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Best Online Colleges in Texas for 2015

Texas is second in the nation in the number of institutions offering online degree programs. In Texas, online degree programs are designed to provide the same academic quality and rigor as their campus-based equivalents, but with the flexibility and convenience of 24/7 remote access. There are notable schools in the Lone Star State that merit recognition. The colleges that made the list of the Best Online Colleges in Texas for 2015 have a demonstrated record of excellence in delivering online programs and support to students at the post-secondary level.

RANK COLLEGE Score Student-Teacher Ratio Financial Aid Cost MORE INFO
1 Dallas Baptist University 99.0414:195%

Dallas Baptist University has been offering online degree programs to students since 1998. It boasts a 92 percent completion rate in its 59 fully online degree programs and focuses on a Christ-centered learning environment with modern technology and a flexible, asynchronous schedule. Students interact with one another throughout the program in weekly discussion requirements and collaborative projects. Bachelor’s degree programs include Christian ministries, biblical studies, finance and management. Students can earn an online master’s in Christian scriptures, higher education, leadership studies and student ministries. Online associate degrees are also available.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Christian Ministries
  • Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Communication
2 LeTourneau University 98.5913:199%

LETU was founded to train employees who worked in businessman R.G. LeTourneau’s manufacturing factory without having to leave their jobs. Its online programs continue on that path with 15 online undergraduate degrees and 11 online master’s degrees. Accelerated degree programs allow students to graduate quickly. Bible studies and theology courses are a part of every program, giving students a God-centered, Christian education that provides the leadership skills needed in today’s workforce. Degree options include healthcare management, business administration, computer information systems, aviation studies, aviation management, criminal justice and education.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Aviation Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management
  • Bachelor of Biblical Studies and Ministry
3 Southwestern Assemblies of God University 97.3718:199%

Online students at SAGU receive a quality education with a biblical worldview. The university offers more than 50 online programs, from associate degrees to graduate-level programs. Most programs are delivered asynchronously and are available entirely online – with no on-campus or practicum requirements. SAGU also offers the unique Experiential Learning Credit, where students can enroll in one 3-credit hour class and demonstrate knowledge and work experience to earn up to 30 credits. Programs available are in the fields of education, ministries, human services, business, history and more.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Ancient Studies
  • BS in Bible and Theology
  • BS in Biblical Studies
4 Texas Tech University 97.1620:175%

Texas Tech’s dedicated Worldwide eLearning Instructional Design Team works with online learning programs to develop quality educational curriculum for the university’s online programs, which include seven bachelor’s degrees, 15 master’s degrees, four doctoral degrees as well as numerous minors and certificate programs. The eLearning program at Texas Tech began in 1966 when five professors became “flying professors” as part of a master of engineering program. Today, the eLearning program is run by a council of representatives from each scholastic department, students and other university faculty members.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of General Studies
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts & Science in Applied Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture
5 Tarleton State University 97.1320:186%

Tarleton State has a variety of options for students looking for an online degree. Its programs include information technology, business administration, human resources management, health professions technology, music education and criminal justice. The university offers only junior and senior level courses to complete a bachelor’s degree and enrollees should have at least 30 semester hours under their belts prior to enrolling. While many programs are available fully online, students also have blended and cohort routes to a degree. Some online programs also require occasional on-site visits. Tarleton State is a member of the Texas A&M University System and strives to graduate leaders who hold core values such as leadership, service and civility.

Programs Offered:
  • BAAS - Information Technology
  • BBA - Administrative Systems
  • BS - Administrative Systems
6 Sam Houston State University 95.3324:187%

At Sam Houston State University, students can choose from among 25 fully online degree programs and several professional and graduate certificates. Additional degrees are available mostly online, with a few face-to-face classroom or lab requirements. The online programs are ideal for students who work full time but want to earn a degree to meet their personal or professional goals. Technical assistance is available Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to midnight and students have access to remote test proctoring and library resources through the Newton Gresham Library. Program options include criminal justice, general studies, business administration, history and more.

Programs Offered:
  • Criminal Justice B.A.
  • Criminal Justice B.S.
  • General Business Administration B.B.A.
7 Texas Woman’s University 95.1519:193%

TWU has a variety of support services for online students, including SmarterMeasure, an online tool that helps students learn more about their strengths and weaknesses so they can be more successful in their coursework. Technology and library resources are also available to students who take one of the 18 fully online degree programs or 15 hybrid programs. Students should expect to spend three to four hours per credit hour each week interacting with content and peers, completing assignments and studying material. Some courses may have face-to-face or synchronous meetings online.

Programs Offered:
  • BA/BS Criminal Justice
  • BGS General Studies
  • RDH - BS Dental Hygiene
8 Midwestern State University 95.0517:190%

MSU has 11 distance education programs available: four bachelor’s degrees and seven master’s degrees. Options include applied arts and sciences, nursing, respiratory care, radiologic services, health administration, criminal justice and more. Hands-on practicum experience is required for some programs, which students can typically complete at an approved facility. Online programs follow the same schedule as the traditional on-campus programs with 15-week semesters and a 10-week summer session. Please note that not all degrees are available in all states; prospective students must check with the university’s website for out-of-state instructions.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist to Bachelors of Science in Respiratory Care (RRT-BSRC)
9 University of Houston 95.0122:187%

Four online degree completion programs help those with some college credit or an associate degree finish their bachelor’s degree in a flexible environment. Students can earn degrees in organizational leadership and supervision, psychology (a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science) and retailing and consumer science. UH also has eight online master’s program, including subsea engineering, foresight and several in the education field. Students who wish to enroll in distance education courses must be accepted to the university through the traditional application process. Most courses have no required on-campus visits, however students should consult with their academic advisor or instructor to confirm this.

