2019 Best Online Colleges with Open Admissions

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The 42 online colleges on this list offer an open admissions policy for undergraduate admissions. Open admissions, also known as open enrollment, is a noncompetitive admissions policy where all students who meet the college’s specified requirements are admitted. Most open admissions colleges only require that a student has a high school diploma or GED, though some also ask for other application materials or require an applicant to have an SAT score or high school GPA above a noncompetitive benchmark. Online open admissions colleges can be a great choice for students looking for an accessible education on their own schedule.

In addition to the comprehensive list of online open admissions colleges, we also offer a ranked list of Best Online Open Admissions Colleges. You can read our full methodology here or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Comprehensive List of Online Colleges with Open Admissions (42)

School Annual Tuition Median Salary
Amridge University $12,000 $57,800
Baker College Online $12,000 $65,000
Bellevue University $12,450 $82,850
Bethune-Cookman University $8,500 $56,200
Briar Cliff University $6,225 $56,400
Chadron State College $8,370 $64,300
Colorado Christian University $9,450 $76,850
Columbia College $11,250 $61,000
Franklin University $15,780 $80,750
God's Bible School and College $6,000 $42,200
Granite State College $10,650 $67,850
Idaho State University $22,940 $81,450
Kent State University at Ashtabula $12,000 $62,600
Kent State University at Salem $12,000 $63,900
Kent State University at Trumbull $12,000 $46,300
Kent State University at Tuscarawas $12,000 $65,300
Missouri Western State University $11,625 $64,600
Montana State University-Billings $8,969 $63,800
National University $16,650 $83,750
Ohio Christian University $5,940 $51,200
Peirce College $18,000 $58,500
Pennsylvania College of Technology $14,725 $70,000
Peru State College $8,670 $65,800
Rogers State University $12,720 $57,200
South Texas College $6,000 $76,900
SUNY Empire State College $10,633 $73,500
Tennessee State University $15,630 $65,350
Touro University Worldwide $12,000 $34,900
Union Institute & University $16,350 $57,400
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith $13,830 $55,900
University of Maine at Augusta $8,730 $64,200
University of Maine at Machias $14,250 $46,400
University of Maryland Global Campus $14,970 $97,650
University of Northwestern Ohio $12,375 $51,300
Utah Valley University $15,606 $75,800
Washburn University $11,340 $62,050
Wayne State College $8,670 $59,750
Weber State University $8,100 $86,350
Western Governors University $6,380 $84,650
Western New Mexico University $15,231 $69,400
Wiley College $9,849 $51,000
Wilmington University $11,160 $68,050
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These are the 24 best online colleges with open admissions. We ranked the schools based on a combination of alumni salary, four-year graduation rate, and retention rate to find the colleges that provide the best outcomes for students. The schools on this list offer a large variety of bachelor’s degrees, from a BA in English to a BS in Accounting. The #1 ranked school, Colorado Christian University, has an impressive alumni median salary of $76,850 and high retention rate of 79%.

You can read our full methodology here or learn more about SR Education group. We also publish rankings of the most affordable online colleges with open admissions.

  • Median Salary: $76,850
  • Annual Tuition: $9,450
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Colorado Christian University is an open admissions college in Lakewood that offers a variety of online courses for students seeking to jumpstart or continue their education. Colorado Christian University uses Blackboard to deliver content to online students and to host virtual class discussions. All online courses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Associate of Colleges and Schools. Online courses run in blocks of either five or 10 weeks, depending on the course, and all classes are delivered asynchronously for maximum flexibility. CCU offers a variety of levels of degrees in an online format, including associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, plus a selection of certificates and non-degree courses.

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  • Median Salary: $83,750
  • Annual Tuition: $16,650
  • Accreditation: WASC ACCJC and WASC WSCUC
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National University, an open admissions college located in San Diego, California, offers more than 90 online degree programs. Students can begin courses as quickly as one month after applying, because the school offers rolling admissions. Students can pursue online associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees as well as a variety of certificates and non-degree courses. Courses are available in areas such as arts and humanities, science, math and education. Synchronous classes allow distance learners to use the online chat system to communicate with their peers and instructors in real time. The school uses the Blackboard learning management system to administer course materials, post assignments and host discussion forums for all online courses.

