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Links from this page to non-Coast Guard sites are provided as a customer service and do not represent any implicit or explicit endorsement by the United States Coast Guard of any commercial or private issues, products, or services presented there.

There are hundreds of accredited colleges and universities in the United States.  Unfortunately, ESOs are prohibited from recommending one over another or steering you toward one or away from another.

Except for those marked with an asterisk (*), all colleges and universities in the table immediately below are members of Servicemembers' Opportunity Colleges (SOC), Coast Guardan association of colleges and universities created to make it easier for military personnel to pursue college degree programs.  The non-SOC schools listed have established good reputations with military personnel.

The schools listed in italics are for-profit institutions.

All of these schools have distance learning programs.

The fact that some schools are listed and others aren't should not be taken as indicating schools not listed are inferior to those which are listed.

TWO-YEAR (associate's

degree) PROGRAMS

FOUR-YEAR (bachelor's degree) & Grad PROGRAMS

Alaska (Anchorage), University of

Alaska (Fairbanks), University of*

Anne Arundel Community College

Ashford University*

Atlantic Cape Community College

Baker College*

Barton County Community College*

Bismarck State College

Brandman University*

Central Texas College

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Coastal Carolina Community College*

Coastline Community College

Colorado Technical University

Columbia College

Dallas Telecollege

ECPI College of Technology*

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Empire State College

Excelsior College

Fayetteville Technical Community College*

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Hawaii Pacific University

Liberty University

Limestone College*

Maryland University College, University of

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Mountain State University*

Northern Virginia Community College

Northwood University - University College

Park University

Pensacola State College*

Phoenix, University of

Pierce College

Pikes Peak Community College*

Rio Salado College

Roger Williams University*

Saint Leo University

Southern New Hampshire University

Strayer University

Thomas Edison State College

Thomas Nelson Community College

Three Rivers Community College

Tidewater Community College

Trident Technical College

Troy University*

Upper Iowa University

Vincennes University

Wayland Baptist University

American Military University (B, M)

Ashford University (B)

Averett University (B, M)

Baker College (B, M)

Bellevue University (B, M, D)

Brandman University (B, M)

Capella University* (B, M, D)

Chaminade University of Honolulu (B, M)

Charter Oak State College (B)

City University of Seattle (B, M, D)

Colorado Technical University (B, M, D)

Columbia College* (B, M)

DeVry University (B, M)

Duquesne University (B, M)

Eastern Connecticut State University* (B)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (B, M, D)

Empire State College (B)

Excelsior College (B, M)

Fort Hays State University (B, M)

Franklin University* (B, M)

Governors State University* (B, M, D)

Hawaii Pacific University (B, M)

Jones International University (B, M, D)

Lamar University (B, M)

Liberty University (B, M)

Limestone College* (B)

Maryland University College, University of (B, M, D)

Mountain State University* (B, M, D)

National University (B, M)

Norfolk State University (B, M, D)

Northwood University (B)

Nova Southeastern University* (B, M, D)

Oklahoma, University of (B, M)

Old Dominion University (B, M, D)

Park University (B)

Penn State University (B, M, D)

Phoenix, University of (B, M, D)

Roger Williams University (B, M)

Saint Leo University (B, M)

Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) (B)

Southern New Hampshire University (B, M)

Southwestern College (B, M)

St. Joseph's College (B, M)

Strayer University (B, M)

Thomas Edison State College (B, M)

Trident University International (B, M, D)

Troy University* (B, M)

Upper Iowa University (B, M)

Victory University (B, M)

Vincennes University (B)

Wayland Baptist University (B, M)

In the lists above,

  • (B) indicates it awards bachelor's degrees;

  • (M) indicates it awards master's degrees; and

  • (D) indicates that it awards doctoral degrees.

Self-Paced/Independent Study Programs


The following schools are just a few of many regionally-accredited colleges and universities which have self-paced degree programs.

All of these programs allow you to start a course at any time – there are no fixed deadlines for registering, completing lessons, taking tests, or even finishing a course.  You can register at any time of the year and work at your own pace.  Some schools require you to complete their courses in four months, but many allow up to nine months, and a few give you a year or even two years.  Those with shorter time frames grant extensions.  On the other hand, most allow you to complete them in as little as six weeks.

Needless to say, courses from these programs are especially advantageous if your schedule is unpredictable.

An added benefit of these programs is that in most cases tuition is lower than the maximum tuition assistance will cover.  (The lower the tuition, the more courses per year you can take using tuition assistance.)

Arizona, University of

Colorado (Boulder), University of

Idaho, University of

Indiana University

Kansas, University of

Louisiana State University

Mississippi State University

Missouri, University of *

Nebraska (Lincoln), University of

North Carolina, University of

North Dakota, University of *

Northern Iowa, University of

Oklahoma, University of

Oklahoma State University

Ohio University *

Tennessee (Knoxville), University of

Texas (Austin), University of

Upper Iowa University *

Weber State University

Western Governors University *

Wisconsin (Madison), University of

* Whole degrees may be completed via self-paced/independent study courses


Racial & Ethnic Minority Schools


For many reasons, some students wish to attend and receive degrees from colleges and universities which have historical ties to or exist to serve their racial or ethnic groups.  Below are lists of these schools.

Directories of Schools and Degrees

(The list below is not definitive, all-inclusive, or in any particular order.  Also, search engine results may not include all schools which meet the criteria you select.)

A college's or university's inclusion in or exclusion from a particular search engine's database in no way implies that the Coast Guard endorses or does not endorse that college or university.  The links below are provided merely as a courtesy.

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