22 Best Online Colleges in Missouri

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Missouri has always been a place for beginnings. As the Gateway to the West, the Show-Me State was the starting point of the Pony Express, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Oregon Trail.

Top 10 Best Online Colleges in Missouri

Rank School Location
1 Webster University Saint Louis, MO
2 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
3 University of Missouri-Columbia Columbia, MO
4 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
5 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
6 Missouri State University-Springfield Springfield, MO
7 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
8 William Woods University Fulton, MO
9 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
10 Drury University Springfield, MO

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For students on a journey to a college degree and their dream career, Missouri is still an excellent place to start. The state is home to a number of flourishing industries, including aerospace, agriculture, transportation, publishing, manufacturing, and financial services. In recent years, Missouri has also seen rapid growth in several science and technology fields. One of the largest biotechnology companies in the world, Monsanto, is headquartered in St. Louis, while health information services giant Cerner is based in Kansas City. Tourism represents another important component of the Missouri economy, particularly in larger cities and in the beautiful Ozark Mountains region in the south of the state.

Missouri provides outstanding opportunities for students who are preparing to earn a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. Numerous statewide initiatives seek to encourage students to continue or return to their education.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education anticipates that by 2018, 60% of Missouri’s jobs will require postsecondary education, whether in the form of a two-year degree, four-year degree, advanced degree, or professional certificate. To accommodate the changing demands of the job market, the state has launched numerous programs to achieve “Missouri’s Big Goal,” which is for 60% of Missouri adults to hold a degree or professional certificate by 2025. The department has been especially active in promoting STEM fields in higher education, ensuring that Missouri students are well-prepared to thrive in both the local and global economy.

Students who plan to earn a college degree in Missouri have an exceptional array of choices. The state is home to 13 public four-year universities, 25 independent colleges, 10 technical colleges, 17 theological institutes, and over 150 proprietary and private career schools. The majority of these institutions offer at least some form of distance learning, whether it be a few online courses or a multitude of degree programs that students can complete without ever setting foot on campus.

Although online education is now a common feature of colleges and universities, not all distance learning programs are created equal. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the 25 very best online colleges in Missouri.

What are the best online colleges in Missouri?

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To ensure an accurate and comprehensive ranking, we analyze a number of key metrics from reputable sources such as individual college websites, Payscale, U.S. News & World Report, and the National Center for Education Statistics’ IPEDS database. These metrics fall into two main categories: student success and institutional excellence. Our student success analysis takes into account average financial aid packages, return on investment based on tuition costs, student indebtedness after graduation, and expected early career salary for graduates, among other important factors that impact a student’s experience with a particular school. Institutional excellence can be a difficult thing to quantify, but we make this assessment through data points such as student-faculty ratio, graduation rate, test scores for incoming students, institutional reputation, and endowment size. This multi-faceted approach helps us create a ranking based on the true value that each college provides to its students.

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  1. Webster University
    Location

    Saint Louis, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Webster University was founded in 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri by the Sisters of Loretto. Webster was one of the first Catholic women’s colleges west of the Mississippi River. Today, the brick and mortar campus in Webster Groves, Missouri, sits on 47 acres and support 3,000 undergraduates.

    Features

    Webster University offers 8 undergraduate degrees majors for 5,000 undergraduate students. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 9-to-1. Nearly 87% of the classes have less than 20 students. Online undergraduate programs include:

    • Completion Programs:
      • Nursing (RN to BSN)
      • Media Communications
      • Data Analytics
    • Full Programs:
      • Criminology
      • Management
      • Religion & Global Study

    Notables

    Webster University is one of the best online programs. It is listed by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Graduate Schools” and “Best Colleges” in 2017. However, if you want to study abroad, you can connect with their global network in Geneva, Switzerland; Leiden, the Netherlands; Vienna, Austria; Athens, Greece; Cha-am and Bangkok, Thailand; Accra, Ghana; as well as Shanghai, Chengdu, and Shenzhen, China.

  2. Missouri University of Science and Technology
    Location

    Rolla, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) was founded in 1870 in Rolla, Missouri, as one of the first technological institutions west of the Mississippi. The Rolla campus has 284 acres and focuses on the STEM degrees. Their undergraduate programs have a 95% placement rate and over 90% placement rate into medical, law and other professions.

