There are a lot of different laptops out there, like thousands. I’ve got a ThinkPad Edge which doesn’t look very shiny, but has been pretty dependable over the course of many years. I mostly use it for typing stuff. Any computer should be fine for an online school. They don’t tend to demand a lot from your hardware. Just check lots of reviews for whatever you buy to make sure it doesn’t break easily or explode.
I have to read phoenix online again, I’m pretty sure they mentioned something about what the laptop would need (like….Word and such)…or maybe that was the community college I was looking at. I’ll have to research.