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Online Colleges in Oklahoma

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If you are currently working and hope to advance your career, or if you're looking to change careers entirely, attending an online college in Oklahoma may be right for you. Online programs can provide the flexibility of working toward your degree at times and locations that are convenient for you.

It's expected that by 2020, 64 percent of jobs in Oklahoma may require post-high school education, so enrolling now in an online associate, bachelor's or master's degree program can help you be prepared to meet the state's need for a higher-skilled labor force in fields like health care, energy and computer and information systems.

Here's a high-level look at what's available in online colleges in Oklahoma:

  • 31 of Oklahoma's online colleges offer associate degree programs, 30 have bachelor's degree programs available, and 25 colleges allow students to earn master's degrees online.
  • While 29 online colleges are public, 21 are private, including one that focuses on aeronautics and technology.
  • There are a dozen online Christian colleges in Oklahoma, representing a variety of denominations.
  • The most online degree programs can be found at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus, and Tulsa Community College.

Oklahoma is a member of the Academic Common Market, an arrangement, which includes more than a dozen Southern states. The purpose of this organization is to allow students to pay in-state tuition rates for programs not available in their home state.

Keep reading to see which are the best online colleges in Oklahoma. You can also find information about Oklahoma-specific scholarships that can help you pay for your online degree.

What Makes a Good Online College?

There are a multitude of Oklahoma colleges that offer online programs for their students. This is wonderful, but also means it can be difficult to make a decision about which college to attend. Our rankings can be a useful starting point for students who need some help narrowing down their options. Keep in mind that our rankings only include accredited schools; to learn why, visit our "What is College Accreditation?" page. Most Oklahoma schools are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), but some might be accredited by other national or faith-based organizations. To check on which accreditation agencies are valid in Oklahoma, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Accreditation matters, but there are other factors that matter to students as well. Our rankings take several of these factors into account. We looked at data points such as the average in-state tuition, the reported graduation rate and the number of online programs offered at all these online colleges to determine our rankings. Students can see not only our choices for the best online colleges in Oklahoma, but also the data that helped each college achieve its status. To learn more about how and why we create these rankings, take a moment to read the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section of our "About Us" page.

Best Online Colleges in Oklahoma for 2018-19

Distance learners interested in attending an online college in Oklahoma will want to make sure they're choosing the best school for their needs. It's an important decision that shouldn't be made lightly, and to help out we've ranked 10 of the best online colleges in Oklahoma using data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics. You can also use our Top Colleges Tool to make similar rankings based on your own needs, or learn more about how this list was created at the bottom of this page.

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Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,738
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
33%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
42
School Type
4-year

The first students at Oklahoma State University attended class at the Stillwater Congregational Church in 1891. Since that time, the university has grown to encompass five campus locations, as well as the OSU Online portal. Distance learners at OSU are paired with academic advisers who can help them on their educational journeys. They also have access to the OSU Math Learning Success Center and the OSU Writing Center, as well as multiple career services.

OSU Online features bachelor's degree programs in subjects such as agriculture, education and nursing, as well as several master's degree programs in business, pre-law, dietetics and more. Several interesting specializations are available via the university's online certificate programs, such as business data mining, family financial planning and online teaching.

2

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,538
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
33%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
26
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma makes a point of tailoring its programming to the needs of nontraditional students, from working adults to military veterans. The university's Extended Campus has been offering alternative forms of education since 1961, and through it, students can access a multitude of online and hybrid degree programs: administrative leadership, lifespan care administration, museum studies and more. Several individual online courses are also available; some can be taken in either a self-paced or term-based format, depending on student preference.

Academic advisers at OU can help distance learners to choose their majors and plan semester schedules. Other resources include the OU Writing Center; math, science and engineering support; and group and individual tutoring.

