2017 Most Affordable LGBTQ-Friendly Online Colleges

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These 25 schools are SR Education Group's most affordable, LGBTQ-friendly online colleges and universities for 2017. Using data from the Campus Pride Index and manually researched tuitions, SR Education Group has generated this list of affordable online colleges that have LGBTQ-friendly institutional policies and practices.

Top-ranked University of Maryland - College Park offers 21 online master's degrees and 18 online certificate programs with an annual tuition starting at $6,975 for master's degrees. You can read more about our ranked schools below or view our Overall Most Affordable Colleges.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Campus Pride Index Score
#1 #1 University of Maryland - College Park Annual Tuition $6,975 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
#2 #2 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $7,950 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
#3 #3 University of Washington - Seattle Annual Tuition $8,145 Campus Pride Index Score 5.0
#4 #4 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $8,319 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
#5 #5 University of Northern Iowa Annual Tuition $8,880 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
#6 #6 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Annual Tuition $8,943 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
#7 #7 Ohio State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $9,378 Campus Pride Index Score 5.0
#8 #8 Purdue University - Main Campus Annual Tuition $9,750 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#9 #9 University of Nebraska at Omaha Annual Tuition $10,050 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#10 #10 University of Central Florida Annual Tuition $10,080 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
#11 #11 Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $10,650 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
#12 #12 Ohio University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $10,680 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#13 #13 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Annual Tuition $10,800 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#14 #14 University of Wisconsin-Platteville Annual Tuition $11,100 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
#15 #15 Georgia College & State University Annual Tuition $11,190 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
#16 #16 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Annual Tuition $11,250 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
#17 #17 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Annual Tuition $11,303 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
#18 #18 Washington State University Annual Tuition $11,368 Campus Pride Index Score 5.0
#19 #19 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $11,550 Campus Pride Index Score 5.0
#20 #20 University of Idaho Annual Tuition $11,669 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
#21 #21 Michigan State University Annual Tuition $11,700 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
#22 #22 Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $12,000 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
#23 #23 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Annual Tuition $12,480 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
#24 #24 Kansas State University Annual Tuition $13,179 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
#25 #25 Portland State University Annual Tuition $13,230 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,975
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.5
  • University of Maryland - College Park aims to provide an inclusive learning environment for online students. To promote gender equality and choice, the university allows students to chose how they wish to be identified online and in their student records. While the majority of resources for University of Maryland - College Park's LGBTQ students are offered on campus, the university’s LGBT Equity Center maintains active social media sites that allow on and off campus student to keep up with relevant activities and announcements as they happen. Students interested in LGBT studies can take online courses such as Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Literatures; and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Film and Video. The University of Maryland - College Park offers a range of online graduate courses of study such as an online MBA, an online Master of Library Science (MLS), and numerous online graduate certificates in fields such as cybersecurity engineering, public health, and urban agriculture.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 3.0
  • University of Central Missouri offers online LGBTQ students access to resources that promote safety and diversity, such as a 24-hour victims advocacy hotline where students experiencing crisis can seek referral services. For students seeking an academic foundation in LGBTQ studies, the university offers an online graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality that includes courses such as  Seminar in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Sexuality across the Lifespan, and Family Diversity. University of Central Missouri has a wide range of online bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs including a BS in criminal justice, an MA in Teaching, an MA in Aviation Safety, and a certificate in human services.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,145
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 5.0
  • University of Washington - Seattle has a robust social media presence and a popular blog, Dear Queer, that helps LGBTQ students stay connected and informed on relevant diversity issues. The university offers a wide range of online degrees and certificates at levels of study including two bachelor’s degree programs for students needing to complete their degrees. University of Washington - Seattle also boasts top-ranked master’s degree programs in civil engineering, library science, and aviation. Students wanting to boost their credentials can choose from among 17 certificates in subjects such as Healthcare Regulatory Compliance, Machine Learning, and Cloud Application Development on Amazon Web Services.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,319
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.5
  • Several presidential initiatives at Kennesaw State University aim to make the university an inclusive, safe learning environment for LGBTQ students. The university’s GLBTIQ Resource Center hosts numerous programs and community groups to engage students as they pursue their degrees. Kennesaw State University graduates can become members of the Alumni Affinity Group to foster LGBTQ program development. With 14 bachelor’s degree programs, 28 master’s degree programs, and 29 certificate programs, students have plenty of majors and degrees to pursue online. The university also offers two online doctoral programs in Instructional Technology and Teacher Leadership.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 3.5
  • As a relatively new resource, University of Northern Iowa's LGBT Center provides educational opportunities and resources that foster inclusiveness and encourage the benefits of diversity. The university offers an alumni-funded merit scholarship for LGBTQ students, and resources such as a crisis hotline and online, confidential mental health screening tools to help students manage challenging circumstances while enrolled. University of Northern Iowa has 7 online bachelor’s degree programs in Liberal Studies and Technology management, 23 online master’s degree programs, and K-12 endorsement area certificates in subjects such as English as a Second Language, early childhood education, and reading.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,943