Programs Offered:
  • Organizational Leadership and Supervision (B.S.)
  • Psychology (B.A.)
  • Psychology (B.S.)
10 Wayland Baptist University 94.7111:196%

With a main campus located in Texas, Wayland Baptist University began offering classes through its Virtual Campus in 2001. Since 2006, full programs became available online, including bachelor’s degrees in applied science, Christian ministry and nursing and master’s programs in English, business administration, management, divinity, public administration and education. The Experiential Professional Development option allows students to apply work experience to up to 12 credit hours of coursework. The Virtual Campus follows WBU’s traditional semester schedule with classes starting four times during the calendar year. While most of the coursework is completely online, some courses may require proctored exams or hands-on practicums.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Christian Ministry
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
11 University of the Incarnate Word 94.6414:1100%

The online programs at the University of the Incarnate Word are designed to prepare graduates with professional and critical thinking skills they can take with them to the workforce. Accelerated and flexible programs include bachelor’s degrees in business administration, administration, human resources, organizational development, criminal justice, health sciences and psychology. Many programs offer specific concentrations so students can develop the skills that meet their personal interests. Online students benefit from Brainpower Online, an innovative program that provides free electronic textbooks to students. This provides portable learning resources at no additional cost to the student.

Programs Offered:
  • BBA - Accounting
  • BBA - General Business
  • BBA - Information Systems
12 Angelo State University 94.2818:193%

Most online programs at Angelo State University are asynchronous, designed to allow students to earn their degree conveniently – on their own time. Students access course resources through Blackboard, the school’s course management system. They work together using online tools to participate in discussions and complete assignments. Students can earn a number of degrees online at ASU, including a bachelor of science in nursing, an RN to BSN and several graduate degrees and certificates. Non-degree classes are also available online. While most classes don’t require any on-campus visits, students must participate in practicums and clinicals as part of some programs.

Programs Offered:
  • Border and Homeland Security (B.S.S.)
  • Intelligence
  • Security Studies and Analysis (B.S.S.)
13 Lubbock Christian University 94.2512:199%

Lubbock Christian University has two online bachelor’s degrees, seven online master’s degrees and four hybrid options, for students who want both on-campus and online coursework. Undergraduate degrees available are organizational leadership and organizational management, while graduate degrees include counseling, human services, educational leadership and principal certification. Most online programs are available completely online, however some may require on-campus meetings or practicum or internship hours.

Programs Offered:
  • BS in Organizational Management
  • BS in Organizational Leadership
  • Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
14 University of North Texas 94.1623:189%

The online bachelor’s degree completion programs at UNT allow students a more direct path to finishing their degree. In addition to bachelor’s degrees in applied arts and sciences or applied technology and performance improvement, students can also earn one of two accelerated or a host of traditional master’s degrees. Students use Blackboard Learn to access course syllabi, learning materials, assignments and more. Some courses require face-to-face or synchronous meeting times; that information is communicated to students at the start of each course.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Web-based Degree Completion Option
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement
  • MBA in Marketing
15 Lamar University 94.0521:181%

Designed for adult learners, Lamar University’s online programs include 12 bachelor’s degrees and 21 master’s degrees. Programs have mixed class lengths of eight or 15 weeks, depending on the course and program. High school students also have the opportunity to earn high school credits and begin their college career through Lamar’s online offerings. Degrees include criminal justice, entrepreneurship, communication, industrial technology, computer science, business administration, education and enterprise resource planning. Online students have access to a number of resources including the library and bookstore as well as Smarthinking, which includes research-based online tutoring through Pearson.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences
  • Bachelor of General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
16 Texas A & M University-Commerce 93.5318:193%

Texas A&M University – Commerce offers both 100 percent online and 50 percent online programs to its students. The four completely online bachelor’s degrees are business administration, general business, applied arts and sciences and organizational leadership. For those who want to earn an advanced degree, there are 18 fully online master’s degrees and two doctorate programs. These programs are highly interactive and depend on students communicating and collaborating with one another and the instructors throughout each class. They address the same curriculum and objectives as traditional on-campus classes.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - General Business
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)
17 Dallas Christian College 93.5112:1100%

Dallas Christian College’s unique FLEXCampus allows students to choose how they will attend class each week. Classes meet on campus one evening each week for six weeks and students can attend class in-person, online synchronously or on demand by watching a recording of the class. Students who choose the online or on demand options can submit assignments and participate in class discussions on Moodle, DCC’s course management system. Students can complete their online degree in as little as two years. Degree programs include bachelor’s degrees in business, practical ministries, psychology or interdisciplinary studies. All programs have a bible component.

Programs Offered:
  • B.S. in Practical Ministries
  • B.S. in Business
  • B.S. in Psychology
18 The University of Texas at Brownsville 92.4622:189%

The University of Texas Brownsville has 14 fully online bachelor’s and master’s programs and seven online certificates available to students. Programs include a Spanish Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, a bachelor’s in multidisciplinary studies and a bachelor’s in applied technology in computer information systems technology. A number of individual online courses are also available for on-campus students who want to accelerate their programs. Students services abound, including mobile support, test proctoring, technology services and registration and enrollment assistance. Courses are delivered via the Blackboard learning system and UTB provides detailed instructions in how to use all of Blackboard’s features.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies
19 Northwood University-Texas 92.3312:1100%

Northwood University offers a number of unique online degree options, including aftermarket marketing, entrepreneurship and automotive marketing and is the only accredited university in the nation to offer a bachelor’s degree in franchising management. Students who earn their degree online also have the option to sit for a number of certifications and endorsements, depending on the field. Students have the option to complete their degree fully online, through one of the regional education centers around the country or through a combination of on-campus and online classes.

