2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Women in STEM

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Female students looking for affordable online STEM degrees will find excellent options on SR Education Group's 2017 list of Most Affordable Online Colleges for Women in STEM. These 25 schools stand out from the rest for their support of women in STEM fields, their online STEM degree offerings, and their low annual tuition rates which range from $6,480 at Texas Tech University to $15,246 at Kansas State University. Colorado State University-Fort Collins and George Washington University have the highest STEM-Friendly scores on the list, at 79.65 and 79.45 respectively.

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Rank College Annual Tuition STEM-Friendly Score
#1 #1 Texas Tech University Annual Tuition $6,480 STEM-Friendly Score 59.08
#2 #2 University of Massachusetts-Lowell Annual Tuition $8,625 STEM-Friendly Score 66.28
#3 #3 Capitol Technology University Annual Tuition $8,775 STEM-Friendly Score 54.49
#4 #4 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Annual Tuition $9,510 STEM-Friendly Score 52.21
#5 #5 Mississippi State University Annual Tuition $9,840 STEM-Friendly Score 71.49
#6 #6 George Washington University Annual Tuition $10,320 STEM-Friendly Score 79.45
#7 #7 Iowa State University Annual Tuition $10,350 STEM-Friendly Score 64.72
#8 #8 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Annual Tuition $11,625 STEM-Friendly Score 59.91
#9 #9 Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $11,670 STEM-Friendly Score 76.80
#10 #10 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $11,700 STEM-Friendly Score 69.75
#11 #11 University of Michigan - Dearborn Annual Tuition $11,865 STEM-Friendly Score 70.46
#12 #12 Naval Postgraduate School Annual Tuition $12,000 STEM-Friendly Score 55.60
#13 #13 Western Kentucky University Annual Tuition $12,019 STEM-Friendly Score 65.29
#14 #14 University of Kentucky Annual Tuition $12,236 STEM-Friendly Score 62.99
#15 #15 University of South Florida - Main Campus Annual Tuition $12,826 STEM-Friendly Score 69.72
#16 #16 East Carolina University Annual Tuition $12,902 STEM-Friendly Score 51.90
#17 #17 Oregon State University Annual Tuition $13,248 STEM-Friendly Score 62.57
#18 #18 Eastern Michigan University Annual Tuition $13,338 STEM-Friendly Score 56.16
#19 #19 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Annual Tuition $13,635 STEM-Friendly Score 79.65
#20 #20 The University of Texas at Arlington Annual Tuition $13,879 STEM-Friendly Score 65.11
#21 #21 Pennsylvania State University-World Campus Annual Tuition $13,950 STEM-Friendly Score 76.67
#22 #22 University of Alabama at Birmingham Annual Tuition $13,984 STEM-Friendly Score 66.96
#23 #23 Purdue University - Main Campus Annual Tuition $14,550 STEM-Friendly Score 75.78
#24 #24 University of California - Los Angeles Annual Tuition $14,871 STEM-Friendly Score 76.04
#25 #25 Kansas State University Annual Tuition $15,246 STEM-Friendly Score 66.25
  • Annual Tuition: $6,480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 59.08
  • Texas Tech University offers over 60 online educational programs, as well as a comprehensive student support portal and 24/7 phone assistance for online students. It offers a large number of online degrees, including undergraduate minors and majors in subjects such as wind energy and biology, as well as master's and doctoral degrees in subjects such as mechanical engineering and technical communication and thetoric. Its STEM Initiative Index lists and promotes every STEM-related University activity, including organizations such as Young Women in Math, an informal math club for women undergraduate and graduate students.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,625
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 66.28
  • University of Massachusetts - Lowell is a national research university offering over 17,000 degrees in six colleges. Its online degree programs offer associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in a wide range of subjects including, but not limited to, criminal justice, security studies, information technology and education. Its Leadership in Schooling Doctorate of Education is an online program specifically designed for STEM educators who also wish to move into leadership roles, while its NSF ADVANCE-IT Making WAVES project serves to create an academic environment that supports STEM women in achieving their highest potential.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,775
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 54.49
  • Capitol Technology University is an independent, four-year institution of higher learning that is focused solely on education in STEM fields. It has the distinction of being the only university to guarantee that graduates will find employment in the fields of engineering, engineering technology, computer sciences, information technology or business within 90 days of graduation, and provides up to 36 additional undergraduate credits without charge to any students who don't. Capitol Technology University offers a variety of online classes for undergraduates, and proudly offers all of its master's degree program online. The University supports women in STEM through initiatives such as the ABC Human Wildlife Control & Prevention Inc. Women In STEM Scholarship.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,510
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 52.21
  • A research institution of international renown, University of Nebraska - Lincoln has been a leader in higher education for the past 148 years. Its online curriculum includes degree completion programs for Bachelor of Applied Science, as well as several minors. Online graduate STEM offerings include master's degrees in engineering, entomology, agronomy, and nutrition. The University is an institutional partner with the Association for Women In Science, which is instrumental in seeking to increase the participation of women in STEM fields.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,840
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 71.49
  • Mississippi State University, or "The People's University" as it's commonly known, has a long history of academic success. A host of online undergraduate and graduate degrees are available through its Center for Distance Education, and its Distance Education Scholarship Fund helps pave the way forward for qualified online students. Mississippi State University's renowned Bagley College of Engineering recently created the Engineering Living Learning Community "to provide first-year engineering students the opportunity to contribute to a supportive community that encourages academic, professional and personal growth." Bagley College has an explicit mission to promote minorities and women within the field of engineering. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,320
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 79.45
  • George Washington University's highly recognized School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) offers synchronous online master's degrees in cybersecurity policy and compliance, engineering management, and systems engineering, while also offering an online Doctorate of Engineering in Engineering Management and an online Doctorate of Philosophy in Systems Engineering. With a Ph.D. student/faculty ratio of 1.1:1, GWU's School of Engineering is at the top of its game. GWU's innovative Center for Career Services provides career coaching for students who are interested in pursuing professions in STEM fields, and one of its professors was recently recognized as one of 100 "Inspiring Women in STEM".