    Features

    Missouri S&T offers 50 graduate certificate programs and 17 master’s programs online. There are no online degree programs for undergraduates. However, on campus, undergraduate students can pursue over 97 majors for over 7,000 undergraduate students. Amongst all programs, the student-faculty ratio is 19-to-1, and classes use Canvas Learning Management software for classroom resources. Top undergraduate majors include:

    • Engineering, Computer & Information Sciences
    • Biological & Biomedical Sciences
    • Engineering Technologies
    • Physical Sciences

    Notables

    Missouri University of Science and Technology is the #3 online graduate computer information technology program, #6 overall online graduate programs and #12 public university for online graduate engineering programs by the U.S. News & World Report.

  3. University of Missouri-Columbia
    Location

    Columbia, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Missouri by the citizens of Boone County to be a public university. Today, MU is one of the 6 public universities that has a medical school, veterinary medicine college and a law school on the same campus. They are also one of 60 institutions accredited by the Association of American Universities. The 1,262-acre campus has over 42,000 plants and trees achieving a designation of a botanic garden.

    Features

    MU offers over 300-degree programs majors for over 35,000 students. Over 100 degrees and certificates are offered online. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 20-to-1. Nearly 40% of the classes have less than 20 students. MU uses a combination of Backboard, Canvas, Sakai and/or Moodle for their online classroom delivery software. Online undergraduate degrees include:

    • Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
    • Hospitability Management
    • Business Administration
    • Health Sciences
    • Education Studies

    Notables

    MU is a national “Best Buy” according to the Fiske Guide. Where else can you find highly ranked colleges, Tier 1 Law school and a university that spends over $225 million on research annually? Faculty are engaged in the classroom as well as publishes over 1,600 books and scholarly articles. Even if you attend online courses, you get a top program at a great price.

  4. Saint Louis University
    Location

    Saint Louis, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Saint Louis University was founded in 1818 in St. Louis, Missouri, by the Roman Catholic Jesuits led by the Most Reverend Louis Guillaume Valentin Bubourg. The university was the first higher education west of the Mississippi River and the 2nd oldest Jesuit University. The 270-acre campus near the midtown area of St. Louis.

    Features

    Saint Louis University offers 29 online programs including 8-undergraduate and 6-graduate programs through the School for Professional Studies. Classes are typically completed in 5 8-week terms through Blackboard. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 11-to-1. Nearly 55% of the classes have less than 20 students. Online undergraduate degrees include:

    • Organizational Leadership & Technology
    • Nursing (RN to BSN)
    • Aviation Management
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Security & Strategic Intelligence

    Notables

    At SLU, you will be researching your first day in class. It doesn’t matter if you are online, in St. Louis or at the Madrid, Spain, campus. You are a part of something bigger. Previous classes have worked with researchers to find treatments for drug resistant malaria, autism, dengue fever and Hepatitis B. What will you change the world at Saint Louis University?

  5. Northwest Missouri State University
    Location

    Maryville, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Northwest Missouri State University was founded in 1905 in Maryville, Missouri. The University owns a 370-acre main campus, a 448-acre university farm, and a 315-acre rural lakefront property. The online programs at Northwest Missouri State University started in 1999. Today, Northwest provides a laptop and textbooks as part of the student’s tuition.

    Features

    Northwest Missouri State University offers 2-undergraduate and 9-graduate programs online. The curriculum is designed by the on-campus faculty and covers the same material as their on-campus counterparts and delivered through the Canvas Learning Management Software. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 20-to-1. Nearly 44% of the classes have less than 20 students. Online programs include:

    • Undergraduate:
      • Business Management
      • Marketing
    • Graduate
      • MBA
      • Geographic Information Science
      • Instructional Technology
      • Education

    Notables

    Alternative fuels support over 75% of Northwest Missouri State University operational costs. Since the program started, the university has saved over $13 million in energy costs alone.

  6. Missouri State University-Springfield
    Location

    Springfield, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Missouri State University-Springfield was founded in 1906 in Springfield, Missouri as a place to train teachers for the local area. Today, the 225-acre campus is located 215 miles from St. Louis. However, this is just one of four physical campuses. The other campuses are in West Plains, Missouri; Mountain Grove, Missouri; and Dalian, China.

