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List of Online State Universities

Going to a public online state university for your degree offers numerous benefits. State universities with online degree programs provide high-quality distance learning at low rates. Plus, state colleges have brand names that enjoy a high level of familiarity and trust with local employers.

Degrees from online state universities are subject to the same accreditation standards that apply to residential degrees. However, state universities receive government funding becuase they are public schools. This helps them offer degrees at a lower cost than their private university peers.
Offering online degrees helps state universities educate the public while minimizing the high costs often associated with building new brick-and-mortar campuses. Online courses cost less to run than traditional courses, both in terms of a physical classroom space and tenured faculty costs.
If you’re interested in finding a low-cost online degree, view our Get Educated Cost Rankings. Many of the most affordable degrees online are offered by traditional state universities. Tuition rates are typically lowest for state residents, but some schools give online students a reduced rate, regardless of their home state.
Check the handy list below to see which online state universities are available to you.
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Online State Universities & Colleges



University of Alaska Distance Learning

• Online certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Alaska



California Virtual University Online

• Guide to degree programs and courses from online colleges in California



Colorado Online and Distance Education

• Online courses and degree programs are offered by 11 public colleges and universities in Colorado



Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium

• Lists 350+ courses available through Connecticut universities online



Florida Virtual Campus

• Online courses and degrees offered by Florida state colleges and universities



Georgia Virtual Technical College

• Central point of reference for all online courses and degree programs offered Georgia’s technical colleges



Idaho Electronic Campus

• Courses and programs from Idaho’s seven publicly-funded online universities



University of Illinois Online

• Online classes and degree programs from U of I’s campuses at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield



Indiana College Network (ICN)

• A service of the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System, this site helps students locate and enroll in distance learning and online courses and programs offered by Indiana’s public colleges and universities



Iowa Learns

• Distance learning catalog from Iowa’s state colleges and universities online



Kansas City Regional Access Consortium for Higher Education (KC REACHE)

• Degrees and online learning programs from colleges located within the Kansas City region



Kentucky Virtual University

• Comprehensive catalog that features online state colleges and public schools in Kentucky



University of Maine System

• University of Maine public university system’s guide to eight centers that offer distance learning and online degrees and courses in Maine




• E-learning opportunities from Maryland’s community colleges and public universities online



Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO)

• Online learning from 15 community colleges and nine Massachusetts state colleges online

University of Massachusetts Online

• Catalog of 100+ online degree and certificate programs from the University of Massachusetts System



Minnesota Online

• 300+ online degrees, courses and certificate programs offered by 31 state colleges and universities in Minnesota

ISEEK Online Learning

• Explore Minnesota’s online public universities and colleges through this comprehensive list



Mississippi Public Universities

• Distance learning and online programs offered by public universities in Mississippi



Montana University System

• List of online classes and degree programs offered by Montana’s 11 public state universities



Nevada System of Higher Education

• Distance learning catalog of courses and online degrees in Nevada from public colleges online


New York

State University of New York (SUNY) Learning Network

• List of accredited online courses and degrees in New York from the State university system


North Carolina

Distance Education Inventory

• Searchable inventory of online colleges in North Carolina that have courses


North Dakota

North Dakota University System Online

• Online learning courses and degrees from the 11 public North Dakota Universities




• Catalog of distance learning degrees and online programs from state colleges in Ohio



Online College of Oklahoma

• Online learning programs offered by public universities in the Oklahoma State System



Oregon University System Distance Education Programs

• Links to seven online state colleges and universities with e-learning programs



Penn State World Campus Online

• Online degrees, certificates and programs through Penn State World Campus


South Carolina

SC Technical College System

• Consortium of South Carolina state and technical colleges with online courses and degrees


South Dakota

Electronic University Consortium (EUC) of South Dakota

• Information and access to the six South Dakota public universities online



Regents Online Campus Collaborative

• A collaboration of Tennessee universities, community colleges and technology centers that offer online classes and degree programs



Virtual College of Texas

• A collaborative of Texas community and technical colleges; students may register at their local colleges to take credit and non-credit distance learning courses from other colleges throughout Texas

Online Education from University of Texas System Institutions

• Undergraduate and graduate online degrees and courses in Texas offered by the University of Texas system

Texas Distance Education

• An electronic “marketplace” of courses and programs available from Texas public universities online



Utah Education Network

• Searchable list of online courses offered by Utah’s public institutions



Virginia Education Wizard

• Catalog that showcases public community colleges and universities in Virginia

Electronic Campus of Virginia

• A cooperative instructional technology initiative among the state’s public and private colleges and universities




• A group of participating Washington state colleges online that offer e-learning classes


West Virginia

Community and Technical College System of West Virginia

• List of programs offered by West Virginia technical and community colleges



University of Wisconsin Colleges Online

• Online associate’s degree and courses offered in Wisconsin by the state universities

University of Wisconsin Distance Learning

• Degrees and programs offered by the entire University of Wisconsin online system



Wyoming WyCLASS

• Distance learning in Wyoming from the University of Wyoming and seven online colleges



Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA)

• Catalog of 20 online public universities in the U.S. with online degree programs

National Universities Degree Consortium

• Seven public universities online from different states that offer distance degrees

Southern Regional Education Board

• The “electronic marketplace” of online courses and degree programs from the South’s colleges and universities



Vicky Phillips, Founder of Get EducatedVicky Phillips was cited in 2009 by US News & World Report as “for 20 years the leading consumer advocate for online college students.” In 1989 she designed America’s first online counseling center for distance learners on AOL. In 1998 she authored the first print guide to online graduate degrees – Best Distance Learning Graduate Schools put out by the Princeton Review. In 2001, she authored Never Too Late to Learn the Adult Student’s Guide to College.