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 64.72
  • Iowa State University's Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) program has championed women in STEM for over 30 years, offering daily informational meetings, scholarships and social opportunities for networking and support. With over 100 majors in ten schools and colleges, ISU offers fully online undergraduate degrees in liberal studies, as well as both master's and doctoral degrees in a variety of subjects. It also offers degree completion via online courses, as well as individual online classes for national and international distance learners, and provides online learning offices for five different areas of study.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,625
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 59.91
  • In 1971, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide became one of the first colleges to offer distance learning through the mail. Today, it continues the tradition with an online degree program that offers multiple start dates, and 12 undergraduate and 10 graduate terms per calendar year. Each session is nine weeks long (though the Master's of Science in Aerospace Engineering is 12 weeks). Utilizing EagleVision virtual classroom technology, Embry-Riddle has established itself as one of the top online educators in the country. Its online offerings include a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, with a strong emphasis towards the fields of aeronautics and aviation.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,670
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 76.80
  • Old Dominion University provides a comprehensive online environment for today's aspiring students, offering more than 100 online programs through ODUOnline. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are available online. Numerous online STEMS courses are offered, with faculty members actively incorporating cutting edge technology into their teaching. The University is, first and foremost, a community with deep multicultural and international roots, and its inherent inclusiveness lends itself well to providing outstanding academic support for women. 63% of online students are female. In addition, ODU is home to The Fellowship of Women in Science, an organization with national ties that seeks to provide mentoring and support opportunities for women with careers in STEMS.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 69.75
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst is a public research university with a cutting edge online educational program. A longtime partner of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), the University is also home to the unique and forward-thinking STEM Diversity Institute, which seeks to further the diversification of the STEM workforce, in part through its NEAGEP First-Year Fellowship Program. UMassAmherst has an online learning department specifically tasked with assisting faculty with instructional design and technical training for their online classes. The University offers a wide variety of online classes through its Continuing and Professional Education program including graduate degrees in subjects such as engineering management, nutrition, and plant and soils sciences.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,865
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 70.46
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn is a dynamic, metropolitan university with a commitment to student success. Each of its colleges offers various online courses that students may enroll in as part of on-campus degree programs. The College of Business also offers fully online degrees. The University promotes degrees in STEM fields, partly thru its valuable S-STEM Scholarship for undergraduates. Its Association for Women in Science (AWIS) recently hosted a STEM Research Panel to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women in STEM Research, while its annual Girls Are It! conference actively promotes women in the STEM fields.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 55.60
  • Naval Postgraduate School offers graduate degrees through its four schools -- the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy, the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Graduate School of Operational and Informational Sciences, and the School of International Graduate Studies. Its Distance Learning program enables students to earn online degrees from any location around the world. Master's degrees typically run 12 to 16 courses, and enrollment is open to eligible active duty naval officers, military and Department of Defense civilian employees, and certain defense contractors. A STEM internship program allows students to work on projects for the Advanced Robotic Systems ENgineering Laboratory (ARSENL) while also actively championing women by proactively seeking to close the gender gap in STEM fields.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,019
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 65.29
  • With over 1,700 web classes, and over 90 online degree and certificate programs, Western Kentucky University is a major player in the world of online education. Its WKU On Demand program offers 100 courses, including 15 graduate courses, that can be started anytime and anywhere, per each student's individual needs. Associate degrees, undergraduate majors and minors, and 28 master's degrees are all available through WKU Online. The University's progressive Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) program "promotes and facilitates achievement for women in academic STEM careers through community and success strategies." Many unique STEM track degrees are offered and the University promotes STEM disciplines through annual job fairs and conferences.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,236
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 62.99
  • University of Kentucky offers fully online undergraduate and graduate degrees -- including a Master's in Digital Mapping -- in eight different schools and colleges. In 2015, the University launched a new movement called IAmWomanInSTEM to support undergraduate women in the sciences. The program has since awarded scholarships to 11 UK students for project proposals that promote STEM education and careers for women. In 2017, the program initiated an ongoing and highly successful social media campaign called STEM Woman of the Week. 