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  • Median Salary: $70,000
  • Annual Tuition: $14,725
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Pennsylvania College of Technology offers several degrees that can be earned completely online. They offer admission to students who are eager to learn and have completed high school or can satisfy placement requirements. Online degree areas include accounting, applied health sciences, business administration, health information management, nursing and more. There are no requirements for students to visit campus while enrolled in virtual classes. All content is delivered through the P.L.A.T.O. learning management system. Classes are asynchronous, so students have maximum flexibility to complete their coursework within their busy schedules.

  • Median Salary: $81,450
  • Annual Tuition: $22,940
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
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Idaho State University allows students to earn associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees entirely online. Their admission policy allows students to have flexibility when applying, including guaranteed admission for students with a GPA of at least 2.5 and an SAT score of at least 1030, as well as conditional admission for students who meet a lower standard but still want to be admitted to the university. Degree programs are offered through the eISU program in focus areas such as history, education, business, public health, and more. Online courses at Idaho State University are delivered synchronously, asynchronously, or via web conference, depending on the instructor and course, giving students a variety of experiences for their virtual learning. Students at ISU access virtual class materials through the Moodle learning platform.

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  • Median Salary: $84,650
  • Annual Tuition: $6,380
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
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Western Governors University in Utah is an accredited open admissions college that is entirely online. The basic admissions requirements vary depending on the program, although previous work experience, readiness test results, and time commitment are factored into the decision. The school offers both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in a variety of areas including teaching, nursing, information technology and business. All students at WGU receive a personalized degree plan to help guide their education and reach their personal academic goals as they work alongside academic mentors. Students pay one flat resource fee each semester to cover the cost of e-textbooks, online courses, simulations and 24/7 access to the digital library. Students also have access to online support from WGU tutors as needed.

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  • Median Salary: $86,350
  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
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Weber State University, located in Utah, offers an array of online degree programs and individual courses. Their admissions policy is flexible and allows students to contact the Director of Admissions for special consideration. Online degree areas include health services administration, computer science, integrative nutrition, health care coding and more. Students can earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees online through WSU. In addition, distance learners can complete individual courses in hundreds of different focus areas. Two types of classes are offered online: independent study courses, which can be taken at a student’s preferred pace as long as they are completed within six months, and semester-based classes, which follow the schedule of traditional classes.

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  • Median Salary: $62,050
  • Annual Tuition: $11,340
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Washburn University in Kansas is an open enrollment college that offers online degree programs through its School of Business Nursing and Applied Studies as well as 29 different departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. Virtual students have access to support from the Information Technology Services department. In addition, a digital orientation program is available to help set them up for success. All course material is delivered through the Desire2Learn learning management system, which offers 24/7 online support for technical assistance. Online students also save money on activity fees normally charged to traditional students.

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  • Median Salary: $76,900
  • Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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South Texas College offers 33 online degree programs for distance learners. They offer an "open door" policy when it comes to admissions, which ensures that any student willing to learn can do so as long as their experience and schooling adhere to the program requirements. The college offers a variety of associate and bachelor’s degrees as well as a number of online certificate programs. Areas of online study include computer and information technology, accounting, criminal justice, political science and more. Students use the Blackboard learning management system to access course materials and participate in virtual class discussions. All classes are delivered asynchronously so students can take advantage of maximum flexibility and complete coursework when it works best for their schedules.

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  • Median Salary: $75,800
  • Annual Tuition: $15,606
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
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Associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree can be completed entirely online through Utah Valley University. An open admissions college, Utah Valley University is authorized and approved by the SARA institution, ensuring that standards are established to offer post-secondary online programs to students. Students are accepted as long as they meet the basic admissions policy and requirements for each program. Students can access a number of services virtually, including tutoring, academic counseling and the Career Development Center.