Programs Offered:
  • BBA degree in Accounting
  • BBA degree in Aftermarket Management
  • BBA degree in Automotive Marketing & Management
20 Schreiner University 92.2614:1100%

Schreiner University is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church that educates students holistically. It is committed to helping students meet their education and career goals through learning that prepares graduates for meaningful work in a global society. Students can choose from online programs such as an RN to BSN, master of business administration and master of education. While the business degree is fully online, the nursing and education degrees require some on-campus meetings or practicum experience. All programs follow a cohort structure, allowing them to get to know their instructors and peers for more developed professional connections.

Programs Offered:
  • RN to BSN
  • MBA in Ethical Leadership
  • Master of Education
21 South Texas College 91.4926:188%

Through the eSTC Virtual Campus, students can choose from one of three online bachelor’s degrees or a number of associate degrees and certificates. The virtual campus is a new feature at STC, although the college has been offering distance education courses since the early 2000s. The new campus provides added functionality for online students, faculty and staff. Online students rarely, if ever, have to visit the campus and still have access to all the traditional student services. They can earn a bachelor’s degree in computer and information technologies, medical and health services management or technology management through eSTC.

Programs Offered:
  • Computer and Information Technologies- Baccalaureate Degree
  • Medical and Health Services Management- Baccalaureate Degree
  • Technology Management- Baccalaureate Degree
22 Texas A & M International University 90.0321:199%

Online degree opportunities at TAMIU Online include an RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as master’s degrees in criminal justice, business administration with a concentration in international business, curriculum and instruction, and public administration. These flexible degrees allow students to continue working while furthering their personal and professional goals. Courses are delivered through the eLearning management system, where students access class discussion threads, assignments and supplemental materials. Some classes also use interactive videoconferencing or require some on-campus visits.

Programs Offered:
  • RN to BSN
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • MBA with a concentration in International Business
23 West Texas A & M University 89.8719:190%

Online degree completion programs in nursing, emergency management administration and applied arts and sciences allow students who hold an associate degree to finish their bachelor’s degree from the comfort of their own homes. West Texas A&M also has three traditional bachelor’s programs, five master’s programs and seven hybrid programs – all available online. Online students have the option to opt-in to campus-based courses from time to time if they would like. The Education on Demand program is a resource for a wide range of students, providing self-paced courses online or paper-based courses. An online learning assessment can help prospective students determine if online learning is right for them.

Programs Offered:
  • Criminal Justice-Administration Emphasis (BA and BS)
  • General Studies (BGS)
  • Business Administration (BBA) - General Business
24 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin 89.8619:192%

Both traditional-calendar and accelerated programs are available through University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s online bachelor degree offerings. From child and family studies to sociology to criminal justice, there are a wide range of options available. Master’s degree programs are also available, including a master’s in kinesiology and a fast track to teaching post-baccalaureate teacher certification program for those who already hold a bachelor’s degree. Additional non-degree classes are available and high school students can take general education courses that include dual credit.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in
  • Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
25 Concordia University-Texas 89.2511:197%

With round-the-clock support, an online degree from Concordia University Texas is a flexible option for working professionals. Instructors are professionals with years of experience in their field and provide real-world experiences for students. There are five online bachelor’s degrees available, including business, criminal justice, healthcare administration, human resources and technical management. Those who want to earn an advanced degree can choose from six master’s degrees and three education certifications. Most programs can be completed entirely online with a few practicum requirements. Concordia University Texas has been providing higher education opportunities to students since 1926.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Administration
26 The University of Texas at Tyler 88.1017:183%

Two bachelor’s degrees and a host of graduate-level degrees are available online at the University of Texas at Tyler. The bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree completion program is designed for those who already have some college credits under their belt, in the form of an associate degree or general requirements transferred from another university. The unique RN to BSN MINE program requires no campus time and, through enrollment, the student helps his or her employer earn “magnet” status. Students access course materials through a course management system and communicate with instructors and peers on discussion boards, emails, video chat and more.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
  • Nursing RN-BSN-Mobility in Nursing Education (MINE) Degree
  • Curriculum and Instruction MEd Degree
27 University of Houston-Downtown 87.5621:183%

Students who have lower-level undergraduate work completed can earn an online bachelor’s degree in one of 16 areas at UHD. Programs include general business, enterprise information systems, international business, criminal justice, professional writing and psychology. Two online master’s degrees are also available. Students benefit from flexible scheduling, access to all on-campus services and quality curriculum that’s identical to on-campus classes. The school uses Blackboard to access assignments, supplemental materials and to interact with the course instructor and peers. Some quizzes and exams are also available on Blackboard, however some will require a proctor.

