By BVS Staff
Welcome to our best value ranking of online colleges in Mississippi.
Although there are fewer than 20 four-year colleges and universities in Mississippi, a significant portion - about half - have developed noteworthy online learning programs for undergraduates. Of those online-accessible schools, we're bringing you the 5 "best value." These top 5 colleges all earned at least 50 points (out of 100) in our ranking.
5. Mississippi College
Founded in 1826, Mississippi College has been successfully adapting to change for nearly 200 years. The school was the first in the U.S. to grant a degree to a woman, and it even weathered the Civil War (although enrollment fell to an all-time low). Today, MC is adapting to the digital age by offering accredited online degrees in Mississippi. There's a little something for most students — whether you want to pursue communications or nursing, MC has you covered. Plus, unique degrees like the B.S. in Loss Prevention and the B.S. in Homeland Security help differentiate MC from the competition. And undergrads wishing to earn an online degree quickly will appreciate the accelerated programs, which offer a more intense and fast-paced learning experience.
In-State Undergrad Tuition: $16,064/yr
4. Jackson State University
More than a third of JSU's student body attends classes online, thanks in part to its affordable courses and dedication to helping distance learners succeed. Before enrolling, applicants can use the SmarterMeasure tool to determine whether they're prepared for online education, and detailed feedback helps them decide whether to attend. Once enrolled, students can choose from a small but varied list of degree programs. The B.S. in Professional Interdisciplinary Studies in particular stands out on this Mississippi top online degrees ranking because it's a great way for adults to personalize their course of study and take advantage of any previously earned credits or professional experience.
In-State Undergrad Tuition: $6,886/yr
3. Blue Mountain College
Blue Mountain, MS
Named for the iconic blue hue of its surrounding mountains, BMC offers a selection of online college courses in Mississippi to students near and far. The Baptist-affiliated school earns regional accolades for its affordable degrees, and its graduation rate is the best on this list. Adult learners can choose from three fully online programs (psychology, business administration, and criminal justice), all of which are infused with the Christian perspective. What's more, undergrads in all programs can benefit from access to specialized advisors in their field of study and training sessions that help prepare them for online courses. And on top of that, the college's 12:1 student to faculty ratio fosters an intimate environment that ensures you won't have to worry about getting lost in the crowd.
In-State Undergrad Tuition: $10,852/yr
2. University of Southern Mississippi
Although the University of Southern Mississippi has lots to offer (like great specialized degree programs and affordable tuition), one standout feature is its focus on helping present and former service members. The school's Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families supports the military and their families throughout their course of study, providing dedicated guidance that has earned this top online school in Mississippi numerous military-focused awards. As an added perk, Southern Miss helps these students find funding and scholarships to ensure that their education is as affordable as it is valuable to their future.
In-State Undergrad Tuition: $7,334/yr
1. Mississippi University for Women
Don't be fooled by the name — Mississippi University for Women started accepting men more than 30 years ago. And today, The W (as it's known) offers even greater accessibility, serving distance learners of both sexes through a wealth of online degree-completion programs. Most fall under the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration heading, making The W perhaps the best place to earn a business degree on this Mississippi affordable online colleges ranking. Concentrations like Health Care Management, Legal Administration, and Management Information Systems let participants select a course of study tailored to their interests. Of course, regardless of your chosen degree program, you'll certainly appreciate that The W's in-state tuition is the most affordable on this list.
In-State Undergrad Tuition: $5,781/yr
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