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The 20 Best Colleges in Texas Offering Online Degrees

As providers of online education, we at Aceable greatly admire others who are also offering students a more accessible, affordable and convenient way to learn. In our home state of Texas, there are dozens of universities that give students the option to complete bachelor’s degrees online, thus allowing them to keep a full-time job, raise their family and take courses all on their own schedule. The following Texas institutions are among the best in the nation when it comes to online bachelor’s degree programs — offering a variety of majors at competitive tuition rates.  We’ve ranked each school based on number of online programs it offers, cost per credit hour and median salary after 10 years of entering the school. Find out if your alma mater made the list, below.

Cost per credit hour was found via U.S. News & World Report or on the institution’s website. For state schools, the cost listed is for out-of-state students. Median salary after attending was found through the College Scorecard Data site

20. Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio

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Founded in 1895, this Roman Catholic university offers online bachelor’s degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Students learn from both professors and professionals in the field. The cost to attend per unit of credit is $843 and the median salary after graduation is $37,200.

19. Angelo State University, San Angelo

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A component of the Texas Tech University System, Angelo State offers online bachelor’s degrees with majors in Border and Homeland Security as well as Intelligence, Security Studies and Analysis. Costs to attend is $500 per credit hour. Graduates of the university make on average $37,700.

18. Texas A&M University – Commerce

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One of the oldest public colleges in the state, this Texas university provides affordable degrees at $568 per unit of credit. Online bachelor’s degree offerings include Organizational Leadership, Applied Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Finance and Business Analytics. Students can take all classes online or do a mix of online and in-person classes. The average salary after graduation is $36,900.

17. Dallas Baptist University 

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Home to more than 3,400 undergraduates, Dallas Baptist University offers 15 different bachelor’s degree majors, including Health Care Management and Christian Ministries. The cost to attend is $846 per credit hour, though payment plans and financial aid are also available. Dallas Baptist helps online students succeed through benefits like 24/7 tech support. The median salary after attending is $42,400.

16. Southwestern Adventist University, Keene

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Affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, this private university offers online undergraduate degrees in Theology, Religion, Psychology, History, General Studies, Elementary Education and Business. The cost to attend is $655 per credit hour and graduates of the university make on average $38,600.

15. Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Waxahachie

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This small, suburban university offers online undergraduate degrees in 28 subjects, including Ancient Studies, Counseling and Occupational Leadership. The cost to attend is $575 per unit of credit and the median salary upon graduation is $31,500.

14. Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls

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Known as the sole public liberal arts college in Texas, Midwestern State offers several online degrees in health-related fields. Online students can earn their Nursing RN to BSN, Respiratory Therapist to B.S. in Respiratory Care, Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts and Sciences and Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science. Earning a degree costs $500 per credit hour and students make on average $38,900 after graduation, according to College Scorecard.

13. Concordia University Texas, Austin

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One of 10 members of the Concordia University system, this private institution offers online bachelor’s degrees in Communication, Computer Science, Psychology, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Business, Multidisciplinary Studies, Business Administration and Nursing RN to BSN. The cost per credit hour is $520, plus an additional fee of $200 per online course. Success coaches and career counselors are available to online students as well. Median salary 10 years after entering the school is $39,900.  

12. Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches

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With a student body of nearly 13,000, Stephen F. Austin offers a variety of online undergraduate degrees, including Nursing, Human Sciences, Business Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies. Students pursuing an Interdisciplinary Studies degree can chose to earn a certification in special education, early childhood education or middle level grades 4-8. Cost to attend is $468 per unit of credit and the median salary for graduates of the university is $39,100.

11. Lamar University, Beaumont

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This public college of more than 15,000 students offers online undergraduate degrees in 13 areas of study, including Industrial Technology, Sociology and Entrepreneurship. Courses are offered in traditional 15-week semesters or in accelerated eight-week blocks. The cost per unit of credit is $248. Within 10 years of entering the school, graduates of Lamar make on average $39,500.

10. West Texas A&M University, Canyon

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Established in 1910, West Texas A&M offers online bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, General Studies and Health Sciences. Students can conveniently take courses on a synchronous or asynchronous schedule. Cost to attend is $295 per credit and the median salary post-graduation is $39,800.

9. University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio

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This private Catholic university gives students the choice to pursue undergraduate degrees online in Interdisciplinary Studies, General Studies, Nutrition, Administration, RN-BSN and Psychology. Cost per credit hour is $515, but the school provides free textbooks as well as discounted tuition rates for military and veterans. Within 10 years of entering the school, the average graduate makes $43,300, according to College Scorecard.

8. Tarleton State University, Stephenville

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Home to nearly 11,000 undergraduates, Tarleton State provides online bachelor’s degree opportunities in Administrative Systems, Applied Science, Business, Criminal Justice Administration, General Business, Health Professions Technology, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Industrial Management, Psychology and Veterinary Technology. Students also have the option of blending online courses with in-classroom courses. The cost to attend is $562 per credit and the average salary post-graduation is $40,600.

7. Wayland Baptist College, Plainview

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Wayland Baptist offers four online bachelor’s degrees, despite already having 13 campuses across six states (and one in Kenya).  Online degree programs include Applied Science, Business Administration, Christian Ministry and Nursing. The school also awards credit for work experience. Cost per credit unit is $365 and the median salary after graduation is $40,300.

6. Sam Houston State University, Huntsville

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The third-oldest public university in Texas, Sam Houston State has online bachelor’s degree programs in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, General Studies and Health Sciences. The cost to attend per credit hour is $216, and the university also offers $1,000 scholarships to fully-online students. After graduation, the average salary is $41,100.

5. University of North Texas, Denton

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Serving more than 37,000 students, the University of North Texas provides online bachelor’s degree programs in Applied Arts & Sciences, Applied Technology & Performance Improvement, Rehabilitation Studies and Criminal Justice. Cost to attend is $274 per credit. The median salary for a graduate 10 years after entering the school is $42,300.

4. LeTourneau University, Longview

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Founded with the belief that students shouldn’t have to give up a full-time job to obtain an education, LeTourneau University offers more than 15 different bachelor’s degree paths, including Aviation Management, Human Services and Health Care Management. Cost per unit of credit is $475 and the average salary after graduation is $48,300, according to College Scorecard.

3. Texas Tech University, Lubbock

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Texas Tech University has fully online bachelor’s programs available in Political Science, Early Child Care and Plant & Soil Services. At $250 per credit hour, tuition is affordable, and graduates make on average $47,500 within 10 years of entering the school.

2. University of Houston – Clear Lake

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With nearly 6,000 undergraduates, the University of Houston – Clear Lake offers online bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology, Finance, General Business, Public Service and Leadership. Cost to attend is $247 per unit of credit. Online students also have access to advisors via telephone, email or in-person consultations as well as resources like career exploration, tutoring and counseling. On average, recent graduates of the university earn $46,600 per year.

1. University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa

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A fast-growing state college, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin experienced a 15 percent increase in enrollment between spring 2015 and spring 2016. The school offers online courses for a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Services, Communication, Humanities, Psychology, Sociology, Business Administration, RN-BSN, Criminal Justice and Industrial Technology. Cost per credit is just $229 and the median salary for graduates of the university is $46,200.

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