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Article Sources
  • Missouri Higher Education Institutions, Missouri Department of Higher Education, May 2017, http://dhe.mo.gov/public-and-independent-colleges.php
  • Committee on Transfer and Articulations, Missouri Department of Higher Education, Accessed May 2017, http://dhe.mo.gov/cota/
  • Southeast Launching New Tuition Rates for Online Degree Programs, Southeast Missouri State University, December 15, 2015, http://news.semo.edu/southeast-launching-new-tuition-rates-for-online-degree-programs/
  • About Mizzou, University of Missouri, Accessed May 2017, http://missouri.edu/about/
  • About Northwest, Northwest Missouri State University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.nwmissouri.edu/aboutus/about.htm
  • About MWSU, Missouri Western State University, Accessed May 2017, https://www.missouriwestern.edu/about/
  • The History of Truman State University, Truman State University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.truman.edu/about/history/
  • History of the University, Missouri State University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.missouristate.edu/about/history.htm
  • About MSSU, Missouri State Southern University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.mssu.edu/about.php
  • About, Columbia College, Accessed May 2017, https://www.ccis.edu/#about
  • UMSL Online, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Accessed May 2017, http://online.umsl.edu/programs/index.html
  • Fast Facts, University of Central Missouri, Accessed May 2017, https://www.ucmo.edu/about/facts/
  • Financial Aid for College, Missouri Department of Higher Education, Accessed May 2017, https://www.mo.gov/education/financial-aid-for-college/
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There is no shortage of higher education options in Missouri. According to the Missouri Department of Higher Education, there are nearly 230 institutions of higher learning in the state. These include public universities and colleges, independent colleges, theological institutions and private career schools.

Of these, the state's 13 public universities may be among the best known. They include stand-alone institutions as well as members of the Missouri State University system and the University of Missouri system. There are also fourteen public colleges which offer two-year degrees and technical training. Students who choose to start their education at one of these colleges often find they are easily able to transfer credits to a four-year school thanks to articulation agreements between institutions.

Plus, many two-year and four-year schools in Missouri offer the opportunity to study online. Those looking for online Missouri degrees will find some of the best online colleges for Missouri are well-known institutions with long, storied reputations.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Missouri

The following four-year schools are the best in Missouri based upon factors that include cost, degree offerings and student services.

Methodology
1Southeast Missouri State University+
ADMISSION RATE
84%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
10

Southeast Missouri State University has its main campus in Cape Girardeau and operates regional campuses and delivery sites in Kennett, Malden, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff. It is an affordable school that is also one of the best online colleges for Missouri.

Founded in 1873, SEMO ranks tenth for the overall number of academic programs it offers. It ranks ninth for the number of programs offered online. More than 45 percent of students were enrolled in distance education classes in 2015, the fifth-highest distance education enrollment percentage in the state. Southeast Missouri State University may be a popular option for online learners, in part, because tuition rates for distance education are the same for both resident and non-resident students.

As for the price, SEMO has the fifth most-affordable tuition and fees in the state. It also ranks second for the low price of its books and supplies.

Additional Info
2University of Missouri-Columbia+
ADMISSION RATE
78%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$55
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
35

Known as Mizzou, the Columbia campus is the flagship location of the University of Missouri system. It was founded in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi River. In 2015, the school enrolled more than 35,000 students representing every state in the nation as well as 120 countries.

The more than 300 programs offered by Mizzou rank the school second out of 40 Missouri schools for its academic options. It is one of only six public universities in the nation which have a law school, medical school and veterinary medicine college on the same campus. Those who want to earn an online bachelor's degree in Missouri will find many options among the school's distance education choices.

The University of Missouri-Columbia ranks 11th for its affordable tuition and fees. Its retention rate is the ninth best in the state, and it comes in the number six spot for its graduation rate.

Additional Info
3Northwest Missouri State University+
ADMISSION RATE
75%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
10

Northwest Missouri State University has instituted policies which make it one of the most affordable schools in the state. Every full-time student receives a laptop, and textbooks can be rented at a price equal to $6 per credit hour. As a result, Northwest ranks first for the low cost of its books and supplies.

Meanwhile, it is fourth in Missouri for the sticker price of its tuition and fees. When it comes to the net price for low-income students, Northwest Missouri State University gets the number one spot. The university is also notable for the financial aid it offers: It ranks third in Missouri for the institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees.

Nearly 7,000 students were enrolled at Northwest Missouri State University in 2015. Of the school's many programs, elementary education and teaching was the most popular degree awarded in that year.

Additional Info
4Missouri Western State University+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
3

Based in St. Joseph, Missouri Western State University offers affordable degrees and a flexible learning environment.

Even before enrolling in the school full-time, students can earn credit through AP and dual-enrollment courses. Adult learners may be eligible for credit for life experiences, and those who need to study around a job can take night, weekend or online classes. Plus, students of all ages and walks of life can make use of remedial support, academic counseling and career placement services.

MWSU was founded in 1915 as a junior college. It has offered four-year degrees since 1969 and now provides a range of academic options ranging from certificates to master's degree programs. Students will find these programs are affordable as well. Missouri Western State University has the third-best tuition rate and fees in the state. Its average net price ranks fourth best in Missouri.

Additional Info
5Truman State University+
ADMISSION RATE
79%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
2

Truman State University has a rich history that began in 1867 when the institution opened as the North Missouri Normal School and Commercial College. It has since undergone many transformations and expansions to become the highly selective school it is today. In 1996, its name was changed to honor Harry S. Truman, the only U.S. president to hail from Missouri.

However, Truman State University has more to offer students than simply a historic campus and compelling legacy. Truman is home to numerous undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional studies programs. While many popular programs, including registered nursing and business administration, are available, kinesiology and exercise science was the most-awarded degree in 2015.

It is also an affordable institution that can boast of a stellar graduation rate. The school ranks tenth for its tuition and fees and fourth in the state for its average net price. Its graduation rate is the second best of the Missouri schools surveyed.

Additional Info
6Missouri State University-Springfield+
ADMISSION RATE
86%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
41

The flagship campus for Missouri State University is located in Springfield. More than 22,000 students are enrolled in the school's many undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university ranks fourth in the state for the number of academic programs it offers. It is also a good place to earn an online bachelor's degree in Missouri. MSU has ten fully online undergraduate degrees and is first in the state for the number of programs available via distance education.

As for cost, Missouri State University-Springfield ranks eighth for the affordable cost its tuition and fees. Paying back student loans doesn't seem to be a problem for many graduates either. The university ranks eighth in the state for the three-year debt repayment rate of its alumni.

The Springfield campus was founded in 1905 and adopted the Missouri State University name 100 years later in 2005.

Additional Info
7Missouri Southern State University+
ADMISSION RATE
94%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$25
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
7

Located in Joplin near Historic Route 66, Missouri Southern State University has been educating students since 1937. It is a regional institution offering more than 200 academic programs. With ten undergraduate degree options available via distance education, Missouri Southern State University can be a good place to earn an online bachelor's degree in Missouri.

MSSU ranks second out of 40 Missouri schools when it comes to its affordable tuition and fees. It ranks third for its average net price for all students. What's more, the school's Lion Pride Tuition Discount program allows residents of nine nearby states to pay in-state tuition rates at the university.

Students will find a flexible learning environment at Missouri Southern State University. There are night, weekend and online classes available. Plus, remedial support, academic counseling and career placement services are offered. Credit may be earned for some life experiences.

Additional Info
8Columbia College+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$100
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
5

Columbia College operates at 35 locations nationwide, but the school has its roots in Missouri. It was founded in Columbia in 1851 as Christian Female College. The institution transitioned to a four-year, co-educational college in 1970.

Today, Columbia College is a top choice for military members and operates on 15 military bases nationwide. It has also earned a reputation as one of the best online colleges for Missouri and beyond. The college ranks third in the state for the number of distance education programs it offers, and nearly two-thirds of its students enrolled in online classes in 2015.

The school is also affordable. It ranks sixth in Missouri for the low cost of its tuition and fees. Columbia College is also generous with financial aid. It ranks first for the amount of institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees.

Additional Info
9University of Missouri-St Louis+
ADMISSION RATE
76%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
3

Founded in 1963, the University of Missouri-St. Louis has grown to be the largest public research university on the eastern side of the state. Nearly 17,000 students were enrolled in 2015, and the school offers degrees in virtually all the state's most popular majors. However, business was the most popular field of study for 2015 graduates.

Students who wish to earn an online bachelor's degree in Missouri will find several options at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. There are also online graduate degrees and several programs are available through a hybrid format combining online and on-campus coursework.

UMSL ranks high for the affordable education it offers. The school is first in the state for its low average net price. It is second for the average net price for low-income students as well as for the institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees.

Additional Info
10University of Central Missouri+
ADMISSION RATE
79%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
25

A flexible learning environment and affordable degrees helped propel the University of Central Missouri to the number ten spot on this list of best colleges in Missouri. The university offers online degree programs, night and weekend classes and remedial support, all of which make its academic course more accessible.

UCM ranks ninth for the affordable sticker price of its tuition and fees. Tuition payment plans are also available to make the cost more manageable. Graduates have access to career placement services as well. The university notes that according to a recent survey, 92 percent of graduates were employed within six month of earning their degree.

The University of Central Missouri was founded in 1871 and has its campus in Warrensburg. More than 14,000 students were enrolled in 2015. While the school offers a comprehensive catalog of degree programs, registered nursing was the most-popular degree awarded during that year.

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Most Popular Degree Programs in Missouri

Missouri students have access to hundreds of majors and minors, but these are their top choices.

