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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 Guard – an 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.
FOUR-YEAR (bachelor's degree) & Grad PROGRAMS
American Military University (B, M)
Averett University (B, M)
Baker College (B, M)
Bellevue University (B, M, D)
Brandman University (B, M)
Capella University* (B, M, D)
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)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (B, M, D)
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)
Mountain State University* (B, M, D)
National University (B, M)
Norfolk State University (B, M, D)
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)
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)
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.
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.)
Mississippi State University
Nebraska (Lincoln), University of
* Whole degrees may be completed via self-paced/independent study courses
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.
Argosy University - Hawaii
(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.
Department of Education - allows you to search institutions of higher learning by name, by preference-criteria you select (e.g., type, location, cost, campus life), by answering a number of questions (using the College Matching Wizard), or using the College Navigator
PhDs.org (Find the grad school that's right for you)
Peterson's College Search (all schools)
Peterson's College Search (distance learning only)