  • Annual Tuition: $12,826
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 69.72
  • University of South Florida - Main Campus offers both undergraduate and graduate online degrees, as well as individual online classes. Online Bachelor's of Arts may be obtained in criminology, and women's and gender studies, and numerous Bachelor's of Science degrees are offered. Master's degrees may be earned in subjects including cybersecurity, education, medicine and public health. USF's College of Engineering has achieved national recognition for fostering diversity in STEM, by providing specialized financial and faculty support to women and minority students. Its week-long STEM Academy program provides a special introduction to first-year STEM students, and offers continuing first year assistance to these students through the STEM Living Learning Community (LLC).

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,902
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 51.90
  • East Carolina University offers numerous online options for distance learners. Online undergraduate programs are degree completion programs and cover such diverse disciplines as business, hospitality management and university studies. Online graduate programs offer master's degrees in a variety of subjects, including English, nutrition and software engineering. In 2016, 43 percent of all students in degree programs at ECU were in STEM, or healthcare, programs, attesting to the University's strength in the Sciences. ECU's Center for STEM Education and STEM-Corp East both collaborate with various agencies to benefit STEM students at all state levels.

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,248
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 62.57
  • Oregon State University offers more than 200 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through its 11 colleges, its graduate school and its Honors College. Through its Ecampus, it offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as chemistry and language classes, and minors, to students worldwide. Its AWSEM Club for Girls allows STEM majors to pass the torch by mentoring younger students. In 2014, OSU received a five-year, 3.5 million dollar ADVANCE grant to promote women in its STEM, and social and behavioral sciences, disciplines.

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,338
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 56.16
  • Established in 1849, Eastern Michigan University offers over 200 majors, minors and concentrations in undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees 

    through its 5 colleges plus the Honors College. Nineteen of its undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available online, and its University Writing Center Online was created specifically to provide writing assistance to online students. Through outreach programs such as its annual Digital Divas conference, which recruits young women into STEM careers, and its participation in The Creative Scientific Inquiry Experience, a STEM-related program funded by the U.S. Department of Education that connects students with faculty and community projects, Eastern Michigan University continues to promote women and diversity within the STEM fields.