Programs Offered:
  • B.B.A. General Business
  • B.B.A. Enterprise Information Systems
  • B.B.A. Finance
28 The University of Texas at Arlington 87.1123:179%

Online nursing and education programs are the cornerstones of the University of Texas at Arlington’s distance education offerings. Students in both fields benefit from accredited programs that allow graduates to go on to pursue the state-mandated certificates and licensure. Students are expected to work collaboratively with one another in an effort to maximize learning for all. General education courses, those required of all UTA graduates, are generally in an 8- or 15-week format, depending on the degree and course. Degree-specific courses vary in length.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
29 Texas A & M University-Texarkana 87.0416:198%

Serving a 4-state area, A&M-Texarkana offers four fully-online degree programs: an RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing and master’s degrees in business administration, instructional technology and nursing. Students can take all coursework online, accessing assignments and lectures through the university’s course management system. These programs require significant time commitments and often have mandates for student participation in class discussions. Distance education training prepares students for their degree program and an online readiness assessment will determine if online learning is the best route for individual students.

Programs Offered:
  • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Instructional Technology
30 University of Houston-Victoria 86.7017:196%

The University of Houston – Victoria has 10 online bachelor’s degrees, 11 master’s degrees and four certificate programs available. Degrees include communication, humanities (English or history), business, marketing, management and healthcare administration. Graduate programs are available in the School of Education and Human Development. The university takes pride in its small student to faculty ratio, allowing students to develop meaningful connections with instructors and peers. Online classes follow the traditional schedule, which includes accelerated 8-week options in the fall and spring and a 5-week option in the summer.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences
  • B.A./B.S. in Communication
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
31 Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi 86.2322:174%

In addition to an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a bachelor’s in geographic information science, there are four online master’s programs available at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The university also offers the eLine Military Program, which facilitates an RN to BSN for those in the military, and gives credit based on medical experience earned while serving the country. Texas residents who are active service or veterans are eligible for this program. Online classes are parallel to on-campus classes, so students experience the same educational rigor no matter where they earn their degree.

Programs Offered:
  • RN to B.S. Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science
  • Master of Business Administration
32 The University of Texas at El Paso 85.3721:186%

University of Texas at El Paso believes that an education should be accessible to everyone with a desire to learn. Its UTEP Connect initiative delivers six online bachelor’s degrees, six online master’s degrees and one graduate certificate. Degree options include criminal justice, defense and strategic studies, nursing education, instructional specialist and organizational and corporate communication. Courses run on a 7-week schedule with a few courses that extend to 15 weeks. UTEP is a military-friendly school with a dedicated Military Student Services Center for active duty and retired personnel.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts Organizational and Corporate Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Security Studies
33 University of Houston-Clear Lake 82.4016:159%

The Office of Online Programs at University of Houston at Clear Lake was established in 2008 and is continually adding new classes and programs. Current offerings include six bachelor’s degrees, seven master’s degrees and seven certificate programs, with three new programs in development. Prospective students can take a sample online course to familiarize themselves with how these classes work and to determine if distance learning is the right choice for them. An online writing center, career services and specialized e-services (including technical support) are available to students.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in General Business