    Features

    Missouri State University-Springfield offers 10 bachelor degrees completely online. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 20-to-1. Online undergraduate programs include:

    • Hospitality and Restaurant Administration
    • Nursing (RN to BSN)
    • Information Technology Service Management
    • Criminology
    • Business

    Notables

    Missouri State University-Springfield is recognized by the Affordable Colleges Foundation as one of the best online education options. The university has also received “Best in the Midwest” honor from the Princeton Review and is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged University.

  7. University of Central Missouri
    Location

    Warrensburg, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    The University of Central Missouri was founded in 1871 in Warrensburg, Missouri, as a school to train teachers for the local community. Today, the 1,561-acre main campus is located 50 miles southeast of Kansas City.

    Features

    The University of Central Missouri offers nearly 10 online undergraduate programs. UCM uses Blackboard learning management system to deliver their courses. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 20-to-1. Nearly 47% of the classes have less than 20 students. Online undergraduate degrees include:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Crisis & Disaster Management
    • Nursing (RN to BSN)
    • Occupational Education
    • Technology Management

    Notables

    The University of Central Missouri designed a program, “Learning to a Greater Degree,” that defines the heart of UCM. It doesn’t matter if you are on campus or online, all students are encouraged to sign the contract that itemizes the university’s and your responsibilities to be successful during your learning experience.

  8. William Woods University
    Location

    Fulton, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    William Woods University was founded in 1870 in Fulton, Missouri, by The Christian Church of Missouri to be a post-civil war orphanage for girls. By 1914, it became a teacher training college. Today, the 200-acre campus is known for their equestrian studies, American Sign Language interpreting program and criminal justice degree.

    Features

    William Woods University supports over 1000 undergraduate students on campus. Students that choose to learn online can start their program six times throughout the year. Classes are 8-week semesters with most of the classes with less than 20 students. The student-faculty ratio is 11-to-1. The top online programs include:

    • Undergraduate Degree (100% online)
      • Paralegal Studies
      • Business Administration
    • Undergraduate Transfer Programs (Junior and Senior year courses)
      • Workforce Leadership
      • Interpretation Studies in ASL-English
      • Business
      • Paralegal
    • Graduate Programs (100% online)
      • MBA
      • Education: Equestrian, Teaching, Athletics, Curriculum, STEM, etc.
      • Healthcare Administration

    Notables

    Their online programs are known for quality and affordability by the U.S. News & World Report and Affordable Colleges Online. Their business programs are accredited by the ACDSP. Their online MBA program is #23 out of 50 for being one of the top affordable online MBA programs by Best Value MBA.

  9. Maryville University of Saint Louis
    Location

    Saint Louis, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    The Maryville University of Saint Louis was founded in 1872 in St. Louis, Missouri. The main campus has 130 acres about 22 miles from downtown St. Louis. However, MU also has three other locations including downtown St. Louis, MO; Sunset Hills, MO; and Scott Airforce Base, IL. The University is an Apple Distinguished School which means that all traditional students get an iPad for class-related activities.

    Features

    The Maryville University delivers their class-related materials through Canvas learning management system. Most online classes are 8-weeks long and students can start their classes 6 times throughout the year. Inside the classroom, the average class size is 15 students with a student-faculty ration of 13-to-1. The following list of classes are offered online at the undergraduate and graduate level at Maryville University:

    • Accounting
    • Cyber Security
    • Healthcare Practice Management
    • Nursing (RN to BSN completion)

    Notables

    The non-profit, Educate to Career, has ranked Maryville University in the top 10% for their economic value and the top 15% for their return on investment (ROI). Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and Kiplinger’s also rank Maryville as a top private school. If you are looking for the best bang for your buck, Maryville is a contender.

  10. Drury University
    Location

    Springfield, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Drury University was founded in 1873 in Springfield, Missouri by the Congregational Church (Disciples of Christ). The university is named after Samuel Drury’s son. Today, the 90-acre campus is still affiliated with the Congregational Church. This means it is not a religious university.

