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2021 Most Popular Online Teaching Bachelor's Degree Schools

207 Schools Ranked
$9,689 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$24,033 Avg Student Debt

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which teaching program is right for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school or bootcamp that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Teaching Degree Search has developed this Most Popular Online Teaching Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 207 schools in the United States to see which ones had the most popular online bachelor's degree programs for teaching students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

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#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
2,853 Total Awards
$6,670 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,715 Avg Student Debt

Our analysis found Western Governors University to be the most popular school for teaching students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. WGU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The school has a large population, and it awarded 2,853 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at WGU is $6,670. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from WGU accumulate an average of $19,715 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 87% of those degree recipients were women.

Interested in an online degree? Then you definitely want to check out WGU. Every undergraduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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#2

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
1,222 Total Awards
$17,176 Average Tuition & Fees
$27,383 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you attend Grand Canyon University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular Online Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. This large private for-profit school is located in Phoenix, Arizona, and it awarded 1,222 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Grand Canyon University is $17,176. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $27,383 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 90% were women.

To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 87% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#3

Ashford University

San Diego, California
990 Total Awards
$12,400 Average Tuition & Fees
$36,664 Avg Student Debt

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Ashford University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular teaching schools in the United States. Ashford University is a private for-profit institution located in San Diego, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 990 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Ashford University does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $12,400. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $36,664 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 92% were women.

Since Ashford University is primarily an online school, it is an excellent choice for undergraduate students who need more flexibility than what is offered at some other schools.

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#4

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
622 Total Awards
$16,118 Average Tuition & Fees
$26,318 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Liberty University is a great place for teaching students working on their bachelor’s degree. Lynchburg, Virginia is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 622 students in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Liberty University is $16,118. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $26,318 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 92% of those degree recipients were women.

Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 85% took at least some of their classes online.

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400 Total Awards
$7,588 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,067 Avg Student Debt

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Missouri State University - Springfield helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular teaching schools in the United States. Located in Springfield, Missouri, the large public school awarded 400 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $7,588 in tuition and fees if they attend Missouri State full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $15,898. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $23,067 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 82% were women.

To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 35% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#6

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina
343 Total Awards
$7,238 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,087 Avg Student Debt

East Carolina University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for teaching students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. ECU is a large public school situated in Greenville, North Carolina. It awarded 343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from North Carolina pay an average of $7,238 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend ECU. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $23,515. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $23,087 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 86% were women.

During the 2017-2018 year, about 39% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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346 Total Awards
$14,722 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,094 Avg Student Debt

Southern Illinois University Carbondale ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Online Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in Carbondale, Illinois, the fairly large public school awarded 346 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Students from Illinois who attend SIUC full time pay an average of $14,722 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $28,906. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $23,094 in student loans. Around 48% of those degree recipients were women.

Around 41% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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231 Total Awards
$9,552 Average Tuition & Fees
$38,796 Avg Student Debt

University of Phoenix - Arizona landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree teaching programs. Located in Tempe, Arizona, the large private for-profit school handed out 231 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

UOPX - Arizona does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $9,552. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $38,796 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 92% were women.

During the 2017-2018 year, about 99% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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327 Total Awards
$5,280 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,899 Avg Student Debt

Fort Hays State University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree teaching programs. Located in Hays, Kansas, the fairly large public school handed out 327 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at FHSU is $5,280. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $15,360. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $20,899 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 65% of those degree recipients were women.

Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 81% took at least some of their classes online.

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#10

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana
324 Total Awards
$10,020 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,444 Avg Student Debt

Ball State University ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Online Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Ball State is a large public school situated in Muncie, Indiana. It awarded 324 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from Indiana who attend Ball State full time pay an average of $10,020 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $26,800. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Ball State accumulate an average of $23,444 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 84% of those degree recipients were women.

Around 32% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#11

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
195 Total Awards
$8,037 Average Tuition & Fees
$35,940 Avg Student Debt

Kaplan University-Indianapolis did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for teaching students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Kaplan University-Indianapolis is a public institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The school has a large population, and it awarded 195 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $8,037 in tuition and fees if they attend Kaplan University-Indianapolis full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $14,358. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Kaplan University-Indianapolis accumulate an average of $35,940 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 97% were women.

Kaplan University-Indianapolis is primarily an online school, so it is a great choice for returning adults and students who work full time.

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#12

Rasmussen College - Florida

Ocala, Florida
188 Total Awards
$10,935 Average Tuition & Fees
$31,454 Avg Student Debt

Rasmussen College - Florida came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Rasmussen College - Florida is a medium-sized private for-profit school located in Ocala, Florida that handed out 188 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Rasmussen College - Florida does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $10,935. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $31,454 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 98% of those degree recipients were women.