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Texas A & M University-College Station College Station, Texas Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 69% STUDENT POPULATION 55,697 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Systems Management (Food Processing Technology)
  • Master of Science in Human Resource Development
  • Master of Science in Sport Management
  • Master of Education in Bilingual Education
  • Master of Education in Curriculum And Instruction (Elementary Education)
  • Master of Education in Curriculum And Instruction (Generalist)
  • Master of Education in Curriculum And Instruction (Tesol)
  • Master of Education in Educational Psychology - Learning Sciences
  • Master of Education in Public School Administration
  • Master of Science in Bilingual Education
  • Master of Science in Health Education
  • Master of Science in Special Education
  • M.Eng. in Biological And Agricultural Engineering (Food Engineering/Food Technology)
  • Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering Systems Management
  • Master of Science in Safety Engineering
  • Master of Agriculture (M.Agr.) in Agricultural Development
  • Master of Agriculture in Poultry Science
  • Master of Natural Resource Development (Mnrd)
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
  • Master of Recreation Resources Development (Mrrd)
  • Master of Industrial Distribution
  • Master of Science in Statistics
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Ed.D. Agricultural Education (Doc@Distance)
  • Executive Doctor of Eduction in Curriculum And Instruction
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, Texas 2+ years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 50,771 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Assistant
  • Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Information Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Business
  • Associate of Applied Science in Marketing
  • Associate of Applied Science in Small Business Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Programming
  • Associate of Applied Science in Software Applications
  • Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Professional
  • Associate of Applied Science in Web And Internet Services
University of Houston Houston, Texas Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 58% STUDENT POPULATION 39,540 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership And Supervision (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Arts Or Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Retailing And Consumer Science (B.S.)
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Science in Construction Management (M.S.)
  • Master of Education in Administration And Supervision - Higher Education (M.Ed.)
  • Master of Education in Curriculum And Instruction - Mathematics Education (M.Ed.)
  • Master of Education in Special Education (M.Ed.)
  • Master of Science in Subsea Engineering (M.S.)
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics (M.A.)
  • Master of Science in Foresight (M.S.)
University of North Texas Denton, Texas Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 60% STUDENT POPULATION 38,315 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts And Sciences in Applied Technology And Performance Improvement
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts And Sciences in Web-Based Degree Completion Option
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Business Administration in Marketing
  • Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management
  • Master of Science in Hospitality Management
  • Master's of Education in Accelerated Online Educational Leadership
  • Accelerated Master of Science in Learning Technologies
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology (Emphasis in Gifted & Talented Students)
  • Master of Science, Instructional Design And Systems Technology
  • Master of Science, Teaching And Learning With Technology
  • Masters of Education in Special Education (Emphasis in Autism Intervention)
  • Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology
  • Master of Science in Applied Anthropology
  • Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Master of Science in Applied Technology, Training, And Development
  • Master of Science in Long-Term Care, Senior Housing, And Aging Services
  • Master of Science in Merchandising
  • Master of Science, Library Science Or Masters of Science, Information Science
  • Master of Science, Library Science With School Library Certification
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Distance-Delivered Ph.D. in Learning Technologies
The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, Texas Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 60% STUDENT POPULATION 33,329 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor's Completion Degree in Criminology And Criminal Justice (Ccjo)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Child And Family Studies - Learning And Development Track (Ba-Chld)
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology in Computer Information Technology (Bat-Cit)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing For Registered Nurses (Rn To Bsn)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Humanities (Bah)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Ba-Psyc)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts And Science - Industrial Technology (Baas-Industrial Technology)
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts And Sciences (Baas)
  • Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (Bms)
  • Bachelor of Science in University Studies (Bsus)
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing - Bilingual (Mfa)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Educational Leadership, Principal Certification
  • Master of Business Administration Online (MBAo)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Special Education
  • Master of Arts in Education - Special Education, Autism And Developmental Disabilities in Early Childhood
  • Master of Education - Instructional Specialist, Bilingual Education Or Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Education in Curriculum And Instruction - Digital Literacy
  • Master of Education in Curriculum And Instruction - Literacy Studies
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education (Msn)
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Controls
  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration (Msn)
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Systems Management (Msn-Nsm)
  • Master of Arts in Spanish Translation And Interpreting
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology
  • Master of Public Administration (Mpa)
Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 66% STUDENT POPULATION 33,111 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Studies of Personal Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Plant And Soil Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts/Science in University Studies (Baus, Bsus)
  • Bachelor of General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Wind Energy
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Principal Professional Certification Preparation
  • Master of Art Education
  • Master of Education in Instructional Technology
  • Master of Education in Special Education
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Education
  • Master of Science in Family And Consumer Sciences Education
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Engineering (Healthcare Engineering)
  • Master of Science in Software Engineering
  • Master of Science in Systems And Engineering Management
  • Master of Science in Plant And Soil Science
  • Master of Arts in Technical Communication
  • Master of Science in Human Development And Family Studies Emphasis On Gerontology
  • Master of Science in Horticulture
  • Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Science (Msci)
  • Professional Science Master's
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Agricultural Education
  • Doctor of Education in Higher Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum And Instruction (Concentration in Curriculum Studies And Teacher Education)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum And Instruction (Specialization in Science Education)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Systems And Engineering Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Technical Communication And Rhetoric
San Antonio College San Antonio, Texas 2+ years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 23,004 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement
  • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts - Humanities
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts - Literature
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts - Natural Sciences
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts - Communications
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts - Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Associate of Applied Science in Corrections
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts - Mathematics
The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, Texas Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 59% STUDENT POPULATION 21,193 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
MASTERS DEGREES
  • M.S. in Criminology Online
The University of Texas-Pan American Edinburg, Texas Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 62% STUDENT POPULATION 20,053 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education in Special Education
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences (Mshs)
  • Master of Public Administration
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The Insider’s View of Texas Colleges Online

To get a better sense of the true landscape of online learning in Texas, we asked each of the colleges on our list to answer a few questions about what makes their programs unique. We heard back from a few of the state’s best institutions. See what they said below:

Online Departments in TEXAS

Dallas Christian College

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

We combine the best parts of the classroom experience with the best of online learning. Our FLEXCampus allows students to choose each week whether to attend in the classroom, to attend via a fully interactive web conference, or to attend by watching the recording of the class session. FLEXCampus allows students to choose the best way to attend based on their location, schedule, and learning style.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

Our mission is “to educate and mentor,” because we believe that a great education should transform the whole person. Therefore, we integrate personal growth into the heart of our curriculum and coach students throughout their path to graduation. The FLEXCampus at Dallas Christian College makes that education available even when “life” makes it difficult to go to college.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

We are adding two new degree programs in the Spring of 2014 and will continue to add degree programs. We expect to enhance our life-coaching program to be even more personal. We expect to enhance our national accreditation with regional accreditation.

Lubbock Christian University

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

At Lubbock Christian University, our goal is to provide our online students with the same personalized attention a student would get in our face-to-face classes. We keep our online classes small and expect our teachers to interact personally with students throughout our courses. Students receive prompt and thorough feedback on assignments. In addition, we try to surround students with a variety of supportive services, including a personal support services coach, disability support services, an online chapel, and an online writing center. We utilize a variety of online teaching strategies and try to utilize cutting edge technology to create an interactive and innovative approach to our online learning. Our mission at Lubbock Christian University is to challenge students to think critically, to excel in their disciplines, and to model Christ.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

Our online programs are valuable to students because they prepare our students for professional advancement and for living a Christian life. Our students graduate with excellent written and oral communication skills and with the discipline-specific knowledge they need to be successful in their careers. At the same time our students also get to examine ethical dilemmas and professional situations with the mentoring of Christian professors who will help students think critically about how their Christian worldview intersects with their professional responsibilities.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

Our online programs will continue to utilize the best pedagogy and research available to develop programs that equip students to be outstanding professionals and dedicated servants of God. Our commitment to students is and will remain that they will get personalized attention and mentoring to help them develop as students and as people. We believe that the college experience should involve more than classroom learning; it should also involve developing critical thinking skills and Christian morals and principles. Whatever the technology or teaching strategies, we will continue to hold true to our values as an institution and do everything we can to provide an unrivaled experience for students.