    Features

    Drury University delivers their online courses through Moodle learning management system. Students can get free access to Microsoft 365 if they contact the technical team. Other information is offered online through either the student’s mydrury account or through the online library databases. The student-faculty ratio is 13-to-1. Nearly 85% of the classes have less than 25 students. Average class size is 18 students. Drury’s online degrees include:

    • Business
    • Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement & Emergency Management
    • History
    • Sociology & Psychology
    • Health Services Management

    Notables

    Drury University has an impressive resume. The business programs are accredited by the AACSB and the ACBSP – which means it is in the top 5% in the world when it comes to business programs. But don’t break the bank just yet. It is worth noting U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review and Barron’s regularly rank Drury as top regional university and one of the top best buys since 1999.

  11. University of Missouri-Kansas City
    Location

    Kansas City, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City was founded in 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri, through a combination of partnerships and expansion. Today, the University supports over 17,000 students on this 93-acre campus. Students can study online or on campus for their undergraduate and graduate level programs.

    Features

    Over 800 students pursue their education completely online at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Online courses are posted on the Blackboard Learning management system. Students will also use Turnitin and Voice Thread softwares. All students are required to complete a new student orientation checklist to understand the available resources such as the library, online tutoring (NetTutor), access to faculty members and so much more. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 14-to-1 with most classes less than 20 students. Top online undergraduate programs include:

    • Liberal Arts
    • Dental Hygienists (RDH to BSDH completion)
    • Nursing (RN to BSN completion)

    Notables

    The University of Missouri – Kansas City is one of the 159 best regional colleges and a “Best Value College” by the Princeton Review. The Business Insider calls it one of the top underrated colleges in America. When you consider that the business department is AACSB accredited, you know that this university has an outstanding educational program.

  12. Southeast Missouri State University
    Location

    Cape Girardeau, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Southeast Missouri State University was founded in 1873 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, near the banks of the Mississippi River. The University has been in the middle of history since day one. The Missouri State flag was created near campus, the 5th campus president popularized the phrase, “I am from Missouri. You have got to show me.” Today, the 400-acre campus supports over 11,000 students and over 200 areas to study. However, there are additional regional campuses in Sikeston, Malden, Kennett, and Perryville.

    Features

    Southeast Missouri State University offers their classes through Moodle Learning Management System. Students can take a demo course to experience a Moodle classroom. However, you are expected to take an online orientation to understand all the other resources available to you. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 21-to-1. Nearly 42% of the classes have less than 20 students. Online Undergraduate degrees include:

    • Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Psychology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Business Administration

    Notables

    Southeast Missouri State University is the “Best Buy” for an Online MBA-AACSB accreditation by GetEducated.com, Princeton Review, and Affordable Colleges Online. Their online RN to BSN and the BS in Criminal Justice are also both within the 50 programs amongst their peers.

  13. Westminster College
    Location

    Fulton, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Westminster College was founded in 1851 in Fulton, Missouri by Reverend William W. Robertson and local Presbyterians. The 86-acre campus is located 25 miles from Columbia and Jefferson City, Missouri. Westminster College

    Features

    Westminster College offers 37 majors, 44 minors and 3 dual-degree programs for 954 undergraduate students. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 13-to-1. Nearly 70% of the classes have less than 20 students. Some of the courses are offered online through the Moodle Learning Management System in 3 or 6-week formats during non-traditional semesters (May term, winter, summer). However, no degree is offered completely online. Top majors include:

    • Business
    • Biological & Biomedical Sciences
    • Education
    • Marketing
    • Foreign Languages, Literatures & Linguistics

    Notables

    Westminster College is known for their Churchill Institute for Global Engagement and the relocated church of St. Mary, the Virgin Aldermanbury (designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1667). Churchill gave his “Iron Curtain” speech here in 1946, and Mikhail Gorbachev declared the end of the cold war here in 1992. Today, they regularly feature lectures by international and national leaders.

  14. University of Missouri-St. Louis
    Location

    Saint Louis, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    University of Missouri-St Louis (UMSL) was founded in 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri, – a thrilling urban area with over 2.8 million residents in eastern Missouri. Today, the 460-acre campus supports over 17,000 students pursuing their education. They are known for their Criminology and Criminal Justice Program (#2 by the Journal of Criminal Justice for Scholarly Research and 90% of their nursing students pass the state licensing exam on the first try.