Around 92% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#13

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
183 Total Awards
$8,896 Average Tuition & Fees
$24,602 Avg Student Debt

University of Southern Mississippi did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for teaching students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Southern Miss is a fairly large public school situated in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It awarded 183 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at Southern Miss is $8,896. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $10,896. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $24,602 in student loans. Around 86% of those degree recipients were women.

Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 72% took at least some of their classes online.

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427 Total Awards
$6,565 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,936 Avg Student Debt

Florida International University ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Online Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Miami, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 427 students in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $6,565 in tuition and fees if they attend FIU full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $18,963. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $20,936 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 82% of those degree recipients were women.

In 2017-2018 about 69% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#15

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina
183 Total Awards
$7,181 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,899 Avg Student Debt

University of North Carolina at Wilmington landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree teaching programs. University of North Carolina at Wilmington is a fairly large public school located in Wilmington, North Carolina that handed out 183 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from North Carolina who attend UNCW full time pay an average of $7,181 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $21,246. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $21,899 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 93% of those degree recipients were women.

In 2017-2018 about 45% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#16

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lafayette, Louisiana
281 Total Awards
$10,382 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,811 Avg Student Debt

University of Louisiana at Lafayette landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree teaching programs. This fairly large public school is located in Lafayette, Louisiana, and it awarded 281 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Louisiana pay an average of $10,382 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend UL Lafayette. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $24,110. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $22,811 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 75% of those degree recipients were women.

In 2017-2018 about 34% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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254 Total Awards
$11,465 Average Tuition & Fees
$16,409 Avg Student Debt

University of Washington - Seattle Campus came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in Seattle, Washington, the large public school awarded 254 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Washington pay an average of $11,465 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend UW Seattle. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $38,166. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from UW Seattle accumulate an average of $16,409 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 90% of those degree recipients were women.

Around 10% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#17

Valley City State University

Valley City, North Dakota
188 Total Awards
$7,707 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,987 Avg Student Debt

Valley City State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for teaching students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Valley City State University is a public institution located in Valley City, North Dakota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 188 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from North Dakota pay an average of $7,707 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Valley City State University. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $12,120. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Valley City State University accumulate an average of $20,987 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 72% were women.

Around 70% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#19

National University

La Jolla, California
201 Total Awards
$13,320 Average Tuition & Fees
$30,346 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #19, National University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for teaching students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in La Jolla, California, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 201 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at National University is $13,320. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from National University accumulate an average of $30,346 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 89% of those degree recipients were women.

During the 2017-2018 year, about 62% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#20

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
308 Total Awards
$10,800 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,931 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #20, Kansas State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for teaching students working on their bachelor’s degree. Kansas State University is a large public school located in Manhattan, Kansas that handed out 308 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from Kansas who attend K - State full time pay an average of $10,800 in tuition and fees. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $26,316. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $22,931 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 71% were women.

In 2017-2018 about 23% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#21

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
248 Total Awards
$11,928 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,576 Avg Student Debt

University of Louisville landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree teaching programs. U of L is a large public school situated in Louisville, Kentucky. It awarded 248 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Kentucky pay an average of $11,928 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend U of L. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $27,954. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,576 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 67% were women.

To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 23% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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140 Total Awards
$6,550 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,085 Avg Student Debt

Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for teaching students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies is a small private not-for-profit school located in Fayette, Missouri that handed out 140 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies, expect to pay an average of $6,550 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,085 in student loans. Around 88% of those degree recipients were women.

Around 53% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#23

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska
181 Total Awards
$7,701 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,338 Avg Student Debt

University of Nebraska at Kearney ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Online Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in Kearney, Nebraska, the medium-sized public school awarded 181 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $7,701 in tuition and fees if they attend UNK full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $14,901. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,338 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 84% were women.

To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 46% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#24

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, Florida
144 Total Awards
$2,682 Average Tuition & Fees
$28,671 Avg Student Debt

St Petersburg College ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular Online Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. SPC is a large public school situated in Clearwater, Florida. It awarded 144 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $2,682 in tuition and fees if they attend SPC full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $9,286. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $28,671 in student loans. Around 89% of those degree recipients were women.

To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 58% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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461 Total Awards
$11,316 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,804 Avg Student Debt

Bowling Green State University - Main Campus ranked #25 on this year’s Most Popular Online Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, the fairly large public school awarded 461 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Students from Ohio who attend BGSU full time pay an average of $11,316 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $19,305. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $25,804 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 77% were women.

Around 28% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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Not only did these schools make the top most popular online list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, New York
#27

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois
#28

Jackson State University

Jackson, Mississippi
#29

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
#30

Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas
#31

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
#32

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, Minnesota

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our most popular online teaching schools ranking:

Rank School Location
33 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
34 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
35 Eastern University Saint Davids, PA
36 Rochester College Rochester Hills, MI
37 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
37 The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL
39 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
40 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
41 University of Georgia Athens, GA
41 North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro, NC

Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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