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 3.5
  • North Dakota State University - Main Campus offers a range of opportunities to ensure the success of LGBTQ students such as a scholarships and tuition assistance, a networking group, and numerous LGBTQ-focused programs throughout the academic year. North Dakota State University - Main Campus has six online bachelor’s degree programs, including a popular LPN to BSN program, 13 master’s degree programs including an M.S. in Software Engineering and an M.Ed. in Family & Consumer Sciences Education. Students can also earn online certificates to advance their career opportunities in subjects such as American Indian Public Health, Youth Development, and Transportation Leadership. With its diverse online course offerings, North Dakota State University - Main Campus attracts a wide range of students from high school seniors to working professionals interested in advancing their education.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,378
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 5.0
  • Ohio State University-Main Campus provides inclusion and engagement for LGBTQ students through the Office of Student Life Multicultural Center. Q*mmunity Groups offer students opportunities for community building, while the LGBTQ Leaders Consortium leads campus-wide, collaborative initiatives to ensure LGBTQ program longevity. Ohio State University-Main Campus's online Master of Global Engineering Leadership - Civil and Environmental Engineering ranks as one of the most affordable graduate degrees nationwide. The university also offers online health care professions bachelor’s level completion degrees in nursing and dental hygiene. Ohio State University-Main Campus offers several master’s degree programs for students interested in agriculture and extension education, nursing, social work, clinical research, and art education. OSU’s nursing department also offers its Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program online.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • Purdue University - Main Campus includes campus-based and national resources in its numerous offerings for LGBTQ students. Offerings include access to university and national scholarship opportunities, counseling services, and name preferences. Purdue University - Main Campus also provides referrals to off-campus and online LGBTQ students in the Lafayette and West Lafayette, Indiana area. Purdue University - Main Campus’s online degree programs include an associate degree program in veterinary technology and master of science degree programs in a range of fields including computer science, economics, and hospitality and tourism. The university also has online graduate-level engineering certificates in areas such as applied heat transfer, noise control, digital signal processing, and strategic communication management.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • With active organizations such as Queer and Trans Services Student Agency and Proud Horizons, University of Nebraska at Omaha creates an inclusive, diverse, and safe learning community for LGBTQ students. The university also supports and encourages student participation in the community-based Professional Transgender Resource Network of Nebraska. Purdue University - Main Campus is a leading provider of online higher education in the Midwestern United States. The university offers more than 20 fully online bachelor’s degree programs in areas such as cyber security, political science, and criminology. Master’s degree program offerings include writing, critical and creative thinking, and public administration.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,080
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.5
  • Mentoring services, dedicated facilities, and education programs help University of Central Florida’s LGBTQ students get the most out of their educational experiences. Under the umbrella of the university’s Social Justice and Advocacy division, LGBTQ+ Services offers abundant resources for community students and allies. Acknowledged nationwide for its affordable online tuition rates, University of Central Florida offers bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificates in a wide range of subject areas. Students can earn bachelor’s degrees in diverse subjects such as anthropology, Latin American Studies, and nursing. Online master’s degree program options include aerospace engineering and nonprofit management. The university also has DNP and PhD nursing programs, and 30 certificate and diploma programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 3.5
  • Old Dominion University houses robust offerings for students in the Office of Intercultural Relations. In addition to month-long programming for LGBT History Month, the university engages LGBTQ students through organizations such as ODUOut, and OutED that offers mentoring. Old Dominion University also maintains close ties with LGBTQ community organizations to provide assistance and resources to off-campus students and their families. As a leader in accredited online education, Old Dominion University offers more than 80 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs. Most notably, the public university is recognized nationwide for its affordable doctoral programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,680
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • Ohio University-Main Campus’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center reaches out to students near and far through its active social media presence, including Instagram and Tumblr. Under the umbrella of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center also engages students with happenings such as its Speaker’s Bureau program, Queer Studies Conference, and the Stonewall Leadership Award program. Ohio University-Main Campus offers a fully online bachelor’s degree completion program and 27 fully online master’s degree programs in diverse subjects such as English, athletic administration, civil engineering and nursing.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s LGBTQ Resource Center supports students, faculty, and staff with services and programs that foster inclusion. The center also collaborates with the national Trevorproject.com project to provide crisis intervention for LGBTQ students facing challenges while enrolled. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s unique and affordable online degree offerings include a bachelor’s and certificate in Fire and Emergency Response Management, and online master of business administration (MBA) and master of science in nursing (MSN) degree programs.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 3.0
  • Spaces such as the Patricia A. Doyle Center for Gender and Sexuality and LGBTQ/Safe Zone encourage an atmosphere of inclusion at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. LGBTQ students can avail themselves of confidential counseling services, attend lectures, and participate a wide range of programs aimed at empowering them to engage with the university community. As an established online education provider, University of Wisconsin-Platteville offers career-focused master’s degrees in project management, engineering, integrated supply chain management, criminal justice, and organizational change leadership. The university also offers online bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice and business administration.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,190
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 3.0