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,635
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 79.65
  • Colorado State University - Fort Collins is a major player in the STEM fields. Its STEM Center is currently leading the evaluation of a 1.7 million dollar project aimed at recruiting female undergraduates to the Earth Sciences through a combination of traditional in-person and on-line peer mentoring. In addition, in 2017 the Computer Science Department is offering the SWiFT Summer STEM Camp For Women. These kinds of initiatives have resulted in colleges at CSU enrolling and graduating women in STEM majors at a higher rate than the national average. CSU also offers a busy online course curriculum, including Bachelor's of Arts in subjects such as Horticulture and Psychology, and graduate degrees in subjects ranging from Dietetics to Tourism.

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,879
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 65.11
  • The University of Texas at Arlington is a powerhouse research institution offering over 180 academic degrees in ten different schools and colleges. Since 1998, UTA has offered online degree programs and courses, and today it offers 700 different online courses taught by more than 300 faculty. Many individual UT Arlington classes are available completely online, but students can also complete bachelor’s degrees online in criminology and criminal justice, or work toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in education, a master's of public administration, and graduate degrees in engineering. Finish@UT is a fully online bachelor's degree completion program designed to advance student's careers.

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 76.67
  • Pennsylvania State University - World Campus offers more than 125 accredited undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, certificates, and minors. World Campus courses are asynchronous, allowing distance students to progress through classes at their own pace via a combination of online learning and online peer-to-peer interaction. With online bachelor's degrees available in over 30 subjects, and online master's degrees available in over 40 subjects -- including a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with five emphases, including one in STEM Education -- Penn State World Campus is sure to offer the right solution to any distance student.

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,984
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 66.96
  • With a Division of eLearning and Professional Studies solely dedicated to providing full service support to all aspects of online academic and continuing education program development, University of Alabama at Birmingham offers cutting edge online education. It offers online minors in subjects ranging from accounting, to nutrition sciences, to human resource management, and Bachelor's of Science degrees in subjects such as finance, marketing and industrial distribution, as well as online master's and doctoral degrees. It supports women in STEM fields through its annual Outstanding Women Awards program, its Commission On the Status of Women, and the UTeach STEM teacher preparation program, which helps students major in STEM fields by enabling them to earn both a degree and a teaching certification without added time or expense. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 75.78
  • Purdue University - Main Campus is an internationally renowned destination for students in the STEM fields. It offers strong support for women in STEM, via its Women In Sciences and Women In Engineering programs, both of which offer online master's degrees and promote mentoring relationships while assisting with career development. The University also hosts events to promote women in STEM. Through its Digital Education (DE) and ITaP Instructional Design departments, Purdue University - Main Campus allocates special resources for assisting faculty to design online classes. To that end, the University offers a range of online master's degrees, as well as an associate degree in veterinary technology. The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is also offered as a free resource by the Purdue Writing Program.

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,871
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 76.04
  • University of California - Los Angeles has a history of excellence that stretches back almost 100 years. To that end, it excels at online education. Its Office of Instructional Development encourages collaboration between faculty and a team of technical specialists in the creation and production of each online course. Besides having access to a wide range of undergraduate and graduate online degrees, UCLA students can also enroll in cross-campus online classes that are offered by other UC campuses. And, whether taking a class in Cartography or a class in Digital Cinematography, summer students are guaranteed to find the curriculum they need in UCLA's online Summer Sessions. Women STEM students at UCLA can find peer support though informal groups such as Women In Math, and formal organizations such as Advancing Women in Science and Engineering (AWiSE).

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,246
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 66.25
  • Kansas State University's Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering promotes the participation, retention and advancement of women in STEM. Its SUCCEED and EXCITE! programs offer support for female STEM students in the form of mentoring, networking, and ongoing events. Over 70 online degree programs -- including bachelor's, stand-alone and concurrent Minor's, Master's and Doctorate's -- are offered from seven different campus colleges. From bachelor's degrees in animal sciences and industry, to doctorates in personal financial planning, KSU Global Campus offers online degrees for distance students located around the world.

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