3

Family of Faith Christian University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,570
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
3
School Type
4-year

A private, nonprofit university in central Oklahoma, Family of Faith Christian University is associated with International Christian Leadership Connections (ICLC), which networks churches and training centers across the nation. The vast majority of programs at FFCU are ministry-based, and their online programs are no different. Through All Nations College, the distance-learning arm of FFCU, students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in church ministry with one of the following emphases:

  • Church planting and leadership
  • Cross-cultural missions leadership
  • Marketplace & entrepreneurial leadership

Accreditation:

  • Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education

Location:

30 Kinville,
Shawnee, OK 74802
 
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Northeastern State University, Tahlequah

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,327
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
53%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
17
School Type
4-year

Northeastern State University takes an interesting approach to online education. Rather than having a clear delineation between online and on-campus learning, the university offers hundreds of online and hybrid courses each semester. Students can then work with school advisors to put together a customized combination of on-campus, hybrid and online courses, according to their needs and the requirements of the program they wish to pursue. These courses can help students to earn an NSU bachelor's degree such as nursing or general studies, or a master's degree such as criminal justice or school administration.

5

Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,005
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
44%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
17
School Type
4-year

Located in the heart of western Oklahoma, Southwestern Oklahoma State University has many more ways to convey distance education than just through online courses. At SWOSU, distance learning can be delivered through four different methods:

  • Online: SWOSU uses the Canvas learning management system to deliver online coursework to students.
  • Interactive television (ITV): These courses are hosted throughout Oklahoma at locations with two-way TVs, allowing students around the state to interact with instructors at SWOSU as though they were all in the same room.
  • Webinar: Stated to be a particular favorite at SWOSU, webinars connect students and professors for class at set times of the week through instant messenger, voice chat and other computer-based communication.
  • Blended: Blended courses at SWOSU don't combine just online and on-campus learning; they might combine any of the above learning methods together, creating a unique experience!
6

Mid-America Christian University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$17,830
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
68%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
26
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1953 as the South Texas Bible Institute, by 1955 the demand for degree programs with a Christian slant led the school to expand. In 1984, the school moved from Houston to Oklahoma City and became known as Mid-America Christian University.

Online students enrolled at MACU can partake of numerous degree programs, as well as several online options, such as the online bachelor's in criminal justice and ethics or the online master's in higher education administration. MACU courses generally range from five to 10 weeks in length -- the better to fit into the busy schedules of working professionals, parents and other nontraditional students.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

3500 SW 119th St,
Oklahoma City, OK 73170
 
7

Cameron University, Lawton

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,180
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
50%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
10
School Type
4-year

Cameron University offers fully online, hybrid and interactive television (ITV) courses. Online coursework is asynchronous and is delivered by the Blackboard learning management system, while ITV courses are delivered live in real time. This allows several of Cameron University's degree programs to be accessible to distance learners, from undergraduate programs in criminal justice and interdisciplinary studies, to graduate programs in business administration and organizational leadership.

The university helpfully lists the percentage of online coursework as compared to on-campus coursework for each of their hybrid degree programs, helping students to understand what they are committing to before they enroll. Cameron students are also able to access up to 10 hours of tutoring through Tutor.com per semester, at no additional cost.

8

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,750
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
62%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
17
School Type
4-year

Southeastern Oklahoma State University offers a wealth of degree programs for its students to choose from, including several for distance learners. Online programs cover subjects such as business administration, sports administration, Native American leadership and education. All of SOSU's online programs are at the master's level and can be completed with 30 to 42 credit hours, depending on the major.

Significant online support is offered to SOSU distance learners, including academic support, technology support with the Blackboard system, remote access to the library, and special programs such as Online Orientation and Campus Connect.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

425 W. University Blvd,
Durant, OK 74701
 
9

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$26,090
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
32%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
10
School Type
4-year

Those looking for an online means to earn an online, Christian-based education can find their opportunity to do so at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, an evangelical Christian four-year university. Program options include psychology, strategic leadership, science in nursing, divinity and more.

Unusually, two of the most interesting degree programs at OKWU are both online associate degree programs: the STEP program, and the Cross Training program. The STEP program is an accelerated program designed for working adults that incorporates mathematics, English, business and the humanities, and ends with an Associate of Arts in general studies. The Cross Training program is designed for pastors desiring to be ordained, and consists mostly of courses that are each three weeks long.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

2201 Silver Lake Rd,
Bartlesville, OK 74006
 
10

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,066
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
60%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
15
School Type
4-year

Northwestern Oklahoma State University has come a long way since 1897, when it began with only three teachers and 58 students. Online education has broadened the university's sphere of influence, allowing students from over 40 states and 20 countries to earn a NWOSU education in subjects such as accounting, technical management or nursing. Individual online courses are also available in other academic departments, if not full degree programs.