    Features

    The University of Missouri-St Louis offers 10 online majors for their undergraduate students – there also some hybrid on campus/online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Courses are offered through the Blackboard Learning Management Systems for their online classrooms. The student-faculty ratio is 17-to-1, and about half of the classes will have less than 20 students. Top online programs include:

    • Business
    • Criminology & Criminal Justice
    • Gender Studies
    • Nursing
    • Political Science
    • History

    Notables

    University of Missouri-St Louis’ undergraduate International Business program has consistently ranked in the top 20 programs by the U.S. News & World Report for the last 12 years. Forbes calls UMSL one of “America’s Best Colleges.”

  15. Fontbonne University
    Location

    Saint Louis, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Fontbonne University was founded in 1923 in St. Louis, Missouri, by the Catholic order of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Today, Fontbonne remains a small co-ed institution. It is located on 16 acres, and the campus supports over 1,100 students pursue educational pursuits. Fontbonne University is known for their Deaf Education Major and business-related programs.

    Features

    Fontbonne University does not offer a true online program for students. Most of the undergraduate online programs are offered as a combination of on campus and online classes. Students will need to be within the region to complete the actual degree. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 11-to-1. Nearly 83% of the classes have less than 20 students. Some of the combination online programs include:

    • Business
    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Management & Leadership
    • Applied Behavioral Sciences

    Notables

    Fontbonne University has designed their classes to be delivered through Blackboard Learning Management Software. In addition to the online classroom, students have access to the library, free tutoring, and testing as well as all the other resources a traditional student would have.

  16. Saint Louis Christian College
    Location

    Florissant, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Saint Louis Christian College was founded in 1957 in Florissant, Missouri, by Luther Perrine, Hubert Burris, and Vernon Newland. Today, the small campus is just 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis. SLCC is a small institution that focuses on supporting student academics and spiritual life.

    Features

    Saint Louis Christian College 2 online programs. Students can access their 8-week classes through Atheneo Learning Management System and Compass software. Classes start 6 times throughout the calendar year. Their online programs are built specifically for individuals who are currently missionaries or missionary children. However, individuals that do not fit this demographic are welcome to pursue their degrees here. Saint Louis Christian College’s online undergraduate programs include:

    • Associate of Arts in Religious Studies
    • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry

    Notables

    Saint Louis Christian College provides Microsoft Office 2016 for students for free. Contact the technology department for more information.

  17. Lindenwood University
    Location

    Saint Charles, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Lindenwood University was founded in 1827 in St. Charles, Missouri by Mary Easton Sibley and George Sibley as a female college. By 1969, the college developed into a co-educational 4-year college. In 1997, it became Lindenwood University. Today, the 500-acre campus supports over 5,800 undergraduates and 2,800 graduate students pursuing one of the 96 undergraduate programs, 39 graduate programs, 2 doctoral programs and 4 specialty programs.

    Features

    When it comes to their online programs, Lindenwood University offers 31 undergraduate and graduate programs through the Canvas Learning Management System. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 10-to-1. Online students have access to online tutoring (SmartThinking), Library services and online test proctoring (ProctorU). A few of the online undergraduate majors include:

    • Business Administration
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Nursing (RN to BSN)
    • Public Administration

    Notables

    Lindenwood University is not currently ranked by U.S. News and World Report. However, However, Don’t let that deter you. This school has great online programs to offer to online students that some large public universities haven’t even added to their programs.

  18. Park University
    Location

    Parkville, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Park University was founded in 1875 in Parkville, Missouri. Today, Park University’s 700-acre campus supports over 18,500 students annually through 42 campus centers located in over 21 states and online. The University offers 63-undergraduate and graduate programs and 15-certificate programs. You know they have a great online program when the Military Times gives Park a perfect score for military culture and online support. Only 8 schools have earned that recognition. Military Times also rates it as the #1 college for Vets in the entire United States.