Midwestern State University

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

MSU has systematically chosen programs to deliver to students online. The effort began in the Health Science fields where learners were in need of continued educational opportunities while working in their trained professions. The online programs allowed these students to continue in their employment while earning the advanced degree for skills and advancement opportunities.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

MSU is an exceptional value regardless of the methodology. However, the opportunities presented for the online students have an increased value due to access and flexibility in residence. The Health Science programs and the Adult Completion degree (BAAS) are targeted to the experienced learner with clear learning and professional objectives in mind.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

MSU will continue to choose the programs and courses developed for online delivery carefully. There are plans to expand in the professional degrees as well as increased course offerings for the students that are taking traditional campus courses. An online M.A. in Criminal Justice and an online MBA will be coming in late 2014 or early 2015.

Prairie View A & M University

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

The overall goal is to provide high quality programs at affordable tuition to professionals with business or non-business backgrounds interested in building their management competencies. PVAMU's COB has offered online courses for a number of years, and has offered a fully online program - the MBA - for nearly three years. Plans are underway to offer a BBA in Accounting and a BA in Management as a degree completion option.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

The PVAMU online MBA is accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Businesses (AACSB) International ensuring high quality. The AACSB has stringent requirements on faculty qualifications, admissions and student learning outcomes. The online MBA can be completed in 18 months and represents a great value given similar programs. Financial assistance and scholarships are available for the eligible students.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

We wish to significantly grow these two programs over the next five years. We want to attract more a more diverse group of students - working professionals and non-traditional students - from outside the immediate Houston area, especially from neighboring states and from other countries. We have one of the best faculty, all of them (who teach graduate courses) have doctoral degrees and many have experience in the private sector. The faculty and administrators from dean to the department head, all have personally taught online, and understand the challenges presented by the online format from the learner’s perspective.

Schreiner University

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

Schreiner's online students benefit from the same one-on-one attention and mentorship that its traditional face-to-face students enjoy. Technology is not a barrier to student engagement, but an enhancement.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

Most online students are seeking flexibility to fit education within their busy schedules, plus personal attention from faculty who are committed to student success. Schreiner delivers this effective combination.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

Schreiner will continue measured growth in its online courses and degree programs, ensuring the integrity and effectiveness of each student's experience.

South Texas College

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

South Texas College’s faculty and staff believe that learning should provide the same quality student outcomes regardless of instructional medium. With that in mind, online learning at South Texas College attempts to provide students with multiple modes of learning and assessment in a given course or program of study.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

South Texas College offers over 20 fully online certificate and degree programs. These certificates and programs are especially valuable because today’s students are “time-bound” by their family and work responsibilities. Online courses and programs allow students to continue their education while still balancing all their other responsibilities.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

In five years, South Texas College plans to provide at least 5-7 more online programs and enhance its students services provided to students. As enrollment increases, the college sees that this mode of learning will become more mainstream, and our students will greatly benefit from the opportunities that they provide.

Texas A & M International University

We have worked diligently to develop online programs, especially at the graduate level, that are regionally relevant, but have a broad national and international appeal. Examples of this are our MS in Criminal Justice, the MA in Translation and the MBA in Spanish. We think of our online programs as passport degrees to global opportunities.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

Our faculty are top-notch educators adept at online teaching. Each has substantial research expertise that also taps into our unique location, cultural confluences and the international experience that infuses our programs. These strengths, combined with our low cost and flexible entry, are proving most attractive to students.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

We will continue to build on our innovative online programs that have a regional economic impact, but can clearly be exported nationally and internationally. Our campus and programs are at an enviable crossroads of the Americas, which will continue to fuel our online programs in Spanish for Spanish-speaking countries in this Hemisphere and beyond.

Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

Our instructors are dedicated to creating online courses that engage students in authentic activities and prepare them for problem solving and careers in the world beyond school. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi currently offers fully online degree programs. Several core curriculum courses and hundreds of other courses are blended or fully online. Students are well supported by instructors, support services, and the Islander community. Instructors who teach online participate in professional development that ensures that their courses are well organized, rigorous, highly interactive, and engaging.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

The expertise of our instructors in their fields, as well as their dedication to their students, is what makes our programs so valuable. Instructors put a lot of time into developing rigorous, engaging courses. Those who teach online attend 24 workshops that cover best practices for online learning and how to develop authentic learning experiences. Online courses are reviewed for quality and faculty work in mentoring pairs to provide input and critical peer-review. The Center for Faculty Excellence also provides professional development experiences for faculty to support their effective teaching. Instructors and staff work in concert to clarify expectations for students, provide support they need to succeed, and provide individualized attention and feedback. With Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s online programs students find convenience, choice, and more flexible scheduling. Students are able to tailor their experience to their individual situations and learning styles. Online instruction tends to provide multimodal presentations of content that is more accessible to people with disabilities as well as to students who speak English as a foreign language. Unlike in face-to-face lectures, students can review online content as often as they need to. Many students have expressed a preference for learning online as opposed to the face-to-face classroom.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

Currently, most instructors are delivering their courses with online components. Within five years, all instructors will deliver their courses as web-enhanced, blended, or fully online. Our institution is rapidly expanding its online offerings. Within five years, we will offer many more certificate and degree programs online. We also envision many partnerships with off-campus organizations that will facilitate authentic experiences for students beyond the physical classroom.

