge. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. The school supports enrollees with tutoring and career services. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Learners at this accredited school also qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Kettering College has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #27

    University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee

    Sarasota, FL

    Graduation Rate

    47%

    Enrollment

    2,207

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5587

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16501

    University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee offers programs from its campus in Sarasota, Florida. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help students meet a variety of professional goals. Depending on the program, students can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years earning their degree or certificate. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. The admissions staff can provide more information on the process. At the accredited institution, enrollees also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    #28

    Gods Bible School and College

    Cincinnati, OH

    Graduation Rate

    49%

    Enrollment

    347

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7150

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $7150

    Gods Bible School and College, which is often listed among the best schools, operates from its main campus in Cincinnati, Ohio. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help learners meet their professional goals. Academic programs can take as little as a few months or as many as seven years to complete, depending on the degree or certificate type and the student's enrollment status. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. These policies make it easier to enroll. The admissions department can help students apply to the school. Financial aid helps enrollees cover their educational expenses. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #29

    American University

    Washington, DC

    Graduation Rate

    79%

    Enrollment

    14,318

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $49889

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $49889

    A private institution located in Washington, District of Columbia, American University educates students through multiple programs. Students leave the school with experience and credentials that prepare them for the workforce. Learners benefit from the school's academic rigor and affordable tuition rate. Multiple programs at the school appear in national rankings. Students can expect an average cost of 1802 per credit. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The institution offers both academic and technical programs. Students complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements depending on their program. American University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #30

    North Carolina State University at Raleigh

    Raleigh, NC

    Graduation Rate

    82%

    Enrollment

    36,304

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $9101

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $29220

    From its campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, North Carolina State University at Raleigh offers academic programs as a public institution. The school offers accredited programs that prepare students for a successful career. The institution provides academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school boasts several programs that appear in national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical majors at the school. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. North Carolina State University at Raleigh has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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