    Features

    Park University offers 24-undergraduate and 8-graduate programs completely online. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 17-to-1. Nearly 90% of the classes have less than 20 students. A sample of the online programs include:

    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Military History
    • Information & Computer Science
    • Nursing (RN to BSN)
    • Psychology

    Notables

    According to the U.S. News & World Report, Park University is the 10th least expensive private college/university in the country. Park also made BestColleges.com’s list for top 50 Colleges with the Lowest Out-of-State Tuition.” This means you get the best bang for your buck with an institution that truly cares about working adults.

  19. Culver-Stockton College
    Location

    Canton, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Culver-Stockton College was founded in 1853 in Canton, Missouri by Disciples of Christ Church. Today, this 140-acre campus near the Mississippi River has over 1,100 students pursuing over 60 degrees. Culver-Stockton is known for their 12/3 semester calendar. This means that students pursue 3-4 active classes during a 12-week semester with classes. Then for 3 weeks, students can focus on a single class, internship or a Travel & Study program.

    Features

    Culver-Stockton College offers undergraduate and graduate programs. However, unlike the traditional courses on campus, the online classes are typically in a 5 or 8-week format through the Canvas Learning Management Software. The average class size is 15 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 15-to-1. The online undergraduate programs include:

    • Accountancy
    • Business Administration
    • Criminal Justice Administration or Criminal Justice
    • Marketing
    • Sport Management

    Notables

    Culver-Stockton College is #30 for the Best Colleges in the Regional Midwest by the U.S. News and World Report.

  20. Columbia College
    Location

    Columbia, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Columbia College was founded in 1851 in Columbia, Missouri by the Disciples of Christ as a Christian female college. By the 1970s, the college became co-ed. Today, in addition to their main campus, they have 34 nationwide campuses and 18 schools on military bases. Overall, Columbia Colleges serves over 30,000 students annually.

    Features

    Columbia College offers 800 undergraduate courses and 29 online degrees. Roughly 16,000 students take one online course annually at Columbia College. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 12-to-1. Top majors include:

    • Psychology
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Information Systems

    Notables

    Columbia College has the oldest forensic science program in Missouri. They are also known to have one of the best online bachelor degree programs including criminal justice, education and MBA programs by the U.S. News & World Report. It is one of the top military friend schools and the 2nd best RN programs in Missouri.

  21. Hannibal-LaGrange University
    Location

    Hannibal, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Hannibal-LaGrange University was founded in 1858 in Hannibal, Missouri by the Missouri Southern Baptist Convention. The university is named after the two cities: LaGrange – where it was founded – and Hannibal – where it moved to in 1928. Today, the 110-acre campus is 100 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri and within minutes from historic downtown and national chain restaurants and shopping.

    Features

    Hannibal-LaGrange University offers 2 undergraduate completion programs and 3 masters programs online. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 14-to-1. Nearly 80% of the classes have less than 20 students. The online Undergraduate completion programs include:

    • ADVANCE Business Management (Degree Completion Program)
    • Nursing (RN to BSN completion)

    Notables

    Hannibal-LaGrange University focus is strengthening students academically for service either in community service or as Christian ministry. You will see Christian faith integrated into coursework and additional requirements outside of the classroom.

  22. Missouri Southern State University
    Location

    Joplin, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Missouri Southern State University was founded in 1937 in Joplin, Missouri as a junior college. Today, the 373-acre campus is in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains right off the Historic Route 66. Kansas City, Springfield, Branson, and Tulsa are within a two-hour drive from campus.

    Features

    Missouri Southern State University offers 17 minors, 11 certificates, 1 professional credential and 14 bachelor degrees online. They use the Blackboard Learning Management platform to deliver the online courses. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 18-to-1. Nearly 50% of the classes have less than 20 students. The average class size is 19 students. Online bachelor degrees include:

    • Business
    • Criminal Justice Administration
    • Health Sciences (concentrations in Business, Life-Health Science, Dental Hygiene, Respiratory Therapy, Radiology, Paramedic Program)
    • Environmental Health and Safety

    Notables

    If you live in Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma or Texas, you can take classes at Missouri Southern State University at the in-state tuition rate thanks to the Lion Pride Tuition Discount Program. US News & World Report calls MSSU a great value and one of the 10 least-expensive public colleges for out of state students.

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