The University of Texas-Pan American

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

The University of Texas-Pan American offers online graduate programs to be innovative and entrepreneurial. They provide better access to students to the great programs that we offer at UTPA. We strive to maintain a student perspective and respond to their need as far as program delivery. Some of our online programs are scheduled during the same semester period as our on-campus program whereas other programs offer an online, accelerated format that offers the same curriculum at a much faster pace. It's all about offering students several options that make sense for their own learning styles and personal obligations.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

All of the graduate programs at UTPA - online and on-campus - offer added depth to the learning experience based on extensive faculty expertise and research, some of which is focused on the unique characteristics and research on an international, border region.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

UTPA expects to consistently increase our offerings of online graduate programs in response to student demand. This growth will come from offering a second delivery format for existing programs and offering new degree programs solely online. We believe that online education will have a transformative effect on UTPA. As faculty develop new ways to consider the interaction with students, these techniques will then be transitioned to the on-campus programs.

University of Houston-Clear Lake

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

University of Houston – Clear Lake (UHCL) is a SACS accredited university and offers quality online programs in the fields of business, science, education and human science and humanities. Currently, the Bachelor’s programs are all completer programs. One can take the lower level courses at a community college and complete the program online by taking the upper level courses at UHCL. Online Master’s offerings at UHCL could be completed fully online. The online programs offered are affordable, career oriented and caters to the needs of a modern student population. University faculty and staff are well equipped and in tune with changing technology and pedagogy.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

Online programs at UHCL are attainable, user friendly, student centered and applicable to real life careers. A student can achieve a certificate, a bachelors or a master’s degree while working a full time job and/or raising a family. The university faculty and staff strive hard to offer quality online courses and programs by maintaining the state and national standards to make the student learning experience an excellent one. The current programs could be found in:

http://prtl.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/PRV/OnlinePrograms/UHCLOnlineHome

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

In the future, UHCL plans to grow fully online programs in the field of science and technology, education, leadership, and behavioral sciences. Beyond the next five years, UHCL will offer selected lower level courses online to provide yet another pathway for freshman and sophomores to take required courses to meet their program requirements.

University of Houston-Victoria

How would you describe the institution's approach to online learning?

UHV provides programs that meet the needs of working students in the Crossroads region and beyond who cannot find a way to attend face-to-face classes. Many students now take courses in online programs but also hybrid courses that have some face-to-face requirements. In effect, UHV does not make distinctions between its face-to-face and online program delivery.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

These programs are convenient for students who wish to balance work, family and education.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years?

UHV views its mission as one of expansion, extending its online program inventory to meet workforce needs, while expanding program quality through new technologies and electronic pedagogy.

West Texas A & M University

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

West Texas A&M University’s approach to online learning is to focus on delivering high quality, up to date programs taught in a robust online environment. We seek to maintain quality instruction in the spirit of continuously improving our courses and programs.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

The focus of WTAMU’s online programs is to employ full-time faculty members who are dedicated to the long-run quality of our program offerings and to the success of our students. Our programs are characterized by achieving the highest level of accreditation available across multiple disciplines.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

Our expectation for the next five years and beyond is that WTAMU will continue to expand online program offerings and will incorporate technological advances in a way that will enhance quality in order to remain a leader in the delivery of distance education.

A Guide to Online Colleges in Texas

The growth of educational technology has brought a wide range of distance learning opportunities to Texas. More and more colleges are beginning to offer full courses and certificates within the online platform, and many have graduated to full distance-learning degree programs. Texas Tech University, for example, has more than 50 fully online and hybrid programs available to students via its TTU Worldwide eLearning. This includes three undergraduate minors, five bachelor’s degrees, 15 master’s degrees, seven doctorate degrees and 20 graduate certificate or prep programs. In addition to Texas Tech, 52 other four-year Texas colleges provided online learning opportunities to students.

Texas belongs to the Academic Common Market, allowing all residents to pay in-state tuition at any of the 1,900 undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the 15 participating institutions in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Start exploring. Here’s a look at two large Texas cities with a strong online degree presence, offering students an exceptional range of options:

Distance Learning in Dallas: Online Colleges & Courses

Dallas is wired, and distance education here has built a four-decade heritage. For example, the University of Texas at Dallas is ranked 4th in the nation among the 2014 best online business and MBA programs by U.S. News & World Report. UT’s online business degree programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and the main campus location shows its connections to technology — it’s nestled on 500 acres in nearby Richardson, home of the Telecom Corridor.

The Dallas County Community College District is developing the Ready2Go online associate degree, a program offered 100 percent online, featuring eight-week classes that can be taken two at a time, building to an accelerated online degree designed for students planning to transfer to any Texas public college or university. The community college district operates the R. Jan LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications (LCET), a leader in courseware development for 40 years. LCET first began creating distance learning classes in 1972, moving from the television-based courses of the era to entire programs accessible via today’s mobile devices. Other schools offering online degree programs include University of North Texas, a public institution based in Denton on the northern edge of the Dallas metro area. Independent online educators range from the University of Dallas, a private Catholic school in neighboring Irving, to nationally based entities such as Argosy University, DeVry University and University of Phoenix..

Distance Learning in Houston

Whether it’s their work and family obligations, or scheduling conflicts, not all Houston residents are able to commute or relocate to attend college. For students like these, the area’s major colleges, universities and trade schools offer a range of online degree and certificate programs. Some are hybrids, requiring partial campus attendance, and many degrees can be completed entirely online. The University of Houston is ranked third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for online graduate education. The university’s class formats include hybrid, fully online and interactive videoconferencing modalities. Adults seeking continuing education can find online programs in technology, health care, business, teaching and law through Houston Community College. Texas Woman’s University, a public school with campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston, offers nearly 30 different undergraduate and graduate degrees in blended and fully online formats.