  • Georgia College & State University is one of three Georgia universities to rank on the national Campus Pride Index. The college has numerous programs and services for LGBTQ students, including the LGBT task force tasked with ensuring the wellbeing of LGBTQ students, administrators, faculty, and staff. Georgia College & State University is a provider of the prestigious Georgia WebMBA®, along with 16 online master’s degree programs, 5 online certificate programs, and online bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in nursing.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 3.5
  • Prospective online students can connect with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s LGBTQ community via the website, HokiePride of Virginia Tech. A wide range of services, activities, and programs, managed by the Assistant Director in charge of LGBTQ, include counseling and career services, campus and national membership organizations, and an active LGBTQ alumni group. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University offers 24 unique online master’s degree programs such as a Master of Agricultural and Life Sciences, a Master of Engineering, and a Master of Urban Affairs and Planning, along with 10 online graduate certificate programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,303
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 3.0
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers wellness programs to LGBTQ students through the university’s Center for Wellness Promotion. University support resources such as Trans, the Spectrum Student Organization, and GRADient -- a support resource for LGBTQ graduate students and allies -- promote inclusion and diversity. Nurses, teachers, and engineers can boost their credentials by earning MAT, M.Ed., MS, and MSN degrees at University of North Carolina at Charlotte online. The university also offers 3 fully online bachelor’s degree programs and 17 graduate certificate programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,368
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 5.0
  • Washington State University offers the Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center (GIESORC), which provides programs and services to LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and administrators. The  university also awards the Dlugosh-McKee GIESORC Scholarship to LGBTQ students who exemplify the GIESORC’s mission and vision. Washington State University ranks high on national lists of affordable online schools. Students can earn bachelor’s and master’s, and certificates in a wide range of subjects that include humanities, business administration, and American Indian studies completely online.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 5.0
  • A Speaker’s Bureau program, workshops, and connections to a supportive local community are a few of the benefits provided to LGBTQ students by University of Massachusetts - Amherst’s Stonewall Center. Additionally, students can count online gender studies courses toward their Liberal Arts bachelor’s degree, or earn a Women's and Gender Studies bachelor’s degree or certificate online. Washington State University has extensive online degree programs for students interested in earning associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. 23 certificate programs round out the university’s affordable online education offerings.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,669
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 3.0
  • University of Idaho embraces diversity with programs and services organized by its LGBTQA Office. Through the office, the university sponsors organizations such as the Gender and Sexuality Alliance, trains university community members on LGBTQ concerns, and collaborates with local nonprofits to ensure the health and wellness of LGBTQ students. University of Idaho attracts educators, engineers, computer programmers, and other science professionals with its wide range of affordable online master’s degree programs. 19 certificate programs in Fire Ecology and Restoration Ecology complete the university’s online certificate and degree catalog.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 3.0
  • From allies and advocates, to numerous awards and recognition events, Michigan State University’s Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Resource Center fosters inclusion necessary to ensure students' success. The center empowers LGBTQ students to engage in leadership and offers confidential wellness services to ensure students have the positive support they need while enrolled. Michigan State University has a wide range of fully online master’s degree and certificate programs, as well as 19 certificate programs designed to boost students’ career opportunities. The university also offers online RN to BSN, DNP, and PhD in physics programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACCET
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 3.0
  • Eastern Kentucky University enjoys its status as a LGBTQ-friendly Premier Campus on the Campus Pride Index. LGBT+ Initiatives provides services, training, and programs to encourage diversity and inclusion. The campus also recognizes Transgender Day of Remembrance, which takes place annually in November. Eastern Kentucky University offers affordable online associate degrees in subjects such as homeland security, paramedicine, and police studies. The university has numerous online bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs designed to prepare students for the workforce. Students can also earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DOT) online at Eastern Kentucky University.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 3.0
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has a high Gay Point Average, with its Price Center offering 14 out of 20 services to LGBTQ students needed to earn the distinction. Top programs and services include a robust LGBTQ/ally student organization, LGBT courses, and confidential health services. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse lists 4 bachelor’s degree programs, 18 master’s degree programs, and 5 certificate programs among its fully online education offerings. Qualified graduate students also can complete an Ed.D. in Student Affairs Administration & Leadership online.

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,179
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.5
  • Kansas State University nurtures a diverse, safe, and inclusive academic community for LGBTQ students through its LGBT Resource Center. Vibrant organizations such as Sexuality and Gender Alliance, oSTEM at K State, and the KSU Gender Collective make Kansas State University a five-star Premier Campus on the Campus Pride Index. Kansas State University has 14 fully online bachelor of science degree programs, 34 master's degrees including master's of science programs and an MBA program. The university also offers 31 certificate programs for undergraduate- and graduate-level students. Qualified graduate students can also pursue an online PhD in Personal Financial Planning.

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,230
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.5
  • Portland State University ranks high on the Campus Pride Index, and has done so for four years running, for creating an exceptional atmosphere of inclusion for LGBTQ students. Supportive services such as those offered by the Center for Student Health and Counseling and the Queer Resource Center provide support in a wide range of areas for students from freshman orientation to graduation and beyond. Portland State University offers affordable online bachelor’s degree programs in subjects such as liberal studies, supply and logistics, and criminology. The university also offers online master’s degree programs in areas such as K-12 education, engineering, and business administration. Students can also advance their careers by enrolling in any of Portland State University’s certificate programs.

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