In-Demand Careers in Missouri

Many degrees are popular because they lead to in-demand careers. Here's a look at some of the occupations expected to see the most growth in coming years.

Career Title Projected Job Growth Total Employment Annual Salary
Commercial Divers41.4%80$44,240
Occupational Therapy Assistants41.1%970$56,800
Physical Therapist Assistants37.8%1,920$50,840
Operations Research Analysts33.1%990$73,020
Statisticians32.3%890$70,070
Biochemists and Biophysicists29.1%-$88,880
Interpreters and Translators27.8%920$58,360
Physical Therapists27.7%4,010$78,800
Home Health Aides27%10,800$22,440
Personal Care Aides26.8%42,140$20,810
Millwrights26.6%800$51,700
Web Developers26.5%1,710$61,150
Athletic Trainers26.1%480$44,150
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary25.7%1,170$74,300
Law Teachers, Postsecondary25.6%150$105,900
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary25.1%300$66,290
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic25.1%4,570$36,920
Forensic Science Technicians24.8%300$51,590
Nurse Practitioners24.8%3,900$93,140
Insulation Workers, Mechanical24.8%310$56,870
Occupational Therapists24%2,490$74,170
Phlebotomists23.6%1,910$29,850
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists23.5%170$66,310
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary23.5%760$77,120
Biological Technicians22.5%1,210$39,550
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary22.5%5,910$160,800
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians22.5%1,080$50,220
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers22.3%330$60,230
Computer Systems Analysts22.1%11,330$90,000
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists22%2,100$59,760
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Missouri

To make college more affordable and accessible, the state of Missouri maintains a number of financial aid programs. These include the A+ Scholarship, Access Missouri Program and Bright Flight Program among others. While some financial aid is merit-based, other awards are made to low-income students or those who fit a specific demographic.

 
Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

 
The Tilles Fund Scholarship Award
Applicant must be an incoming freshman entering immediately after graduating high school who is a resident of St. Louis or St. Louis County, MO. Applicant must be nominated by the financial aid office at their Missouri college or university.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$18,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

May 1

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA over a consecutive four-year or eight-semester span. Official transcripts must be mailed in after each semester.

 
President's Non-Resident Scholarship
Applicant must be an incoming freshman student who is not a resident of Utah. Applicant is automatically considered with application for admission.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$17,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Not Available

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.6 GPA.

 
Talent Scholarship
Selection based upon talent.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$15,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

March 15 (Priority)

 

 

Additional Resources

Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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University of Central Missouri
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
202 Administration Building
City
Warrensburg
State
MO
Zip Code
64093
Website
www.ucmo.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-24
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Distant
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
10,001
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
79%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,322
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
20
Number of Online Programs Offered
25
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
33%
Missouri Southern State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
3950 E. Newman Road
City
Joplin
State
MO
Zip Code
64801
Website
www.mssu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-25
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
5,732
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admission Rate
94%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,877
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
7
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
41%
Missouri Western State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
4525 Downs Dr
City
Saint Joseph
State
MO
Zip Code
64507
Website
https://www.missouriwestern.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
5,296
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,256
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
15
Number of Online Programs Offered
3
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
31%
University of Missouri-Columbia
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
105 Jesse Hall
City
Columbia
State
MO
Zip Code
65211
Website
missouri.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
530-650
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
530-650
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
24-29
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
27,791
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$55
Admission Rate
78%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,509
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
20
Number of Online Programs Offered
35
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
30%
University of Missouri-St Louis
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
One University Boulevard
City
Saint Louis
State
MO
Zip Code
63121
Website
www.umsl.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
21-27
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
13,545
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
76%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,065
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
17
Number of Online Programs Offered
3
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
31%
Truman State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
100 E Normal Avenue
City
Kirksville
State
MO
Zip Code
63501
Website
www.truman.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
580-730
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
560-680
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
25-30
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
5,853
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
79%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,456
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
16
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
11%
Northwest Missouri State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
800 University Drive
City
Maryville
State
MO
Zip Code
64468
Website
www.nwmissouri.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
370-470
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
480-630
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
20-25
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
5,618
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
75%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,767
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
20
Number of Online Programs Offered
10
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
21%
Southeast Missouri State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
One University Plaza, MS4675
City
Cape Girardeau
State
MO
Zip Code
63701
Website
www.semo.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
448-580
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
465-595
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
20-25
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
10,587
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
84%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,990
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
21
Number of Online Programs Offered
10
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
45%
Missouri State University-Springfield
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
901 S National
City
Springfield
State
MO
Zip Code
65897
Website
www.missouristate.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
478-613
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
468-613
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
21-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
18,980
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
86%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,060
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
21
Number of Online Programs Offered
41
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
29%
Columbia College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
8300 Merrifield Ave 3F
City
Fairfax
State
VA
Zip Code
22031
Website
www.ccdc.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Large
School Type
Private for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
424
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$100
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
No
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
10
Number of Online Programs Offered
5
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
21%
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