Houston offers so many diversions for students that they have to stay focused. There’s a lively café and nightlife scene, biking and water skiing, professional sports, concerts, rodeos, Tex-Mex restaurants, nearby lakes and the Gulf of Mexico to explore.

Tuition & Cost of Living in Texas

Students in Texas need to consider one of the most prominent elements of the college decision: the cost. Tuition, the largest and most notable cost, can vary depending on degree level, school choice and student residency status. In 2012, in-state Texas students paid an average of $9,776 per year in tuition.

Fees and tuition are the main costs of pursuing a degree, but college students should not forget the cost of living (COL) associated with post-secondary education. These expenses can come in the form of room and board for on-campus students or as rent, utilities, food and so on, for those living off-campus. Texas falls at number ten in the nation for the lowest COL, with an index 9 percent below the U.S. average. Check the cities in Texas to find out more specific data as compared to the national average (100):

Urban Area Composite Index Housing Groceries Utilities Transportation Health Care Misc.
Harlingen -17.20% -24.20% -18.50% 5.60% -11.30% -4.80% -20.90%
McAllen -15.00% -22.40% -20.20% 3.10% -7.60% -2.10% -15.70%
Brownsville -14.20% -29.00% -11.40% -6.90% -5.00% -3.50% -8.60%
Wichita Falls -13.50% -16.00% -8.10% -15.60% -17.50% -5.50% -12.60%
Temple -12.60% -28.20% -16.30% 7.60% -2.10% -8.80% -7.20%
Paris -11.10% -20.00% -6.40% -12.60% -5.90% -6.00% -7.00%
Waco -11.10% -11.50% -18.20% -14.70% -2.40% -9.10% -9.50%
Lubbock -10.90% -19.60% -10.00% -25.20% -2.40% -1.70% -2.90%
Brazoria County -10.70% -24.20% -12.10% 0.80% -4.00% -4.40% -4.40%
Amarillo -10.50% -10.60% -10.10% -19.60% -7.90% -4.80% -9.20%
Round Rock -10.30% -22.00% -18.10% 7.00% -12.40% -3.40% -2.40%
El Paso -9.60% -14.00% -0.10% -11.90% -3.00% -4.60% -11.50%
Seguin -9.30% -21.50% -9.30% 3.80% -4.40% -3.10% -4.90%
Corpus Christi -9.20% -20.40% -17.60% 13.50% -6.70% -7.20% -4.00%
Odessa -9.10% -11.90% -8.80% -11.20% -6.40% -3.40% -7.60%
Fort Worth -8.90% -22.00% -10.20% 6.20% -2.40% -6.20% -3.90%
Weatherford -8.60% -20.30% -4.10% 7.40% -3.80% -6.90% -6.70%
Conroe -8.60% -19.90% -10.60% -3.90% -6.20% -5.00% -0.30%
Dallas -8.10% -29.30% -3.80% 5.50% 0.90% 3.80% 0.40%
Houston -7.80% -18.00% -14.90% -2.30% -0.80% -5.40% -0.10%
Lufkin -7.60% -16.60% -12.20% -1.30% -6.00% 5.50% -1.70%
San Angelo -7.60% -16.00% -10.70% 6.00% -2.40% -3.30% -5.10%
Nacogdoches -7.50% -16.70% -9.00% -2.30% -6.20% 2.60% -2.00%
Midland -6.80% -10.80% -10.30% -6.60% -4.30% -1.30% -3.40%
San Marcos -5.20% 0.10% -11.30% -13.20% -9.90% -7.40% -3.20%
Austin -4.50% -14.90% -10.70% 10.70% 0.20% 0.30% 0.40%
San Antonio -4.30% -4.70% -15.10% -17.20% 0.70% -0.10% 2.20%
Beaumont -4.30% -4.10% -12.90% -7.50% 0.40% -1.30% -1.90%
Tyler -3.70% -8.50% -7.30% 2.10% 0.20% -6.90% -0.70%
Plano -2.60% -14.80% 1.30% 3.90% 1.80% 2.90% 2.60%
Arlington -0.70% -10.60% -5.60% 9.90% -1.70% 5.40% 6.40%

Understanding Accreditation at Online Colleges in Texas

Public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities in Texas earn accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a regional organization dedicated to high standards in post-secondary education. SACS vets institutions against various criteria related to curricula, faculty, teaching methods and more. Texas colleges may seek accreditation from specialized organizations, as well, including the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, for example, maintains AACSB accreditation, which signifies ongoing quality education in business and related fields. Any student considering enrollment at a Texas university should investigate its accreditation status thoroughly.

For-profit schools often hold national accreditation instead of regional. National accreditation agencies have different criteria and, in some cases, focus solely on non-traditional institutions such as fully online schools and career colleges. In Texas, for example, for-profit schools often seek accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), in addition to any subject-specific accreditation that apply. Whether regional, national or specialized, accreditation matters. While serving as a sign of quality, it’s also required to procure federal financial aid.

Great Resources for Online Students in Texas

You don’t have to go it alone! There are free resources available nationally and in Texas to assist online students to make sound decisions about college. The following links go to federal websites for assistance in applying for college, filing financial aid requests, navigating military educational benefits, and finding accreditation information about prospective institutions. There are also links to assist in research, writing, and qualifying entrance examinations. Last, there’s a section for official Texas education links:

Major Texas Educational Resources: