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Top Colleges in Texas for 2019-20

Methodology and Sources

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges Tool 2019-20. Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we ranked more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. The result is a list of the best online colleges in the U.S. that is built into this interactive tool.

The filters on the left let you create customized lists of schools based on the factors that are most important to you, including location, price and religious affiliation. Choosing the right school is the first step toward success in higher education, and we’re excited to help you get started.

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STATE
TUITION
INSTITUTION TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL
MILITARY BENEFITS
RELIGIOUS AFFILATION
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
50%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
37
OVERALL SCORE
99.78
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
63%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
55
OVERALL SCORE
99.01
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 Texas Tech University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
47%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
45
OVERALL SCORE
96.97
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
74%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
96.81
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
5 Texas Woman's University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
96.64
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
96.59
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
7 LeTourneau University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
30
OVERALL SCORE
95.15
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
57%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
94.77
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
50%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
92.35
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
10 Lamar University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
65%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
23
OVERALL SCORE
92.13
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
50%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
91.52
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
63%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
90.53
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 University of North Texas Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
89.76
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
78%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
89.15
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
45
OVERALL SCORE
88.22
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
16 Angelo State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
28
OVERALL SCORE
88.05
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
17 Midwestern State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
87.78
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
18 Dallas Baptist University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
52
OVERALL SCORE
86.07
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
19 University of Houston Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
84.69
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
36%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
84.64
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
64%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
83.48
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    Career Counseling Services
22 North American University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
64%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
81.94
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
79.9
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
57%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
79.79
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
78.69
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
77.75
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
27 Tarleton State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
76.43
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
28 Concordia University Texas Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
54%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
75.33
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
29 Sul Ross State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
60%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
75.11
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
30 Wayland Baptist University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
53%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
26
OVERALL SCORE
74.67
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
32
OVERALL SCORE
74.5
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
32 Abilene Christian University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
65.25
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
33 Central Texas College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
55%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
54
OVERALL SCORE
63.99
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
78%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
62.94
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
35 South Texas College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
27
OVERALL SCORE
59.64
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
21
OVERALL SCORE
57.98
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
16%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
56.94
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
38 Lubbock Christian University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
56.72
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
55.23
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
40 Palo Alto College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
55.18
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
80%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
21
OVERALL SCORE
52.37
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
42 Western Texas College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
51.54
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
43 University of Dallas Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
50.72
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
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44 Clarendon College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
51%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
50.33
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
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45 Texas State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
49.28
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
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46 Dallas Christian College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
57%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
49.23
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
47 Frank Phillips College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
55%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
48.79
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
48.46
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
7%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
47.58
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
45.76
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit

Methodology and Sources

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 2017-18 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 2017-18 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Sources:

  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2017-18, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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