OU Ranks Among Affordable Online Bachelor's Programs

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U.S. News & World Report named the University of Oklahoma one of the cheapest online bachelor’s programs for in-state students early this month.

The University of Oklahoma ranked 10th in affordability, charging $143 per-credit for in-state students pursuing online undergraduate degrees. Each University of Oklahoma online degree program—all offered through the College of Liberal Studies— requires the completion of 120 credits, yielding a total cost of $17,160 for in-state students. The average total cost for an in-state online program is $34,892.

The ranking considered in-state cost per-credit, the number of credits needed to graduate and the total in-state cost. U.S. News & World Report, a recognized leader in college rankings, analyzed 133 ranked public online bachelor’s degree programs.

“Online education can help reduce overall costs for students, as they aren’t paying for room and board and usually don’t need to spend money traveling to and from campus,” U.S. News and World Report stated. “Students may also be able to save money by pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a public institution in their state.”

The College of Liberal Studies offers undergraduate degree programs online or in a hybrid format in the fields of administrative leadership, liberal studies, lifespan care administration, world cultural studies and criminal justice.

Additionally, the college offers online graduate degree programs in the fields of administrative leadership, human and health services administration, museum studies, prevention science and criminal justice.

Last month, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Oklahoma 30th among best online programs in 2016, considering factors such as graduation rates, indebtedness of new graduates and academic and career support services offered to students.

Note: The College of Liberal Studies was renamed the College of Professional and Continuing Studies in 2017.

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Kayley Gillespie

Kayley Gillespie is a contributing writer for the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. She has contributed to Insight Magazine and a leadership anthology published in 2016. She received her master's degree in human relations in 2015.