The university uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver coursework to its students. Furthermore, NWOSU boasts a unique "bridge program" agreement with Northern Oklahoma College, allowing students to enroll concurrently at both schools. This program can help NOC students to transfer to NWOSU more easily.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

709 Oklahoma Blvd,
Alva, OK 73717
 

Affordable Online Colleges in Oklahoma for 2018

The following list ranks the schools in Oklahoma that offer online degrees at the lowest tuition costs. If you're more interested in a list of online Oklahoma colleges ranked by quality, try out our Top Colleges Tool. You can even narrow the list based on the kind of school you're looking for!

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Tulsa Community College$3,22144%27tulsacc.edu
    Carl Albert State College$3,4126%12carlalbert.edu
    Connors State College$3,51270%2connorsstate.edu
    Northern Oklahoma College$3,86540%11noc.edu
    Western Oklahoma State College$3,87857%10wosc.edu
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City$3,83664%14osuokc.edu
    Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology$5,25036%7osuit.edu
    Langston University$5,93618%1langston.edu
    Cameron University$6,18050%10cameron.edu
    Oklahoma Panhandle State University$6,19665%2opsu.edu

Financial Aid Resources in Oklahoma

1.Academic Scholars
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be an Oklahoma resident at or above the 99.5 percentile on ACT or SAT, or be a resident or nonresident who is a National Merit scholar or finalist.
Award Amount
$5,500
Application Deadline
Mid-August
Renewable
Minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time enrollment are required to retain scholarship.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
2.Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic ...
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicants must be high school seniors who are nominated by their school principals or superintendents. They must have an ACT score of 30 or higher or an SAT score of 1340 or higher or be a semi-finalist for a National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship. An essay is required.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
Open
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
3.Freshman Achievement Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be an Oklahoma resident enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours, have a minimum composite ACT score of 27, and have a minimum 3.25 GPA.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
March 1
Renewable
Minimum 3.25 GPA with full-time status is required to retain scholarship.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
4.R. Boyd Gunning Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a full-time freshman, must be a resident of Oklahoma, have a minimum 3.7 GPA, and have entered the university directly from high school.
Award Amount
$2,000
Application Deadline
May 1
Renewable
Award is renewable for up to three years.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL

Student Loans in Oklahoma 

Oklahoma prefers to focus their efforts on a series of state scholarship programs as opposed to offering state-based student loans. Students are strongly encouraged to seek scholarships and grants before applying for loans, as scholarship and grant money is gift aid and therefore does not need to be paid back. If you've exhausted your scholarship and grant options and are still in need of financial assistance, you may apply for federal or private loans to help cover your tuition costs. To qualify for federal loans, you will need to fill out the FAFSA with details about your family's financial situation.

Learn more about the whole student loan process in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Oklahoma

  • Financial Aid 101 offers Oklahoma students a step-by-step process to securing financial assistance for their education.

Costs for Out-of-State Students in Oklahoma

If you think you can't afford to attend college in Oklahoma because of the sometimes overwhelming prospect of out-of-state tuition, think again. Oklahoma is part of the Academic Common Market, and if you are a resident of one of the 15 member states (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia), you should be able to pay in-state tuition at any public university in Oklahoma. 

The ACM has been around for 35 years and you can search their database for more than 1,900 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in all member states. You merely have to contact your state's ACM coordinator to get started.

For residents of other states, there are still some options to reduce out-of-state tuition. For example, the University of Oklahoma offers a variety of scholarships that are note exclusive to in-state residents, such as the four-year Merit Scholarship and the Alumni Scholars Program. Be sure to talk to your admissions counselor about the next steps.

 

 
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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1 percent of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using provisional 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools' tuition amounts are based on 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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