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  • Median Salary: $64,300
  • Annual Tuition: $8,370
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Based in Nebraska, Chadron State College is an open admissions college that offers an assortment of online degree programs. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees can be earned virtually in areas such as business, education, math, psychology and applied sciences. There are no additional fees associated with online learning. All classes take place in an eight-week format through fall, spring and summer semesters. Virtual coursework is delivered asynchronously, allowing distance learners to log in and complete work when it makes the most sense for them.

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  • Median Salary: $59,750
  • Annual Tuition: $8,670
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Wayne State College accepts students who have graduated from high school. The college offers a number of online degree and certificate programs, and also allows students in high school to begin taking college courses online while they finish earning their diploma. Online courses are offered in arts and humanities, business and technology, education and counseling, and social sciences. Students can access a number of services online, including academic advising, tutoring and study help, personal support services through the TRiO program, a writing help desk and a counseling center.

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  • Median Salary: $65,800
  • Annual Tuition: $8,670
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Peru State College, an open admissions college based in Nebraska, offers a variety of online courses and degree programs. Interested students who meet basic requirements can apply for a variety of programs. Students can choose from eight-week and 16-week course formats according to their own schedules and availability. Undergraduate degrees are available in business and criminal justice, and students can earn graduate degrees virtually in the areas of education and organizational management. Online courses are offered at a low cost-per-credit tuition price with no additional fees for online learning.

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  • Median Salary: $65,350
  • Annual Tuition: $15,630
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Tennessee State University offers online classes through its Distance Education program. Applicants are guaranteed admission with a high school GPA over 3.2 and are eligible for admission with a high school GPA above 2.5 and a 900 SAT/19 ACT score. Applicants who do not meet the standard requirements are permitted to fill out a repeal form so that the university can try to accommodate every student. Three options are available for distance learning: online courses, blended courses, and interactive video instruction. Undergraduate and graduate courses are available in areas such as education, nursing, sociology, science, professional studies, and more. All online students go through an online orientation program to help prepare them for success in their courses. Online students can also access a number of virtual support services, including career development, counseling, the library, tutoring and financial aid.

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  • Median Salary: $64,600
  • Annual Tuition: $11,625
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Missouri Western State University offers more than 300 online courses through its Online and Distance Education program and is an open admissions college. If a student applies on time but does not meet normal requirements, they can be admitted to their desired program on a conditional basis. Students can earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree online and also complete a minor area of study. Program areas include general studies, criminal justice, education, and more. MWSU students can access their online course materials through the Moodle learning management system. Classes are delivered synchronously and often use video conferencing to connect students with their instructors and peers.

  • Median Salary: $56,400
  • Annual Tuition: $6,225
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Briar Cliff University, located in Iowa City, Iowa, is one of the top open enrollment online universities in the country.  It is a Catholic school, founded in 1929 as a women's college by the Sisters of St. Francis. Briar Cliff retains its Franciscan tradition by focusing on a liberal arts education and a Catholic perspective of ethical service. To be admitted, students must have graduated from high school with at least a 2.5 (or have a GED) and should have earned an ACT score of 19 or SAT equivalent. The Admissions Advisory Committee can also admit students who don't meet these requirements at their discretion. BCU started offering online bachelor's degrees in 2006. The degree options include Accounting, Business Administration, Health Sciences, Operations Management, RN-BSN, and Social Work. 

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  • Median Salary: $65,300
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Kent State University-Tuscarawas's well-regarded online programs include degree completion programs. Applicants can complete two years of these programs on any of Kent State's eight campuses, or transfer in from another school. The degrees offered include four concentrations in Public Health, a BS in Insurance Studies, and a BS in Respiratory Care. The BS in Insurance prepares students for careers in the insurance industry. Students over 21 must complete assessment tests for placement. KSUT is located in New Philadelphia, in southeast Ohio. Residents of nearby counties in West Virginia and Pennsylvania get a tuition discount.

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  • Median Salary: $97,650
  • Annual Tuition: $14,970
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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With more than 90,000 students, University of Maryland Global Campus is one of the biggest colleges offering online open admissions programs. Founded in 1947 to serve adult students and the military, UMUC remains focused on adult learners and offers more than 90 degrees and specializations online. The school is headquartered in Adelphi, near Washington, D.C. There are more than 50 learning locations in the US and an additional 140 worldwide for military-affiliated students. Up to 90 credits may be transferred into UMUC, and policies for workplace and military learning are generous. There is a substantial military tuition discount. Nearly 40% of students are first-generation college and 50% have children. 

