Why This Matters


    A bachelor’s degree can earn you a lot more than a high school diploma alone. High school graduates without a degree earn an average weekly wage of $746, while the median weekly salary for bachelor’s degree holders is $1,248.


    It’s estimated that, for the 2020-21 school year, Oklahoma undergraduates paid $8,970 for full-time, in-state tuition and fees.


    According to College Board, the average U.S. full-time undergrad was awarded $14,940 in financial aid for the 2019-20 academic year.

Our Research

Our curated selection of the best online colleges in Oklahoma was chosen based on multiple factors. We examined tuition costs per credit hour, along with credits needed to graduate and course format. There are small and large educational institutions on the list, including state universities, liberal arts colleges, and Christian schools.

Every school on this best-of list is accredited most by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which accredits educational institutions in 19 states. There are five criteria for accreditation through the HLC, including ethical and responsible conduct, quality, resources and support in teaching and learning, and institutional effectiveness. The Bible colleges on our list are accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).

  • 72 hours to write this article
  • 77 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 136 education programs we compared

The Top 50 Online Colleges in Oklahoma

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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Oklahoma

When choosing an online college, check out the highest paying careers in Oklahoma for bachelor’s degree program graduates. Mining and geological engineers are paid the most, followed by petroleum engineers and architectural and engineering managers. Geoscientists and chief executives are two more occupations paying comparatively high salaries.

For the period between 2018-28, it’s estimated that general and operations managers will have the most job openings in Oklahoma. Other bachelor-level jobs expecting many openings include registered nurses and accountants/auditors. Teachers also appear on the list — namely preschool teachers except special education and secondary teachers except special and career/technical education.

Reviewing declining careers can also help you narrow down the list of degree programs. Oklahoma bachelor-level careers with declining employment numbers include reporters and correspondents, fine artists, and radio and TV announcers. Computer programmers and labor relations specialists are also expected to experience occupational decline over the 2018-28 period.

What’s Next?

When deciding on the best online Oklahoma college for you, it’s important to know about financial aid you may be eligible for. The following state and federal websites can lead you to scholarship, loan, and grant opportunities:

  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Learn the basics of financial aid at this state website, along with information about financial wellness. There are also links to state scholarships and other financial aid programs.
  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Get a portion of the $120 billion in financial aid awarded by the U.S. government annually by completing your online FAFSA form. If you have questions about eligibility, visit FAFSA4caster.
  • CareerOneStop. This resource is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Search for financial aid opportunities — including loans, grants, and scholarships — by state and degree level to narrow down the many options. Information about application requirements and deadlines, dollar amounts, and contact details can be found here.