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2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma

37 Colleges
$38,140 Avg Salary*
41% Avg Grad Rate*

Fortunately, colleges have stepped up their offerings to non-traditional students. However, that can mean decision-fatigue for the typical busy student. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can to make the best decision possible for you.

We analyzed 37 colleges and universities across Oklahoma to determine which were the best for non-traditional students. To come up with this ranking, we look at more than 20 factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include degree completion, post-graduate earnings, and distance-learning options, among other things.

If you fall into the category of non-traditional, you are a part-time student, a returning or transfer student, or older than 24. We designed this ranking to meet your unique needs.

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Top Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma

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Our 2021 rankings named University of Oklahoma Norman Campus the best school in Oklahoma for non-traditional students working on their bachelor’s degree. University of Oklahoma is located in Norman, Oklahoma and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,805 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

There are 7,241 adult students enrolled in the school, which is 26% of the student body. The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $160. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $51,100 a year.

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#2

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Adult learners and other non-traditional students will be in good company if they decide to attend Oklahoma Wesleyan University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma list. OKWU or OWU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. It awarded 208 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $1,104 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from OKWU or OWU is $50,900 during the early years of their career.

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One of the best schools for adult learners and other non-traditional students is Oklahoma State University - Main Campus. The school came in at #3 in Oklahoma in this year’s ranking. This large public school is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and it awarded 4,899 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $179. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from OSU go into careers with an average salary of $46,500 during the early years of their career.

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#4

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

A rank of #4 on our Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma list means Oklahoma City University is a great place for adult learners and/or non-traditional students working on their bachelor’s degree. OCU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It awarded 552 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

As an adult learner you’ll be in good company. 41% of the school is older than 24. Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $953 per credit hour. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from OCU is $42,800 during the early years of their career.

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#5

Northeastern State University

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Out of the 37 schools in Oklahoma that were part of this year’s ranking of the best schools for adult learners and non-traditional students, Northeastern State University landed the #5 spot on the list. NSU is a medium-sized public school situated in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. It awarded 1,412 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $261. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from NSU is $35,800 during the early years of their career.

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#6

Mid-America Christian University

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mid-America Christian University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma ranking. Mid-America Christian University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma that handed out 336 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $732 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from MACU is $37,700 during the early years of their career.

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#7

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Weatherford, Oklahoma

Southwestern Oklahoma State University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma ranking. SWOSU is a public institution located in Weatherford, Oklahoma. The school has a small population, and it awarded 821 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $257 per credit hour. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from SWOSU is $39,300 during the early years of their career.

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#8

Southern Nazarene University

Bethany, Oklahoma

Southern Nazarene University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma list. SNU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bethany, Oklahoma. The school has a small population, and it awarded 468 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $819 per credit hour. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from SNU make an average of $47,600 per year during the early years of their career.

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#9

University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, Oklahoma

University of Central Oklahoma ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma list. This fairly large public school is located in Edmond, Oklahoma, and it awarded 2,534 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $223 per credit hour. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UCO go into careers with an average salary of $38,800 during the early years of their career.

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#10

Oral Roberts University

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Oral Roberts University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma ranking. Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $1,211 per credit hour. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from ORU go into careers with an average salary of $37,600 during the early years of their career.

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#11

Oklahoma Baptist University

Shawnee, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Baptist University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma ranking. OBU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Shawnee, Oklahoma. It awarded 368 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $864. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from OBU go into careers with an average salary of $40,500 during the early years of their career.

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With a ranking of #12, Southeastern Oklahoma State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma list. Located in Durant, Oklahoma, the medium-sized public school handed out 583 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $208 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $35,800 a year.

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#13

East Central University

Ada, Oklahoma

East Central University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma list. Ada, Oklahoma is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 613 students in 2018-2019.

The school charges $235 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from ECU make an average of $36,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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Northwestern Oklahoma State University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma ranking. NWOSU is a public institution located in Alva, Oklahoma. The school has a small population, and it awarded 352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $220 per credit hour. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from NWOSU is $36,400 during the early years of their career.

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#15

Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Goodwell, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Panhandle State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma ranking, coming in at #15. Goodwell, Oklahoma is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 269 students in 2018-2019.

The school charges $154 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from OPSU make an average of $36,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#16

Southwestern Christian University

Bethany, Oklahoma

Southwestern Christian University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma list. SCU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bethany, Oklahoma. The school has a small population, and it awarded 129 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $525. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from SCU is $29,300 during the early years of their career.

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#17

University of Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma

University of Tulsa came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma ranking. University of Tulsa is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It awarded 820 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.8%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $1,497. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from University of Tulsa go into careers with an average salary of $48,500 during the early years of their career.

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#18

Rogers State University

Claremore, Oklahoma

Rogers State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma ranking, coming in at #18. Located in Claremore, Oklahoma, the small public school handed out 370 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $249 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from RSU is $34,000 during the early years of their career.

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#19

Tulsa Community College

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa Community College landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma ranking.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $113. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Tulsa Community College is $32,900 during the early years of their career.

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#20

Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma list. OSU-OKC is a public institution located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 14 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $128 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from OSU-OKC make an average of $33,900 a year.

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#21

Murray State College

Tishomingo, Oklahoma

Murray State College ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma list.

The school charges $140 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from Murray State College make an average of $30,900 a year.

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#22

Cameron University

Lawton, Oklahoma

Cameron University landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma ranking. Cameron University is located in Lawton, Oklahoma and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 448 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The school charges $215 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Cameron University make an average of $34,300 per year during the early years of their career.

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Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma ranking.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $164. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from NEO A&M College go into careers with an average salary of $30,500 during the early years of their career.

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Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma ranking. This small public school is located in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and it awarded 59 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $185. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from OSU Institute of Technology is $35,300 during the early years of their career.

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#25

Western Oklahoma State College

Altus, Oklahoma

Western Oklahoma State College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Oklahoma list.

The school charges $145 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Western make an average of $29,600 per year during the early years of their career.

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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%.

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