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  • Median Salary: $82,850
  • Annual Tuition: $12,450
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Bellevue University Online offers more than fifty online bachelor's degrees, including BA programs in Communication Studies and Health Communication and BS programs in Cybersecurity, Sports Management and Web Development. Applicants to Bellevue University must have graduated from high school or have completed a GED. Founded in 1966, BU is based in Bellevue, Nebraska, near Omaha. The school serves 9,000 students in five states, with locations on several military bases, and is a top military friendly institution. Some programs require an Associate degree, and up to 90 credits may be transferred in. The school's mission statement emphasizes American heritage and the free market. 

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  • Median Salary: $61,000
  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Columbia College of Missouri offers hundreds of online courses and many online bachelor's degrees, with 5,000 students currently enrolled online. CC places a strong emphasis on a liberal arts core curriculum and offers degrees in Business and Management, Public Administration, Marketing, Finance, Entrepreneurship and International Business. CC also offers degree completion programs with a generous transfer credit policy. In addition to CC's home campus is in Columbia, it also has more than 30 learning venues elsewhere in the U.S. CC serves about 20,000 students annually. Founded in 1851 as a Christian college for women, it became Columbia College in 1970. CC retains a loose relationship with the Disciples of Christ church.

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  • Median Salary: $73,500
  • Annual Tuition: $10,633
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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The State University of New York's Empire State College accepts students with proof of high school completion. Headquartered in Saratoga Springs, ESC has 11,000 total students at 35 learning centers in New York and abroad. About 5,000 students are online. The degrees offered include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor or Professional Studies. The BPS is primarily a degree completion program. ESC has twelve study areas, including Public Affairs and Business. SUNY Empire State offers one of the oldest and largest Labor Studies programs in the country. Policies for transfer credit and prior learning assessment are generous. Students may take traditional courses, or arrange independent study options with an online mentor.

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  • Median Salary: $63,800
  • Annual Tuition: $8,969
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
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Montana State University at Billings offers four bachelor's degrees in business: BS degrees in Business Administration in Accounting, General Business, Management and Marketing. The program also includes a BS in Health Administration, a degree completion Bachelor of Applied Science, and a BS in Liberal Studies which allows students to design their own degree. A unique feature is the City College, a two-year college within MSUB that features a variety of Associate's degrees, career preparation and Associate completions. City College students can transfer into regular or online programs.

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  • Median Salary: $69,400
  • Annual Tuition: $15,231
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Western New Mexico University offers more than 20 online bachelor's degrees. These include the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, and Bachelor of Applied Science in General Business. The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies allows students to build their own program. WNMU is located in Silver City, in rural southwestern New Mexico.

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  • Median Salary: $34,900
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
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Touro University Worldwide is affiliated with Touro College and University Systems, which is the largest Jewish-affiliated institution in the US. TUW's courses are 100% online. The offerings are especially strong in Business Administration, with seven concentrations, and in Health Science, which also has several concentrations. They include the BS in Health Sciences and Long-Term Care Administration and the BS in Administration and Management. The Touro system was founded in New York City in 1970, and TUW was founded in 2007. The school emphasizes traditional Jewish values of social justice, intellect, and service. Transfer students are welcome, and up to 90 credits may be transferred. TUW is military friendly. The school has 1,300 students.

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  • Median Salary: $51,300
  • Annual Tuition: $12,375
  • Accreditation: HLC
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The University of Northwest Ohio is a private university founded in 1920. It offers open admissions, though UNOH recommends that students have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.0 to succeed in its rigorous programs. The school has five colleges: Applied Technologies, Business, Health Professions, Occupational Professions and the Graduate College. Ten bachelor's degrees are offered online. The Business Administration degrees include the unique BSBA in Agribusiness Management and the BSBA in Automotive Management. The BS in Specialized Studies lets students construct their own degrees. The school is located in Lima, in northwestern Ohio. 

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